Monday, September 7, 2009

Timor Sea Drilling Spill Covers 2,500 Square Miles

Montara Oil Well Blowout and Spill - Location Map on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
SkyTruth click in this link for photos.

SkyTruth obtained a full-resolution version of the NASA /MODIS satellite image taken on August 30, 2009, nine days after the blowout and spill began from the Montara offshore oil platform in the Timor Sea off Western Australia. We did some additional processing to enhance features in the ocean, and discovered that slicks and sheen extended even further to the northeast than we thought a few days ago. We've uploaded two new MODIS images to our growing online gallery of this event: one is simply the MODIS imagery with no annotation; the other is the same chunk of imagery with SkyTruth's analysis.

NASA/MODIS satellite image, August 30, 2009, with SkyTruth analysis click in this link for photos
Montara Spill - MODIS Detail (with interpretation), August 30, 2009 on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

This image shows that oil slicks and sheen from the blowout had already spread across 2,500 square miles of ocean by August 30. And it will take several weeks, possibly months, before this well can be controlled.

Thanks to Jesse Allen at NASA and the MODIS Rapid Response Team for providing the original MODIS image.

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