The Basics of Oil Spill Cleanup, Third Edition

Merv Fingas

December 5, 2012 by CRC Press
Reference - 286 Pages - 184 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439862469 - CAT# K12895

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  • Covers the properties of oil, how oil spills are measured and detected, and their long-term fate and transport in the environment
  • Discusses cleanup techniques and control of different types of oil spills and environmental circumstances
  • Contains a new chapter on oil pollution effects on wildlife
  • Includes the latest technologies and coverage of more recent spills, including the Gulf of Mexico
  • Provides a glossary of technical terms


Reflecting the rapid progress in cleanup technology since the previous edition, this revised and expanded third edition of The Basics of Oil Spill Cleanup covers current cleanup techniques, how oil spills are measured and detected, and the properties of the oil and its long-term fate in the environment. It also deals with why, how often, and where oil spills occur as well as the chemical composition and physical properties of various oil types.

The chapters describe surface and remote sensing technologies used to detect and track oil slicks, and methods to contain oil on water (booms and ancillary equipment) and recover oil from the water surface (skimmers, sorbents, and manual recovery). The author discusses the use of pumps, in-situ burning, and chemical agents, such as dispersants, for oil removal. He also addresses oil-contaminated shorelines and the effects and behavior of oil on different ecosystems and the various organisms within them. Written for the general public as well as those directly involved with oil spill cleanup, this edition provides broad, up-to-date knowledge of the cleanup and control of spills.


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