Amazing material. Thanks to Drs. Braun and Reed at the University of North Dakota.
Since late 2011, Dr. Sebastian Braun (American Indian Studies) and Dr. Ann Reed (Anthropology) have been working on a project to investigate the social impacts of the Bakken oil boom in western North Dakota.
One of the best ways to visualize the impacts of the boom is through satellite images. Seen from the ground level, it is hard to imagine the overall impact on the landscape, the ecosystem, and the flora and fauna (including homo sapiens) that depend on it. Satellite images reveal the challenges, changes, and disruptions that are caused by access roads and well pads, as well as the booming support economy. This is especially true if viewed over time – in case of a boom, a short time.
Here are some examples of Satellite images from 2005, 2009, 2010, and 2012 of specific locations: Mandaree, New Town, and Watford City. We will add more images in the future.
These images reveal how the physical environment has been changed, and make it possible, perhaps, to imagine how the landscape might look like in the future.