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The record is made up of 1 item (47 folios). It was created in 1947. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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ascend and finely laminated, also more yellow above and chocolate
brown at the top. This sandstone passes into an argillaceous
division of various colours, chiefly red, one stratum of a soapy
nature was excavated and used as edible clay by women. The red
strata pass into white and grey, compact limestone of a lithographic A lithograph is an image reproduced from a printing plate whose image areas attract ink and non-image areas repel it.
t v pe, and above this comes a whitish, chalky deposit, more or less
argillaceous (from which the Bedouins cut their stone pipes). Then
comes again a white compact limestone. No further details of the
section are given until the soil on the summit of the table-land is
stated to be of a brick-red colour. Then the following list of fossils
is given as coming from the summit of the formation inland down
wards to an unknown extent:—
Alveolina sphaeroidea, HJ.C.; Alveolina Melo, D’Orbig.;
Operculina, D’Orbig. species, white limestone; Cyclolina
arabica, from the white limestone strata of the
summit; Corbis? species, resembling Corbis pectunculus,
Lamarck; Inoceramus ? species ; Nerita, species ?; Cari-
naria ? species ?; Trochus, species ? ; and Buccinum, spe
cies ? Mr. Carter says (page 589), ‘ From the coloured argil
laceous strata I obtained nothing but a rock specimen of
limestone of a lead-blue colour, almost entirely composed
of a small piece of Orbitolina, D’Orbigny, . . . but I did
not preserve it, not knowing at the time from what part
of the series it came.’ He added, ‘Nor did I see any
thing in the micaceous sandstone worth noting . . . ’
67. On page 590, Mr. Carter continued as follows: ‘Having,
then, seen the igneous tract at Marbat, and traced the strata of the
table-land to its summit, let us return ... to the granite plain . . . ’
He then describes the Miliolite formation and (page 591) proceeds
along the coast to the base of the great slope of the table-land. Here
4 fniles west of Murbat he examined a sea-cliff and found the section
(from the top):—
Calcareous sandy deposits, like the miliolite mentioned, in
which are embedded rounded pebbles of the older lime
stone 5 feet.
Compact, coarse, shelly, impure limestone, of a light whitish
Dark brown limestone, of the kind stated to exist behind the
granite hills at Marbat.
Compact white limestone, breaking with conchoidal fracture
and even surface.
And then after tracing this cliff section for 12 miles to near
Takah, Carter gives the following section (page 595):—
Great scarp of White limestone strata above, containing
the coast. Cyclolina at the summit, which, accord-
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This booklet contains a comprehensive geological report compiled by Sir Cyril Sankey Fox for the Omani Government in 1947. The booklet is the first general mineral audit of the southern reaches of Oman, near its border with Yemen, along with a detailed description of the geography. The mineral audit includes descriptions of potential oil deposits. The booklet also contains a map of the Dhufar coast.

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'THE GEOLOGY AND MINERAL RESOURCES OF DHUFAR PROVINCE, MUSCAT AND OMAN' [‎30v] (50/96), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/1422, ff 6-53, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 5 March 2024]

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