Petrochemical America is an incredible new photo book put out by Aperture. It is a mind-bogglingly beautiful look at how our entire economy is wrapped in plastics and dunked in petroleum. The first half of the book features gorgeous landscapes shot by Richard Misrach of Louisiana’s Cancer Alley, where Gulf Coast fuels are harvested and transformed into fertilizers, oils, food colorings, vinyl sidings, paints, tupper wares, ice cream thickeners, and a million other useful and dis-useful things. The second half features incredibly sublime infographics by Kate Orff that show how the Mississippi delta swampland has been almost completely transformed by the petrochemical industry, and how all of this touches our health, our lives, and our future.

(Source: newyorker.com)