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This Envisat radar image acquired over the Gulf of Mexico on June 22, 2010 shows that the oil spill (outlined in white) has radiated all over the Gulf of Mexico basin and is also continuing to feed into the Loop Current (red arrow).
Scientists monitoring the US oil spill with ESAâ€™s Envisat radar satellite say that it has entered the Loop Current, a powerful conveyor belt that flows clockwise around the Gulf of Mexico towards Florida.
Ocean surface currents have long been the focus of research due to the role they play in weather, climate and transportation of pollutants, yet essential aspects of these currents remain unknown.
Huge waves that struck Reunion Island and coastlines across Indonesia earlier this month all originated from the same storm that occurred south of Cape Town, South Africa, and were tracked across the entire Indian Ocean for some 10 000 kilometres over a nine-day period by ESAâ€™s Envisat satellite.
The origin and movement of waves reaching up to 11 metres that devastated Franceâ€™s Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean on Saturday evening have been detected with ESAâ€™s Envisat satellite.
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