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Scientists Brace for Bad Tidings After Spill

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Science  29 Nov 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5599, pp. 1695
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5599.1695

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VIGO, SPAIN-- A week ago, the hull of the tanker Prestige tore open and began disgorging a cargo of fuel oil off the Spanish coast; then on 19 November, fearsome, wind-whipped waves overwhelmed the stricken tanker, which ripped in half and sank. So far, 10,000 tons of oil are known to have leaked. The challenge for scientists is to predict what will happen to another 67,000 tons that went down with the ship and how it might harm life on the seabed.