Tour of a lifeline

Take a walk down the most valuable sidewalk in the world -- the al-Basra Oil Terminal, which Iraq relies on to send nearly 80 percent of its crude to market.

The hulking legs of this monster of the northern Arabian Gulf sink deep into the sea bed, holding steady for three and a half decades, through more than 100 feet of sometimes thrashing water.Its spine arches up and down for nearly a mile, 40 feet above the surface.Two rusty pipelines are the vein of the country's economy, connecting the lifeblood from storage tanks on shore, 31 miles away, to the al-Basra Oil Terminal, where four berths await some of the world's largest oil tankers to f...

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