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"Cruise ship spill in the Antarctic not yet contained"

Original article appeared in the Star Tribune.

Last week, an antarctic cruise ship named the "Explorer", hit an iceberg off the the tip of Chile. This caused the cruise ship to sink and thousands of gallons of fuel to be dumped into the ocean.

All of the people on board were saved by a nearby ship, but 50,000 gallons of diesel fuel, 6,300 gallons of lubricant and 260 gallons of gasoline were lost in the ocean.

The general area of the spill was near Santiago, Chile. For the most part the small spill is only contained by icebergs, but officials from Chile are working to get started on creating a more permanent barrier against the spill.

Thankfully, the 50,000 gallons of diesel fuel which were dumped into the sea will not cause too much damage to the surrounding marine life. This is because diesel fuel is the least harmful of the hydrocarbons, so it will not cause too much damage.