Gulf

Use Google Maps to visualize oil spill

May 11, 2010: 11:19 AM ET

Looking out at open ocean, it is hard to grasp the enormity of the Gulf Oil Spill.  Google Earth helps put the size into perspective.

Using Google Earth, Paul Rademacher has built a tool to show just how enormous the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico has become compared to places like Manhattan, Paris, London, and other global landmarks.   You'll need the Google earth plug-in downloadable here to use the tool.

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  • Google maps Gulf oil spill

    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 MORE

    - May 5, 2010 10:23 AM ET
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