Disaster unfolds slowly in the Gulf of Mexico  

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The Boston Globe has a great montage of photos of the oil spill in the gulf of mexico - Disaster unfolds slowly in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Here's a picture of Deepwater Horizon on fire and listing badly shortly before she went down 1500m to the ocean floor:

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"One of the largest deep-water off-shore drilling rigs... in September 2009, it drilled the deepest oil well in history at a vertical depth of 10,683.2 m" (wiki)

Some people have speculated that the size of the spill could be up to 70,000 barrels a day. That is an Exxon Valdez disaster every four days.

BP is spending $6m a day to try and plug the leak, no success in sight.

The scale of the disaster raises questions about the viability of these giant deep depth operations.

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