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April 29th, 2010

Here's Looking @ Earth... RADARSAT Views Oil Spoil

An oil platform located 70 km from the coast of Louisiana sank on Thursday, April 22, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico, spilling oil into the sea. On these two RADARSAT images the evolution of the spill can be clearly seen — the oil slick has a darker tone than the surrounding water and there are also several boats in the area.

The image on the left was acquired by RADARSAT-1 in ScanSAR Narrow A Beam on April 26, 2010 at 11:59:39 UTC, while the image on the right was acquired by RADARSAT-2 in ScanSAR Narrow B Beam on April 28, 2010 at 11:51:29 UTC. * A) New Orleans, Louisiana * B) Delta of the Mississippi River * C) Oil slick * D) Close-up of ships and equipment
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