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Eco-photos of the week: May 15-21

May 20, 2011, 5:25 a.m.
A satellite image displays the open NOCO levee located north of New Orleans, La. on May 16.

Photo: DigitalGlobe

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Opening the spillways

A satellite image displays the open NOCO levee located north of New Orleans on May 16.

The U.S. Corps of Engineers opened the levee in an attempt to control the current flooding of the Mississippi River. The last time the corps had to open the levees was in 1973.