2.What is a boom?
Booms are used to contain oil on the surface of the water after a spill. Workers can concentrate the oil (pool it) within booms to make it thicker in a smaller area (rather than thinner over a much larger area.) Besides stopping the spread of the oil, booms can be used to divert the oil into a collection device or channel it to any other desired destination.
Booms are a pretty good way to start to clean up an oil spill, but they have some limits. Conventional booms often don't work so well containing oil in fast currents or rough seas. If the weather isn't good, the boom might not work right and then you have a real problem on your hands!
Boom Corralling a Spill
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