Igneous and Metamorphic Geology ( Mineral deposits)
This group currently includes three of the more senior members of the Department. The research focus is broad and includes studies of continental and oceanic crust, the nature of the sub-continental and sub-oceanic lithosphere and related mineralization. This group has some synergy with the University’s Centre for Remote Sensing.
Hugh Rollinson; Sobhi Nasir; Salah Al-Khirbash
Crust Mantle interaction in the late Archaean evolution of the Baltic and Ukrainian Shields: the sources, parental melts and magmatic evolution of the sanukitoid-lamprophyre and syenite lamprophyre associations. (funded by INTAS, European Union) Rollinson, H.R. (PI). (2002)
A synthesis of the Precambrian geology of the Arabian Shield. (funded by MENA, Sweden) Al-Khirbash, S (PI); Whitehouse, M
Tectonomagmatic Evolution of the Hydrocarbon Basins of Central Oman. (funded by PDO) Worthing, M.A. (PI) (2002)
The chemical and mineralogical characterization of chromite from the Oman ophiolite: implications for magma genesis at oceanic spreading centers. Prof. H Rollinson; Dr A. Gimelseed (Dept. Physics); Dr A. M. Rais (Dept. Physics)
Ion-probe dating of the Earth’s early continental crust. Rollinson (PI)
Diamond potentiality in Kimberlites of Batin Nappes, Eastern Oman. Nasir, S., Rollinson, M. Ali, S. Al-Khirbash, A. Al-Harthy, N. Darkel, A. Lazki & A. Al-Sayigh.
The genesis of the earliest Archaean continental crust: An analogue study from the trondjemites of the Oman Ophiolite. H Rollinson, PI.
Swedish Natural History Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
University of Montpellier II
Institute of Mineralogy, University of Stuttgart, Germany
KM diamond exploration, Vancouver, Canada
GEMOC, ARC, National Key Centre, Macquarie University Australia.
Royal Holloway College, London University, UK
University of Cardiff, UK
University of Hanover Germany
Stockholm University, Sweden
Institute of Precambrian Geology and Geochronology, St Petersburg, Russia
Sedimentology, Paleontology and Petroleum Geology
The principal focus of this group is on sedimentological processes and the Phanerozoic sediments of Oman, with particular relevance to the petroleum industry. Originally it included the staff in the Joint Virtual Reality and Carbonate Centre (JVRCC), although this unit has effectively now been subsumed into the department. The research group has synergies with the Oil and Gas Research Centre and the Shell Professor (Professor John Warren) in Carbonate Geology works closely with this group.
The group has successfully run an MSc program with three completions and has two PhD students who will complete their studies and graduate this calendar year.
Abdulrahman Al-Harthy; Abdulrazak Al-Sayigh; Osman Salad-Hersi; Oliver Weidlich; Iftikhar Ahmed Abbasi; S. Nasir; John Warren (O&G Centre)
Biostratigraphy and environmentalof Jurassic sediments of the north Oman Mountains; Dr Abdulrazak Al-Sayigh (PI); Dr Abdullrahman Al-Harthy (2002).
Use of Carbonate Concretion as a Tool to Understand Basin Evolution. Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Harthy (2003).
Development and emersion of Natih cretaceous carbonate platforms in Oman; (funded by the JVRCC); Prof P. Homewood, Dr. O. Al Ja’aidi, Dr. P. Razin, Dr. A. Schwab, H.Droste, C.Grelaud
Bar Al Hikman Pleistocene to Modern Carbonate System (funded by the JVRCC). Prof P. Homewood, Dr. A.Kwarteng, Dr.M.Mettraux, Prof. F.Van der Meer, Dr.P.Razin
Comparison between the Phanerozoic clastic sequence of SE (Oman) and NW (Jordan) Arabian Peninsula. (Jointly funded by SQU and University of Jordan, Abdulrahman Al-Harthy, PI)
University of Jordan
University of Bordeaux
Geological Survey of Canada
Petroleum Development Oman
UAE University, Al-Ain, UAE
University of Leeds, UK
Natuurhistorisch Museum Maastricht, Netherlands
Ein Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
University of Peshawar, Pakistan
University of Manchester, UK
Institute of Paleontolgy (IPAL), University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany
Institute of Geosciences,-Albrechts Universit Kiel, Germany
Institute of Applied Geosciences, Technical University Berlin, Germany
Geophysics and Tectonics Research Group
This research group focuses on seismic interpretation of both crust and mantle, with relevance to the petroleum industry, and on the application of gravity methods. They also investigate tectonic problems in the north Oman mountains and in the oil basins of south and central Oman. They are also working om geotechnical problems and in the field of Neo-tectonics – recent tectonic activity. The group works closely with the Earthquake Monitoring Centre (EMC).
