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Often while reading about historic events or natural disasters, you come across statistics that define the area these events spanned. But figures seldom do a good job of giving a clear idea as to how large the area was. To get an idea of how big a certain historic event really was, pay a visit to “BBC Dimensions”.

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BBC Dimensions is a collaborative project between the BBC and BERG. The tool is a free web app that gives you a clear idea of how big a certain event was. This is done by creating the shape of the event’s area and placing it on top of your local area’s map.

For example you could type in your post code and see how much area the 2010 Gulf Oil spill would cover if it was on land over your area. You can zoom in and out of the map provided and drag it with your mouse.

To choose an event, you can browse through the categories: war on terror, space, depths, ancient worlds, environmental disasters, festivals, historic cities, World War 2, and the Industrial Age.

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Check out BBC Dimensions at www.howbigreally.com

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