Geology of the Al Lisaili 1:100 000 map sheet, 100-6, United Arab Emirates

Farrant, A.R.; Price, S.J.; Arkley, S.L.B.; Finlayson, A.; Thomas, R.J.; Leslie, A.. 2012 Geology of the Al Lisaili 1:100 000 map sheet, 100-6, United Arab Emirates. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 47pp.

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This Sheet Description describes the Quaternary and solid geology of the Al Lisaili 1:100 000 scale geological map. It includes the southern outskirts of Dubai, including part of Jebal Ali and the development around the new Al Maktoum International Airport. Apart from these urban areas, the region is largely undeveloped desert. Much of the map area is covered by dune forms, mostly either low dunes or dune ridges, with large interdunes underlain either by variably dolomitised sandstone, siltstone and conglomerate of the Miocene Barzaman Formation or the Quaternary fluvial sandstones, conglomerates and calcretes of the Hili Formation. The Barzaman Formation forms the rock-head across most of the district and is locally well exposed in interdunes. Quaternary carbonate-dominated aeolianites (Ghayathi Formation) form distinctive palaeodune ridges that trend southwest-northeast-across the district, particularly to the west and northwest of the district. Marine deposits of the Abu Dhabi Formation are present around Jebal Ali, mostly forming areas of coastal sabkha. Although the majority of sheet 100-6 is desert, significant parts of the onshore landscape and the short stretch of coast has been strongly influenced by anthropogenic activity. The rapid growth of Dubai since the 1970s has led to extensive areas being landscaped or reclaimed for development or forestry. Major residential, commercial and industrial developments exist or are proposed around Jebal Ali, and around the Al Maktoum International Airport, whilst forestry and farming projects occur in the south and west. Many of the excavations in the development sites around Dubai and Jebal Ali, such as for example, the trial excavations for the proposed Arabian Canal scheme, provided excellent exposures of the underlying geology. Details of some of these sections are provided in this report. Over much of the area, ‘Made Ground’ that includes engineered fill is widespread.

Item Type: Publication - Book
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2010 > BGS Corporate
ISBN: 9780852727164
Funders/Sponsors: Ministry of Energy United Arab Emirates
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NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 31 Jul 2012 14:31

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