Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Oil Wells that began well

These are the jerker lines that still drive the wells at the first commercially exploited oil field in the world - the oil is still used to make lubricants. The jerkers lines are logs or planks swinging from posts that radiate out from a central engine in the field - this was before it became possible to motorize each pump. The plant is supposed to be something that grows a lot in oily soil.
And in 50 years, the industry had grown to become the 20th Centuries dominant force. Now that it has reached the peak production stage, what will happen?

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