The technology that contributed to this spill and that has failed so far to stop it is grist for another post -- or several posts.
In the meantime, though, if you'd like to track the progress of the spill and the clean-up, there are several Web sites showing pictures and videos of what's happening. Some of these sites also have information on ways you can help, especially if you're in the area.
- Google is aggregating pictures and graphs from several other sites -- the U.S. Coast Guard, which has been posting a daily update on the spill's trajectory from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; NASA, which is posting pictures of the spill from space; the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, an environmental group that's posted a map of the spill that lets you filter its effects on birds, property and so on; and the state of Louisiana. You can also overlay these images and run them in Google Earth for a 3-D effect.
- BP and Transocean -- two of the companies implicated in the spill -- have joined with several federal agencies to create a joint information center, the Deepwater Horizon Response Web site, where you can see a picture gallery of the spill and get news and video updates on what's happening, along with links to Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Traffic is brisk, according to NextGov -- as of Tuesday, there were 1.3 million page views.
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