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Visualizing the Spill

  • Posted by on June 1, 2010 in Business
  • Just how big is the Gulf Coast oil spill? Estimates suggest anywhere from 20 to 45 million gallons of raw crude have spewed into the Gulf of Mexico to date. And things may get worse before they get better. With figures that big, it's hard to wrap your head around the scale of the disaster. What does that much oil look like?

    This interactive mapping tool provides an enlightening – and frightening – perspective of the spill. You can place the spill anywhere in the world, making it easy to understand the how extreme the sprawl is.

    Other oil spill mapping tools:

    - NY Times map tracks the spill in almost real time

    - Paul Rademacher's interactive Google Earth map


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