Visualization of the scale of the oil spill

Andy Linter at spent some time with Google Maps recently and came up with a visualization tool for the scale of the BP oil slick. When you got to his site, his site grabs your location from your IP address and then moves an overlay of the present size of the oil slick from the Gulf to over your home. The image at right is how big it would be if it were centered near my home in the Denver metro area, Colorado.

After the last census I calculated what percentage of Colorado’s population lived between Colorado Springs and Fort Collins, and it was somewhere between 70-80% of the state. So if that slick were here in Colorado, 3.5 to 4 million people would be covered in oil.

Click on the image to get a feel for how much of your neck of the woods it would cover.

h/t to S&R’s own wufnik

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  1. And it’s grown since this morning when I posted the link originally. Not only that, but if you put it on “Chester, PA, USA” you’ll find that it stretches nearly from DC to New York City.

    Put it over Italy and it covers Milan, Genoa, and Venice.

    Put it over Cavan, Ireland, and it covers all of Northern Ireland and about half of Ireland.

    It covers all of Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, about half of Lake Superior, all of Lake Baikal (if it were stretched out more), and all of Lake Victoria. (individually, not in combination)

    It’s wider than the widest point of Chili.

    If you rotated it’s shape 90 degrees counter-clockwise, it would over pretty much all of southern California – San Bernadino, Los Angeles, San Diego, and probably up to Santa Barbara.

    Put it over Valley Springs, CA (in the central valley) and it covers the entire San Francisco Bay area, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, and reaches almost to Reno, Nevada.