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How your split ends can help clean oil spills

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An oil spill occurs in a pristine area. What are the options for cleanup? What would work most successfully to absorb the oil that now coats the surface of the water? The answer is less high tech than you might think. Vox explains. 

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Thankfully, oil and water don't mix, so oil can be successfully removed after a spill. Learn more from TED-Ed about exactly why by watching: Why don't oil and water mix?

Delve deeper into oil spill remediation with this video: How do we clean up oil spills?

The oil spill cleanup experiment from Steve Spangler is also another great resource.

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was one of the largest ever recorded. The Smithsonian has a great website about it: click here to learn more.

Learn more about the ten biggest oil spills in the world by reading this article.

What exactly are chemical dispersants, and how do they work? NOAA has some answers.

Next, watch this quick animation of Oil spill cleanup methods.

Finally, watch: Does oil spill damage last forever? (or does nature have a way of cleaning up itself?)

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