Audrey selected another scone and asked, “When I read up on the Empty Quarter, I found out the desert had more oil than anywhere in the world. Of course, it’s under sand dunes, but drilling in the sand has to be easier than drilling in the depths of the ocean.”
M. Ishaq told them most of the oil being produced was in Sheyba, on the northeast edge of the Rub’ al Khali.
“The Ghawar oil field is largest in the world. It runs across the northern part of the desert and includes an oil refinery.
“The sand dunes are not just dunes for riding dune buggies. They can be over two hundred fifty meters—that’s over eight hundred feet high. Drilling can be expensive. The gravel plains you saw driving here from Riyadh, are really gypsum. The sand gets its reddish-orange color from the feldspar in it, and that’s what the drillers look for to find oil.”
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