7.Why is it important to clean up oil spills immediately?
Oil-covered rocks after a spill
Oil spills should be cleaned up as quickly as possible before the oil emulsifies. In emulsification, the oil mixes with water and the resulting oil/water mixture can take on a thick, pudding-like consistency. Emulsified oil is very difficult to clean up using standard means (sorbents, dispersants, skimmers, etc.).
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