Oil spills are a tragic problem for many ecosystems and are indeed, “hard to clean up”. The chemical nature of oil causes it bind or stick to almost everything it touches. Aside from the wasting of an important resource, many animal lives have been lost to oil spills, and many water sources are uninhabitable and almost permanently sullied. When birds get oil oon their feathers and tey try to clean them, they typically die because they ingest the oil. Other animals die because it gets in their lungs or liver, or because of hypothermia. Once oil is spilled it can take years to repair, and expend thousands of hours of man power, and billions of dollars. Typical methods for cleaning are booms, skimmers, chemicals, and burning.
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