MODIS Images of Gulf Oil Slick

Since 20 April 2010, when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and subsequently sank, a relentless cloud of crude oil has been flowing from the ruptured drilling site into the Gulf of Mexico just 41 miles from the Louisiana coast.

satellite image of oil slick

MODIS true color image displayed using Google Earth (courtesy of Liam Gumley, CIMSS) offers a different perspective of the oil slick.

See the complete image on the MODIS Today page for 19 June 2010.

The Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) Blog is providing ongoing satellite coverage and analysis of the growing oil slick.

NOAA has created an Emergency Response page focusing on the disaster.

The official site of the Deepwater Horizon Unified Command details efforts to curtail the damage.

An excellent summary of the how the disaster happened has been posted by the BBC.


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June 22, 2010
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