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Can Ferrofluid Clean Up Oil Spills

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Emilie Lafrenz

on 19 February 2014

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Transcript of Can Ferrofluid Clean Up Oil Spills

People and the Economy
People put lots of time and effort into making the water that covers 75% of our planet-oil-spill-free. This causes the U.S. government to spend over one million dollars cleaning up oil spills each year. This effects the economy greatly because the money could be used elsewhere.
Ocean Animal Life
Oil can get into animals’ eyes, potentially causing damage to vision. It can also enter their mouths, where it can be ingested, potentially damaging internal organs. Once birds are covered with oil, they have difficulty flying, or are completely unable to fly, making feeding and getting away from predators impossible.

What are Oil Spills
An oil spill is the release of a liquid petroleum hydrocarbon (oil) into the environment, especially marine areas, due to human activity, and is a form of pollution.
What is Ferrofluid
Ferrofluid is an oil-based liquid containing magnetic nanoparticles with average sizes of about 10 nm. Although the magnetic particles are solid they stay suspended in the liquid because of their small size. The fluid is affected when exposed to a magnetic field.
What is Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology is the study and use of structures between 1 nanometer (nm) and 100 nanometers in size. A nanometer is one-billionth (0.000000001) of a meter.
Can Nanotechnology Clean Up Oil Spills
Impact of Oil Spills
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