The amount of oil spilled so far could only fill the cavernous New Orleans Superdome about one-seventh of the way up. On the other hand, it could fill 15 Washington Monuments and two-thirds of the way up a 16th. If the oil were poured on a football field -- complete with endzones -- it would measure nearly 100 yards high.All this started with the Google Maps overlaying the oil slick on various areas of the United States and, admittedly, that's a pretty reasonable visualization that helps people wrap their heads around abstract figures like 100,000 gallons of crude per day that's now the "worst case scenario" for the rate of oil gushing out of the sea floor.
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