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Sand, Sea, and Oil: Operation Desert Storm

Apr 25 2011
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Photo, Oil Fires (18), c.1991, Army Vet, Flickr

The 1990–1991 Persian Gulf War, fought following Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, took place in a unique environment—arid, oil-rich desert, bordering on the Persian Gulf. How did the environment contribute to the character of the war? How was it damaged by the war? Decide if the following are true or false.

  1. The Kuwaiti landscape allowed Iraqi forces to easily hide from U.S. and allied air forces.

    True

    False

  2. By the end of the war, Iraqi forces had destroyed approximately 1/3 of Kuwait's oil wells.

    True

    False

  3. At its peak, an oil slick begun during the war affected more than 390 miles of coastline.

    True

    False

  4. Though the war damaged the Kuwaiti environment, it did not endanger the resources necessary to human life, such as crops and fresh water.

    True

    False