A Picture is Worth... NASA Photos Show Massive Oil Slick From Burnt & Sunk Oil Rig


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What you're looking at above is a photo taken by NASA of the oil slick created by the explosion and sinking of the oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico that happened last week. So far, an estimated 42,000 gallons of oil per day are leaking from it. Scroll down for a close-up of the area indicated on the wide shot. The detail picked up is pretty amazing. Click on the links for even more detail.
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NASA explains:

These images of the affected area were captured on April 25 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite (top, wider view) and the Advanced Land Imager on NASA's Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite (bottom, close up).

In the top image, the Mississippi Delta is at image center, and the oil slick is a silvery swirl to the right. The oil slick may be particularly obvious because it is occurring in the sunglint area, where the mirror-like reflection of the Sun off the water gives the Gulf of Mexico a washed-out look. The close-up view shows waves on the water surface as well as ships, presumably involved in the clean up and control activities.

Big old tip of the hat to Andy Revkin and his Facebook page on this one...

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