Photographic Memory: Exploring the Empty Quarter
Large buggies were once used as primary transport in the Rub’ al-Khali.
An exploration party in the Rub' al-Khali traverses the dunes aboard a sand buggy in June 1967. Aramco had a fleet of 12 sand buggies, which were used to transport men and equipment for seismic operations. The buggies’ large, low-pressure tires gave the vehicles high mobility in the desert. They later saw service along the Gulf coast, performing seismic work in inter-tidal zones. (Photo by B.H. Moody.)