Flames from burning oil well crust, Kuwait

Flames from burning oil well crust, Kuwait

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Credit: PETER MENZEL/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Flames from the burning 'crust' around an oil well in Kuwait. The oil wells of Kuwait were destroyed by retreating Iraqi troops during the Gulf War of 1991. In the Al Burgan field seen here, over 360 oil wells were set ablaze. It is estimated that a total of 5 to 6 million barrels of oil are lost every day (1 barrel = 159 litres). A team of firefighters from several companies have made some progress in putting the fires out. In addition to the massive oil spills, the smoke from the fires has caused immense damage to the local environment. The smoke has also contributed to local climate changes, but is not expected to affect global climate systems.

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Keywords: environment, environmental, fire, fires in kuwait, gulf war, kuwait, kuwait oil fires, oil, oil field fires, oil fields in kuwait, oil fires, oil pollution, pollution

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