In Deeper Water

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

In Deeper Water: The DeepWater Horizon Oil SpillSee the image on its own

Depressing update of our original DeepWater Horizon image.

The oil spill is now on track to be the 3rd worst in history, depositing the equivalent of 22,000 cars worth of oil into the sea every day.

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  • Will

    Can you show the worst spill in the Gulf to date, (I think that’s the 2nd worst in history, Ixtoc-1) for comparison? I try to remind myself that we recovered from I1, so we might recover from DH, too.

  • Mr Crocus

    *Government* upper estimate
    Amoco *Cadiz*
    3rd *worst*
    *Deepwater* Horizon

  • Pat

    I like… but how has the 1989 spill “devastated sea life for 30 years” when it’s been just over 21 years since it happened?

  • Justin

    Goverment –> Government

  • mwilson

    How has the Exxon Valdez devastated (past-tense) sea-life for 30 years when it happened in 1989?

  • http://twitter.com/P_Marquez Phillip Marquez

    It has only been 21 years since 1989, making it impossible to claim 30 years of devastation to wildlife from the Exxon/Valdez oil spill. ;)

    Otherwise, nicely done. Simple, direct and easy to digest. The pink/red color throws me a little — it breaks up the images to avoid monotony, but I feel like the color wants to correlate something between each row but I fail to see it.

  • http://willoller.com Will

    1989 + 30years = 2019
    2010 – 1989 = 21 years

  • http://www.guillaumelemoine.com Guillaume Lemoine

    If I may, you are mixing up two shipwrecked supertankers:

    Amoco Cadiz (not Caldiz) in 1978, lost 1.6 Million Barrels

    and

    Torrey Canyon in 1967, lost 740 000 Barrels

  • Derek

    Exxon Valdez occurred in 1989 and “devastated sea life for 30 years” making it all better in… 2019? Perhaps a different wording would be better?

  • http://iqine.com IQine,A

    It’s truly sad how it has devastated the lives of hardworking people worldwide. I truly hope it can be resolved quickly because the various cities around the world will for some time feel its devastating impact. SAD. “Being Informed is Truly Beautiful “

  • Christian vdB

    http://www.beowulfe.com/oil/ is another sobering one.

  • Chris

    It was the Amoco Cadiz (no L in there)

  • Chris Moorehead

    David, the Amoco Cadiz ran aground off Brittany in 1978, not 1967. You’re probably referring to the Torrey Canyon, which ran aground off Cornwall in 1967, & had the dubious distinction of being the first supertanker wreck.

  • S.D.

    Great graphic. You may wish to edit it to read, “Third worst oil spill” instead of “third worse.”

  • EW9

    The Amoco Caldiz spill happened in 1978, not 1967 as said in your graphic.

  • Mike

    I don’t think it’s been 30 years since the Exxon Valdez spill.

  • Mike

    Woops, didn’t see that comment there already.

  • Emma

    How about the continuous spills in the Niger Delta?

    Here is an extract from this Guardian article:

    One report, compiled by WWF UK, the World Conservation Union and representatives from the Nigerian federal government and the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, calculated in 2006 that up to 1.5m tons of oil – 50 times the pollution unleashed in the Exxon Valdez tanker disaster in Alaska – has been spilled in the delta over the past half century. Last year Amnesty calculated that the equivalent of at least 9m barrels of oil was spilled and accused the oil companies of a human rights outrage.

  • Pieter

    There is a good post on Cosmic Variance about a graphical misrepresentation of the BP oil spill. In short, someone didn’t make a distinction between linear and quadratic scaling of radius and area, respectively.

  • iainl

    That’s odd. Last time around the 19 gallons of fuel from your standard barrel of oil could fill two cars. Which certainly sits better with my experience of fuel tanks. Well, it’s probably more like a tank and a half, which would explain things, I suppose.

  • http://www.pinterest.com Ben

    This graphic was included in a collection of oil spill infographics. I thought the collection of different takes on it was kind of cool and wanted to share: http://pinterest.com/mwaitsman/oil-spill-infographics/.

  • http://www.zoombits.co.uk/ sd card

    If you move to the north will increase. Loss in fact the same area of the map where you put it, what changes is the map for you! Google Maps, and many of the maps are used to seeing, to use something called a "Mercator projection" in order to draw a sphere on a flat surface. This projection distorts space, you move away from the equator, so nice to see a flat map.

  • Nico

    The diagram is great, but most the important thing is to keep the data up to date. On June 15, 2010 the US-government estimates a daily outcome of 60.000 barrels a day. That’s more than the worst case estimation in your diagram.

  • rontotototo

    Any chance we could have some beautiful data that isn’t about the environment at some point?

  • Emma

    What’s the worst spill been, by the way?

  • http://knowledgecity.com Jae Xavier

    While the visualization is eye catching, perhaps a lyrical wordsmith can compliment it.

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    Well above diagram must be take in concern and the worst situation of the water level is decreasing no doubt. The earth and the pollution is responsible for the whole globally.

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    I truly hope it can be resolved quickly because the various cities around the world will for some time feel its devastating impact.

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    I truly hope it can be resolved quickly because the various cities around the world will for some time feel its devastating impact. SAD. “Being Informed is Truly Beautiful “

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    The pink/red color throws me a little — it breaks up the images to avoid monotony, but I feel like the color wants to correlate something between each row but I fail to see it.

  • yan

    please update your slide Amoco caldiz is 1978!