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Cleaning Up Oil Spills with Mushrooms and Hair!

Posted By Yuka Yoneda On April 29, 2010 @ 1:15 pm In Disaster-proof design,Sustainable Materials,Water Issues | 6 Comments

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The massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has spurred scientists and engineers to consider numerous solutions to clean up the slick — from erecting a giant underwater dome [2] to contain the spill to setting it on fire (update: according to the Washington Post [3], it looks like the Coast Guard is going ahead with their plan to set the oil spill ablaze). But what if the slick could be cleaned up in a way that is totally organic? One very unusual solution calls for the use of mushrooms and hair [1] (yes, mushrooms and hair) to absorb the oil. The technique is tried and true — it was actually used in the Cosco Busan oil spill of ’07 [1]!

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2007/11/19/cleaning-up-an-oil-spill-with-hair-and-mushrooms/

[2] giant underwater dome: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/28/giant-underwater-dome-could-contain-gulf-of-mexico-oil-spill/

[3] Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2010/04/28/DI2010042804012.html

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