Sad, Scared Traders: The Global Financial Crisis In Pictures (SLIDESHOW)

After the United States began struggling with an economic crisis while the world watched, the crisis conditions spread rapidly into other countries and other markets, going so far as to shut down Russian markets multiple times and causing large-scale emergency action in Iceland.

We know what the charts look like -- jagged lines heading mostly southeast -- but below, take a look at the faces of the traders on the front lines in the crisis: