How severe is the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico? This map from NOAA puts things in perspective as it reveals the projected path of the oil spill as of May 1, 2010… indeed there’s a massive length of coastline and sensitive wildlife habitat areas in the path. A map showing projected path of oil spill in Gulf of Mexico as it approached the US Gulf coast (Source: NOAA)
Imagery from NASA released this week also provides a good look at the status of the spill – NOAA used data from the Moderate Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument from the Terra satellite on April 26, 27 and 29 to capture the extent of the oil spill, which measured 600-square-miles. The MODIS instrument flies aboard both the Terra and Aqua satellites.