Texas Oil Field Expansion, 1984 to 2013

The cities of Odessa (left) and Midland (right) are situated at the northern boundary of the Permian Basin in western Texas, where oil and natural gas production serves as the primary industry.

These images were acquired by the Landsat 5 satellite in 1984 (left) and by the Landsat 8 satellite in 2013 (right). The expansion of the oil industry in this region over the past 29 years can easily be seen by the increase of the white dots that represent well locations.

Landsat satellites provide an unbiased view of the Earth’s surface and change that occurs over time.

Texas Oil Fields
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Thursday, July 11, 2013