Dauphin Island - Erosion of Sand Withdrawal Ponds
Erosion of ponds created when sand was mined from the north side of Dauphin Island, Alabama. Sand was used to create a berm along the south (Gulf-facing) edge of the island in an effort to block oil from coming ashore during the BP / Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010.
Read more at blog.skytruth.org/2012/04/bp-oil-spill-2-years-later-for-...
San Francisco Bay Oil Spill
Images showing the aftermath of the oil spill that occurred on November 7, 2007 when a container ship, the Cosco Busan, struck the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge and spilled 58,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil. GOOGLE EARTH USERS - download a KMZ file for this incident here: skytruth.mediatools.org/objects/view.acs?object_id=11295. HOW TO HELP: Upload your "ground truth" of this incident - photos you've taken of the spill and its aftermath - at Panoramio (www.panoramio.com), and tag your photos with the keywords "San Francisco Bay Cosco Busan Oil Spill SkyTruth" to help us build a public visual record of this event.
Preble's Meadow Jumping Mouse Habitat Loss, CO
High-resolution satellite images showing specific locations where development occurs within proposed critical habitat for Preble's Meadow Jumping Mouse, in the vicinity of Colorado Springs. Proposed critical habitat is shown in pink, and was provided by the Center for Native Ecosystems. Area numbers refer to placemarks in the accompanying Google Earth KMZ file at skytruth.mediatools.org/objects/view.acs?object_id=11334. Created 12/5/07.
Test Launch of SkyTruth balloon
Some shots from our failed first attempt to launch our balloon. Curse you Mother Nature.
Grand Canyon Subdivision
Georgia-Pacific Pulp Mill, Putnam Co. FL
Alumina Sludge Spill, Ajka, Hungary - October 2010
Before-and-after images of the massive 184,000 gallon spill of caustic sludge that occurred on October 4, 2010 when a waste impoundment failed at an alumina processing facility near Ajka, Hungary. Nine people have died as a result of the spill. More photos here.
Haiti Earthquake Damage - January 2010
Images / maps illustrating damage and oil spill as a result of the strong earthquake that devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010.
Learn more about this disaster at the SkyTruth blog, and follow us on Twitter for updates.
Lost Coast, Alaska
Satellite imagery from 1986 and 2001 showing changes dues to logging and climate change (glacier retreat) along the Lost Coast of southeastern Alaska.
Everything we do has an impact, and utility-scale renewable energy development is no exception. Wind farms, solar power facilities, and geothermal energy developments share some of the same characteristics that make up the visible "footprint" of oil and gas drilling: access roads, utility corridors, equipment staging/storage. Of course, these renewable energy projects are a lot lighter in impacts that we can't see so easily, like air and water pollution and contribution to global warming.
We present these images to illustrate that any big energy project has an environmental cost, and that all energy-development projects should be subject to the same level of scrutiny and public review.
Redoubt Volcano and Drift River Oil Terminal
Images showing the relative locations of Mount Redoubt, the Drift River, and the Drift River Oil Terminal in southwest Alaska, on the west side of Cook Inlet. Redoubt Volcano began to erupt again on March 22, 2009. The volcano has a history of large eruptions that produce destructive mudslides, also called lahars, that flow down the slopes of the volcano. Some of the lahars flow down the channel of the Drift River. Chevron operates an oil storage facility called the Drift River Terminal at the mouth of the Drift River; as of March 26, two of its seven storage tanks are filled with crude oil. Floodwaters and debris have reached the terminal , but as of March 26 it had not sustained significant damage.
The previous eruption of Redoubt lasted for six months, from December 1989 to April 1990, during which there were 23 major explosive events and several large debris flows and lahars.
UPDATE 3/26/09 at 1:30pm EDT: A major eruption of Redoubt is occurring right now - the Alaska Volcano Observatory reports the following: "A major explosive event occurred at 09:24 AKDT. Pilot reports the cloud height to be at least 65,000 ft above sea level." See the first photo in this set. For more photos of this eruption, check the Ground Truth Trekking blog.
UPDATE 4/15/09: NASA's Advanced Land Imager captured a stunning view of erupting Mount Redoubt with a long plume of airborne ash streaming to the southeast across Cook Inlet. The image also clearly shows multiple lahars that have flowed down the Drift River valley and around the oil terminal, with some reaching Cook Inlet. We've created two posters from this image (11"x15" at 200dpi) - an overview showing the volcano and the terminal, and a closeup detail view of the terminal.