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Mississippi River Delta and Sediments Along Louisiana Coastline, USA

March 6th, 2013 Category: Sediments

USA – March 6th, 2013

Looking at this vibrant, colorful image of sediments along the Louisiana coastline and by the Mississippi River Delta, it is perhaps too easy to forget that not so long ago the BP oil disaster dumped nearly five million barrels of oil— the equivalent of over 200 million gallons—into the Gulf of Mexico and oiled hundreds of miles of coastline in the five gulf states, with Louisiana’s coast and wildlife receiving the greatest percentage of direct ecological damage.

The disaster’s long-term effects are still unfolding. Damage done to animals and plants will have ripple effects through the food web for many years to come. Hydrocarbons from the crude oil remain in the Gulf of Mexico habitats and waters, and – we can expect based on studies of previous spills – will linger in some places for many years.

The full consequences of this event will be understood more fully over time, but it is already clear that the catastrophe further damaged ecosystems that were already compromised and collapsing, especially in the Mississippi River Delta. An oil spill of monumental proportions was the last thing the region needed.

The RESTORE Gulf Coast States Act (RESTORE Act) dedicates 80 percent of the penalties paid by BP and others responsible for the 2010 oil disaster toward gulf restoration, as recommended by the bipartisan National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. The money from these fines will go towards jump starting long-term restoration (click here for more information).

Fires in Texas and Louisiana, USA – December 19th, 2012

29.7N 95.3W

December 19th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

USA – December 18th, 2012

Two fires can be seen ablaze in southern USA. The larger of the two, which is easy to spot as a bright white plume by the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, is located southwest of Houston, Texas, near San Antonio Bay. The other fire, whose plume of smoke is fainter and more grey in color, is located across the Louisiana border, southeast of the Toledo Bend Reservoir.

Louisiana, USA Shoreline Along Gulf of Mexico

29.9N 90W

December 12th, 2012 Category: Clouds

USA – December 12th, 2012

Although clouds hang over the southern part of the state of Louisiana and the northern part of the Gulf of Mexico, the use of the Chelys Satellite Rapid Response System (SRRS) “borders” feature lets users see the Louisiana shoreline, including the Mississippi River Delta. The feature allows users to download images with countries’ outlines superimposed over cloudcover.

Sediments Along Southern Coast of Louisiana, USA – November 21st, 2012

29.9N 90W

November 21st, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers, Sediments

USA – November 19th, 2012

Sediments seep out of the shores of southern Louisiana, particularly around the mouth of the Mississippi River (lower right), giving the waters of the Gulf of Mexico varying brown and green hues. Sediments and algal growth can also be seen in Lake Pontchartrain, with the city of New Orleans visible as a grey area along its southern shores.

Fires in Louisiana, USA – November 16th, 2012

29.9N 90W

November 16th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

USA – November 15th, 2012

While the greyish white streaks at the top of the image are clouds of water vapor, many of the other streaks in the image are plumes of smoke from fires burning in southern Louisiana, USA. Shifting winds cause the plumes to blow in various directions. Many of the fires, best observed in the full image, are clustered in the Mississippi River Delta, in the lower right quadrant.

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