Tuesday, May 11, 2010

How Big is the Gulf Oil Spill in Comparison to St. Louis?

Posted By on Tue, May 11, 2010 at 7:00 AM

Pretty damn big, as this Google Earth mock-up reveals:
click to enlarge That's an oil spill, not a Rorschach test.
  • That's an oil spill, not a Rorschach test.
Thee map reflects the size -- about 2,500 square miles -- of the Deepwater Horizon spill as of May 6. The leak is still gushing out at least 200,000 gallons of crude oil per day with no end in sight as the slick creeps toward the shores of Louisiana and Alabama.

Other comparisons are equally terrifying. Other maps show the spill would cover all of Manhattan, Chicago, the San Francisco bay area and the big island of Hawaii:

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The oil spill comparison utility was designed by Google Earth engineer Paul Rademacher. You can play with it yourself by clicking here. We found it via The New Ideal and they have the maps of New York, L.A., Chicago, San Francisco and the Hawaii one pictured above.

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