How this tragedy happened and what should be done will consume almost as much ink as oil spilled, but the most visceral and powerful way into this story is through pictures. I’ve been following ProPublica’s reporting, but I highly recommend their constantly updated slideshow. They have collected some spectacular images.
(Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images via ProPublica)
And if you want to get a bit Google Earth-y, check this page out, which allows you to track the spill by satellite, as well as compare its size to major US cities.
This picture, from the Boston Globe, is heartbreaking.
(Photo: AP via Boston Globe)
I hope these images don’t fade from anyone’s memory too quickly.