2.What is a boom?

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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.

A boom typically has four parts. The freeboard sits above water and stops waves from splashing oil over the boom. A floatation device provides buoyancy. A skirt below the water stops oil from leaking out of the bottom of the boom, and longitudinal strength members help keep the boom together.

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

Boom Corralling a Spill

Did you know that there are some common household items that can be used to clean up an oil spill? Check it out!

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