The Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil leak is easily one of the greatest ecological disasters in the United States' history. I have been avoiding writing about the disaster itself because I fear I am unable to give such an event the detailed reporting it deserves. The havoc that has been and will be wrecked upon the various ecosystems and human affairs along the Gulf of Mexico is so far incalculable.The disaster has spawned a legion of maps which can help one gain a better understanding of its magnitude. The Map Room links to the New York Times' day-by-day map of the oil slick and the threatened coastline. Meanwhile, the official website of the BP-American government unified response command, Deep Horizon Response, has a map page with daily updated maps from NOAA showing where the oil is and where it is forecasted to go.
The disaster is bad. I fear the next series of maps that I will write on will show the oil's damage on Louisiana and other gulf states' wetlands. Sadly, Louisianan governor Bobby Jindal states the state of affairs with Louisiana awaiting for aid from the federal government to protect the state's coastline.