The BBC is on a quest to provide a human scale to events and places in history in a way that we can all understand. Their How Big Really? and How Many Really? web sites provide an appreciation of events in a way that we can all relate to.
The map-based understanding of the ‘How Big’ site provides dimensions overlayed upon a Google satellite view in order to understand the size and implications. For instance, there is an outline of the extent of the floods in Pakistan that can be overlayed onto your location, or a footprint of the Gulf Oil Spill, and also details on the size and scope of key battles.
The quantity-focused ‘How Many’ site focuses on such things as the number of casualties from illness, disasters and war in order to put these in perspective. Profiled are key battles in the Civil War, the sinking of the Titanic, and the impact of the Plague.