National Geographic : 1945 Oct
Guest in Saudi Arabia 473 Arabian American Oil Co. In a Parched Wasteland Four Arabs Dig a 5,000-foot Well-but Not for Water! Their quest is for oil, whose royalties and taxes enable their barren country to import food. They drive in fresh drill pipe (stacked, right) or draw it out as need arises. Motive power, a rotary chain drive, is housed by the large wheeled guard. In Arabia the corrugated-iron windbreak is especially useful for repelling air-borne sand.