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December 14, 2010

2010 in photos (part 1 of 3)

As the year 2010 approaches its last few days, it's time to look back on the previous 12 months. In the first third of 2010, Millions of gallons of oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico, several massive earthquakes wreaked havoc worldwide, Vancouver hosted a successful Winter Olympics, and so much more. Each photo tells its own tale, weaving together into the larger story of 2010. This is a multi-entry story, 120 photographs over three days. Please watch for part 2 and part 3 tomorrow and the next day. (40 photos total)

A bird is mired in oil on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast on Thursday, June 3, 2010. Crude oil flowed from a hole in the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico for three months after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank on April 20th, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

In this aerial photo taken in the Gulf of Mexico more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig is seen burning Wednesday, April 21, 2010. Eleven men working on the platform were killed, and 17 others injured. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) #

The growing oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico is captured in this image from NASA's (MODIS) instrument aboard the Terra satellite. This natural-color image acquired April 29, 2010 shows a twisting patch of oil nearly 125 km (78 mi) wide. Approximately 4 million barrels (170 million gallons) were released overall. (NASA Earth Observatory/Jesse Allen/University of Wisconsin SSEC) #

Crude oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill washes ashore in Orange Beach, Alabama, Saturday, June 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) #

An Afghan man walks on the street as the sun sets over Delaram district in Nimroz province, southern Afghanistan on January 20, 2010. (REUTERS/Marko Djurica) #

Fireworks explode beside the London Eye and The Houses of Parliament on the River Thames during New Year celebrations in London January 1, 2010. (REUTERS/Toby Melville) #

A layer of fog floats into Victoria harbor in Hong Kong late on March 15, 2010. (RICHARD A. BROOKS/AFP/Getty Images) #

A day after a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, killing thousands, a young woman climbs over shopping carts and the rubble of a collapsed store on January 13, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (THONY BELIZAIRE/AFP/Getty Images) #

An injured person is seen in the street after an earthquake hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Jorge Cruz) #

A man steps carefully through lifeless bodies piled outside the morgue in Port-au-Prince on January 14, 2010, following a devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti on January 12. Haiti's government has placed the final death toll at over 230,000. (JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images) #

A young Haitian man cries out in pain as his mother comforts him while being treated for a trauma wound on his arm at the Center Hospitalier de la Renaissance January 20, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Patients are being treated on the grounds of the hospital by Cuban and German doctors due to fears of the building's structural integrity. (Win McNamee/Getty Images) #

In the outskirts of Port Au Prince, bodies, apparently of the victims of the earthquake, are dumped in piles just off the roadside. Photo taken January 15, 2010. (Boston Globe/Bill Greene) #

Residents of Cite Soleil, a shantytown try desperately to enter the police station where an aid distribution point has been set up in Port-au-Prince on January 26, 2010. Quake-hit Haiti will need at least a decade of painstaking reconstruction, aid chiefs and donor nations warned, as homeless, scarred survivors struggled to rebuild their lives. (THONY BELIZAIRE/AFP/Getty Images) #

A man touches his newborn baby, born three days earlier, at the Israeli hospital in Port-au-Prince January 20, 2010. (REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins) #

Torchbearer Alexander Miller carries the flame followed by 28 horse riders in Sioux Valley Dakota, Manitoba on January 9th, 2010. (© VANOC/COVAN, Luca Bertacchi with IMF) #

A snowboarder flies through the Olympic rings at the start of the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12, 2010. (REUTERS/David Gray) #

Megan Sweeney of The United States descends the track during the Luge Women's Singles on day 5 of the 2010 Winter Olympics at Whistler Sliding Centre on February 16, 2010 in Whistler, Canada. (Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) #

Russia's Nikita Kriukov and Alexander Panzhinskiy (right) stretch to cross the finish line first in the men's individual sprint classic cross-country final at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics on February 17, 2010. Kriukov won the gold medal ahead of compatriot Panzhinskiy who took silver and Norway's Petter Northug who took bronze. (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (CANADA) #

Canadian forward Sidney Crosby (left) and teammate Scott Niedermayer celebrate as their team wins gold against the USA in the Men's Gold Medal Hockey match at the Canada Hockey Place during the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada on February 28, 2010. (YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images) #

Revellers of Mocidade Alegre samba school pose at the Sambadrome as the parade past in Sao Paulo, Brazil early on February 14, 2010. (MAURICIO LIMA/AFP/Getty Images) #

The Aurora Australis, air glow, and cloud-obscured city lights - blurred by the relative motion of the ISS during the long-exposure photograph. Two Russian spacecraft, docked to the ISS, are seen in the foreground of this April 4th, 2010 image. (NASA/JSC) #

