Gulf Life

The largest U.S. oil discoveries in decades lie in the depths of the Gulf of Mexico--one of the most dangerous places to drill on the planet. Louisiana’s wetlands are resilient and have bounced back before. But no one knows how long this recovery will take.

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National Geographic Maps the Gulf of Mexico's Oil Infrastructure

The Gulf of Mexico is rich in natural resources, but in the past half century, oil development has dominated the Gulf economy. More than 4,000 active offshore oil well platforms now dot the U.S. waters, with thousands of miles of pipelines delivering oil and gas to land. Zoom in on the map to see where all of this infrastructure is located in relation to coastal wetlands.

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