Commodities: what comes after oil – economy

By Paul-Anton Krüger

New series: “Raw materials of the future”

What resources will be important in the future? And how to use them in a fair and sustainable way? The Süddeutsche Zeitung examines these and other questions in a new series.

On the outskirts of the Saudi port city of Dammam, in the midst of desert beige industrial areas, lies a small green park, carefully watered and maintained like a golf course. A few palm trees stand out against reservoirs of white oil. There is no oasis here, here you can marvel at the “Well of Prosperity”, the source of prosperity. On March 6, 1938, the rods from the number 7 exploration well derrick encountered crude oil at a depth of 1,441 meters.

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