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A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea, by Joel Achenbach

Washington Post reporter Achenbach stayed in the Gulf region long after most reporters covering the 2010 oil spill had left, watching the frenzied but painstakingly slow process of blocking the well. Achenbach calls the spill the Apollo 13 of environmental disasters, "every bit as fascinating as it was horrible." The well's isolation, along with its industry-specific technology, meant that only a small nu