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Wonocolo, Indonesia

In Wonocolo Indonesia, oil is extracted and then sent through a filtration system consisting of small channels dug into the hillside. The crude oil/water emulsion is filtered as it pours into pools and oil drums, and is eventually collected and then heated. The heated crude is distilled into diesel fuel.

Which is worse: small-scale messes like this every day, or large scale messes like the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico?

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Taken on March 29, 2010