Estimates of the amount of oil that spilled from the ruined Deepwater Horizon wellhead vary greatly, so it's tough to pin down a total amount. (The short answer is, "a LOT.") But that difficulty hasn't stopped a bunch of different sources from trying...

The official estimate is that some 50 million to 140 million gallons spilled.

Boston.com has a nice gallery of images to help visualize just how much oil has spilled in the Gulf of Mexico. (Unfortunately, the numbers and comparisons only reflect the amount spilled as of June 11, so it's a month out of date. But still fascinating.)

The Alaska Dispatch has a counter that estimates the total amount of oil spilled. (They figure some 92,240,117 gallons, or about 2,196,193 barrels, over 87 days.)

And, last, here's a map of the world's largest oil spills.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Krystal's picture
Krystal says:

I believe that BP and every work hard to atop the leak, and even harding to save our animals. we know that his was a big job and lots of harrd work when people pull togetthet things happen, we prey that the oil stop lord knoes newoleans has had it"s share of problems.

posted on Wed, 07/21/2010 - 9:42am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i hope that bp gets that oil cleaned up. and soon.

posted on Sun, 07/25/2010 - 3:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I am very glad to hear that the oil spill may have been stopped because it has destroyed lots of animals lives. But ont his matter do feel sorry for BP Gas station workers because they are being punished for something they did not do.

posted on Mon, 08/09/2010 - 1:57pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

BP's supposed to be responsible about the oil well. If they can't handle it, they shouldn't be drilling offshore. They've just wrecked the Gulf for a long time. Tony Haward needs to learn a thing or two about safety. Have fun paying all those hurting people, Tony!

posted on Tue, 08/10/2010 - 4:21pm
cooper's picture
cooper says:

they should help the animals and the oil spill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Wed, 08/11/2010 - 10:13am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

yes i know they should stop the the oil spill it is very bad for the animals. i heard that on a island that there was a fire, and it was very bad for the evaorment. and that is what i have to say.

posted on Wed, 08/11/2010 - 3:23pm

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