A Sense of Scale

What is 2,500 square miles really like? Via Fallows, I guess you’re gonna want to see this extraordinary utility that uses Google Earth (plug-in at the link) to let you see what the oil spill would look like superimposed on NYC, Paris, Syros, your neighborhood or wherever.

Hint: you’re not going to feel better. It is a reminder, however, that abstraction is a very special brand of information.