The Deepwater Horizon disaster for visual learners


Americablog has a breathtaking series of photos, taken by a DOE contractor, that show the final hours of the Deepwater Horizon.

Also worth taking a look at: The Times-Picayune's animation of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which shows the blob growing and shifting on the waves.



  1. Just before the end of the animation, on May 2nd, the slick takes on the exact shape of the continental US. Weird.

    1. um.. close.. but if you would have really looked you would have seen that on april 28th the oil slick took on its most revealing shape: a sillhoutted circus seal pointing its oily nose of doom to Nawlins.

  2. It’s about time someone developed that lost roll of color film from Pearl Harbor.

  3. Who cares about the pictures?

    In the meanwhile the leak (or shall we call it “oil volcano”) is still leaking at the same rate and no end in sight.

    In fact it might hit the Florida Keys soon and possibly mix into the Gulf stream.

    God help us all. And kill BP, Halliburton and Transocean

  4. I would like to see a news animation that shows the actual depth of the sea floor where this is happening. All I have been seeing is a rendering that makes it look like it is in 100 feet of water, not 5000, on a pipe that appears to be 50 feet in diameter. I think it would look more like a floating lego brick trailing a string to the bottom of a 12′ diving well. Then people would realize how crazy we are to trust BIG OIL to do this safely.

    All I can do is hope that this is the beginning of the end for the age of oil. At least let’s save it for making plastics for alternative energy technologies, not for burning in our cars and power plants. Rant in 3..2..1…

    1. Nope, sorry. Air Force One, or Air Force Two, for that matter are not specific aircraft. The name Air Force One applies to whatever aircraft the President is currently in. By definition, the President cannot be in Air Force Two.

      1. In any event, the “hovering” aircraft would be Marine One, the president’s helicopter.

  5. Strangely, fringe right-wingers can’t see these images. They just see whatever they want.

  6. That picture looks remarkably like shots of the battleship Arizona after Pearl Harbor

    1. We can anticipate a Michael Bay Hollywood blockbuster complete with Hans Zimmer soundtrack in 3…2…

  7. So, is all that water even doing anything? Seems like it’s just giving people something to do until the wreckage cools.

    1. Yeah. There are some beautiful photos in this series. I just wish they were special effects.

  8. There is no fatality in human disasters:

    quote: “Mike Papantonio, an environmental lawyer said on the popular American radio programme, the Ed Schultz show, that former Vice-President Dick Cheney’s shadowy decided that the switches, which cost $500,000, were too much a burden on the industry.

    “(The acoustic switch) is a failsafe that shuts the flow of oil off at the source,” said Papantonio in the April 30 broadcast.

    “They cost only about half a million dollars each, and are required in off-shore drilling platforms in most of the world…except for the United States. This was one of the new deregulations devised by Dick Cheney,” he said.”

    1. Obama is president now. We mustn’t linger on the deeds of the previous administration.

      1. Plus it was Obama himself who tipped it over because he wants foreign oil and needed something to distract the public from his secret lover.

      1. Yes, we must never examine old mistakes, we should simply press ahead and make new ones! Death to History! Long live the reign of those with no memory!

        We should avoid namecalling and unnecessary complaining, while calmly finding the mistakes of the past and working to avoid their reoccurance. Find a bad leader? Don’t make him leader again!

  9. 11 people died on rig. Some comments here show exactly the lack of respect that makes workers in the oil industry furious at the urban environmental folk.

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