For The Oil Industry, A Database With Spill Checker

To figure out the best way to clean up oil spills, scientists are spending their days at the pool. At Battelle Ocean Sciences Laboratory in Duxbury, Mass., they are building a doughnut-shaped tank with a 29-foot circumference, complete with artificial beaches to measure the effect of wind, temperature, waves, and currents on various grades of oil and oil products. For example, heavy crude oil from Alaska will behave differently than lighter Middle East oil.

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