Cleaning up oil spills

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    • Inflatable booms can be used in sheltered waters to limit the spread of oil slicks
    • Scrapers remove and collect oil
    • absorbent materials can be spread on the oil e.g. straw
      • oil will stick to them and be disposed on land
    • polymerising chemicals can be spread. this is turn the oil into a rubber like material so it can be collected easily
    • chemical dispersants can be used to break up oil slicks
      • these are often toxic themselves.
    • Beaches can be cleaned using hot water or stream
      • could kill organisms under surface
    • bioremediation involves the use of bacteria that digest oil


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