Arctic Oil Leak 2020: Not a recent Phenomenon – Reveals Satellite Imagery

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Diplomatist, 27 June 2020 (2020)



On the 29th of May 2020, European Space Agency (ESA) satellite images reported a Diesel Oil leak from Norilsk Nickel power plant subsidiary in Arctic Russia. Since then a flurry of action on ground and online have hit the information circles on the otherwise isolated town of Norilsk. It is a northernmost city located above the Arctic circle, east of the Yenisei River, south of the Taymyr peninsula. The Norilsk Talnakh mineral deposits are said to be the largest nickel deposits in the world. The deposits have been created by Siberian Traps which is an igneous rock bed formed by the volcanic eruption and spread of lava. The population of the city is around a hundred and eighty thousand. It is considered an industrial town because of the presence of mining industries that are the mainstay of the economy. A large part of its economic activity is attributed to mineral mining.