The oil spill disaster off the Gulf Coast is truly tragic. The numbers–from the billions of dollars in damage to the environmental toll–are barely fathomable to most of us.

Here  is a look at a chart that ties the disaster together with amazing clarity. Another site is hosting some incredible photographs of the disaster including some from NASA that you might want to check out.

One blogger out there is calling for the most innovative minds to suggest possible solutions, and is promising to share those solutions with government authorities.

“One amazing idea could slow the Oil Leak modestly or even stop it, slow the spread, or minimize effects, then every day wasted is measured in real environmental, human, and economic toll,” says blogger Dwayne Spradlin of Perspectives on Innovation.

I do agree that there needs to be a formalized system in place when these unexpected disasters happen.  But just as important: preventive safety measures. Like that $500,000 safety valve BP could have used to prevent the now-estimated 60,000 barrels a day from spilling into the ocean.

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