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[hahy-droh-frak-ing] /ˈhaɪ droʊˌfræk ɪŋ/

a process in which fractures in rocks below the earth’s surface are opened and widened by injecting chemicals and liquids at high pressure: used especially to extract natural gas or oil.


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