Are you confused by the numbers in the Gulf? You can do the math if you like: 60,000 times 42 gallons times 63 days.
But if that's hard to conceptualize, as it is for some, Hank Ashbaugh, a chemical engineering professor at Tulane University, has calculated some easier-to-understand comparisons, NBC's Kerry Sanders reports from Grand Isle, La.
At a rate of 60,000 barrels of oil every 24 hours, the amount of oil that's gushed out in 63 days would fill:
• 17 percent of the volume of the Louisiana Superdome
• 20 Washington Monuments
• 245 Olympicsize swimming pools
• 50,000 dump trucks
Or, with a little New Orleans flair, he says:
• 2.6 billion Hurricane drinks (a favorite in the French Quarter)