Gas flare at an oil field

Gas flare at an oil field

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Caption: Gas flare at an oil field. Gas flares are used to burn off small amounts of natural gas in the crude oil. This method is used where the volume of gas is not sufficient to justify extraction for commercial use. Photographed at Watford City, North Dakota, USA, on the Bakken shale formation.

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