Friday, May 14, 2010

What if the oil spill covered Charlotte?

What if the oil spill covered CharlotteWCNC producer Jeremy Markovich created this amazing graphic that shows just how big the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is.

He writes:
We traced the Gulf Coast oil spill on Google Earth and then dropped it over Charlotte.

The main part of the spill covers almost all of Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties.

Another part of the slick would be somewhere near Shelby, and another large part of that spill stretches as far west as Asheville.
(h/t CLT Blog)

Check out these spectacular, chilling photos of the oil spill at's Big Picture blog. (h/t Tommy Tomlinson):

The Observer's Mark Washburn, who's been covering the spill in New Orleans for McClatchy Newspapers, is working on a fascinating story about what happened on the oil drilling rig Deepwater Horizon on the day it exploded. His story, which will be in Sunday's paper, is one you won't want to miss!

What questions do you have about the oil spill? Are there specific angles you'd like to see the Observer concentrate on? Let us know in the comments section ...


wetlife00 said...

Clearly the most cretinous analogy I've ever seen. Great job. How about "if the oil spill was spread over all the charcoal grills in Mississippi, how many really nasty-tasting steaks would result?" Or how about "if the oil spill was inkjet printer ink, how many printed copies of the Magna Carta could be printed before the ink ran out?" Spare the dumb analogies, please...

discourser said...

Gulf Aid, a 501(c3) nonprofit corporation, has been established in response to what has been called one of the biggest oil spills in history just 50 miles off of the Louisiana Coast.

The fund will ensure all proceeds are distributed to organizations focused on supporting wetlands/coastal environmental issues & the well-being of fishermen, and the regional seafood industry.

Donations may be sent to:
Gulf Relief Foundation
P.O. Box 61035
New Orleans, LA 70161

On-Line Donations & Benefit Concert Info Link

Rob said...

Wetlife00, how is it a "cretinous analogy"? It gives people a perspective on the size of this spill. Just seeing a big slick on the water doesn't give you an idea of the size of it.

Your examples aren't even the same, they're talking about size not how nasty tasting steak would be or how much ink it would compare to.

Why are you so sensitive about it anyway?