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On the ground it took no computer analysis to see that conditions near the wells remained extreme. Tens of millions of barrels of oil flowed like black satin, releasing gases and threatening to leach into groundwater. Lakes of oil formed, sealing off the face of the desert and swallowing plants, lizards, insects, and small mammals.
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