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Simpson Oil Field Seep Photos

Simpson Oil Field Seep

Aerial view of the oil seep at Simpson Core #31

Close up of oil-eating bacteria

Shallow oil deposits from the underlying Simpson Oil Field migrate to the surface via cracks and fissures in permafrost along the northwest portion of the Simpson Peninsula.An aerial view of a naturally occurring oil seep. Alaska Native residents of the North Slope were known to travel long distances to harvest the congealed pitch from seeps to burn for heat.Naturally occurring microbes known as oil-eating bacteria are present in most of the seeps.