Right now my desk is floating on sea of stinking, reddy brown molasses, mixed with the carcasses of deceased wildlife and random flotsam and jetsam. My home, about 40 miles south on the 101 Freeway, is also flooded with crude. All the flowers are gone and the house is ruined. Two thirds of the Los Padres National Forest are destroyed as are the majority of the Sequoias in the National Forest. At least we can visit family. Those who live around central Los Angeles at least, who are just seeing a light slick or a few tar balls. Not that I would drink the water as most of the supply has been contaminated.
Not really, but it helps to put the size of the Gulf Slick in perspective when you see it laid over a map of your own home. This super simple but effective mash-up does exactly that. It really helps to convert the image from a dot in a huge ocean that happens to be touching the shores of the southern states, to a very frightening reality.