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Gushing oil well, Al-Burgan field, Kuwait

Gushing oil well, Al-Burgan field, Kuwait

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PETER MENZEL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PETER MENZEL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Kuwaiti oil wells. A 'gusher', an uncontrolled oil well that has not caught light, seen in the Al- Burgan field, Kuwait. This is just one of 365 wells destroyed by Iraqi troops in the Al-Burgan field toward the end of the 1991 Gulf War. The Al- Burgan field is the second largest in the world, with proven reserves of 60 billion barrels (1 barrel = 159 litres). About 5 million barrels of oil are being lost every day in Kuwait, both due to leakage such as this or in burning wells and pipelines.

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