SPAIN Near O Grove -- 15/12/2002 -- Aerial view of a polluted beach near O Grove on the Galician coast.
SPAIN Illa Arousa -- 15/12/2002 -- Aerial view of a polluted coastline of Arousa Island on the Galician coast. Thousands of tonnes of heavy fuel oil has contaminated large swathes of the north-western coast of Spain after the tanker Prestige sank in late November 2002. The ship was carrying around 57,000 tonnes of fuel oil (pictured as black stains on sand and rocks) and while some has been extracted from the wreck, a lot of the oil has leaked into the sea causing a ecological disaster along much of the southern Atlantic coast of Europe. The cost of the disaster is estimated at over 20 billion Euros. Thousands of volunteers and military personnel are involved in the clean-up operation which could last for six months -- Picture ¬© Jon Mitchell / Lightroom Photos
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Author: ©2006 TopFoto / Jon Mitchell
©2006 TopFoto / Jon Mitchell
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