Tuesday, May 11, 2010

NASA Sees Dull Gray Oil Slick Morph Into Letter 'J'

NASA's Terra satellite passed over the Gulf of Mexico and the Deepwater Horizon oil slick on May 10 at 16:35 UTC (12:35 p.m. EDT) and captured a visible image with its Moderate Imaging Spectroradiometer Instrument. The oil slick is located southeast of the Mississippi Delta and appears as a dull gray color, almost in the shape of the letter "J." Directly north of the spill is the Alabama/Mississippi border. The area of the gulf where the slick is situated was virtually cloud-free with the exception of some high clouds (lower left, white).

Image credit: NASA/Goddard/MODIS Rapid Response Team
Text credit: Rob Gutro, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

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