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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico

Oil Slick, Mississippi River Delta, Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Slick, Mississippi River Delta, Gulf of Mexico

Photograph of a portion the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico taken by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station on July 23, 2010.

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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico

Acquired July 28, 2010, this natural-color image shows possible oil patches near the Mississippi Delta.

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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico

Between scattered clouds, a streak of oil was visible in the Gulf of Mexico on July 20, 2010.

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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico

Between scattered clouds, silvery-gray streaks of oil remained visible in the Gulf of Mexico on July 19, 2010.

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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico

On July 14, 2010, a silvery gray patch of oil stretched across the Gulf of Mexico about 80 kilometers (50 miles) southeast of the tip of the Mississippi River Delta.

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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico

Acquired July 12, 2010, this natural-color image shows the lingering oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico

Acquired July 11, 2010, this natural-color image shows an apparent oil slick southeast of the Mississippi Delta.

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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico

Oil in different locations brightens and darkens the surface waters of the Gulf of Mexico in this photo-like image from July 9, 2010.

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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico

Acquired July 4, 2010, this natural-color image shows the Deepwater Horizon oil slick lingering off the Mississippi Delta.

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Oil Slick Around Mississippi Barrier Islands
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Oil Slick Around Mississippi Barrier Islands

On June 26, 2010, oil was visible in the waters surrounding Horn and Petit Bois Islands, 2 of the 7 islands in Mississippi and Florida that are part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

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Oil Offshore of Alabama and Florida’s Western Panhandle
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Oil Offshore of Alabama and Florida’s Western Panhandle

Oil is visible offshore of Alabama and Florida in this photo-like image from June 27, 2010.

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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico

Silvery-gray streaks and patches of oil are visible across a wide area in this image from June 26, 2010.

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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico

Acquired June 25, 2010, this natural-color image shows the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico

Oil from the leaking well appears as a maze of silvery-gray ribbons in this photo-like image of the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, June 19, 2010.

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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico

Acquired June 18, 2010, this natural-color image shows the lingering Deepwater Horizon oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico

In this photo-like satellite image from June 12, 2010, oil from the leaking Deepwater Horizon well appears to have reached beaches and barrier islands in Alabama and western Florida.

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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico

Acquired June 10,2010, this false-color image shows parts of the oil slick from the Deepwater Horizon rig nearing the Mississippi Delta.

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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico

Acquired June 10, 2010, this natural-color image shows the Gulf of Mexico oil slick off the Mississippi Delta.

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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico

Regions of heavy oil in the Gulf of Mexico are visible in this photo-like image from June 7, 2010.

Oil Leak Continues in Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Leak Continues in Gulf of Mexico

Beneath scattered clouds, streaks and ribbons of oil brightened the reflection of the Sun off the Gulf of Mexico in this photo-like satellite image from May 31, 2010.

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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico

Ribbons of oil that have leaked from the Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico are silver against the light blue color of the adjacent water in this image of the tip of the Mississippi River Delta on May 24, 2010.

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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico appeared large and sprawling in this natural-color image from May 25, 2010.

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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico

Acquired May 24, 2010, this natural-color image shows the lingering oil slick off the Mississippi Delta. A small smoke plume along the edge of the slick suggests a controlled burn.

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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico

Acquired May 21, 2010, this natural-color image shows boat wakes in the oil slick south and east of the Mississippi Delta.

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Oil Slick Continues in the Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Slick Continues in the Gulf of Mexico

On May 23, 2010, a large patch of oil covered the waters near the site of an offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Oil Slick off the Mississippi Delta
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Oil Slick off the Mississippi Delta

Acquired May 22, 2010, this natural-color image shows a dull gray oil slick lingering near the Mississippi Delta, more than a month after the Deepwater Horizon accident.

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Gulf Oil Slick Approaching Loop Current
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Gulf Oil Slick Approaching Loop Current

This pair of sea surface temperature images shows how the warm waters of the Loop Current connect the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean and the dynamic northern margin of the current on May 18. On May 18, NOAA reported that oil was very close to, and perhaps already entrained in, the Loop Current.

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Oil Slick off the Mississippi Delta
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Oil Slick off the Mississippi Delta

Acquired May 18, 2010, this image shows oil slicks just off the Mississippi Delta.

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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico

Acquired May 17, 2010, this natural-color image shows the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico extending a long arm toward the southeast.

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Explosion, Leak at Gulf of Mexico Oil Well
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Explosion, Leak at Gulf of Mexico Oil Well

A large, silvery patch of oil is visible in this image of the Gulf of Mexico from May 11, 2010.

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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico

Acquired May 10, 2010, this natural-color image shows an oil sick southeast of the Mississippi Delta.

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Oil Slick near the Mouth of the Mississippi
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Oil Slick near the Mouth of the Mississippi

Concentrated patches and streaks of oil appear silvery gray in this high-resolution image of the Gulf of Mexico near the tip of the Mississippi River Delta on May 8, 2010.

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Oil Spill Continues in Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Spill Continues in Gulf of Mexico

The oil slick from a damaged well in the Gulf of Mexico appeared as a silvery U-shape in natural-color imagery from May 9, 2010.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Observed From the International Space Station
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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Observed From the International Space Station

Shot by an astronaut looking westward from the International Space Station from a location over the eastern Gulf of Mexico, this May 4, 2010, photograph shows the Deepwater Horizon oil slick brushing the Chandeleur Islands.

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Oil Slick in Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Slick in Gulf of Mexico

Acquired on May 8, 2010, this natural-color image shows the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico in two parts: a serpentine slick in the west, and a large, round slick in the east.

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Oil Reaches Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana
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Oil Reaches Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana

Light tan streamers snake across Chandeleur Sound in this detailed natural color satellite image from May 5, 2010. The streamers are probably ropes of oil from a leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico

Acquired May 4, 2010, this natural-color image shows the oil slick from the Deepwater Horizon accident lingering off the Mississippi Delta.

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Explosion, Leak at Gulf of Mexico Oil Well
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Explosion, Leak at Gulf of Mexico Oil Well

Oil colors the surface of the Gulf of Mexico in this detailed satellite image from May 1, 2010.

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Oil Slick Near Mississippi Delta
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Oil Slick Near Mississippi Delta

Acquired May 1, 2010, this natural-color image shows the oil slick from the April 20 accident in the Gulf of Mexico nearing the Mississippi Delta.

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Gulf Oil Spill Creeps Towards Mississippi Delta
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Gulf Oil Spill Creeps Towards Mississippi Delta

The northwestern tip of the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico almost touches the Mississippi Delta in this image from April 29, 2010.

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Explosion, Leak at Gulf of Mexico Oil Well
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Explosion, Leak at Gulf of Mexico Oil Well

Oil from a leaking well approaches the tip of the Mississippi Delta in this photo-like satellite image from Wednesday, April 28, 2010.

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Explosion, Leak at Gulf of Mexico Oil Well
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Explosion, Leak at Gulf of Mexico Oil Well

An oil slick approaches the Louisiana coast on April 27, 2010.

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Oil Leak from Damaged Well in Gulf of Mexico
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Oil Leak from Damaged Well in Gulf of Mexico

Oil from a damaged well in the Gulf of Mexico created a silvery sheen on the water southeast of the Mississippi Delta on April 25, 2010.

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Smoke Plume from Burning Oil Rig in Gulf of Mexico
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Smoke Plume from Burning Oil Rig in Gulf of Mexico

On April 21, 2010, brownish smoke fanned out to the southeast of a burning oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

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