Worldview Image of the Week

Oil Rigs in Campeche Bay, Mexico

Image captured on 1 August 2022 by the VIIRS instrument aboard the joint NASA/NOAA NOAA-20 satellite.

The embedded map shows a true color/natural color corrected reflectance image overlaid with the Fires and Thermal Anomalies layer showing red points in Campeche Bay on 1 August 2022. This image was acquired by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) aboard the joint NASA/NOAA NOAA-20 satellite. The image shows a cluster of red fire and thermal anomalies points in the bay. These points correspond to gas flares emanating from oil rigs on offshore platforms. Crude oil often contains natural gas and when the oil reaches the surface, oil rig operators sometimes will burn the excess gas if it cannot be easily stored and utilized elsewhere.

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Last Updated
Aug 2, 2022