This is a representation of the oil spill, layered over its actual location on Google Earth.
While there's little I can say about the April 20th, 2010 Gulf oil spill that hasn't already been said, Paul Rademacher, Engineering Manager for the Google Maps "frontend" (whatever that is), put the entire affair into visual perspective. He's developed an online application that will overlay the size and shape of the oil spill onto any location on earth. Below are a few shots I took with Jing, my screen shot program. And here's the link so you can play with this application yourself. http://paulrademacher.com/oilspill/
By the way, as of a week ago, the oil spill covered about 2500 square miles of ocean surface. And it's still sliding. Thanks to my very good friend, Gail Gordon Ober, for sharing Rudamacher's site with me.
Spill over Long Island, NY
Spill over Chicago
Spill over Kansas City
Spill over Phoenix