Oil Spill Continues in Gulf of Mexico
acquired May 9, 2010 download large image (8 MB, JPEG, 5200x6000)

On May 9, 2010, oil continued to flow from a damaged offshore oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite shows the slick on Sunday afternoon.

The most concentrated part of the slick appears as a silvery, distorted U-shape in the right-hand side of the image. In the north-south direction, the longest part of the U stretches 86 kilometers (53 miles); from east to west, the U is about 54 kilometers (34 miles) wide. Tentacles of oil (faint gray) reach out from the main slick toward the west (52 kilometers, or 32 miles) and north-northwest (46 kilometers, or 29 miles).

  1. Related Resources

  2. Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Response, the official site of the Deepwater Horizon unified command.
  3. Current information about the extent of the oil slick is available from the Office of Response and Restoration at the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration.
  4. Information about the impact of the oil slick on wildlife is provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  1. Reference

  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (2009, July 20). Breton National Wildlife Refuge. Accessed May 7, 2010.

NASA image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption by Rebecca Lindsey.

Instrument(s): 
Aqua - MODIS

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