SIX OPEC NATIONS HAVE 70.5% OF WORLD'S PROVEN OIL RESERVES

Saleh M. Billo King Saud University Riyadh, Saudi Arabia The Arabian Peninsula proper is, a great half basin open to the north, and comprises about 90% of the total area of Mesopotamia (a part of modern Iraq)-Arabian Gulf, eastern Rub-al-Khali lowlands. The Tethyan trough was marked by relative stability during most of the Paleozoic. During Permian time this trough started to sink while simultaneously precipitating carbonate which gave way to marls and shales that were deposited in this trough

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