The US' National Archives has released a collection of 15,000 of an epic 80,000 photographs taken by photographers for the Environmental Protection Agency in the early seventies called 'Documerica'. This period marked the beginning of institutional environmentalism in the US after more than a decade of grassroots activism and the photographs go to show the sorry state of the relationship be tween the US people and their country at this period.

A good selection of 46 of the originals are available on the Atlantic website, while MSN's photoblog has helpfully cataloged a couple of modern comparisons made by the Associated Press.