Map: Satellite View of Edge of Macondo Oil Slick

Deepwater Horizon

April - May 2010 - At approximately 10 p.m. on April 20, 2010, an explosion rocked Transocean's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig resulting in the loss of 11 crew members and the sinking of the rig on April 22. The Macondo well, which the rig had recently completed drilling, was open and flowing an estimated 5,000 bopd into the surrounding waters. BP and the USCG coordinated on efforts to stop the oil flows and contain the resulting spill.

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Satellite View of Edge of Macondo Oil Slick
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Image Description and Attributes
Image Description: Satellite View of Edge of Macondo Oil Slick taken on April 25, 2010. (source: NASA earth observatory)
Keywords: Deepwater Horizon, Macondo, oil slick, oil spill, Gulf of Mexico
Type of Image: Map
Dimensions: 800 pixels wide by 600 pixels tall   (view full size image)
Date Created: Monday, May 03, 2010
Associated Regional Information
Region: Gulf of Mexico  (view more from this region)
Country: US  (view more from this country)