Oil pollution of beaches

Oil Pollution Sources Sea Diagram

The fate and effects of oil washed up on beaches depend not only on the variables such as oil type, mentioned above, but also on the energy level of the shore degree of exposure to wave energy and on substratum type. In general, the more exposed the shore, the quicker the biological recovery time of the littoral benthos. This applies both to rocky and sedimentary beaches. Oil does not remain long on wave-battered rocky shores, and where vertical cliffs are present the oil may never reach them...