David Jorgensen
GIS | Portland, Oregon

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Having driven through the Bakken Shale Region (of North Dakota, Montana and Alberta) quite a few times, I’ve seen the area’s dramatic change from lonely grasslands to Fracking boom towns. Desiring to quantify this, I obtained and analyzed a decade’s worth of imagery from the LandSat and Sentinel satellites, parsing drill pads via their Optimized Soil Adjusted Vegetation Index signature. The result is snapshot of astonishingly rapid industrial growth.