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Photos: Pipeline Rupture Causes Oil Slick In Persian Gulf

Photos by Mehr News Agency

A pipeline rupture in Iran has caused a 20-kilometre oil slick along the shores of  Persian Gulf near the port city of Deylam, Mehr news agency reported on Sunday. The cause of the spill was was an explosion in a corroded pipeline. 


No information is available about when the leak started and how much oil has been spilled.  But according to Mehr, stormy weather is hampering the clean-up efforts.


Persian Gulf, in the Southwest Asian region, is an extension of the Indian Ocean located between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula. The natural environment of the Persian Gulf is very rich with good fishing grounds, extensive coral reefs, and abundant pearl oysters, but its ecology has become increasingly under pressure from the heavy industrialization and in particular the repeated major petroleum spillages associated with recent wars fought in the region.

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