Getting a handle on the sheer size of the disaster in the Gulf is hard for many folks watching coverage on the nightly news.
Fortunately now there's a visualizer that allows you to place the current spill on Google Maps, anywhere. Curious to see if we had exceeded the size of the great lakes I added Lake Erie...completely covered.
I was fortunate/unfortunate enough to fly over the disaster area at 37,000 two weeks ago, seeing for myself the full extent of the damage. Here's what I posted to Facebook:
Gulf oil spill at 37,000 feet. Flight to Miami took us right over the disaster area ground zero. Oil for as far as the eye could see on both sides of the plane. Long rust colored streamers of oil in sepentine bands. Impression - this is too big at this point for any impactful human response out here. Could not see vessels working any of the area we flew over. Probably the most heartwrentching eco disaster I have ever seen, kept thinking marine life. Nothing survives what we have been flying over for the past 30 minutes.
Patric Douglas CEO