Oil in the water increases ARSENIC

By: Cassiopoia

One of the environmental impacts that an oil spill has on the oceans is an increased amount of arsenic in the water that has a detrimental effect on all kinds of marine life. Arsenic exists in the water at all times, but it is usually kept at non-threatening levels by a natural filtration system. Sediments on the sea floor can bind with the arsenic and remove it from the water, recycling it into the earth’s crust. However, with oil in the water the sediments are blocked from binding with the arsenic which causes levels to rise and arsenic to accumulate. The news report says “It can disrupt the photosynthesis process in marine plants and increase the chances of genetic alterations that can cause birth defects and behavioural changes in aquatic life,”
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http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2010/07/02/oil-spill-arsenic.html

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