What is an oil spill? Why is it considered a water pollutant?

Asked by Topperlearning User | 4th Jun, 2014, 01:23: PM

Expert Answer:

An oil spill is the release of a liquid petroleum hydrocarbon into the environment, especially marine areas.

Spilt oil penetrates into the structure of the plumage of birds and the fur of mammals. Some birds die because they have ingested oil. Many birds drown because they stick to the oil and cannot get out of the water. Fish die of starvation because of loss of food or from being poisoned by the oil.

Answered by  | 4th Jun, 2014, 03:23: PM