Deepwater Horizon: Measuring the scale of gulf oil spill via Google Earth plug-in

Crude oil from the Deepwater Horizon ‘oil rig explosion’ continues to leak into the Gulf Coast. Official estimates state a rate of 200,000 gallons a day, covering an area of over 2,500 square miles. “To help understand the scale of this ecological disaster, Paul Rademacher built a page using Google Earth Browser Plug-in to to […]

Crude oil from the Deepwater Horizon ‘oil rig explosion’ continues to leak into the Gulf Coast. Official estimates state a rate of 200,000 gallons a day, covering an area of over 2,500 square miles. “To help understand the scale of this ecological disaster, Paul Rademacher built a page using Google Earth Browser Plug-in to to show ‘oil spill in comparison to the size of your own home town’. Also, you can compare the oil spill to some very large cities around the world -- is it bigger than San Francisco, New York, London? You'll be surprised at what 2,500 square miles really means,” writes Paul.

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