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Rocky Secrets: Where Does Oil Hide?

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In this Science Buddies science project, you'll determine what types of sedimentary rock make the best storage rocks for petroleum oil. You can customize this kit to include the limestone samples, sandstone samples, shale samples, and other supplies needed to complete this experiment.

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You may have heard the expression, "You can't get blood from a stone." But what about oil? Can you get petroleum oil from a stone? In this geology science fair project, you'll find out what kinds of stones make the best storage rocks for oil. You'll see which ones can soak up oil like a sponge, and which ones cannot soak up oil or let it pass through, but can act as a "cap" to contain the oil in secret underground traps. Can a hard rock really act like a soft sponge…maybe SpongeBob SquarePants could change his name to RockBob SquarePants? Try this science fair project and find out!

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