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Tierra del Fuego

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Tierra del Fuego, the land of fire, was what Magellan named the tip of South America in 1520. He had seen the fires set by local inhabitants who did not want the Portuguese explorer to set foot on their land. A new page in the history of this distant part ...

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Like most people in my country I had absolutely no idea it was so expansive and invasive the exploitation of oil in one of the few places in the world where life flows so naturally without human intervention from the origins. My reaction upon seeing the picture was not only surprised but also curious .. so many Argentine offshore plattaforms? So, as usually, I inquire online and to my surprise found that in September 2006, Enarsa Sipetrol Argentina and YPF signed an agreement to explore, develop and exploitoil deposits in the Area E2 on the continental shelf of Argentina, a area of about 14,000 km2 off the coast of Santa Cruz and the Strait of Magellan… I got astonishment.. 6 years! This photo was like pulling the blindfold off ...... Worst part of all is what it is not said or shown: underwater oil leaks with just drill ... Thank you very much for sharing this pictures and for keeping + showing us the orbital perspective of our fragile oasis

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Exploring Earth from above can lead to surprises. The square at the center contains 56 individual platforms, the others number at 190 platforms (used the hi-res for counting). Such leakages are "natural", say the operators, unavoidable. Greatest damages to marine environment are not done by the major disasters (like Exxon Valdez or BP in the Gulf of Mexico) but by the gradual input of contaminated wastewater from washing the tanks of oil tankers everywhere in international waters and the dumping of that water (millions of litres in case of large tankers) in the open sea. The pic actually shows the platforms near the Falkland Islands (in the bottom left corner) stretching north along the coast of the Argentine provinces of Santa Cruz and Chubut. Don Pettit certainly has seen Tierra del Fuego from above but in this pic it is just out of frame at the left edge.

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Those aren't drilling platforms, they are fishing boats. They stay in international waters, and they use their lights beyond the 201 mile limit, to attract the fish on the Argentinean coast. That is one of the most worrisome depredation of sea resources in the world. See http://www.fao.org/docrep/009/y5852e/Y5852E08.htm Figure c2.2 or satelite images like this one http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_1eMHM3_1yg8/Rp0mVS6qkEI/AAAAAAAAAFw/XaPMzFXX6K8/s400/PescaCalamar1.jpg

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