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Spilling oil in the name of science

Scientists in Canada have been deliberately fouling a fresh-water Ontario lake to study how it responds to pollution from a pipeline spill. They upped the ante last month by dumping 300 liters of diluted oil sands product into a corralled portion of a Boreal Lake, the BBC reports. The experiment, performed at the International Institute for Sustainable Development Experimental Lakes Areas, is giving scientists their first chance to work at scale on monitoring the impact of a spill of the dense crude oil, called diluted bitumen, on this sensitive ecosystem, which is widespread throughout the country.

*Correction, 6 July, 12 p.m.: An earlier version of this story misstated the duration and scope of the project. 

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