Oil slick on a beach

Oil slick on a beach

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Credit: SIMON FRASER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Oil slick. Oil slick coming ashore on a beach; much of the beach is already covered in oil. The slick is brown rather than black because a chemical dispersant has been added. This dispersant has turned the slick into a mixture of oil, water and dispersant. Oil slicks particularly affect sea birds and creatures living on the shoreline. Although chemical dispersants can reduce the size of the slick, these detergents are also poisonous to wildlife. This slick originated in a spill of about 70,000 tonnes of light crude oil from the oil tanker Sea Empress off the coast of Milford Haven, Wales, in February 1996. Photographed in Swanlake Bay, Wales.

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Keywords: beach, effect, environment, environmental, milford haven oil spill 1996, oil, oil pollution, oil slick, oil spill, polluted, pollution, sea pollution, swanlake bay, wales

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