Bird in an oil slick, Iraq, 2003

Bird in an oil slick, Iraq, 2003

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Credit: PETER MENZEL/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Bird on an oil spill in Iraq's Rumeilah Oil Field. Several wells were set on fire by retreating Iraqi troops when coalition forces invaded Iraq. After one burning well was extinguished, the well gushed oil for several hours, leading to the formation of a large oil lake. Birds mistook it for water, landed and became trapped. Photographed in March 2003.

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Keywords: 2003, animal, bird, damaged, disaster, dying, environment, environmental, iraq, iraqi, lake, oil pollution, pool, rumeilah, slick, spill, war, wildlife

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