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How do you separate oil from water in an oil spill? How long does the oil remain in the water?

Have you not ever heard the expression "oil and water do not mix?" Well, it is true! It is not hard to separate the oil from water in a spill because the oil floats in a layer on top of the water, and can be scooped up with machines called "skimmers." A bigger problem is how to keep the slick from spreading out over the water's surface, so clean-up crews try to keep it contained with floating walls called "booms." If the oil cannot be scooped up right away, it will slowly become saturated and sink to the bottom. If the sea is too rough for booms and skimmers, there is not much that can be done about cleaning up the spill.


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