The National Academy of Sciences estimate that 1.7 to 8.8 million tons of oil are released into world's water every year, of which more than 70 per cent is directly related to human activities. The effects of these spills are all too apparent: dead wildlife, oil covered marshlands and contaminated water chief among them. This reference will provide scientists, engineers and practitioners with the latest methods used for identifying and eliminating spills before they occur and develop the best available techniques, equipment and materials for dealing with oil spills in every environment. Topics covered in this title include: spill dynamics and behaviour, spill treating agents, and cleanup techniques such as: in situ burning, mechanical containment or recovery, chemical and biological methods and physical methods are used to clean up shorelines. Also included in this title are the fate and effects of oil spills and means to assess damage. It covers spill dynamics and behaviour. This is a definitive guide to spill treating agents. It offers complete coverage of cleanup techniques. It includes fate and effects of oil spills and means to assess damage.