The Gulf Oil Spill Is Bigger Than Connecticut

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We've seen aerial shots of the oil spill before, but the damage is so broad it's nearly impossible to get any perspective. Well, now you can map it over any city—or state—in the world, using Google Earth.

Paul Rademacher has shown the extent of the spill—all 2500 square miles of ocean surface and even more of the floor—using the Google Earth API, and lets you place it over the city of your choice. So how big is it? Bigger than Connecticut. Bigger than the island of Hawaii. Bigger than you can wrap your brain around or capture through a camera lens. And it's only getting bigger. [Paul Rademacher via The Daily What]

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The United States is 5,692,960 square miles. Connecticut is 5,542 square miles. That means this oil spill is roughly half the size of Connecticut, and roughly .0005% of the size of the United States.

Relax, this is a disaster, but we are handling it and we are all going to live.