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2010.04.24 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

On April 20, 2010, an explosion occurred on the semi-submersible offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 rig workers and injuring 17 others. On April 24, it was found that the wellhead was damaged and was leaking oil into the Gulf. This significant spill poses a serious threat to wildlife, affecting as many as 400 species along the coastal areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.

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    (05/21/2010) It is estimated that at least 6 million gallons of oil have leaked into the Gulf of Mexico since the Deepwater Horizon explosion a month ago.
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    (05/21/2010) Cleanup efforts are underway, but the oil has spread extensively around the Gulf and along the southern U.S. coastline.
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    (05/21/2010) Oil has begun washing up on the beaches of Louisiana and the delicate wetlands along the Mississippi River, and can spread to Florida and throughout the Gulf as weather conditions change.
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    (05/21/2010) This sequence of images, coming from NASA’s MODIS satellites, illustrates the movement and growth of the oil slick over the past few weeks
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    An unidentified Coast Guard personnel carries the dead pelican that was found on North Breton Island, Louisiana, on May 20.
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    Oil seeps onto wetlands on Elmer's Island in Grand Isle, Louisiana, on May 20. The oil moved inland despite oil booms that were placed at the wetlands' mouth.
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    Workers construct a dam to prevent more oil from entering wetlands on Elmer's Island in Grand Isle, Louisiana, on May 20.
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    An oil-covered crab is seen on a beach at the mouth of the Mississippi River near Venice, Louisiana, on May 19.
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    Boat captain Preston Morris shows a surface sample of oil he collected the marsh in Pass a Loutre, Louisiana, on May 19.
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    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal scoops thick oil with a net as he tours the oil-impacted marsh in Pass a Loutre, Louisiana, on May 19.
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    Oil clumps on roseau cane in the Northeast Pass of the Mississippi River on the coast of Louisiana near Venice on May 18.
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    Greenpeace oil spill specialist Paul Horsman inspects the oil in the South Pass area near the mouth of the Mississippi River on May 17.
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    Greenpeace Senior Campaigner Lindsey Allen, takes a sample of oil on the breakwater in the mouth of the Mississippi River on May 18.
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    Photographer Carolyn Cole, with The Los Angeles Times takes pictures of oil on the breakwater in the mouth of the Mississippi River on May 18.
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    EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson reaches down to scoop a sample of oil as she tours affected marshes in Pass a Loutre, Louisiana, on May 24.
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    A worker shovels oil off Fourchon Beach in Port Fourchon, Louisiana, on May 24.
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    In this photo provided by Greenpeace, crews try to clean an island covered in oil on the South part of East Bay, south of Venice, Louisiana, on May 23.
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    Nesting pelicans are seen landing on May 22 as oil washes ashore on an island that is home to hundreds of brown pelican nests as well at terns, gulls and roseate spoonbills in Barataria Bay.
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    Baby, immature and adult oil stained pelicans rest on an island in Barataria Bay just inside the coast of Louisiana, on May 23.
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    Oil is trapped between two booms in a marsh in Pass a Loutre, along the coast of Louisiana, on May 22.
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    Oil booms sit in a marsh in Pass a Loutre, Louisiana, on May 22.
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    Oil is seen on an island near the South Pass of the Mississippi River on the coast of Louisiana on May 21.
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    A Greenpeace activist trudges through oil on a beach near Venice, Louisiana, on May 20.
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    Oil washes through the reeds on a beach near Venice, Louisiana, on May 20.
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    Beach goers look at oil that has washed onto a beach in Grand Isle, Louisiana, on May 20.
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    National Wildlife Federation worker Emily Guidry examines oil on reeds along the Louisiana coast at the Mississippi River delta south of Venice, Louisiana, on May 20.
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    National Wildlife Federation program manager Maura Wood examines oil on a reed along the Louisiana coast at the Mississippi River delta south of Venice, Louisiana, on May 20.
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    U.S. Fish and Wildlife officer Raul Sanchez bags and tags as evidence a dead, oil-covered pelican that was found on North Breton Island, Louisiana, on May 20.
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    Oil absorbent material boom lies near oiled rocks at a land bridge built by the Louisiana National Guard to stop oil from reaching Elmer's Island in Grand Isle, Louisiana, on May 25.
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    This video image shows the equipment in use, in an attempt to stop the flow of oil on May 26.
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    A sign protesting the oil spill and BP is shown in Grand Isle, Louisiana, on May 27.
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    Oil streaks approach Brush Island, Louisiana, on May 26.
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    Oil floats on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico on May 26.
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    Douglas Inkley, left, from the National Wildlife Federation, stands near oil-soaked vegetation in Barataria Bay, just inside the coast of Louisiana, on May 25.
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    A dead porpoise dries as a BP cleanup crew works to remove oil from a beach at Port Fourchon, Louisiana, on May 25.
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    Oil sheen is seen of the surface of the Gulf of Mexico on May 26.
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    A hand covered with oil points to an oiled marsh where oil has come ashore in Blind Bay, Louisiana, on May 26.
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    Oil floats ashore at the Grand Isle East State Park on Grand Isle, Louisiana, on May 27.
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    Reporter Anderson Cooper is reflected in oil-filled water during a tour of areas where oil has come ashore in Blind Bay, Louisiana, on May 26.