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Photograph by Sarah Leen

Just off a ship, imported cars jam a parking lot at the port of Baltimore before trains and trucks pick them up for delivery to dealers along the mid-Atlantic coast and into the Midwest. "We get a shipment like this every day," says spokeswoman Rebecca Barber. "More than 520 vehicle carriers unload here every year." Around the country more than six million cars arrive from abroad annually, contributing to an addiction to driving that has helped make the U.S. the biggest consumer of oil—and oil-based products like gasoline—in the world.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: Nikkor 55mm
Speed and F-Stop: Unrecorded
Weather Conditions: Sunny with some clouds
Time of Day: Sunset
Lighting Techniques: Available light
Special Equipment or Comments: This image was shot from a Robinson helicopter with the door removed so that no glass was between the camera and the scene. (Read Leen's Field Notes for more about this image.)


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