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Australia and France kick off a fresh push Monday to create a vast marine sanctuary in pristine East Antarctica, hoping to build on the success of landmark deal secured last year at a key annual conservation summit.That earlier deal saw a massive U.S. and New Zealand-backed marine protected area around the Ross Sea, covering more than 1.55 million square kilometers – roughly the size of Britain, Germany and France combined.Time ran out to seal agreement on a second proposed protected area – the Australia and France-led East Antarctica sanctuary covering another 1 million square kilometer zone.The East Antarctica plan originally comprised seven large marine areas but has been reduced to three as a compromise – MacRobertson, Drygalski and the D'Urville Sea-Mertz region.
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