The "Gulf spill" has already been seared into popular consciousness in the US along with "Three Mile Island" and "Valdez," even if the long-term impact of the latest disaster in America's energy sector is still unclear.
Not only were 11 men killed...
Dead sharks and dolphins are washing ashore.
Crabs, turtles and birds are being found soaked in oil as the slick sloshes into Louisiana wetlands.
South of New Orleans, chocolate-like globs of oil have shut down the public beach.
Photographers' images, some of them chillingly beautiful, can only begin to hint at the enormity of the disaster.
The very latest from the disaster site
Image: A memorial in front of Patrick Shay's fish camp, built by his neighbors and him "In Memory of all that is lost courtesy of BP and our Federal Government", in Grand Isle, Louisiana, May 31, 2010.
Text & Images courtesy: Reuters
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