July 6, 2010
Imagine what is under the surface.
June 26 – Petit Bois Island (top right – 6 miles long) one of seven barrier islands that, along with some mainland areas of Mississippi and Florida, make up the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Eastern end of Horn Island (top left).
As of June 27, 2010, the entire gulf-facing beachfront of several barrier islands in eastern Mississippi (offshore of Pascagoula) had received a designation of at least “lightly oiled” by the interagency Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Team that is responding to the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. A few small stretches of Petit Bois Island had been labeled heavily or moderately oiled.
Image: Jesse Allen, Robert Simmon and NASA EO-1 Team
Text: Rebecca Lindsey/NASA’s Earth Observatory/NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center