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If gasoline is spilled into a lake, an oil slick floating on the surface forms rapidly. What properties of alkanes are responsible for such oil slicks?

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Alkane properties like solubility, specific gravity, and viscosity are responsible for oil slicks in lakes. Alkanes are insoluble in water because the polar water molecules are not attracted to the ...

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This solution explains which properties of alkanes are responsible for oil slicks on water surfaces.

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