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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Oil spill

Google engineer Paul Rademacher has generated a valuable visual aid to help people understand the magnitude of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The spill is spewing at least 200,000 gallons of oil per day, which is important to keep in mind since his map is based on an estimate of the size on May 6 (one week ago).

Visitors to his webpage can enter any location in the world to get an idea of the size of the spill relative to territory they know.

By the way, some private sources estimate that the spill could be discharging 10 times as much oil as officials are saying publicly.

It's an environmental calamity.

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