The Geology and Geophysics of the United Arab Emirates. Volume 6, Geology of the western and central United Arab Emirates

Farrant, A.R.; Ellison, R.A.; Thomas, R.J.; Pharaoh, T.C.; Newell, A.J.; Goodenough, K.M.; Lee, J.R.; Knox, R.. 2012 The Geology and Geophysics of the United Arab Emirates. Volume 6, Geology of the western and central United Arab Emirates. British Geological Survey, 336pp. (The Geology and Geophysics of the United Arab Emirates, Memoirs, 6).

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This volume forms part of the product of a multidisciplinary study by the British Geological Survey (BGS), commissioned by the UAE Federal Government, Ministry of Energy, to produce 1:100 000 scale geological maps of the bedrock and superficial geology of the central and western part of the UAE. 1:50 000 scale maps were produced of selected areas near Abu Dhabi and for seven emergent salt domes (mainly on offshore islands). This document therefore follows on from the previous volume (Styles et al., 2006) on the geology of the northern Emirates. The present volume similarly contains information about the findings of the geological mapping and associated specialist research. Much of the central and western part of the UAE is blanketed by Quaternary and recent dune sands, fluvial sediments and sabkhas. The only significant areas of exposed older rocks occur along the coast between Abu Dhabi and As Sila and on the various salt islands. Previous geological maps were made more than 20 years ago and were based largely on air photo interpretation with limited ground-truthing. The rapid economic development in the intervening period has seen a tremendous expansion of the national infrastructure and this has greatly increased the demand for high quality, field-based geological maps. The area was mapped at a scale of 1:50 000 and maps produced at 1:100 000, with the exception of the salt dome islands which were mapped at 1:25 000 scale. An area of the coast around Abu Dhabi is illustrated in two additional maps produced at 1:50 000 scale. Each 1:100 000 scale map is accompanied by a Sheet Explanation that describes the rock sequences in the area covered by that particular map. This report describes the broader features of the main rock groups on a regional basis and includes the results of the specialist laboratory studies that were used to define and interpret the geology of the project area. The field mapping was undertaken in the winter months between October 2008 and March 2011. The mapping was carried out by A R Farrant, R A Ellison, R J Thomas, J W Merritt, S J Price, A J Newell, J Merritt, J R Lee, A B Leslie, H F Burke, R A Smith, K M Goodenough, A Finlayson, C J Jordan and S L B Arkley. The laboratory studies were mostly carried out at the BGS. The petrographic study of the Miocene and Quaternary rocks and sediments was carried out by E R Phillips, whilst the igneous petrology of the Hormuz Complex rocks was undertaken by members of the mapping team. I P Wilkinson undertook micropalaeontologial determinations of both Miocene and recent sediments. The macropalaeontology of the basal Baynunah Formation is based largely on published information provided by Dr Mark Beech, Professor Andrew Hill and Dr Faisal Bibi. Some additional data on the Fars Group was provided by M A Woods. R Knox did the heavy mineral analyses, whilst D Wagner and S Kemp worked on the XRD analysis. The U-Pb zircon and carbonate geochronology was undertaken by M Horstwood, N Roberts and R Parrish at the NERC Isotope Geoscience Laboratories at the BGS, Keyworth. The Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) dating was carried out by Professor G Duller and Dr H Roberts in the Aberystwyth Luminescence Research Laboratory at the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University. P Turner and C Simpson were responsible for the GIS systems and map layouts. H Holbrook and S Ward drew the majority of the illustrations. W Masterson and A Hill formatted this Memoir and the Sheet Explanations. This volume was compiled by A R Farrant and edited by R J Thomas.

Item Type: Publication - Book
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2010 > BGS Corporate
ISBN: 9780852727430
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