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Originally posted by Tempest333
Originally posted by OuttaTime
100,000 x 42 = 4.2 million gallons per day
60 days worth of leakage = 2,520,000,000 gallons in 60 days.
I believe the photos are consistent with a billion gallon spill, don't you?
Originally posted by havok
What a load of crap from CNN!
Here's what I gathered from the picture in closer examination.
Disregard the first picture, which is just a exaggerated reflection.
Yellow outline is CNN estimates. Source of CNN small 'leak'
Red outline is my guess according to a better look.
Clearly this spill is WAY bigger than what the news would have you believe.
Gotta love satellite imagery!
Originally posted by scraze
Let's be unrealistically optimistic and say the oil visible from space is formed by a layer of just 10cm (~4 inch) thick with only 10% oil (versus 90% water). In that case there would be 0.318 cubic kilometers of oil, or 318,750,000 cubic meters - 318,750,000,000 liter, or 84,204,841,778 gallon, or 2,004,877,185 barrels..
That's very close to the number you calculated [edit: but in barrels instead of gallons..]. However, a layer of just 4 inch consisting of 10% oil is very optimistic..
I just scared myself :/
Originally posted by OurskiesRpoisoned
We'll need to add more oil to our square mile coverage.
Notice the oil on the West side of the Missisippi. This is something we didn't see in the original image in the OP.