The New Orleans Superdome is pretty big. According to an article this week in the Daily Advertiser (Lafayette, LA), the amount of oil spilled from the BP Macondo well so far would fill up one-seventh (1/7th) of the volume of the Superdome.
Here’s a view of the Superdome from the air, at a scale of 1:2,500. Note the bar for scale. (First four images from the online database of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, SONRIS.)
The view at 1:25,000 includes the Central Business District and the French Quarter, plus the Mississippi River Bridge. The box is the approximate outline of the previous photo.
At 1:250,000, the Dome is still visible.
At 1:1,200,000, the Dome is no longer a pixel. This view shows the lower Mississippi from Baton Rouge to the Gulf. Of particular interest are the extremely fragile coastal marshes and barrier islands.
And then, the satellite view:
Don’t get me wrong; just a few barrels of oil in the wrong place (like a pelican rookery) can be devastating. It fouls marshes and beaches.
But it’s good to keep the images above in mind when you see ridiculous crapola like this:
Share on Facebook 1 1 SHARES Iraq Green Zone Protests Sunni Muslims have called off their protests in the Green Zone in Baghdad for the time being. Sunni clerics aren’t happy with the current configuration of government, and factions aren’t happy with each other. The fear of a rift between Shia factions will stoke instability in Iraq, which is already at war with IS. And | Read More »
Share on Facebook 1 1 SHARES I’m not a pollyanna. Ted Cruz is in a tough fight for the nomination. If he loses on Tuesday in Indiana I think the wind goes out of his campaign and Trump goes to the convention with 1,237 delegates and the momentum necessary to stop any attempt to challenge the credentials of his delegates and, ultimately, ultimately he takes | Read More »
Share on Facebook 1 1 SHARES Every presidential election cycle, celebrities and regular-folk alike claim that if a certain candidate wins, they’ll move elsewhere. The temper tantrum may sound good, but no one actually follows through with it. Most recently, actress, producer, Hillary Clinton superfan, and all-around feminist maniac Lena Dunham declared she would indeed move to Canada if Donald Trump became president. As CNN reported: “I | Read More »