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'THE GEOLOGY AND MINERAL RESOURCES OF DHUFAR PROVINCE, MUSCAT AND OMAN' [‎33r] (55/96)

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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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Archaean of Murbat
71. There are two different groups of Archaean or pre-Cambrian
rocks at Murbat. The older, in my opinion, are: (1) the crystalline
gneisses seen on the peneplain of Murbat and well exposed along
the south coast and near the emergency landing ground. These
rocks trend almost north-south with high westerly _ foliation dips,
and comprise gneisses and schists of a banded series. The chief
bands are micaceous schists with quartz granulite bands, but there
are pink to red pegmatitic granites associated, probably as intru-
sives (and so perhaps somewhat younger), but no basic igneous rocks
were noted in this area. The next series are (2) seen immediately
north of Murbat in the low hills, Jabal Ali, between the town and
the base of the Jabal Samhan scarp at the eastern end of Murbat
bay. These are definitely a metamorphic complex and include
dolomitic marbles, amphibolite and serpentine, tremolite of a
fibrous type, talc or soapstone, and appear to include sills of granite
(pegmatite). These rocks have a strike trending in a general north
east to south-west direction with north-westerly dips (of the foliation
planes, but these are irregular and often twisted). The nearest
equivalent to these rocks appears to be in the Kuria Muria islands
north-east to east-north-east from Ras Nus (the far side of the pene
plain from Murbat) and within 70 miles of it. The distances to the
various islands from the ruins at Hasik (10 miles north of Ras Nus),
east-north-eastwards, are 20 miles to Hasikiya, 36 miles to Suda,
44 miles to Hallaniya, 52 miles to Gharzaut (Rodondo rock, 6 miles
north of Hallaniya) and 64 miles to Jibliyah.
Samhan Hiee Series
72 Under this title are included (3) the Murbat bay sand-
QtnnPQ nn the shore of Murbat bay and immediately alongside
close association with ( 2 ) and appear faulted against
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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' [‎33r] (55/96), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/1422, ff 6-53, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100058140641.0x000043> [accessed 4 March 2024]

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