Oilfields at Night – View from Space

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Nightime view of Bakken Oilfield – Image Credit Geology.com

There is a very interesting article on Geology.com that shows labled views of some major oilfields at night.  The images show lights from drilling operations and natural gas flaring from some key oil fields in the world.  The images are from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite. The data was acquired over nine days in April 2012 and 13 days in October 2012. It took 312 orbits to get a clear shot of every parcel of Earth’s land surface and islands. This new data was then mapped over existing Blue Marble imagery of Earth to provide a realistic view of the planet. Data provided by NASA Earth.

Click here to interactively view the earth at night in your browser. 

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