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Fun Oilfield Facts for Kids

Work from home combined with homeschooling is fun right?! Since your "co-workers" are a little younger than normal, we thought we'd pull together some resources for you to share with them!

Where does Oil come from?

Did you know that millions of years ago the ocean was filled with plants and plankton? (That’s a sea creature that whales eat!) When they died they sunk to the bottom of the sea and over a long time were covered with sand and mud. Then heat from the earth and gravity turned it into oil and natural gas for us to use.

Where do we find Oil?

Oil can be found all over the world, like in the North Sea, Saudi Arabia, Russia, the United States, Iran, Iraq and China. We have to drill down really far into the earth to find it. You can find oil both on land and at sea. Here is a map with all the oil reserves and oil producers all over the world.

Why is this Important

The US, alone, uses over 19 million barrels of crude oil each day! We use it mainly for gas that goes into our cars, jet fuel that goes into the airplanes, and diesel fuel that goes into our trucks and generators. Oil can also be used for electricity which is what powers our homes, jobs, fun places like the zoo, electric cars and even robots!

Oil can also be used for other things like:

  • Medicine

  • Cosmetics

  • Paint

  • Lubricants

  • Cooking

  • Pens

  • Clothing and plastic bottles

For more information on Oil and Gas and what we use it for click here!

Also for a fun little science project (after you've asked mom and/or dad of course) click on Science for Kids.

We'll be back next week with more STEM resources for oilfield kids!

In the meantime, stay safe.

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