CARLOS MUNOZ-YAGUE / EURELIOS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY CARLOS MUNOZ-YAGUE / EURELIOS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Oil pollution control. Two dishes showing the use of plant fibres for controlling the pollution of water by hydrocarbons such as oil. Clumps of the fibres have just been added to the dish on the right in which hydrocarbons (blue) are floating on water. The hydrocarbons in the dish on the left have been absorbed by the fibres added to it. Before being added to the dishes, the fibres were chemically modified to produce tubes coated with water-repelling (hydrophobic) molecules that would trap the oil. Photographed at the Biocomposites Centre in Bangor, Wales, Great Britain.
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