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Galapagos Oil Spill
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The Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-View Sensor (SeaWiFS) captured this view
of the Galapagos Islands on Sunday, 21 January 2001, several days after
a tanker ran aground off the western coast of San Cristobol Island
releasing thousands of gallons of oil into the ocean creating a spill
that had grown from 50 to 117 square miles by the time this image was acquired.
Aerial photographs show a large discolored patch in the waters that correspond
to a feature seen in the SeaWIFS image.
Two days later the slick had spread further, to a size of
1,250 square kilometers (488 square miles), and reached the nearby island of Santa Fe.
Image provided by the SeaWiFS Project,
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE