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Aerial view of resource extraction in Texas. Are they oil, gas or fracking wells? | by Amy M. Youngs
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Aerial view of resource extraction in Texas. Are they oil, gas or fracking wells?

Saw these strange new human-made landscapes on my flight from Sacramento to Houston. Not farming, not subdivisions, but many miles of rectangular patches etched out of the earth, some with pools next to them, all with roads to them. I doubt that people see these when driving on major roads - I never have - but they were very visible from a plane. Welcome to your new landscape!

 

To see this on Google Maps, here is the link: maps.google.com/maps?q=31.421485,+-96.326416&hl=en&am... When I first posted, I identified these as fracking marks, but many who probably know more than I, have pointed out that these look more like gas wells or oil wells. I changed the title of the photo to show my uncertainty about the actual type of resource extraction pictured here. I am not an expert on types of resource extraction, I am an ecologically concerned artist who looks out the window of planes and notices the changes humans are making to the landscape.

 

To see more photos of what our new energy landscapes look like - including windfarms, dams, coal plants, geothermal and solar fields - visit this Flickr group I've organized called "Energy Extraction". Everyone is welcome to join and add related photos www.flickr.com/groups/energyextraction/

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Taken on August 3, 2013