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Most Recent Satellite Image of Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico

Published by Matt on Mon May 10, 2010 1:10 pm via: Earth Observatory
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Eighteen days after the Deepwater Horizon accident, an oil slick lingered in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image on May 8, 2010.

Most Recent Satellite Image of Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico. Credit: NASA/Earth Observatory

Most Recent Satellite Image of Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico. Credit: NASA/Earth Observatory

Although partially obscured by clouds, oil is discernible in two areas—a serpentine slick near the Mississippi Delta, and a large round slick south of the Mississippi-Alabama border. Oil on the water is visible in this image thanks to sunglint (sunlight reflecting off the ocean’s surface into the satellite sensor).

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