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Beached oil slick. Aerial photograph of an oil slick (light brown, upper left) coming ashore on a beach. The use of detergents has turned the slick brown. The detergents, intended to disperse the poisonous oil, were just as poisonous to wildlife. The oil slick is from the Torrey Canyon, one of the first supertankers. The ship was wrecked off the Cornish coast of Britain in 1967. It polluted 150 kilometres of coastline in what was the first of the big oil disasters.
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