GeoBriefs: Gulf of Mexico Oil Maps from NOAA, Hand-drawn Maps at Slate

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NOAA has a trajectory map showing the oil locations by day and projected location for May 1st for the Deepwater Horizon Incident located in the Gulf of Mexico.  A summary of the incident to date and NOAA’s efforts to help with scientific weather and biological response services is also available.

Today the Deepwater Horizon incident declared a Spill of National Significance (SONS).  A SONS is defined as, “a spill that, due to its severity, size, location, actual or potential impact on the public health and welfare or the environment, or the necessary response effort, is so complex that it requires extraordinary coordination of federal, state, local, and responsible party resources to contain and clean up the discharge” and allows greater federal involvement.

Julia Turner over on Slate had asked readers to submit their hand drawn maps: “The request was part of my series on signs, the tools that professionals use to orient us and direct us from point A to point B.”  Her post follows up on that request with a sampling of the 200 maps submitted.  (Via All Points Blog).


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