Vegetation Index of Florida, the Bahamas and Cuba24.4N 79.6W
This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of Florida, USA (left), the Bahamas (center) and Cuba (below). Green to red areas indicate a good to high level of photosynthetic activity, while yellow areas indicate poor levels.
The ecosystem of Florida could be threatened if the 200,000 gallons of oil discharging daily from the severely damaged Deepwater Horizon rig off Louisiana reach shore. Winds have been moving the oil slick to the east, closer to Florida.
BP, owner of the well, is attempting to seal off the wellhead by manually activating a blow-out preventer device on the sea floor 5,000 feet below the surface. If those efforts are unsuccessful, major damage to Florida’s Gulf beaches from this environmental disaster is all but certain, as it could take two to three months to seal off the leak using other methods.