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Problem statement: Oil Spills are degraded by aerobic bacteria, water washing, evaporation and oxidation. In the absence of water the first two of these processes cannot operate. This is the situation in the low rainfall environment of the Kuwaiti desert where oil lakes still persist 20 years after the initial spills. The oils contain longer chain n-alkanes but have lost light ends and evaporation appears to be the dominant degradation mechanism. Approach: We have simulated evaporation ofdoi:10.3844/ajessp.2011.219.223 fatcat:3iqmuglef5de5gixyi7w4oubqe