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05/21/2010

Gulf oil slick makes landfall in Louisiana

Thick, sticky oil crept deeper into delicate marshes of the Mississippi Delta, an arrival dreaded for a month since the crude started spewing into the Gulf, as anger and frustration mounted over efforts to plug the gusher from a blown-out well and contain the spill.

079 Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal displays a stick that he dipped into oil on a land bridge built by the Louisiana National Guard to protect wetlands on Elmer's Island in Grand Isle, La., Thursday, May 20, 2010. Oil from last month's Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico has started drifting ashore along the Louisiana coast. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


080 Crews conduct overflights of controlled burns taking place in the Gulf of Mexico, in this photograph taken on May 19, 2010 and released on May 20.  During controlled burns, oil from the Deepwater Horizon incident is burned in an effort to reduce the amount of oil in the water. Picture taken May 19 REUTERS/Chief Petty Officer John Kepsimelis/U.S. Coast Guard/Handout


081 A Greenpeace activist walks on an oil-covered beach along the Gulf of Mexico on May 20, 2010 near Venice, Louisiana. Although BP says that it is capturing more of the massive oil leak, thousands of barrels continue gushing into the Gulf south of the Louisiana coast.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)


082 Waves from the Gulf of Mexico wash oil onto a sand bar on May 21, 2010 near the south pass of the Mississippi River on the Louisiana coast. A month after BP's Deepwater Horizon well exploded, oil continues gushing from the well and is coating beaches and marshland along the Louisiana coast.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)


083 Natural gas siphoned from the BP oil leak burns off on the Discover Enterprise on May 21, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast. Ultra-deepwater rigs and other equipment are being assembled at the site, preparing for a procedure called a "top kill" that BP hopes will stop the flow of oil from the well.  A month after BP's Deepwater Horizon well exploded, oil continues gushing from the well and is coating beaches and marshland along the coast.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)


084 Protesters gather for a candlelight vigil to mark the month anniversary of the BP oil spill on May 20, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. BP says that it is now capturing some 5,000 barrels daily from the massive spill, yet oil continues to gush into the Gulf waters south of the Louisiana coast.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)


085 Oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that got past booms washes up against a land bridge built by the Louisiana National Guard to hold back the oil in Grand Isle, La., Friday, May 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


086 A dead Northern Gannet covered in oil lies along Grand Isle Beach in Grand Isle, Louisiana May 21, 2010. A month after the well blowout and rig explosion that unleashed the catastrophic spill, sheets of rust-colored heavy oil are starting to clog fragile marshlands on the fringes of the Mississippi Delta, damaging fishing grounds and wildlife. Scientists fear parts of the huge fragmented surface slick will be sucked to the Florida Keys and Cuba by ocean currents.  REUTERS/Sean Gardner


087 Ships work around a barge funnelling some of the leaking oil from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead in this aerial view over the Gulf of Mexico May 18, 2010.  A lame from the burnoff of gasses is visible off the deck of the barge. Fears that ocean currents were spreading oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill flared on Tuesday after tar balls turned up in Florida, raising pressure on energy giant BP to capture more of the leaking crude.  REUTERS/Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace/Handout 


088 Workers try to clean up oil along the beach in Grand Isle, Louisiana, May 21, 2010. Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle said the town has closed its beach effective from noon Friday due to the presence of oil on the beach. For nearly a month, roughly 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons/795,000 liters) of oil per day have been gushing from BP's broken Deepwater oil well situated in the Gulf of Mexico, in what could be named the worst oil spill in U.S. history. REUTERS/Sean Gardner


089 A crew of about 100 men work cleaning up the oil that has washed ashore near Grand Isle, Louisiana, on Friday, May 21, 2010,. This is the first time that large amounts of oil has washed ashore in populated areas. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/MCT)


090 Gas from the damaged Deepwater Horizon wellhead is burned by the drillship Discoverer Enterprise May 16, 2010, in a process known as flaring. Gas and oil from the wellhead are being brought to the surface via a tube that was placed inside the damaged pipe.  (Petty Officer Patrick Kelley/US Coast Guard/MCT)


091 Erica Miller (left), veterinarian with the Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research and colleagues at the International Bird Rescue Research Center facility in Fort Jackson, Louisiana clean a brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) covered in oil from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead, May 15, 2010. (Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace/MCT)

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Great pictures capturing the reality of an avoidable disgusting human exploit of the environment. Hopefully public outcry can be heard and and governments start to take more actions by placing regulations to avoid this in the future - there is a limit to how much abuse our Earth can take.

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