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'THE GEOLOGY AND MINERAL RESOURCES OF DHUFAR PROVINCE, MUSCAT AND OMAN' [‎36v] (62/96)

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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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or severe shearing, but since its ash percentage exceeds 85% and is
largely silica (74%) this material must be regarded as siliceous.
The texture is fine and for this reason I have not termed it a car
bonaceous or bituminous sandstone. In this connection I must say
that His Highness showed me a specimen of sandstone with car
bonaceous laminae attached, and stated that it came from the Samhan
hills. I procured no further specimen when at Murbat, and feel
certain that the Sultan’s information is quite accurate for the
following reasons. In the Geological Survey of 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. there is
an entry on a File (528), under Reg. No. 1818/5-12-1907, of 'Car
bonaceous Shale—Samhal Hills Coal? Arabia’ with the analysis
below:
Moisture 2-40%, Volatile Matter 6-60%, Fixed Carbon 3*6%,
Ash 87-30%, and a Specific Gravity of 2-38. The car
bonaceous components agree very well with the specimen
from Ansarit and so does the percentage of Ash. The
material may be of a lignitic character, but is not of any
economic value. The poorest material of lignite from
Makalla, that from Baqrein, shows 5-4% Moisture,
16-6% Volatile Matter, 10-9% Fixed Carbon and 67%
Ash, while the good quality lignite, from Asfal el’Ain,
gave, on analysis, 10-0% Moisture, 40-2% Volatile
Matter, 38-5% Fixed Carbon, 11-3% Ash and a Calorific
Value of 6,370 calories (11,466 B.T.U.’s).
In regard to the possibilities of finding lignitic coal in Dhufar,
all that can be said at present is that the position of the anticipated
seams may best be sought at the base of the Samhan hills limestone
or in the highest beds of the underlying Argillaceous series. Before
closing this subject of coal it may be remembered that two officers
of the Geological Survey of India visited an area south of Sur and
about 30 miles west-south-west of Ras al Hadd in 1900-01. Both
A. F. von Krafft and R. D. Oldham brought back large samples
from the area between Musweh and Migel, in the Fisao valley,
and where outcrops are as much as 4 f feet thick. The strata occur
m a synclinal 10 miles axially and 4 miles across, trending roughly
east-west. These samples yielded the following
Moisture
Volatile Matter
Fixed Carbon
Ash
Specific Gravity
Caking Property
Von Krafft’s
4-66% 5-61%
30-29%
64-04%
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1-71°/
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Oldham’s
5-81% 13-77%
28-27%
59-70%
6 - 22 %
1-31
29-03%
52-33%
4*87%
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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' [‎36v] (62/96), 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_100058140641.0x00004a> [accessed 4 March 2024]

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