The Gulf oil spill may be closed, and for many people forgotten, but the impact that it will have on that region is likely to be felt for years to come. With that in mind, National Geographic has turned its considerable attentions on the Gulf, with a host of reports on the topic ranging across a variety of media.
For instance, the oil spill will be the cover story for the October edition of National Geographic magazine and will feature “photos you haven’t seen; stories you haven’t heard.” The issue will also include a special two-sided map, with one side devoted to showing the deeply entrenched, and massive, Gulf oil infrastructure. The other side of the map will have a graphical representation of the Gulf’s delicate eco-system with an explanation of how everything is interrelated, and the impact of the oil on life in and around those waters. Both sides of the map can be viewed online right now. Click here to see the Gulf oil infrastructure, and here for the Gulf eco-system.
That’s not all however, as NG plans to air three television shows on the topic. Flagship program Explorer will get things started by airing a special entitled “Can the Gulf Survive?” which will take an in depth look at the damage that has been done and the likelihood that the eco-system can bounce back from this ecological disaster. That show is set to be broadcast on Tuesday, Sept. 28th at 10PM ET/PT.
As if that wasn’t enough, the Society is offering up some resources for K12 educators to share in their classrooms as well. Those resources can be found by clicking here and include activities designed for all grade levels to help them understand the breadth of the disaster and the long term effects it could have on the environments in the Gulf.