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The Atlas of the Industrial West

Infographic/Photo Essay - June 25, 2012 by Jonathan Thompson

 

Ever wanted to tour a wind farm, a giant dam or an oil and gas field? This map will help. Click on the icon of the industrial site nearest you for a bit about the site and tours, if offered, along with a link to more information.

Purple = oil & gas; Aqua = dams & irrigation projects; Yellow = Superfund or related projects; Green = nuclear weapons-related facilities; Blue = active mine sites; Sun = renewable energy; Pink = other.

If you'd like to better understand what exactly you are looking at while visiting these places, read Infrastructure: The Book of Everything for the Industrial Landscape, by Brian Hayes. It's a fun read, and explains everything from the electrical grid to the equipment at natural gas processing plants.

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