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Index – science – Huge amounts of liquids of unknown origin have been found in the Baltic Sea

According to the Swedish Coast Guard, the liquid of unknown origin found in the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Finland is not mineral oil, but is believed to be a biofuel. The spill covered 85 square kilometers in the Baltic Sea region that separates the two countries.

Since the leak was discovered on Wednesday, samples have been taken to find out what the substance is and planes have flown over it to assess its spread and the extent of environmental damage it has done. The Coast Guard said in a statement that

It is still unclear what the spilled liquid was, but it is not a mineral oil and there is currently no immediate danger of it coming down.

They are investigating environmental pollution

A preliminary investigation into environmental crimes has also been launched. The Coast Guard said it was investigating, among other things, which ships were in the area and what their cargo was.

Recently, it has become common to see oil In addition to other materials that have been spilled – writes does not depend on. It’s difficult to trace the origin of the material, says Jonathan Tholen, chief of the Coast Guard investigation.

More and more new fuels are being transported at sea, such as biofuels, and when they come into contact with water, they exhibit a wide range of behaviors that make it difficult to quickly determine what the substance is.

The Coast Guard said it won’t be able to comment on what action it will take about the leak until next week’s analysis of the samples is complete.

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