Invented eco-friendly method of cleaning oil pollution

Over the past 40 years or so, the world's 13 largest oil spills have occurred. Despite our dependence on oil, we have not yet come up with an effective way to clean the oceans after the devastating catastrophes that we are organizing.

Nevertheless, one of the physicists at the Fermi laboratory invented an environmentally friendly way to absorb oil stains without the use of chemicals, and with the possibility of re-using the collected oil.

Arden Warner describes his experiments using a base plate and “naturally magnetized” oil, to which magnetite (magnetic iron) is simply added. Viscous oil is mixed with magnetite and drawn out with it when the magnet is removed. This method will isolate oil spills and clean the ocean.

The video in the experimental conditions shows - a magnetized wand, like a vacuum cleaner, collects crude oil.

Warner's plan is to introduce a system of floating booms that will collect magnetized oil and pour it into a container with a magnetic bottom. Oil will emerge, separated from the water, and magnetite will settle at the bottom. In this case, the collected oil will be as good as fresh, and does not fall into the waste. The use of magnetite actually carries no threat, since it is non-toxic and is found in nature in its natural form.

Recognizing the fact that our independence from oil is an event in the far future, the emergence of a simple and environmentally friendly way to clean up oil spills and prevent damage to wildlife is a very valuable asset.

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