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Deepwater Horizon - Expanding Slick Nears Fragile Habitats

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By the 28th of April - eight days after the disaster at Deepwater Horizon - another catastrophe was brewing in the Gulf of Mexico.  NASA explains this satellite image which was acquired on April 28, 2010:

A damaged oil well may be leaking five times more oil into the Gulf of Mexico than officials first estimated. This view of the slick was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on Wednesday, April 28.

The eastern part of the oily area is covered by streaks of clouds, but the reddish streaks shown in photos of the slick appear to be visible. It appears that a tendril of oil is reaching out toward the tip of the delta.

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Media Credits

NASA image by Norman Kuring, Ocean Color Team, Goddard Space Flight Center.  Image online, courtesy NASA's Earth Observatory web site.

 

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