Oklahoma Rocked by Yet Another Freak Earthquake

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake rattled the Oklahoma prairie town of Cushing last night, damaging several buildings and threatening one of the world’s largest oil terminals. Earthquakes are now a disturbingly frequent phenomenon in the region, with all signs pointing to the practice of disposing oil and gas field wastewater deep underground. Read More >>

These Landscapes Covered in Oil Wells are Like Huge Alien Cities

Crude oil—or petroleum—has been used since ancient times for several purposes, mostly for dimly lighting up buildings and streets. Only after inventing the fractional distillation of oil and discovering vast mineral oil fields under the ground and sea in the 19th and 20th centuries, petroleum became the most important material for the modern nations, who could fuel all their cars, airplanes, boats—and, of course, tanks, bombers, and warships that helped make the world safe for more oil consumption. Read More >>