Does the ocean have any natural occurring oil leaks?



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    Yes, the ocean does have naturally occuring oil leaks. 

    According to Ocean Planet, “seepage from the ocean bottom and eroding sedimentary rocks releases oil.”  There is natural petroleum that is present in oil residue in seafloor sediments that leads to these oil seeps. 

    This is especially true off the coast of Santa Barbara, California.  As of May 2009 researchers said there were oil spills every day at Coal Oil Point in Santa Barbara. 

    For the most part, nature takes care of this extra oil by weathering, like wind, and microbes that eat the oil.


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