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Can you name the countries with the most oil reserves?
Enter a country (last names acceptable) in the box below
Correctly named countries will show up below
Answers do not have to be guessed in order
Note: Based off of countries who hold the most proven oil reserves which are defined as reserves that are commercially available for extraction. BBL = one barrel.
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Apr 12th, 2010 at 23:47 GMT
Let me know if you have any suggestions for improving the quiz! Thanks!
Apr 13th, 2010 at 01:23 GMT
Nope. Nice one - straight forward, informative. Worthy of the front page, so nominated.
Apr 13th, 2010 at 20:03 GMT
Great quiz... maybe a minute or two less?
Apr 14th, 2010 at 10:05 GMT
damn you Azerbaijan! Suprising to see Norway (all from the North Sea i'd guess?) yet not UK..
Apr 19th, 2010 at 23:17 GMT
I knew we should have always invaded Canada!
Feb 1st, 2012 at 18:31 GMT
How the hell does Kuwait fit all that oil?
Game published: Mar 13th, 2012 at 15:03 GMT
Mar 13th, 2012 at 15:25 GMT
So why are we spending all this time money and lives invading the middle east when there is all that oil in Canada and Venezuela?
Mar 13th, 2012 at 15:34 GMT
@m0ckers: it costs a lot more to get Canadian oil out of the ground than it does Middle East oil.
Mar 13th, 2012 at 15:41 GMT
Which in total adds up to ~ 1.4 trillion barrels. At a current global consumption rate of ~ 83 million barrels per day (http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/ene_oil_con-energy-oil-consumption) that is due to run out in ~ 46 years. This quiz was made 2 years ago so lets call it 44 years. Obviously there are other factors (unproven reserves, undiscovered reserves, unlisted countries with minor reserves, rising demand in developing countries) but there does seem to be an alarming lack of urgency in finding a viable (not to mention clean) replacement for oil.
Mar 13th, 2012 at 15:55 GMT
But . . . but . . . the Beverly Hillbillies WAS set in one of these countries.
Mar 13th, 2012 at 15:58 GMT
I found this all a bit crude !
Mar 13th, 2012 at 16:02 GMT
@m0ckers Well Hugo Chavez isn't fond of the US, and the recent plan for the Keystone XL Pipeline from Alberta to refineries in the USA was stopped by Obama, but is likely to be brought in after his re-election.
Mar 13th, 2012 at 16:54 GMT
@bazmerelda, not to mention the fact that so far, consumers don't appear willing to spend $30K+ for electric cars that go far less than a normal tank of gas before needing to be recharged.
Mar 13th, 2012 at 17:14 GMT
It's about time they stopped messing around and just invented the teleport. Preferably powered by something there's loads of, like sand, saltwater or wasps.
Mar 13th, 2012 at 19:09 GMT
So would the wasps be with you in the teleporter?
Mar 13th, 2012 at 19:22 GMT
I'm surprised an OPEC nation (Angola) was guessed less often than Azerbaijan.
Mar 13th, 2012 at 19:26 GMT
I think you need to update the quiz, your source states that Ecuador and India are now higher than Norway.
Mar 13th, 2012 at 19:44 GMT
@Colmar, Keystone XL is a) controversial to say the least and therefore should not be portrayed as the ultimate solution, b) would not particularly help US energy dependence since it only extends US oil reserves for a finite number of years and Canada will happily export that oil anyways, and c) was blocked by the Senate, not Obama personally. The Senate would like stop it again in the next congress, barring a dramatic change in the upcoming senatorial elections.
Mar 13th, 2012 at 21:14 GMT
After Egypt, Morocco, and South Africa failed I kinda gave up on Africa... damn those three.
Mar 13th, 2012 at 21:32 GMT
So if you could have a teleporter, how many wasps would you be prepared to share it with? Personally I would go as far as 9, so longs as it was possible to stand really still.
Mar 13th, 2012 at 21:40 GMT
Wow Canada has loads.
Mar 13th, 2012 at 21:56 GMT
Sporcle is my last refuge from political debates and ridiculous rude comments. Can we please avoid all the political talk. This site is a fun site and I really enjoy the fact people can come here and just have fun.
Mar 13th, 2012 at 22:51 GMT
I know that Harper, our Canadian prime minister, planned to connect Alberta to Louisiana...
Mar 13th, 2012 at 22:54 GMT
Some of these countries are fairly tiny for the amount of oil they have.
Mar 13th, 2012 at 23:08 GMT
Hmmm...Saudi Arabia, Canada, Russia, and...NORWAY! Just random, Norway. You and Kazakhstan had to keep me from that 20 out of 20, didn't you? Norway...why, Norway?
Mar 13th, 2012 at 23:25 GMT
I know Norway is a random choice, but we were lucky by discovering a lot of oil in the Northern Atlantic Ocean in the 60's.
Mar 13th, 2012 at 23:58 GMT
@colmar, actually the USA is one of the major importers of venezuelan oil
Mar 14th, 2012 at 00:14 GMT
Isn't it amazing how we rely so heavily on a substance that was made millions of years ago by the deaths of tiny creatures and plant life. We can send people to space and satellites to the edge of our solar system yet we'll go to war for this gloop. Let's be honest, it's a horrible substance with amazing properties. Cars are getting more efficient but plastic packaging is getting more wasteful and unnecessary not to mention everything around you which is plastic, its not just our driving habits that need to change but the entirety of society and our material goods.
Mar 14th, 2012 at 00:24 GMT
Did my scan through all of the Middle Eastern countries, thought I had them all, I missed UAE though :( Missed America somehow as well, maybe it's because I'm Canadian, maybe I just though of the countries Bush drained all of the reserves from.
Mar 14th, 2012 at 03:17 GMT
Was helpful that I memorized all the OPEC countries for my school presentation.
Mar 14th, 2012 at 07:33 GMT
Wow, we should really be better friends with Venezuela.
Mar 14th, 2012 at 11:46 GMT
for all those surprized at the inclusion of Norway...have you never heard of the North Sea oil reserves??
Mar 14th, 2012 at 13:56 GMT
@Honest_John - My number would vary based on the type of wasp. Do we get to choose, is only one wasp capable of fueling teleportation?
Mar 14th, 2012 at 15:15 GMT
I started to type "Kaz..." when I ran out of time. I would never have guessed Azerbaijan, however. Great quiz, with the adequate amount of time.
Mar 14th, 2012 at 17:09 GMT
Anyone familiar with the history of Indiana (my home state) will know that there was a huge natural gas boom in the late 1800s. What you probably don't know is that there are over 900 million barrels of oil under Indiana- which cannot be drilled because there's no pressure left, since they used up all the natural gas (actually, 90% of it was burned away for display purposes- true story)!
Mar 15th, 2012 at 18:17 GMT
Sadly, the foreign policy of countries like the US, Russia, China, etc. makes a lot of sense in the context of this list.
Mar 17th, 2012 at 11:55 GMT
I'm with you, stevoreno79. I can find all the political talk I want at a zillion other sites. I like Sporcle because it rarely detours into that. Can't we keep the politics out of just one site that we all like, people?
Mar 17th, 2012 at 23:25 GMT
I should have learned by now. It's always Azerbaijan...
Mar 19th, 2012 at 14:37 GMT
Look at the list and then look at their friendship/hatred towards the USA and see the logic pattern.
Mar 19th, 2012 at 21:18 GMT
Hate to be picky but I think the algeria and brazil may have been mixed up...
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