Mourners arrive to light candles under a giant cross at Pilsudski Square in Warsaw, Poland, in memory of late Polish President Lech Kaczynski on April 11, 2010. Kaczynski, his wife Maria and leading members of the Polish military and government were killed when the presidential plane they were traveling in crashed while attempting to land at Smolensk, Russia on April 10th. The delegation was on its way to attend memorial services for the thousands of Polish military officers murdered by the Soviets during World War II at Katyn. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images) #

A five-week-old Chinchilla rabbit nibbles grass at a rabbit farm in Moosburg north of Munich March 22, 2010. The rabbits at the farm are bred to compete in rabbit shows. (REUTERS/Michaela Rehle) #

Kyrgyz riot policemen try to protect themselves during clashes with opposition supporters demonstrating against the government in Bishkek on April 7, 2010. Opposition followers killed Kyrgyzstan's interior minister, took the deputy prime minister hostage and captured state television in a deadly revolt on April 7 against President Kurmanbek Bakiyev. A source in the office of Interior Minister Moldomus Kongantiyev revealed that he had been killed in riots in the northwest hub of Talas where the first protests had erupted. (VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP/Getty Images) #

The collapsed Borde Rio apartment building is seen in Concepcion, Chile, Thursday, March 4, 2010. On February 27th, a devastating magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck Chile, one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded. (AP Photo/ Natacha Pisarenko) #

A man holds up a Chilean flag in a flooded area after an earthquake in Pelluhue, some 322 kms, about 200 miles, southwest of Santiago, Chile on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Roberto Candia) #

Spain's Gerard Farres Guell kicks up sand with his Aprilia during the 4th stage of the Dakar 2010 between Fiambala, Argentina, and Copiapo, Chile on January 5, 2010. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images) #

A penitent from "La Sed" brotherhood, walks to the church to take part in a procession in Seville, Southern Spain, Wednesday, March 31, 2010. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) #

U.S. Marines from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, protect an Afghan man and his child after Taliban fighters opened fire in the town of Marjah, in Nad Ali district, Helmand province, February 13, 2010. (REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic) #

U.S. Marine Sgt. Shane Hanley, a squad leader from Easy Company, 2-2 Marines, receives treatment by U.S. Army flight medic Sgt. Michael G. Patangan (left) while airborne in an army Task Force Pegasus medevac helicopter, shortly after Hanley was wounded, in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan on February 9th, 2010. Sgt. Hanley, of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, who agreed to have photos of himself published, sustained shrapnel injuries to the left side of his body, face and eye when an improvised explosive device detonated below him while he was on a foot patrol. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) #

Treasury Secertary Timothy Geithner (left) and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke pose for photos during the unveiling of the new $100 note at the Treasury Department April 21, 2010 in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) #

After a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck Yushu, Qinghai, China on April 14, 2010, killing over 2,500 residents, praying Tibetan monks are seen through flames, distorted by the heat shimmer above the mass cremation of victims of the earthquake on April 17, 2010. (AP Photo) #

An undercover Israeli police officer holds a weapon as another detains a Palestinian suspected of throwing stones during clashes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi al-Joz March 16, 2010. Palestinians had mounted violent protests in a "day of rage" in Jerusalem. (REUTERS/Baz Ratner) #

In this Feb. 16, 2010 photo, the work "Ants", by Colombia's artist Rafael Gomez Barros, covers the National Congress' facade in Bogota, Colombia. According to the artist the ants symbolize the people displaced by the continuing armed conflict in Colombia. . (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara) #

The Guizer Jarl or Chief of the Jarl viking squad stands before the burning viking longship during Up Helly Aa in Lerwick, Scotland on January 26, 2010. (CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Sudanese woman with ethnic Nuer tribal scarification stands outside her grass hut in the town of Malakal in Upper Nile state, April 10, 2010. The Nuer receive facial markings during initiation into adulthood. (REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly) #

27-year-old Hugo Antonio Luna lies dead in the middle of the road with 18 gunshots in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, May 5, 2010. In Mexico's continuing drug-related violence, over 9,600 people were killed in the year 2010 alone. (AP Photo/Javier Manzano) #

A balloon flies during the International Hot Air Balloon Week in Chateau-d'Oex January 23, 2010. Over 80 balloons from 15 countries participated in the ballooning event in the Swiss mountain resort. (REUTERS/Valentin Flauraud) #

Magma churns and gushes in the lava lake of Mount Nyiragongo, one of Africa's most active volcanoes, in Goma, Congo on March 31, 2010. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) #

A mature bald eagle calls out to its mate Monday, April 12, 2010, near the the confluence of the Tanana and Chena Rivers outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. (AP Photo/The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, John Wagner) #

 
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