Sand mining in western Wisconsin • Earth.com

Last update: November 22nd, 2019 at 11:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day comes from the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at sand mining in western Wisconsin.

The recent fracking boom in the United States has led to an increased demand for the round, hard, silica-rich sand found in places like Wisconsin. This “frac sand” is used in the mix of chemicals that get pumped underground to fracture shale rock and release oil and gas.

This image was captured by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on board the Landsat 8 satellite.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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