On Exxon Valdez anniversary, a fresh spill threatens Texas wildlife


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The accident-prone oil-transportation sector is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez grounding in Alaska with a large oil spill on the other side of the country.

An oil barge-versus-ship accident in Texas’s Galveston Bay on Saturday triggered the largest Gulf of Mexico oil spill since the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Galveston Bay isn’t really a bay; it’s one of America’s largest and most ecologically productive estuaries, and it’s surrounded by wildlife refuges. Oil quickly started coating wildlife at the Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary. A Texas wildlife official told the L.A. Times that “hundreds or thousands of birds” are threatened:

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Watch this dry riverbed fill up in seconds


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Nature’s been watching Michael Bay movies again! A crowd near Israel’s dry, dusty Zin River recently got caught off guard by a flash flood and had to hightail it to avoid getting swept away:

The Negev desert is better known for its arid sun — and plans to build a giant solar power station — than abundant rainfall. The Zin River had been dried up for years, so you can’t really blame the onlookers (and eager dog). Heavy rain in nearby mountains was SUPPOSEDLY the culprit, although the Plain of Sodom is nearby, so God might’ve been trying to scare all those teens using the back door.

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