Found on the NYTimes Dot Earth blog, this little video uses

"...software tools from the gaming world to illustrate what a low-end estimate of the volume of oil gushing from the Gulf of Mexico seabed looks like if displayed as stacked barrels."

(25,000 barrels is now the low estimate of how much oil is spilling into the Gulf of Mexico from the ruined Deepwater Horizon wellhead every day.)

I was intrigued, but the lack of scale bugs me. 25,000 barrels obviously makes a big pile, but just how big is big?

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Liza's picture
Liza says:

A barrel of oil is less than 3 feet tall, so the height of this tower is off. But the number of barrels isn't.

posted on Fri, 06/18/2010 - 4:12pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The barrels look like an optical illusion! I didn't know if person's point of view was going up or down!

posted on Sun, 06/20/2010 - 12:51pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

think about it. all those unsuspecting animals that were harmed. i think people should donate and help and pray that it is stopped soon.

posted on Sun, 06/20/2010 - 5:08pm
catlover's picture
catlover says:

Um. I don't understand some things. Like, what's that ray-gun thingy that appears sometimes - are they in a video game? and, it can't be that tall, can it? No, I guess it can't, Liza.

It's true that the oil spill is destroying the ecosystem. But they could be a little more accurate in showing us tha damage.

One thing that might sound a bit naive: Why can't they just nail some sort of big metal plate over the hole? I understand that they can't, but why? Is the oil just guchiing out to fast, or what?

PS I feel very sorry for the ecosystem.

posted on Sun, 06/27/2010 - 12:52pm
Randy jonhson's picture
Randy jonhson says:

I think it is very sad and I do have many questions but Im only a kid so I don't exactly know what questions I should ask or if they would be answerd. But we should do something to help these poor animals I mean they cant do anything in defense so it's our job.

posted on Mon, 11/22/2010 - 6:16pm
johnny barron's picture
johnny barron says:

the oil spill was terrible. i think that humans who let this happen should be punished. NOT THE POOR ANIMALS!!!!!!!

posted on Mon, 12/27/2010 - 3:04pm

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