Website of the Week: Oil Spill Crisis Map

Oil Spill Crisis Map (Gr. 3-12)

This site uses a Google interactive map to plot the impact of oil spills, chemical contamination and other events that have caused damage to the land, the wildlife and the people who live and work there. Use the categories and layers table along the right side of the site to filter the data displayed on the map. Make adjustments to the timeline bar beneath the map to see when events were reported.


  • Use this site to explore the concept of cause-and-effect. Break students up into groups and assign them to use the maps to investigate and report back on the effects various events from the point of view of the environment, wildlife and the people.