1990 Photo Contest, News Feature, 2nd prize

Natalie Fobes

National Geographic

01 March, 1989

Five days after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the layer of oil floating on the water is up to 45cm thick. The worst oil disaster in the history of the US made headlines around world when the Exxon Valdez ran aground. An area the size of New Jersey in Prince William Sound was covered with a thick blanket of oil and 1,609km of the state's rocky coast became badly contaminated. An army of workers was mobilized to clean up the coastline.

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Natalie Fobes

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