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Parts of the Sabiti oil tanker oil spill NW of Jeddah, Saudi-Arabia, with ships crossing the spill area - October 22nd, 2019 | by Pierre Markuse
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Parts of the Sabiti oil tanker oil spill NW of Jeddah, Saudi-Arabia, with ships crossing the spill area - October 22nd, 2019

Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data [2019], processed by Pierre Markuse

 

Parts of the Sabiti oil tanker oil spill NW of Jeddah, Saudi-Arabia, with ships crossing the spill area - October 22nd, 2019

 

The oil appears black because its calm surface reduces the Bragg scattering of the sea surface. The ship's bows are pushing the oil aside and the turbulent wake is mixing under remaining oil, so the Bragg scattering is visible again as "normal" sea conditions are restored, leading to nicely visible ship tracks within the oil spill area.

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Uploaded on October 23, 2019