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Three Historic Blowouts

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Science  07 May 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5979, pp. 675
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5979.675

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The decade from 1969 to 1979 witnessed three massive spills from offshore oil wells around the world: the IXTOC 1 spill off Mexico in 1979, the Ekofisk spill in the North Sea in 1977, and the 1969 spill off the coast of Santa Barbara. Science compares their size and impact.