Overflight image of oil slick
The explosion, fire, and subsequent sinking has resulted in a massive, and still continuing, oil spill and slick that is threatening the coast line throughout the Gulf region states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.
Now, as emergency response teams from a wide range of agencies try to plug the leak, which is said to be located at 5,000 feet below the surface, there is no known method for ceasing the oil spill or for fully containing the slick. Many people expect an ecological catastrophe along the coast and in the region of the spill, even as many methods are being used to contain the spill.
Here, the oil slick is seen near what is called Mississippi Canyon during an overflight by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Monday. The slick has continued to spread and grow since then. Some say it could be weeks before the oil stops spilling into the Gulf.
April 29, 2010 4:16 PM PDT
Photo by: NOAA
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