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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill - MODIS/Aqua Detail (with interpretation), May 7, 2010

This MODIS / Aqua image taken the afternoon of May 7, 2010, only shows the thickest part of the oil slick resulting from the ongoing Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Clouds, nearshore turbidity and sediment from the Mississippi River outlet channels, and haze are obscuring what may be large areas affected by oil slick and sheen. Compare with NOAA map showing oil slicks mapped by aerial overflights and predicted by trajectory modeling.

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Taken on May 7, 2010