The Reminder

Dec 10, 2010 by

Big, uh, thanks to SkyTruth on Twitter for this one:

It seems Purdue University has been entrusted with hosting “an online resource for those studying the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history.” is the place to go to check out a bunch of hi-resolution video taken of the Macondo gusher while it was spewing its millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf – some of it on a day-to-day timeline of the disaster.  A “watch this space” note in the About section states:

In the coming weeks, many more features will be added to to benefit scientists and engineers who are studying technical issues surrounding major oil spills. These tools will be built using HUBzero technology.

Personally, I can’t take more than a few viewings of the stuff, in part because it’s not too exciting for me, but also because it reminds me of how the local public TV station kept showing picture after picture of ruined, flooded house after ruined, flooded house when I first moved back here – which, in turn, reminded me of nothing more than having a channel show the events of 9/11/01 over and over again.  Too much disaster, too much pain – but if these high-res videos can assist those in the know in preventing another nasty blowout, or in helping others effectively deal with such a disaster, then I’m glad they’re out there.

Now, if we can just get some similar videos online of the act of the gallons of Corexit dumped in to try to deal with the oil that was unleashed…


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