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Published April 03, 2013, 09:13 AM

North Dakota professors to talk about man camps in oil patch

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Two University of North Dakota researchers who are studying the long-term impact of man camps on in the western North Dakota's oil patch are scheduled to appear in Fargo.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Two University of North Dakota researchers who are studying the long-term impact of man camps on in the western North Dakota's oil patch are scheduled to appear in Fargo.

Professors William Caraher and Bret Weber conducted the first archaeological and historical study of the crew camps, which have dotted the landscape since the oil boom.

The camps range from elaborate prefabricated units, to RV parks, to rugged areas that have tents and trailers without basic amenities.

The two UND professors will speak about their findings Wednesday at 2 p.m. at North Dakota State University's Memorial Union Rose room.

NDSU criminal justice and political science professor Tom Ambrosio, who organized the event, calls the social conditions associated with the oil boom "fascinating."

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