Long before the discovery of oil transformed the Gulf, pearls were the region's source of wealth, and pearl divers were a mainstay of the economy. Their way of life, however, was changed forever after Japanese researchers learned how to grow cultured pearls in 1930s.
RAS AL-KHAIMAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Long before the discovery of oil transformed the Gulf, pearls were the region's source of wealth, and pearl divers were a mainstay of the economy. Their way of life, however, was changed forever after Japanese researchers learned how to grow cultured pearls in 1930s....
Islamorada (United States) (AFP) - Clad in a gray hooded wetsuit, Eric Billips straps on his scuba tank, grabs a pole spear and nods at his dive buddy as they step feet-first off the boat and disappear with a splash into sparkling blue waters off the Florida Keys.The lionfish hunt is on.
Texaco Inc. geologist Robert Ryan didn’t suspect he was helping change the energy future of the Gulf of Mexico when he gave the go-ahead for a well that would break the world record for deep-water drilling.
MANILA, Philippines — A Filipino fisherman in western Palawan island has found possibly the world’s biggest pearl, but he didn’t know it.
For 10 years, the 34-kilogram pearl was hidden in a bag under a bed. The fisherman’s family would rub it with their hands before going out to sea in the belief it would bring them luck, said relative Aileen Amurao.
Amurao, who is also Puerto Princesa city’s tourism officer, said Thursday that the man gave her the pearl last month for safekeeping because he was moving to a new place.
Saudi Arabia is reported to be seeking a multi-billion dollar bank loan to shore up its finances as plunging world oil prices take their toll on the economy. But it’s not the only Gulf state in trouble; other oil producers are in a far more precarious position.
Speedboats whisk tourists across the warm waters of the Gulf to former pearl fishing grounds off Bahrain’s coastline. Before the discovery of oil in the 1930s, the economy was based almost entirely on pearl exports. Bahrain’s...
December 7, 1941 began as a perfect Sunday morning for the troops serving the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor. Under a early morning South Pacific sun, softball teams were lining up on the beach. Pitchers warmed up their arms, while batting rosters were finalized and the wives and kids came over from seaside church services.