It’s been almost three months since the Deepwater Horizon disaster occurred, in the Mexican Gulf. Arguably, the most horrifying man-made environmental catastrophe of all times, it has been illustrated all over the world in magazines, newspapers and websites.

Contrarily to my last post here on Inspired Magazine, this one is not filled with joy and good expectations, typical of a big sports fan like I am. Today, we’ll see how information design can also show the less enjoyable side of our life, and how powerful it can be unveiling the cruel facts behind such tragedies as this one.

Enough words, enough said – let’s just dive in the facts , and call for action.

Why offshore drilling?

Before we start getting into the Gulf accident, let’s just quickly try to understand why offshore drilling was such a priority for the United States.

Burning Trough Oil

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Oil, What’s Left

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U.S. Oil Consumption vs. Production

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Just how reliant is the US on foreign oil?

 

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Oil and Alternatives

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Energy Bill vs Oil Companies Contributions to Senators

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Offshore Drilling

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Oil Primer: Where it Comes From, Where it Goes

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Greenopia’s Top 5 Oil Companies and their Oil Spills

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Understanding Oil Spills and a look into the Past

It happens more often than we’d like, and still the World lacks alternatives to avoid that history keeps repeating itself.

The physics of oil spills

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The World’s Most Disasterous Oil Spills

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The Worst Spills

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The world’s largest oil spills

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The Biggest Oil Spills

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Comparing Exxon Valdez to the Gulf Oil Spill

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The Deepwater Horizon Disaster

I’ve worked in several oil rigs for a couple of years, although never in the Mexican Gulf region. And, for those who never had the chance to see one up close, I can only describe my feeling as a mix of admiration and a certain amount of fear. It’s an engineering work of art, a technology wonder, and a time-bomb.

This recent accident as been one of the most covered one’s, and there are some great visualizations out there showing the terrifying numbers behind it.

How the Gulf of Mexico oil spill happened

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Oil Spill Timeline

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Timeline: Oil spill in the Gulf

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Tracking the Oil Spill in the Gulf

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Gulf Coast oil spill

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CNN Tracking the Gulf oil disaster

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CNN Map: Impact of the oil disaster

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Deepwater Horizon : la marée noire du siècle

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Day 54 of Gulf Oil Disaster

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The Evolving Estimates Of BP’s Oil Leak

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Just How Bad is the BP Oil Spill?

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Oil disaster by the numbers

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Gulf oil spill by the numbers

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Crude Awakening

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The Spilled Disaster

 

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The Size of the Oil Spill

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In Deep Water

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The Cost of Clumsiness

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Cost and Effects of The BP Oil Spill

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Gulf Oil Spill Numbers

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The Current State of the Gulf Oil Spill

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The Oil spill

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How did the oil and gas sector fare last year?

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Measures taken – or attempted

From the very beginning, everybody knew this would not be an easy mess to clean up. Several efforts are being made, but the oil is still spreading.

Deepwater Horizon’s Cementing

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First success in oil spill cleanup

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Riser Insertion Tube Tool

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Drilling the relief wells

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Containment dome to collect leaking oil in Gulf of Mexico

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Relief Well Reaches 8,000 Feet

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What’s going on beneath the sea?

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A Lot more than Money

There’s been a lot of talk, in the media, about the economic and financial impact, but let’s not forget that, first of all, this is a tremendous environmental disaster – and that human life’s were lost.

Deepwater Horizon Victims

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How oil spills endanger sea life

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The US Oil Spill Endangers the Rare Bird’s Habitat Near the Coastal Islands

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Nantucket Windfarm vs. Gulf Oil Spill, Which Impacts the Environment More?

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Who’s to Blame?

With such a negative impact on the environment and people’s lifes, there’s no way BP’s going to pass the public opinion judgment. And we’re still yet to see if its going to survive.

Who’s the Boss?

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BP’s Production Costs vs Production in the Gulf

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Egregious Citations Issued to BP

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Irony, or Dark Humor?

And still, after all we’ve shown, facing the situation with some irony is possible:

Fun Ways to Measure the Size of the BP Gulf Oil Spill

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The Skinny On The Oil Spill

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Coke + BP

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Visualizing with Video

We finish this compilation with some videos that also show the facts behind this tragedy.

U.S .oil spill explained

Gulf of Mexico oil spill

 

 

Ocean currents likely to carry oil to Atlantic

3-D BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill 3D – week 7

How bad can it get?

Of course, there must be hundreds of other designs and visualization tools for such an disastrous event. Share them with us, and we’ll definitely include them on a future post.

Because, unfortunately, this Dark Mess is far from ending.