Innovative Mapping Project Tracks Gulf Oil With Kites and Balloons

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The setup is simple: A cheap digital camera loaded with a special computer script that forces it to take a photograph every five seconds, some tape, some string, and a weather balloon or kite.

Getting the apparatus built and into the air is easy and, with some practice, quick—but the results are powerful.

Image credit: Grassroots Mapping Project, jeferonix/Flickr