How I approached the problem was to have to find the littlest amount of areas needed. I tried to cut the shapes to where each shape (circle,triangle,or rectangle) would take up as much room as possible.
The total area of the whole oil spill is 32,687.5 mi.
Question 1: I feel like that my total that I got would be in the ball park of the real amount of how much the oil spill took up
Question 2: Most likely more than what it actually was because when it was near a half or a whole I rounded up to that.