Saudi Aramco has announced new efforts to explore the Empty Quarter, the world’s largest contiguous sand desert, with the use of new seismic technology. The technology generates a 3D picture of the rock structure for several kilometers, but it also reveals physical characteristics of the rock, such as fluid saturation and density. A large team is exploring an area of more than 15,000 km2 around Turayqa, a region already explored after its 2013 discovery. Previous joint-venture efforts to explore the area of the Empty Quarter were unsuccessful.
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