Subterranean Lines

The bulk of the fracking boom currently underway in the United States is not only in one of the least populated and remote states, North Dakota (population 724,000 – and it’s only that large because of the fracking boom and all the new workers there), but it also takes place mostly underground. Sure, there are…

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The Whale in the Water

The Dutch painting here, by Hendrick van Anthonissen, has led a double life. In its original form, it showed an object of fascination: a freshly stranded whale at during the mid-17th century. There was a widespread public interest in these large creatures around this time, which saw an expanding Dutch whaling industry and widespread use…

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Leaping Forward

The diminutive planthopper (Issus coleoptratus) is the only creature we know of besides ourselves that uses intermeshed gears for heavy, synchronized lifting. The gears, which look like a comic book model of miniature technology, form the ratchet joint between the planthopper’s back legs. They create a smooth response where the insect’s developing system is still incapable…

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Views: Below, Surface, Above

The image above shows a schematic of the Bakken Formation,, which lies along the U.S.-Canadian border, beneath the prairies of North Dakota and Montana. It is considered to be the largest reserve of oil in the lower 48 U.S. states. North Dakota separates property ownership of land surface from ‘bottomland’, what lies beneath the surface.…

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Sweet Poison

What’s nectar to some is poison to others. Fracking, an extraction technique that involves injecting water mixed with chemicals into wells to break apart shale formations that cover pockets of oil or natural gas. Fracking: Praised as an economic and energy boon, condemned as a toxic threat. All the images here hold a certain terrible beauty.…

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