National Geographic : 1990 Jan
Alaska's Big Spill Can the Wilderness Heal? By BRYAN HODGSON NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SENIOR WRITER Photographs by NATALIE FOBES It had always been inviolate, an archipelago of eagles and whales. But last March 24, 11 million gallons of oil assaulted Prince William Sound when the Exxon Valdez struck a reef. Three weeks later the tide washes oil from one fouled island among scores (following pages). Cleaning a beach, Alaskan Sonya Knight weeps at the wildlife loss. "Cry for one animal," a co-worker advised, "but work to save the rest" (left).