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MNN's 2010 photos of the year

Dec. 25, 2010, 9:59 a.m.
A brown pelican covered in oil struggles to escape the muck on the shore of East Grand Terre Island, Louisiana in the wake of the BP Deepwater Horizon rig explosion.

Photo: Charlie Riedel/AP

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Mired in oil

A brown pelican drenched in oil struggles to escape the muck along the shore of East Grand Terre Island, La., on June 3 in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and Gulf oil spill.

The spill, which actively flowed for three straight months before finally being plugged permanently, leaked nearly 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.