Gallery: DIY Kite Photographs the Gulf Oil Spill to Map its True Size

 

The gulf coast oil spill situation is still dire. The second containment cap seems to only be partially working, BP has strangely decided to burn the recovered oil at sea (as we reported yesterday) and for all of the "expert estimates", we're still not sure how big the spill actually is. Jeffrey Yoo Warren has an answer to the last of those problems -- and it involves a DIY kite, a digital camera, a couple of trash bags and a tank of helium. Warren has launched a series of remote-controlled kites from his boat that fly 1,500 feet above the ground and have captured incredible photos of the worsening spill.

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  1. 'Mired in the Bayou' Re... October 8, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    […] images of oil-covered birds and wildlife in the Gulf Coast, but how many of us really grasp the full impact of the BP oil spill disaster on the individuals living on the gulf coast? Inhabitat is hoping to […]

  2. j9lazur June 10, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Kudos to Warren and his team. No disrespect meant to them in what follows… Ben Franklin would be proud. It’d be a fun backyard science project for kids. But ridiculous that bp and even our own gov’t drove them to this pine car derby-level way of getting photos.

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