Planning & Mitigation | VOL. 11, ISSUE 64, January-February 2011

Bioremediation: Treating oil spills biologically

Sixty per cent of the millions of barrels of oil consumed per day world over, reach stipulated destinations through the sea. In the event of an oil spill over water, a floating oil slick of about 1 mm thickness is initially formed on the surface. With time the slick thins out and spreads, aided by the wind, waves, currents and weather conditions. The lack of a fixed boundary and the constant motion of the surface make the task of treating...

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