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FNS Photo by Kile Brewer Sebastian Braun, an associate professor and chair of the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of North Dakota, cycles through various maps he has collected that show the effect of large-scale oil drilling in western North Dakota.

Chronicling the oil boom: UND professors map dramatic changes to western ND landscape

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GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota professor Sebastian Braun points at a satellite map of Fort Worth, Texas, with small white lines and dots splayed thickly across it like veins on the dark green land.


“If you can visualize western North Dakota, in 10 years, this is what it’s going to look like,” he said.

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Anna Burleson is the higher education reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of South Dakota's Mass Communication program and is originally from Watertown, S.D. Contact Burleson with story ideas or tips by either phone or email, both of which are listed below, or on Twitter @AnnagatorB. More examples of her work can be found at
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