These links relate to articles by Michael Quentin Morton
A Gusher at Baba Gurgur - a short piece about the controversies
leading up to the first oil strike in Iraq in 1927, AAPG Explorer, February 2014, pp. 34-35.
A Lucky Eclipse - an article about Tony Altounyan's extraordinary solo expedition
to Mahra country in 1946, Journal of the British-Yemeni Society, vol. 8. 2010.
Bedouins, Boundaries and the Buraimi Oasis - how
the futures of Oman and the UAE were determined, IB Tauris Blog, 22 August 2013.
Calypso in the Arabian Gulf: Jacques Cousteau's Undersea
Survey of 1954 - a fascinating account
of Jacques Cousteau's brief foray into oil exploration, leading to the first discovery of oil in Abu Dhabi's offshore
waters, Liwa journal, no. 13, vol. 7, June 2015, pp. 3-28.
Extract from 'The Third River' - chapters from the author's book about the
development of the oil industry in the Middle East, and the human stories that went with it, the article focuses on the UAE
and Oman, Liwa journal, no. 9, vol. 5, June 2013, pp. 32-55.
Geological Exploration in Oman - The Early Years - tells the story of opening of central Oman to oil exploration,
especially the dramatic expedition to Jebel Fahud in 1954, Al Hajar, 4th edition, Nov. 2004, pp.2-4.
Memories of Iraqi Kurdistan - reminiscences of oil personnel working
in the mountains of north-eastern Iraq in the 1950s and 60s, GeoExpro, issue no.2, vol. 11, pp. 42-46.
Narrowing the Gulf
- was the USA determined to replace Britain in the Arabian Gulf? An article about Anglo-American relations and Arabian oil
1928-74 published in the Liwa journal, no. 6, vol.3, Dec. 2011, p. 38.
Oil Exploration in Yemen
- the story of oil exploration in Yemen leading to the first commercial
discoveries, GeoExpro magazine, issue no. 3, volume 10, 2013.
Once Upon a Red Line
- The Iraq Petroleum Story - the story of an oil consortium that at one
time controlled 20 per cent of the world's oil resources, GeoExpro magazine, Ipad edition, June 2013.
River of Oil - Early Oil Exploration in Iraq - Knowledgeable but squabbling geologists; summary dismissals; camel transport;
‘lagoonal' oil; and 40m-high gushers. All in a day's work for the first oil explorers in Iraq: GeoExpro
magazine, issue no. 1, vol. 12, March 2015, pp. 57-60.
The Abu Dhabi Oil Discoveries -
the story of the early days of oil exploration in Abu Dhabi leading to the first onshore and offshore discoveries, GeoExpro
magazine, issue no. 3, vol. 8, 2011.
The British India Line in the Arabian Gulf, 1862-1982 - an article about a famous shipping line and its impact on a region,
Liwa journal, issue no. 10, vol. 5, December 2013, pp. 40-63.
The Buraimi Affair: Oil Prospecting and Drawing the Frontiers of Saudi Arabia - this article traces the history of the dispute
between Great Britain, acting for Abu Dhabi and Oman, and Saudi Arabia over the Buraimi Oasis which came to a head in 1955,
Asian Affairs, vol. 46, no. 1, pp. 1-17.
The Mysterious Mr Rickett - an article about the
intrigues of an international oil speculator and businessman, GeoExpro, issue no. 2, vol. 14, pp. 54-8.
The Petroleum Gulf: Oil Discoveries off the Arabian Shore - covers a little-known period of exploration from
1948 to modern times in a region brimming with oil, GeoExpro magazine, issue no. 6, vol.12, 2015.
The Search for Offshore Oil Abu Dhabi - this article traces the development of Abu Dhabi's offshore oil industry from the first discovery, AAPG
Explorer, July 2016.
The Search for Oil in Oman - the
trials and tribulations of oil exploration in Oman, bullets and all, GeoExpro magazine, issue no. 1, vol.
Thesiger and the Oilmen - the famous explorer, Wilfred Thesiger, was an admirer of the bedouin way of life, yet provided the oil companies
with useful information. Where did his loyalties lie? Article in the Journal of the Petroleum History Institute,
Vol, 14, December 2013, pp, 125 - 39.
Unlocking the Earth: A Short History of Hydraulic Fracturing - looks
at the development of fracking and its application to shale gas and oil in the USA and Europe, GeoExpro magazine,
issue no. 6, vol. 10, 2013.
What Oilfields? Onshore Oil in the UK - the story of the onshore oil
discoveries in the United Kingdom, from the Scottish shale industry to the development of the Wytch Farm oilfield in Dorest,
and wartime efforts to make the country self-sufficient, GeoExpro magazine, issue no. 3, vol. 11, 2014.
When Mr Rickett Came to Sharjah - the visit of a mysterious stranger to Sharjah in 1936 that
set alarm bells ringing in the corridors of power, Liwa journal, December 2016, vol.7, no. 16, pp. 3-20.
Yemen: The Final Frontier - an account
of the early days of oil exploration in the Hadhramaut, today part of Yemen, AAPG Explorer, April 2015.