PETER MENZEL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PETER MENZEL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Aftermath of the Gulf War. A gushing column of oil from a damaged well obscures the Sun in Kuwait. In the foreground is a vast pool of crude oil. Over 600 oil wells were destroyed by retreating Iraqi troops in Kuwait at the end of the 1991 Gulf War. Several firefighting teams started work to extinguish the fires and repair the wells as soon as hostilities ceased. The last fire was extinguished in December 1991, ten months after the end of the war. The smoke and oil from the damaged wells caused immense damage to the environment in Kuwait. This photograph was taken in July 1991.
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