Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Satellite-View-of-the-Oil-Spill-in-the-Gulf-of-Mexico-27MZIFIKZQNP.htmlConceptually similarSatellite View of the Oil Spill in the Gulf of MexicoGP021PECompleted★★★★Satellite View of the Oil Spill in the Gulf of MexicoGP025W7Completed★★★★Satellite View of the Oil Spill in the Gulf of MexicoGP025W6Completed★★★★Satellite View of the Oil Spill in the Gulf of MexicoGP025W9Completed★★★★Satellite View of the Oil Spill in the Gulf of MexicoGP0264LCompleted★★★★Satellite View of the Oil Spill in the Gulf of MexicoGP025W3Completed★★★★Satellite View of the Oil Spill in the Gulf of MexicoGP025W8Completed★★★★Satellite View of the Oil Spill in the Gulf of MexicoGP021PDCompleted★★★★Satellite View of the Oil Spill in the Gulf of MexicoGP025WCCompleted★★★★View AllGP025WBSatellite View of the Oil Spill in the Gulf of MexicoIn this photo-image, acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite at least part of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil slick is pale gray. A large area of oil is southeast of the Mississippi Delta, at the site of the leaking Macondo well. Traces of thick oil are also visible farther north.Not all of the oil that is in the Gulf is visible here. The image shows regions of heavy oil where the oil smoothes the surface and reflects more light than the surrounding water. Lighter concentrations and streamers are not visible. Officials reported oil washing ashore and immediately offshore in eastern Alabama and northwestern Florida and this oil is not visible in the image.Several other features may mask the oil in the image. Pale white haze hangs over the Gulf, partially obscuring the view of the oil slick. The oil slick also blends with sediment washing into the Gulf from the Mississippi River. The sediment plume is tan and green. Because the sediment also reflects more light than clear water, it may be masking the presence of oil in the water. West of the mouth of the Mississippi River, sunlight reflecting off the surface of the water (sunglint) turns the water silvery white. In this region, it is difficult to see sediment and oil, but NOAA maps of the extent of the oil spill on June 7 report oil throughout sunglint region.Locations:Gulf of Mexico-Louisiana-North America-United States of AmericaDate:7 Jun, 2010Credit:© NASAMaximum size:1929px X 1286pxRestrictions:IMAGE IS IN PUBLIC DOMAIN. NO SALES. CAN BE DISTRIBUTED FREELY SUBJECT TO NASA MEDIA USAGE GUIDELINES: https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/guidelines/index.htmlKeywords:Aerial view-British Petroleum (BP)-Coastal features-Coastlines-Disasters-Earth (planet)-Governments and Government organisations-KWCI (GPI)-Marine pollution-Oceans (campaign title)-Oceans (topography)-Offshore drilling-Oil (fossil fuel)-Oil (Industry)-Oil drilling-Oil spills-Public Domain (license type)-Satellite ImagesShoot:Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig DisasterViews from NASA satellites and the International Space Station show the extent of oil spill from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil platform. The BP leased Transocean rig exploded April 20, 2010 killing 11 workers and leaking millions of barrels of oil in the worst environmental disaster in Unted States history.