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Spew

June 14, 2010

56 Days.

Somewhere between 39,500,000 and 116,000,000 gallons of oil.

More than 78,000 square miles of Gulf of Mexico fisheries (32.5% of the Gulf EEZ) closed.

1,183 birds (679 dead) collected.

351 sea turtles (296 dead) collected.

39 marine mammals (37 dead) collected.

Total size: To be determined, but plumes (more than 15 miles long and 3 miles wide) of hydrocarbons stretch more than 3,000 feet below the surface.

Visualizing the BP spew. Click on the map to see what the oil spill would look like over your hometown.

Now, let’s look at the bright side. Since April 20th, the word “spew” has been used by the media more than ever before (according to our completely unofficial statistical measures).

Spew 1. To discharge the contents of the stomach through the mouth; vomit. 2. To gush or pour out. 3. To eject from the stomach through the mouth; vomit. 4. To pour out or hurl forth violently. 5. Something that is spewed; vomit.

That’s right. A word usually reserved for teenagers is making headlines in the Wall Street Journal, L.A. Times and Washington Post.

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