In the midst of the conflagration of the first Gulf War, camels wandering in search of shrubs and water in the oil fields burning in southern Kweit. This desperate search for food reflects the environmental disaster in a region beset by conflicts. The oil was crucial to this: gushing from wells sabotaged, causing the death of tens of thousands of birds trapped in oily puddles and ponds.
The Devil's Cigarette Lighter was a natural gas well fire at Gassi Touil in the Sahara Desert of Algeria. Ignited when a pipe ruptured on November 6, 1961, the Phillips Petroleum Company-owned well produced more than 6,000 cubic feet of natural gas per second, whose flame rose between 450 feet and 800 feet. The flame was seen from orbit by John Glenn. The blowout and fire were estimated to have consumed enough gas to supply Paris for three months, burning 550,000,000 cubic feet per day.