From Green Right Now Reports
May 17: This latest satellite image of the BP oil slick shows the long tail of the spill. It was captured by the Terra satellite operated by NASA. The oil has moved closer to shore, particularly along the Mississippi Delta.
NASA satellite photography captured the BP oil slick, now in its third week, from space.
The slick has been said to have a surface area greater than Maryland; and even though experts continue to debate how devastating or unprecedented it will or won’t be, it is a prominent feature in the gulf, where it’s is visible as a thick, gray hook-shaped feature.
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center based in Greenbelt, Md., reports that the slick is directly south of the Mississippi/Alabama borders, southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi.
Southerly winds could push the j-shaped glob ashore into Louisiana’s marshes, or toward Mississippi and Alabama beaches. The possibility remains that it could catch the loop current and ride around to Florida.
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