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Over the last 150 years, oil booms and busts have given rise – and laid waste – to hundreds of towns across the world.

In many places on our planet, striking oil has meant the eruption of new settlements in previously uninhabited places. Where there has been oil, there have usually been people.

But they haven’t always hung around. The world is littered with ghost towns that were once home to newly minted oil barons and workers who dreamt of turning goo into gold.

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 First published 2016

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