Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico May 24th [Detail]

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    NASA image acquired May 24, 2010

    On May 24, 2010, the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this false-color, high-resolution view of the very tip of the Mississippi River Delta. Ribbons and patches of oil that have leaked from the Deepwater Horizon well offshore are silver against the light blue color of the adjacent water. Vegetation is red.

    To learn more about this image go to: earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=44078

    To learn more about the oil spill go to: www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/oil-creep.html

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is home to the nation's largest organization of combined scientists, engineers and technologists that build spacecraft, instruments and new technology to study the Earth, the sun, our solar system, and the universe.

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