I didn’t realise until recently just how deep the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico was drilling. They drilled 10683m downwards, 1835 metres further than the height of Mount Everest.
I made this image to show the scale of the drilling; one pixel is equal to ten metres.
Watching news reports of “millions of gallons” and “thousands of barrels” of oil doesn’t make it easy to visualise the true size of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the destruction of the Transocean Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.
IfItWasMyHome.com makes that visualisation easy:
Many in the US, mainly from the Republican side of the political spectrum have used “Drill, baby, drill!” as a mantra for increasing US production of oil, and for less reliance on foreign sources of oil. The absolutely awful Sarah Palin is one of those people.
I’d like to offer the poster below to those that oppose these people.