Understanding the spill

July 5, 2010 | By | Comments (1)

Since I can't be there, I'm always looking for ways to better comprehend the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. There are countless stories, videos, and images available online that can help you understand the scale of the tragedy and why we should do everything we can to prevent it from happening again in the future. 

Here are a few sites to visit if you want to learn more about what's going on. 

  • CNN.com provides us with a 3D rendering of the location of the spill. Take an underwater look at the cleanup site.
  • The New York Times has an interactive map to track the spill and where the oil has made contact with the land. It also gives you a comprehensive look at the efforts to stop the leak and how the local wildlife is being affected.
  • I've also been following the updates on CNN's iReports page. With all the media attention, it's important to view some unfiltered perspectives from the people who are really there.
  • Check out The Beacon, the blog from Oceana, an international organization dedicated to protecting the world's oceans. A few of the posts I've found worthwhile: details of the cleaning process for oiled birds, their oil spill quotes of the day, and a link to buy a charity poster.
  • Follow the daily news and pictures on National Geographic's Web site.

Photograph by Gerald Herbert, AP 

Have you found any links online that have helped you understand the disaster's scope? Share them in the comments!

-Perry Del Favero, Editorial Intern


  1. Rosie Campbell

    Thank you for sharing these sites. We all need to help!
    Rosie Campbell

    July 7, 2010 at 4:29 pm

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