How big, exactly, is the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill?

The answer: huge. Ridiculously huge. Ridiculously, horribly huge. We know that there's been more than 4 million gallons already spilled, but how does one visualize 4 million gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico? Paul Rademacher has made a Google Earth tool where you can place the size of the oil spill over any city in the world. Here it is over Ann Arbor.

And, over Hawaii. Note that the size of the oil spill is currently BIGGER than the Big Island.

Check out Paul Redemacher's website to morbidly try this yourself (you need to install a Google Earth 3D plugin).

(via Gizmodo and Paul Rademacher)


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