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What happens to oil spilled into the sea?

Graham Marshall - Monday, May 14, 2012

Have you ever wondered what happens to crude oil when it gets spilled into the ocean?

Well obviously if you've got enough sea-birds, furry seals or sea-otters available, it's fairly easy to mop all that oil up!  In case you're an idiot - that last comment was a joke!  So calm down and chill-out!

Anyway, moving on, if you're interested in knowing more about the weathering processes which spilled oil in the ocean is exposed too - including evaporation, surface spreading, dissolution, emulsification, biodegradation, oxidation, and dispersion, this Technical Information Paper (TIP) on the fate of oil spills from the folks at the ITOPF is an excellent source of information.

To read the TIP, simply click this link.

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