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Sebastian Braun, an associate professor and chair Department of American Indian Studies at UND, points out areas on his collection of maps that have seen the most change in the last few years since the start of the Bakken oil boom. Photo by Kile Brewer/Grand Forks Herald

UND profs map dramatic changes to western N.D. landscape

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UND professor Sebastian Braun points at a satellite map of Fort Worth, Texas, with small white lines and dots splayed thickly across it like veins on the dark green land.


“If you can visualize western North Dakota, in ten years, this is what it’s going to look like,” he said.

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Anna Burleson
Anna Burleson is the higher education reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of South Dakota's Mass Communication program and is originally from Watertown, S.D. Contact Burleson with story ideas or tips by either phone, email or Twitter, all of which are listed below. More examples of her work can be found at
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