April 19, 2009
Drill Pad on Wetlands, Russia
Photograph by Gerd Ludwig
This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Environment
A drill pad built on top of fragile wetlands probes for new oil reserves. Technology imported from the West is helping Russia's oil industry modernize, but Soviet-era spills and pipeline breaks have contaminated much of the region.
See more photographs from the June 2008 feature story "Frozen Assets."