Ali Al-Lazki; Mubarik Ali; Abdulnaser Darkal; Mohammed Al-Wardi; Issa El-Hussein (Earthquake monitoring centre) Narisam Sundar Rajan; (Sayyadul Arafin – Dept. Physics)
Geophysical modeling of Sur Area with special emphasis to the North Ja'alan Fault. Dr Mubarik Ali (PI); Dr Abdullrahman Al-Harthy (2002).
Anisotropy Orientation from Upper Mantle Shear Wave Splitting along the Southeastern Margin of Arabia, Dhofar Region, Oman. Ali Al-Lazki, Cindy Ebinger (University of London, UK), Michael Kendal, George Helffrich (University of Bristol, UK), Sylvie Leroy, Christel Tiberi (University of Paris 6, France), Graham Stuart (University of Leeds, UK), Khalfan Al-Toobi, Issa Elhusain
Post Emplacement Stress History In Oman Mountains. AbdulNaser Darkal, Abdulrahman Al-Harthy, Abdulrazak Al-Sayigh, Salah Al-Khirbash, Sobhi Nasir.
Mechanisms of fracture sealing in carbonates rocks. Dr. Al-Wardi M. with Al-Riami K, Tony Rid (Occidental Oman Incorporated)
Illite crystallinity within the Mesozoic rocks of Jabal Akhdar. Dr. Al-Wardi M. (with Chris Hilgers, Aachen University)
University of Bristol, UK
Royal Holloway College, University of London, UK
Quaid-e-Azam University, Pakistan
Aachen University, Germany
University of Leeds, UK
University of Rochester, New York, USA
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA
Osmania University, India
Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology Research Group
This research group works in the area of water resources, in particular the manner in which water supply is controlled by geology. The group works closely with staff in the Water Resources Research Centre, the Centre for Environmental Research and the Centre for remote Sensing and GIS. The Department of Earth Sciences has run a successful MSc program in hydrogeology and graduated 6 students in 2002/3 and has another cohort of 6 graduating in 2007/8.
Osman Abdalla; Talal Al-Hosni; Andy Kwarteng (Remote Sensing Centre); Issa El-Hussein (EMC); Khadija Semhi;
Recharge Potential of Khareef Fogwater in Salalah Area. Tariq Cheema; Salem Alesh (2003)
Assessment and modeling of the oil spill fate in the coastal region of Sultanate of Oman. HM Project. Dr. Ahmad Sana (PI—Civil Engineering Department); Dr. Michel Claereboudt (Marine Sciences and Fisheries Department; Mr. Ghazi Al Rawas (Remote Sensing and GIS Center); Andy Kwarteng (Remote Sensing and GIS Center) 2003.
Role of Evapotranspiration in Groundwater discharge. Osman Abdalla (with Fathelrahman Ali Bereir, University of Khartoum, Ulf Thorweihe, Technical University Berlin, Germany) 2004
Isotope and Water chemistry and their role in Groundwater Recharge. Osman Abdalla. (with Fathelrahman Ali Bereir, University of Khartoum, Ulf Thorweihe, Technical University Berlin, Germany) 2004
Modeling the Pollutant Plume at Wadi Suq, a Geostatistical Approach. SR/ENG/PMRE/02/01. Dr. Osman Satti(Petroleum and Chemical Eng , SQU), Dr. Osman Abdalla (Dept. of Earth Sciences / SQU), Dr. Khalid AlRawahi (Petroleum and Chemical Eng , SQU), Dr. Anvar Kacimov (Dept of soil and water, CAMS, SQU). 2004
SQU/JCCP Joint Study on Evaluation and Remediation of Hydrocarbon-Contaminated Groundwater & Soil in the Sultanate of Oman, Phase II. Dr. Rashid Al-Maamari (Dept. of Petroleum Engineering, SQU), Dr. Ali Al-Bemani (Dept. of Petroleum Engineering, SQU), Dr. Akihiko Hirayama (Shimizu Corporation, Japan), Dr. Osman Abdalla, Department of Earth Sciences, SQU). 2005
Water resources of Wadi Al Far Alluvium Aquifer, numerical simulation. Dr. Osman Abdalla, Dr. Abdelaziz Almasheykhi (Department of water Resources Assessment, Ministry of Regional Municipalities, Environment and Water Resources). 2006
Seawater Intrusion in two catchments from Al-Batinaha region: Numerical simulation approach IG/SCI/ETSC/07/01. Abdalla, O. (Dept. of Earth Sciences / SQU) El-Hussein, I. (Dept. of Earth Sciences / SQU), Satti O. (Dept. of Petroleum Engineering, SQU), Al-Harthy, A. (Dept. of Earth Sciences / SQU) and Ali, M. (Dept. of Earth Sciences / SQU). 2007
Kansas University, USA
CGS/ CNRS, Strasbourg, France
Ministry of Regional Municipalities, Environment and Water Resources
University of Technology, Berlin, Germany
Freie University of Berlin, Germany