One of the most devastating types of water pollution is an oil spill. Though oil spills are not permanent, the harmful environmental effects can be seen years after the actual spillage. Because damage from an oil spill can be so threatening, cleaning it up is extremely important. Here's some information about how environmental workers clean up an oil spill in a body of water.
oil spills into water it has a tendency to spread out. Workers place floating
floating booms, in the water to help stop the oil from spreading.
While most of the oil floats near the water's surface, some oil sinks in the water. It then slowly dissolves and disperses into the water. The water floating on top can be sucked up with a special vacuum.
As a last resort, workers may burn the water to remove the oil. This burning can be very dangerous because the oil is difficult to catch on fire. Also, rain can put the flames out very easily. Furthermore, smoke from the flames can be bad for the environment.
that makes its way to the shore must be sprayed with high-pressure hoses, and
the oil must be removed by hand.
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