National Geographic : 1951 Oct
427 hunting Aerosurveys, Ltd. Heart of Oil Operations in Iran, It Can Process 500,000 Barrels of Crude a Day In 40 years Abadan grew from barren wasteland to industrial colossus. Around the refinery Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, Ltd., built a modern city complete with hospitals, schools, theaters, and social clubs. Last spring its popu lation reached 175,000. Seagoing tankers, berthing in the Shatt al 'Arab, normally swallow the refinery's output.