On April 22nd, 2013 (Earth Day), Adventure Science launched it’s eighth scientific field expedition. It was also given the honour of carrying The Explorers Club Flag 112 due to its uniqueness, and scientific merit. Between April 22 and May 02, three two-person teams trekked 270 miles (generally off-trail), and gained over 47,000 ft. of elevation through the rugged North Dakota Badlands to observe and document the state of wilderness, and the current effect the Bakken oil boom is having on this inspiring landscape. The results of this project were documented in an extensive report written for The Explorers Club, and the project findings were also included in a chapter of the 2016 edited volume, Bakken Goes Boom.

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