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"Fossil Fuel: A Journey Through Time and Industry" Step back in time to the 1850s, where a coal mine in England marked the beginning of an era that would shape our world

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Milford Haven at sunset, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Wales, UK

Milford Haven at sunset, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Wales, UK
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Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Coal mine in England, 1850s

Coal mine in England, 1850s
Removing coal in the Bradley mine, Staffordshire, England, 1850s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Retro Style Desert Scene with Old Gas Station and Saguaro Cactus

Retro Style Desert Scene with Old Gas Station and Saguaro Cactus on a sunny day

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: 1960s paraffin heater

1960s paraffin heater
Paraffin heater, historical image. This portable heater, manufactured in the 1960s, was fuelled by the fossil fuel paraffin (also called paraffin oil and kerosene)

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Model of Murchison North Sea Oil Rig

Model of Murchison North Sea Oil Rig

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Oil drilling rig, North Sea

Oil drilling rig, North Sea
Oil drilling rig. Byford Dolphin semi-submersible oil rig moored in the Cromarty Firth at the town of Invergordon, Scotland

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Jackup oil drilling rig, North Sea

Jackup oil drilling rig, North Sea
Jackup oil drilling rig. Ensco 80 oil rig being towed up the Cromarty Firth passing the town of Invergordon. Photographed in the North Sea, Scotland

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Oil well, 19th century

Oil well, 19th century
Oil well. Crude oil erupting from a wellhead in a 19th-century oil field. The wellhead is the structure used to contain and pump oil as it reaches the surface from deep underground, often, as here

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Oil tanker

Oil tanker loading at an oil terminal in Nakhodka, Russia

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Off-shore oil rig

Off-shore oil rig
Off-shore oil production. A large off-shore oil production rig in calm waters. The main parts of the rig are the drilling tower (left), the supporting legs, and the accomodation block (right)

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Oil refinery at night

Oil refinery at night. A tailings pond, for the disposal of waste material from the mining and refining process, is seen in the foreground

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Oil drilling rig at night, North Sea

Oil drilling rig at night, North Sea
Oil drilling rig at night. Byford Dolphin semi-submersible oil rig moored in the Cromarty Firth at the town of Invergordon, Scotland

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Oil drilling rig, North Sea

Oil drilling rig, North Sea
Oil drilling rig. Byford Dolphin semi-submersible oil rig moored in the Cromarty Firth at the town of Invergordon, Scotland

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Retro Style Scene of old gas station in Arizona Desert

Retro Style Scene of old gas station in Arizona Desert
Old gas station with prickly pear cactus in vast desert landscape

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Old abandoned gas station in Arizona desert

Old abandoned gas station in Arizona desert
Old abandoned gas station building in Quartzsite, Arizona desert with two blue retro gas pumps. Bright sunny day. Salt Cedar tree and cactus in background

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Oil barrels

Oil barrels. Oil products are obtained from crude oil, which is oil from the ground before it has been refined. It contains a varied mixture of hydrocarbons

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Dounreay

Dounreay
The bottom half of the worlds first electricity-producing fast breeder reactor at Dounreay Nuclear Power Development Establishment in Scotland, 14th July 1956

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Gas storage tanks

Gas storage tanks. Supporting structures of three gas storage tanks and two electricity pylons and power lines silhouetted against a setting sun

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Supertanker Golar Nikko at Teeside oilport

Supertanker Golar Nikko at Teeside oilport
The 105, 000 tonne Golar Nikko, a very large crude carrier (VLCC), or supertanker. It is seen during unloading of crude oil at the oilport at Teesside, north- east England

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Oil drilling rigs, North Sea

Oil drilling rigs, North Sea
Oil drilling rigs. Ensco 80 jackup oil rig (left) being towed past the Arctic 2 anchored semi-submersible rig (right). Photographed in the Cromarty Firth, near Invergordon, Scotland

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Oil pump in a wheat field

Oil pump in a wheat field. This type of oil pump is commonly known as a nodding donkey or jack pump. It is used to draw crude oil from a well when the pressure difference in the well is not

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Screenshot of a boiler control system

Screenshot of a boiler control system used at Fawley power station, Hampshire, UK. Each boiler (as seen here) is powered by heavy fuel oil

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Flower Plant

Flower Plant
Vertigo Artography

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Lightning strike over South Africa's largest coal processing plant

Lightning strike over South Africa's largest coal processing plant. Sasol, Mpumalanga, South Africa, November, 2016

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Bromley by Bow coal merchant Charles Franklin horses and cart delivery wagon takes a

Bromley by Bow coal merchant Charles Franklin horses and cart delivery wagon takes a break and a drink of water from the trough during his delivery round in Bow. 3rd March 1955

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Miners working at the coal face at the Frances Colliery in Scotland. 2nd March 1983

Miners working at the coal face at the Frances Colliery in Scotland. 2nd March 1983

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Brandts cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) swimming beneath an oil rig. Eureka Rig

Brandts cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) swimming beneath an oil rig. Eureka Rig, Los Angeles, California, United States of America. North East Pacific Ocean

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Lentils. Red. Oil pump jacks Carmichael Saskatchewan, Canada

Lentils. Red. Oil pump jacks Carmichael Saskatchewan, Canada

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Oil pump jacks and wheat field Carlyle Saskatchewan, Canada

Oil pump jacks and wheat field Carlyle Saskatchewan, Canada

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Decommissioned oil rig DP249057

