Schön ist sicherlich was anderes, aber es entbehrt nicht einer gewissen morbiden Ästhetik. Das waren sicherlich sehr entspannende Strandausflüge.

➔ Photos: Dark beauty in the oil fields of old Southern California

It’s no secret that California has long been a major player in the business of crude oil extraction. Every 24 hours, the Golden State produces over half a million barrels of crude, most of which is sourced in landlocked regions like Kern County and the San Joaquin Valley. But it wasn’t alway that way. Less than a century ago, scenic Southern California accounted for a full 20 percent of global output.


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