In the Year's Final Indignity, Slime Coats Brazil's Pristine Beaches

  • Sludge from Vale-BHP dam collapse is spreading into Atlantic
  • Many travelers cancel trips amid warning to stay out of water

Damages after a dam burst near the village of Bento Rodrigues, in Minas Gerais state, Brazil, on Nov. 6.

Photographer: Christophe Simon/AFP via Getty Images

After a rough 2015, all Paula de Souza Vieira wanted -- like millions of other beach-obsessed Brazilians who flood the coast at year-end -- was a good vacation.

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