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2. Spin cycle
Spin cycle

Next, also in Mobile and Venice, Mobile Fluid Recovery puts the booms in a high-speed centrifuge, which separates liquids--primarily saltwater and crude oil--from solid material. The centrifuge, slightly larger than a washing machine, is mounted on the back of a truck.

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