North Dakota citiies exploded in size after shale oil boom
Today’s Video of the Day from the USGS shows the tremendous urban growth that took place in North Dakota after the discovery of the Parshall oil field in 2006.
After the multi-billion dollar energy boom in North Dakota’s Bakken oil patch, cities such as Williston and Watford City exploded in size.
This growth can be seen in nighttime satellite images, where the brightness footprint for the Bakken is now larger than the one created by the Twin Cities of Minneapolis.
Video Credit: USGS