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  Antarctica to get massive clean-up
Updated 17 October 2001, 18.57
Pollution in antarctica
A huge operation to clear nearly 100 years of rubbish from Antarctica is about to get underway.

A French environmental company has said it'll spend nearly 700,000 in an effort to clean up the icy continent.

Dumping ground

Antartica is polluted with about 300,000 tonnes of rubbish, threatening animals and plants which live there.

Some of the rubbish has been there for nearly a century - left behind by explorers who abandoned equipment used on their treks.

This includes old batteries and rusty drums which are slowly breaking down and poisoning the snow.

Twenty years ago, explorers agreed to carry their rubbish home with them - but earlier waste still remains.

The new clean-up operation should start in December and could take up to ten years.

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