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TerraSAR-X image of the month: Oil disaster off the Australian coast
On 21 August 2009, the Montara offshore oil platform in the Timor Sea, to the northeast of Australia, started leaking oil. Over a period of ten weeks, more than two million litres of oil were lost into the sea, forming a 2000 square kilometre slick. The German radar satellite TerraSAR-X followed the growth of the slick as it occurred. The picture shows the platform and the slick spreading out from it, visible as a dark area.
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Last update: 01/12/2009 15:30:47