Feature photo:Fibonacci Blue|screenshot above by the author

For many of us, it’s hard to imagine the size of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

The website If It Was My Home uses Google Earth mapping technology and data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to create a map that shows the dimensions of the oil spill.  NOAA releases data daily, and the site is updated at least once per day.

Just type a city name in the search bar at the top, and the map will show the oil spill over your city, enabling you to see exactly how big this mess really is!

Community Connection:

If you want to do something to help, consider getting a haircut!  That’s right, hair can be turned into mats used to sop up oil.  Read all about it in Nancy Harder’s article, Cut Your Hair to Stop the Oil Spill.