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Mapping the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Published on May 6, 2010
by Jennifer Valentino-DeVries

The use of technology to publicly track the effects of disasters is becoming increasingly common–and it’s getting noticed again with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Google (GOOG), which helped provide maps and people-finder tools after the earthquake in Haiti, has set up a site dedicated to the oil spill that combines data from Louisiana’s government as well as NASA and state non-profit organizations to provide a map of the oil slick and its effects.

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