Scientists Find Way to Make Oil-Soaked Soil Fertile Again

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Scientists have discovered a way to clean oil-soaked soil and make it fertile again. The technique involves heating the soil while keeping oxygen out — an age-old process known as pyrolysis — which causes the hydrocarbons and other contaminants to decompose without damaging the soil’s clays or nutrients, according to a new study in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.

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