Gulf oil spill now visible from space

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NASA MODIS satellite image shows expanding oil slick off the Louisiana coastline.

As 40,000 gallons a day leak from the collapsed oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, the signs of the event are now visible from space. The photo above shows the spill southeast of the Mississippi Delta at 1km resolution. You can see the higher resolution images here.

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500 meter resolution MODIS image shows the proximity of the spill to the Gulf Coast barrier islands and beaches.

So far the oil appears to be out at sea, but if the leak continues and ocean currents send the slick toward the Gulf Coast we could have the makings of coastal ecological disaster just days away.

Stay tuned.

PH

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