Fate of Oil Pollution in Bangladesh-A Review

Shrinwantu Raha


Over the past few decades the oil pollution becomes frequent in marine water. Bangladesh oil spill is a severe incident happened on 9th December 2014. It was a accidental oil spill happened between a oil borne tanker and a cargo vessel. Now researchers have said that oil is basically a fatty acid or it is chemically hydrocarbons which takes which usually take long years to degrade over the ocean water. The place where the oil spill has happened is the Bangladeshi Sundarban which is one of the most sensitive ecosystems of the world. This study points out the detailed about the Bangladesh oil spill and how Bangladesh get recovered from the oil spill effects.


Oil Spill, Sundarban, Mangrove, Hydrocarbons.

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