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PHOTO Fracking flares up North Dakota at night

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NASA’s Observatory is stationed 512 miles from planet Earth and circles the earth twice a day. It can also take pictures and the ones below show how stunning America is from space. But it also shows how quickly the country is changing. In 2003, North Dakota wasn’t as lit up as it is noe. The lights aren’t normal street lights, though, but natural gas fires that are playing a vital part in North Dakota’s current economic boom. The flares are part of an extraction process called “fracking”. Simply put, it’s a drilling technique that collects oil and natural gas from rocks.

North Dakota oil fields

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