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Map: Impact of the oil disaster

Get a closer look at what parts of the Gulf of Mexico are seeing effects from the oil spill. Click on a previous month's tab to see a compilation of observed reports of oil from the entire month. NOTE: On previous months, shaded areas indicate where surface oil has been observed over an entire month, and does NOT indicate current observable surface spill locations.

What am I looking at?

Composite mapThe composite view shows how surface oil has spread over one month. Darker areas indicate where oil was concentrated over time, and lighter areas indicate the maximum spread of the oil slick from its origin from nearly a mile below where the Deepwater Horizon rig once was.oil leakWith a click on the red markers on the map, pop-up windows reveal the latest photos and video of areas affected by the spill. More points and media are added to the map daily -- be sure to return often to see the latest reports from CNN, iReporters and Getty Images.