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Life on an oil rig

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A muddy run-off splashes beside an oil rig belonging to Zion Oil and Gas in Karkur, northern Israel, in Oct. 2010. Using the Bible as its guide, Texas-based energy company Zion Oil and Gas has searched for oil in the Holy Land for a decade. The company uses a map of the 12 ancient tribes of Israel and a biblical assertion – 'the foot of Asher to be dipped in oil on the head of Joseph' – as guides to help it decide where to drill.

PHOTO: Nir Elias/Reuters/File

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