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Surreal Aerial Photos Show Impact From Fracking

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Sometimes it takes a bird's eye view to get a sense of the full scope of what's being done to our land in pursuit of profit.

Wasson oil field, Detroit City, Texas. Photo credit: Mishka Henner

A few weeks ago we ran some photos by artist Mishka Henner who creates projects that make people think about how we interact with our environment. Those photos showed industrial-scale feed lots, factory farms where thousands of animals are raised, taken from the air. He discovered them while flying over the country working on another project: aerial photos of oil drilling sites.

San Andres oil field, Hockley County, Texas. Photo credit: Mishka Henner

San Andres oil field, Hockley County, Texas (detail). Photo credit: Mishka Henner

Those photos are just as compelling, combining a virtually abstract beauty with a sense of the devastation being done to the environment in the lust to extract oil. Each print is assembled from hundreds of high-resolution satellite images of each location.

Kern County oil fields, seen from above. Photo credit: Mishka Henner

They include photos taken in Texas, Utah and California's Kern County, its most fracked county. Long home to conventional oil drilling and undergoing an explosion of fracking operations in the last decade, it has been called "the Texas of California."

A detail showing a closer view of Kern County's landscape of drilling operations. Photo credit: Mishka Henner

You can learn more about Henner and see more of the photos here.

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