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A clean up crew hired by BP tries to sop oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, along the shoreline on Queen Bess island in Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

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A dead black drum (Pogonias cromis) as it floats through oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, near Grand Isle, Louisiana.

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Burning surface oil not far from the Deepwater Horizon spill site creates huge black columns of smoke in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Burning surface oil not far from the Deepwater Horizon spill site creates huge black columns of smoke in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Berms were built on a barrier island near Grand Isle, Louisiana, in an attempt to protect it from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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Boats burning off surface oil not near the Deepwater Horizon spill site creating huge black columns of smoke in the Gulf of Mexico.

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This aerial shows two types of burn-offs used on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The big black column of smoke is from oil being burned after being skimmed up with ships towing booms. The second kind of burning is coming in the forms of big flares at the actual relief well drilling site itself. A new rig has been brought in to directly burn off whatever it can pull off the tophat, which some have estimated at a million gallons a day.

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This aerial shows two types of burn-offs used on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The big black column of smoke is from oil being burned after being skimmed up with ships towing booms. The second kind of burning is coming in the forms of big flares at the actual relief well drilling site itself. A new rig has been brought in to directly burn off whatever it can pull off the tophat, which some have estimated at a million gallons a day.

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Aerial view of the oil booms deployed around Queen Bess Island in an attempt to protect it from the Deepwater Horizon spill. They proved largely ineffective in keeping this important bird rookery safe from oil.

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A crew of BP contractors attempt to siphon oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill out of a marsh in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Oil booms were deployed to defend Cat Island, Louisiana (an important bird rookery) from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. They proved largely ineffective.

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Portrait of a dead sea turtle, covered in oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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Shrimp boats sit idle at the Myrtle Grove marina in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. The economic impact of the Deepwater Horizon spill will be felt for years to come.

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Massive amounts of oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill ring the outer edges of a marsh near the mouth of the Mississippi river in Louisiana.

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Oil booms deployed to protect the bird rookery at Cat Island, Louisiana, from the Deepwater Horizon spill proved largely ineffective.

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A former shrimping boat now trawls for oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

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Crude oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill coats marshes on a barrier island in Barataria Bay, Louisiana. Once oiled this heavily, marsh grasses will die.

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Crude oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill coats marshes on a barrier island in Barataria Bay, Louisiana. Once oiled this heavily, marsh grasses will die.

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An underwater view of surface oil in Barataria Bay, Louisiana, from the Deepwater Horizon spill.

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An underwater view of surface oil in Barataria Bay, Louisiana, from the Deepwater Horizon spill.

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Hundreds of pipeline canals and shipping lanes have been cut into the coastal marshes of Louisiana. Each one allows more saltwater to intrude from the Gulf, killing the marsh and allowing more oil to penetrate from the Deepwater Horizon spill.

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Aerial of the marshlands that have literally been cut to pieces by pipeline canals and shipping channels that have been put in by the oil industry over the years. Such huge canals have allowed saltwater to intrude, killing off the marsh and eliminating its resistance to catastrophic events in the Gulf such as storms, and now, oil spills like the Deepwater Horizon.

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A protest cemetery dedicated to all the things lost because of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Grand Isle, Louisiana.

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An oiled white ibis (Eudocimus albus) lifts off from a rookery on a barrier island in Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

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A thick oil slick, from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, covers the water in Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

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A pelican, covered in oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, lies dead on a beach at East Grande Terre, Louisiana.

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A boat pulls booms over the water in Barataria Bay, Louisiana, cleaning up oil from the Deepwater Horizon Spill.

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Crude oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill washed ashore on Queen Bess Island, Louisiana in Barataria Bay.

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Joel Sartore, on assignment for National Geographic magazine, while photographing the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

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A clean up crew hired by BP tries to sop oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, along the shoreline on Queen Bess island in Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

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A brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis), covered with oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, on Queen Bess Island in Barataria Bay, Louisiana. The bird was taken to a rehab center.

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A brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis), covered with oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, on Queen Bess Island in Barataria Bay, Louisiana. The bird was taken to a rehab center.

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A brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis), covered with oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, on Queen Bess Island in Barataria Bay, Louisiana. The bird was taken to a rehab center.

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A brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis), covered with oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, on Queen Bess Island in Barataria Bay, Louisiana. The bird was taken to a rehab center.

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A brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis), covered with oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, on Queen Bess Island in Barataria Bay, Louisiana. The bird was taken to a rehab center.

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A man holds a brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) covered with oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, on Queen Bess Island, Louisiana.

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