At the pump

A worker prepares to fill a car at a gas station close to Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro Image copyright Ricardo Moraes/reuters

It is said that the world runs on oil, but according to some estimates there is only enough to last another 40 or so years. Others point out that there are plenty of other reserves yet to be exploited, and as technology improves we will be able to dig deeper and in more hostile locations, though there are of course environmental concerns with this.

Whatever the truth of it, the petrol pump can be found the world over. The process of filling up the family car, moped, lorry or whatever mode of transport you are using is much the same, and one likely to be with us for some time yet.

The recent slump in oil prices also has global repercussions. To mark this, Reuters photographers around the world have been collaborating on a project called At the pump, a fascinating view of this shared experience. Here are their pictures.

Image copyright Darren Staples/reuters
Image caption The Grade II listed BP petrol station in Birstall, Leicestershire, was designed by Eliot Noyes in the 1960s and features circular canopies that have remained intact despite other changes to the station over the years.
Image copyright Nour Kelze/reuters
Image caption In the Syrian city of Aleppo, this site sells fuel directly from barrels.
Image copyright Toru Hanai
Image caption In Tokyo, a statue of a gorilla peers down at motorists.
Image copyright Jorge Silva/reuters
Image caption A man fills up his 1976 Chevy Nova at a station in Caracas, Venezuela.
Image copyright Brian Snyder/reuters
Image caption A vintage Shell sign illuminates this petrol station in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Image copyright Olivia Harris/reuters
Image caption Petrol is seen for sale at a jungle smallholding in Hulu Langat, Malaysia.
Image copyright Cathal McNaughton/reuters
Image caption A fuel pump is seen in front of a public house in the village of Malin in County Donegal, Ireland.
Image copyright Kim Kyung-Hoon/reuters
Image caption This petrol station in Beijing is powered by solar panels.
Image copyright Edgard Garrido/reuters
Image caption A pair of taxis are refuelled in Mexico City.
Image copyright Baz Ratner/reuters
Image caption A camel rests at a fuel station near the West Bank city of Jericho.
Image copyright Danish Siddiqui/reuters
Image caption An employee of Bharat Petroleum sits next to a fuel pump in Mumbai (Bombay).
Image copyright Bruno Kelly/reuters
Image caption A floating fuel station for small and medium vessels is seen in the middle of the Rio Negro river, near the Port of Panair in Manaus in Amazonas state, Brazil.
Image copyright Alexandre Meneghini/reuters
Image caption A vintage car with its bonnet raised is seen parked at a petrol station along the seafront boulevard El Malecon in Havana, Cuba.
Image copyright Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/reuters
Image caption A Palestinian boy fills containers with fuel in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.
Image copyright Mario Anzuoni/reuters
Image caption The Helios House petrol station in Los Angeles, California.

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