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Beach homes are almost completely obscured by sand piles on the west end of Dauphin Island, Alabama, where efforts to protect the island from oil threatening as a result of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion earlier in the month were heavily underway May 7, 2010. City officials hope the sand will protect the homes if the oil reaches the island. (Photo by Carmen K. Sisson/Cloudybright)
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Beach homes are almost completely obscured by sand piles on the west end of Dauphin Island, Alabama, where efforts to protect the island from oil threatening as a result of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion earlier in the month were heavily underway May 7, 2010. City officials hope the sand will protect the homes if the oil reaches the island. (Photo by Carmen K. Sisson/Cloudybright)