<p>A worker scoops up oil from a spill near <a id="h0kq" title="Dalian, China (map)" href="http://maps.nationalgeographic.com/map-machine#s=h&amp;c=38.92167906327222, 121.58213809132579&amp;z=11">Dalian, China (map)</a>, in July. An estimated 1,500 tons of crude oil spilled into the Yellow Sea when two pipelines exploded in the busy port city on July 16.</p><p>Perhaps overshadowed by news of a nearly simultaneous <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/gulf-oil-spill-news/">oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico</a>, the story is among our editors' selections for the most interesting NatGeo News stories of 2010 that flew under the radar in terms of visits.</p><p>See more pictures of the disaster in&nbsp; <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/07/photogalleries/100730-china-oil-spill-dalian-environment-world-pictures/">"China Oil Spill Photos: Fire, Crude, and an Inky Cleanup."</a></p>

China Oil Spill

A worker scoops up oil from a spill near Dalian, China (map), in July. An estimated 1,500 tons of crude oil spilled into the Yellow Sea when two pipelines exploded in the busy port city on July 16.

Perhaps overshadowed by news of a nearly simultaneous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the story is among our editors' selections for the most interesting NatGeo News stories of 2010 that flew under the radar in terms of visits.

See more pictures of the disaster in  "China Oil Spill Photos: Fire, Crude, and an Inky Cleanup."

Photograph from Reuters

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