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Wednesday, 21 March, 2001, 01:03 GMT
In Pictures: End of an oil giant
Despite efforts to save it, the world's largest oil rig keeled over and sank off the coast of Brazil along with 1.5 million litres of oil - raising fears of environmental damage.

Debris from P-36 oil rig
Debris continued to rise to the surface hours after the rig's final plunge

P-36 Oil rig, hours before sinking off the coast of Brazil
Salvage crews had battled to save the giant platform

Salvage efforts prior to P36 rig's sinking
Salvage teams had tried to pump out water from the rig's flooded compartments - to little avail

Sinking zone
Oil appeared to slowly seep to the surface after the rig keeled over and sank

P-36 rig in 1999
In 1999, the rig was one of Brazil's most productive oil installations

Yellow-nosed Albatross (photo: BirdLife International)
The yellow-nosed albatross may be threatened should Petrobras fail to contain the spill

Spectacled petrel  (photo: BirdLife International)
The spectacled petrel is is known to be present in increasing numbers off Brazil at this time of year.

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