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.

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MODIS true color (using bands 1/4/3) and false color (using bands 7/2/1) image.

See the complete image on the MODIS Today page for 17 May 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.


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May 18, 2010
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