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    "A quarter century ago, scientists warned that if we kept burning fossil fuel at current rates we’d melt the Arctic. The fossil fuel industry (and most everyone else in power) ignored those warnings, and what do you know: The Arctic is melting, to the extent that people now are planning to race yachts through the Northwest Passage, which until very recently required an icebreaker to navigate." New York Times, May 12, 2015. Midway-Sunset is currently the largest oil field in California. Aerial.
    WHAT MAKES THIS PHOTO GREAT?
    Composition 14
    Lighting 3
    Creativity 4
    Story 13

    Jassen T.'s aerial image of the largest oil field in California looks at one of the causes of climate change. It feels both graphic and mechanical, and its sheer scale highlights our dependence on oil.

    Jessie Wender
    Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine
    Photo Details
    Date Taken: May 13, 2015
    Date Uploaded: May 14, 2015
    Camera: NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D810
    Focal Length: 70 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/400 sec
    Aperture: f/2.8
    ISO: 200
    Copyright: © Jassen Todorov
    Categories: Animals, Culture, Nature
    Assignments: Climate Change in Your Life
    Contests: 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest, 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year