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Field Museum of Natural History presents Fractured: North Dakota’s Oil Boom

The Field Museum of Natural History presents Fractured: North Dakota’s Oil Boom an exhibition on view now through Mon Jan 20, 2014.

North Dakota Oil BoomJourney to the prairies of North Dakota with nationally acclaimed photographer Terry Evans and award-winning journalist and filmmaker Elizabeth Farnsworth and explore the impact of the current oil boom on the Williston Basin region. Most of the oil is obtained by fracking – injecting fluids into the ground to fracture shale oil – and this controversial practice brings welcome prosperity to some, but tragedy to others. Through vivid photography and personal testimony, learn how this drilling process is irrevocably altering prairie habitats and couldbring catastrophic global warming even closer; and also hear from the families and communities that benefit from this economic boon, which may help make the United States energy independent. Follow these modern day explorers as they document the loss of a storied landscape to industry, and decide for yourself what the ultimate outcome should be.

The Field Museum is an educational institution concerned with the diversity and relationships in nature and among cultures. It provides collection-based research and learning for greater public understanding and appreciation of the world in which we live. Its collections, public learning programs, and research are inseparably linked to serve a diverse public of varied ages, backgrounds and knowledge.

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