Google maps Gulf oil spill

May 5, 2010: 10:23 AM ET

Google's Crisis Response team has developed a map tool to help locals understand how the Gulf spill will affect them.

The tool, revealed yesterday, has 11 different layers using imagery from a variety of sources over the past few days.  The map shows the spill has touched land in a few locations but is mostly still out at sea.

Google also offers the MODIS satellite images as a KML files that can be viewed in Google Earth as well as animations from NASA and others.

They also offer other ways to help:

Google also asks users to upload videos of the disaster and will publish them via YouTube as they become available.

Also Check out NASA's imagery here.

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Seth Weintraub
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Google went from searching the Web to worming its way into nearly every facet of business and government. Seth Weintraub unveils where the company is going, who it's competing with, who it's about to compete with and how market forces push the company to veer or adhere to its Don't Be Evil motto. For 15 years, Weintraub was a global IT director for a number of companies before becoming a blogger.

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