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Destructive Oil Spills

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On April 26, weathered oil is seen near the coast of Louisiana from a leaking pipeline that resulted from an explosion on a Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. Crews are working with robot submarines to activate a shutoff device known as a blowout preventer to close off the flow of oil at the sunken rig's well head. Hundreds of miles of marshes, barrier islands, and white sand beaches are threatened by the approaching oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

PHOTO: Gerald Herbert/AP

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