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Photo of the Week (5/10/10)

 

Runaway Oil
oil on pavement
Link Roberts/Marine Photobank
Oil from the April 20, 2010 Deep Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico has begun to wash ashore, expanding its already devastating impacts on marine life to coastal ecosystems, communities and economies. On top of the environmental implications of the millions of gallons of spilled oil now estimated to blanket the Gulf region, our daily activities and routine oil use continuously pollute marine environments. In addition to what is deposited from oil extraction and transportation activities, millions of gallons of petroleum from land-based runoff from sources such as airports, parking lots, streets (such as this one in New York) gas stations as well as small boats and jet skis end up in North American waters each year.

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