Orbital View: Deepwater Horizon Oil Lingers Off the Mississippi Delta

By Nicole Allan

Via NASA's Terra satellite:

oil off delta orbital view.jpg

NASA captured this image via spectroradiometer on July 4. The oil is a lighter gray than the water due to sunlight: since oil is a smoother surface than water, it reflects more light and appears brighter than the surrounding ocean.


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