Photo: Deepwater Drilling May Open New Oil Frontiers



A rig processes oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

Experts are buzzing over the announcement of a successful five-mile-deep (eight-kilometer-deep) oil well in the Gulf. The discovery might herald a new age of deepwater drilling, they say, since the technology used could provide access to previously inaccessible oil sources around the globe.

Photograph by C. Wolcott Henry III/NGS/Getty Images


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