Decommissioned oil rig DP249057
Able Seaton Port, Greythorp, Hartlepool. View from the west of the Brent B oil rig caught in the last vestiges of light awaiting dismantling

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Coal Mine

Coal Mine
Vintage engraving showing a cross section of a coal mine, 1864

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Victorian coal miner pushing a minecart

Victorian coal miner pushing a minecart
Victorian vintage engraving of a 19th century coal miner pushing coal in a minecart. The minecart or mine cart (also known as a mine trolley) is a type of rolling stock found on a mine railway

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: A family gathered around a lamplit table, 1854 (oil on canvas)

A family gathered around a lamplit table, 1854 (oil on canvas)
1199807 A family gathered around a lamplit table, 1854 (oil on canvas) by Kiers, Petrus (1807-75); 61.5x73 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; Dutch, out of copyright

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Chinese Coal Miners, c. 1867-72 (b / w photo)

Chinese Coal Miners, c. 1867-72 (b / w photo)
473728 Chinese Coal Miners, c.1867-72 (b/w photo) by Thomson, John (1837-1921); Private Collection; (add.info.: Coal mining near Patung in Hubei province, central China.); Scottish, out of copyright

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Hollicombe gasworks in October 1967

Hollicombe gasworks in October 1967

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Battersea Power Station seen here on a murky foggy winters morning. London

Battersea Power Station seen here on a murky foggy winters morning. London. 7th December 1962

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: The Trans Alaska pipeline at pumping station one, Prudhoe Bay December 1977

The Trans Alaska pipeline at pumping station one, Prudhoe Bay December 1977. The pipeline is 800 miles long stretching from Prudhoe Bay down to the Valdez

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Coal miners working at the coal face in the Somerset coalfields, March 1946 OP403B

Coal miners working at the coal face in the Somerset coalfields, March 1946 OP403B

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Pumpjack In A Field, Alberta, Canada

Pumpjack In A Field, Alberta, Canada

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: UK, Tilbury Power Station, 2009. Creator: Ethel Davies

UK, Tilbury Power Station, 2009. Creator: Ethel Davies
Graffiti in front of Tilbury Power Station, initially fossil fuell then biomass fired, before being decommissioned, Tilbury, Essex, England

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Off-shore oil rig surrounded by sailing fireboat and flying helicopter

Off-shore oil rig surrounded by sailing fireboat and flying helicopter, underwater cross-section depicting the rigs foundations

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Illustration, cross-section diagram of catalytic converter with arrows indicating the direction of

Illustration, cross-section diagram of catalytic converter with arrows indicating the direction of emissions flow

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Abandoned Gas Station in Arizona Desert

Abandoned Gas Station in Arizona Desert
Old Gas Station in Quartzsite, Arizona during the day with two blue gas pumps. In the desert. 1930s or 1940 s

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Bunsen burner flame sequence

Bunsen burner flame sequence. Montage showing how the flame of a bunsen burner varies from yellow and flickering to jet-like and blue. This device burns hydrocarbon gases to produce a flame

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Coal strike advice for President Theodore Roosevelt, 1902

Coal strike advice for President Theodore Roosevelt, 1902
President Roosevelt discussing the coal strike with J.P. Morgan and Elihu Root, 1902. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 1902 illustration

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Pumpjack with dramatic chinook sky, Alberta, Canada

Pumpjack with dramatic chinook sky, Alberta, Canada
Silhouette of a pump jack with a colourful dramatic Chinook sky, west of Airdrie; Alberta, Canada

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Pumpjack in a field, Alberta, Canada

Pumpjack in a field, Alberta, Canada
Pumpjack in a field in the foothills and the snow-covered Rocky mountains in the background with a glowing sky at sunset; Alberta, Canada

Background imageFossil Fuel Collection: Pumpjack at sunrise

Pumpjack at sunrise
Silhouette of pumpjack in snow-covered area with an orange starburst sun at sunrise; Longview, Alberta, Canada



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"Fossil Fuel: A Journey Through Time and Industry" Step back in time to the 1850s, where a coal mine in England marked the beginning of an era that would shape our world. The Retro Style Desert Scene with an old gas station and majestic Saguaro cactus takes us to the heart of America's love affair with fossil fuels during the mid-20th century. Innovations were abundant, as seen through the iconic 1960s paraffin heater, providing warmth and comfort during chilly nights. Meanwhile, a model of Murchison North Sea Oil Rig showcases how offshore drilling revolutionized oil extraction. Venturing into the depths of the North Sea, we witness towering structures like never before - from traditional oil drilling rigs to advanced jackup rigs that defy gravity. These marvels enabled humanity to tap into vast reserves beneath our oceans. But let's not forget our roots – an oil well from the 19th century reminds us of humble beginnings when black gold was first discovered on land. As demand grew exponentially, massive oil tankers became vital for transporting this precious resource across continents. The offshore oil rig emerges as a symbol of human ingenuity amidst challenging environments. Its silhouette against breathtaking sunsets or under starry skies evokes both awe and concern for its impact on marine ecosystems. As night falls, lights illuminate sprawling refineries that work tirelessly to process crude oil into various products essential for modern life. The mesmerizing sight highlights both progress and environmental consequences associated with fossil fuel consumption. From historical coal mines to cutting-edge technology in offshore exploration, fossil fuels have shaped economies and transformed societies worldwide. As we navigate towards sustainable energy alternatives today, reflecting upon this journey is crucial for building a greener future while acknowledging their significant contributions throughout history.