Photo: Louisiana oil slick seen from space

The NASA sattelite image above terrifyingly shows both how big the Gulf of Mexico oil slick is — compare it to the size of New Orleans — and how close it’s getting to the Louisiana coast.  For more on the ongoing cleanup effort, see this week’s FP explainer. 

By , a former associate editor at Foreign Policy.
NASA/MODIS Rapid Response Team
NASA/MODIS Rapid Response Team
NASA/MODIS Rapid Response Team

The NASA sattelite image above terrifyingly shows both how big the Gulf of Mexico oil slick is -- compare it to the size of New Orleans -- and how close it's getting to the Louisiana coast. 

For more on the ongoing cleanup effort, see this week's FP explainer

The NASA sattelite image above terrifyingly shows both how big the Gulf of Mexico oil slick is — compare it to the size of New Orleans — and how close it’s getting to the Louisiana coast. 

For more on the ongoing cleanup effort, see this week’s FP explainer

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating

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