Oil spill in Gulf of Mexico and Google Earth maps

As the Gulf of Mexico oil spill crisis continues to worsen, with no signs yet of the slick managing to be contained, there are some interesting images available from NASA. There are still thousands of gallons of oil leaking into the ocean daily and fears for the wildlife, fishing, and beaches of the area.

As most of you will know the spill was caused by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig on April 20, according to nasa.gov. Images captured on NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer and also on NASA’s Earth Observing satellite show just how shocking the slick is as it spreads towards landfall.

The MODIS Rapid Response Team is issuing images twice a day of the Gulf Coast with additional resolutions and formats and there is also a georeferenced file that can be used with Google Earth.

For more imagery and details go to nasa.gov. What do you think of the current crisis? Take a look at the images available and it really is shocking to realise just how bad this environmental disaster could turn out to be.

  • Jake

    any way too fill a superfreighter with sand/cement and sink it over the site? A underwater Carcafagaus costly but so is this disaster.