It kills seabirds, devastates livelihoods and is having a go at doing both to BP's share price. But how big, you may ask, is the Gulf of Mexico oil spill? Website If it was my home takes an image of the oil spill and overlays it on a Google map. It will either detect where you are (newer browsers, such as Firefox, will know this) or you can add a postcode or town name in a search box when you click through to it. Try it where you live. Above is the spill pictured as though it surrounded the Guardian offices, in central London. As you can see, this would take it south to Brighton, west to Bristol and as far north as the upper reaches of the Wash, in Lincolnshire. East takes it right out into the North Sea. Playing around, I've discovered that the spill is bigger than both Belgium and Wales. This is significant in standard journalistic units of measurement, these two countries are used to express area when you run out of sensible multiples of football pitches (see also double decker buses for length and Nelson's column for height). The oil spill is in fact closer in size (and shape, weirdly) to the Czech Republic. What would the BP oil spill look like over your home? | Environment | guardian.co.uk The comment section following this article is most interesting. Most interesting indeed.