A ship cuts through a band of oil on the surface of the water. A substantial layer of oily sediment stretches for dozens of miles in all directions from the wellhead, suggesting that a large amount of oil did not evaporate or dissipate, but may have instead settled to the seafloor.

So reads the caption on Daniel Beltrá’s Oil Spill #17, an aerial shot of the Gulf of Mexico that he snapped just two weeks after BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded...

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