Thursday, June 3, 2010

BP / Gulf Oil Spill - Landfall in Alabama?

MODIS images today were too cloudy to be useful, but an excellent radar satellite image was taken today of the ongoing Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This image, taken from the Envisat satellite using the ASAR radar sensor, shows oil apparently making landfall in Alabama on the east side of Mobile Bay, in the Fort Morgan - Gulf Shores area. An article on the Washington Post website today seems to confirm what we're seeing on the image:

Envisat ASAR satellite radar image, June 3, 2010. Image courtesy CSTARS.

Oil slicks and sheen spread across a total area of about 11,505 square miles (29,796 km2) on this image, which doesn't extend very far west of the Mississippi Delta, and doesn't cover the approach to Florida Straits where we saw possible indications of oil on May 27.

Dr. Ian MacDonald and Dr. Oscar Garcia-Pineda at Florida State University have also been systematically analyzing the radar images of this spill. The animated graphic below shows a detailed look at the northeastern portion of the oil slick as it moves eastward off the Alabama coast and the Florida Panhandle on May 31, June 1 and June 3:

Animation showing oil slicks moving eastward along the Alabama and Florida coasts. Image courtesy Florida State University / MacDonald Image Lab. Click on image to view animation.

And here is a heartbreaking look at what this oil is doing to wildlife now. Warning, these photos are very disturbing and sad.

1 comment:

  1. 1st Noble Truth:
    Pain is Real
    2nd Noble Truth:
    We suffer as we want things to be other than they are.
    3rd Noble Truth:
    As we cause our pain, we can end our suffering
    4th Noble Truth:
    The 8 Fold Path of Right View, Intention, Speech, Action, Livelihood, Effort, Mindfulness and Concentration.
    (not as opposed to "wrong", but as pertains Awareness)

    I'd say y'all got all those based covered.
    This is getting really hard. But Buddha said it would shake this way, but the more we look the more we'll see and the more we can understand our fear. I'm paraphrasing of course, been there done that and all we got was a mold and blood encrusted t-shirt.

    A screaming comes across the sky. It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.~Gravity's Rainbow

    Shock Doctrine becomes a nursery school rhyme.
    It's getting so hard, yet only the beginning.
    All these weeks of you posting your data, and now we shall see the chickens coming home to roost and getting tar-papered to the beach.

    When the storms come there will be black swans and blackened eagles on every doorstep in America this side of the Rockies.
    It's not nice to fool Mother Nature, but it's goddamn heinous to stick it in her ass.
    Pardon that... but we haven't even begun to see the anger and the grief.

    This snuff movie will make Katrina seem like kiddie porn.

    If Kafka were alive today he would die.

    We are becoming inconsolable along the Gulf, because we can see it is getting worse and will get yet worse.

    I hope this changes our country for the better because we won't have anything else left. Y'all do the smart things and I can only manage the other stuff whatever that is.

    I'm just really glad you are being here now.
    Never misunderestimate what you all are doing for everyone.

    Thanks youz,
    Editilla~New Orleans Ladder
    http://noladder.blogspot.com/

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