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View Diary: Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #391 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Talking about Change (262 comments)

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  •  Unfortunately for beaches, (14+ / 0-)

    sand is an excellent filter for oiled water. If there was ever oiled water in Sarasota, oiled beaches are inevitable.

    The oil will cling to the sand pretty much forever. The oil will slowly break down until there's nothing left of it but tar, but tar is pretty permanent. As tides churn the sand over days and years, oiled sand will continue to surface. Storms that bring water way up onto the beach will spread the tarred sand across the beach.

    And it's not just the orange tide oil that gets into the sand. Parts per million oil dissolved invisibly in water will also stick to sand, which will accumulate it in higher and higher concentrations as long as parts per million oil remains in the water.

    Sorry to hear it reached all the way to Sarasota.

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