Top 10 Future Oil Fields
A slideshow with maps! yay! I like maps!
Anyway, it occurred to me that the effect of this slideshow would have been much greater had they presented it differently.
6 of the 10 fields are in two clusters roughly 500 miles apart, with 4 fields in one cluster and two in the other, all of which representing (according to the article) an estimated future of 200+ billion barrels of oil.
I think the impact of the closeness of these fields far out weighs the other information that was given, and thus the message of the mapping is lost.
I've attached to images: one showing those 6 maps as the appear in the slideshow, and another merged into what, to me, is a more meaningful map. The red numbers next to the names indicate the corresponding number in the slide show.
A few things I noticed:
1. There's a heck of a lot of oil still to be retrieved in the middle east.
2. It would seem, according to this map, the oil fields have similar shapes and orientation. I'm not a geologist, but that seems puzzling to me...
3. I would be real interested in seeing the relationship of the fields that are close together - how do they know which ones they are actually drilling out of?
So, anyway....Your thoughts?