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Quaternary sequence stratigraphy of onshore Abu Dhabi Emirate

Quaternary sequence stratigraphy of onshore Abu Dhabi Emirate
Quaternary sequence stratigraphy of onshore Abu Dhabi Emirate
Glacially driven eustatic sea-level fluctuations have left a clear signature only along the coastal regions and barrier islands of the Abu Dhabi Emirate. Four marine sequences are identifiable although others are known to exist offshore. The stratigraphy is complicated by aeolian processes associated especially with the Shamal winds which have blown from the northwest to create dune fields that dominate the Quaternary sedimentation. Whilst aeolian facies can clearly be identified separating marine incursions along the coastal regions, aeolian deflation has complicated the stratigraphy by recycling sediment partly in response to loss of windward sediment sources during marine transgressions and partly in response to glacially driven climatic changes. Unravelling the sequence stratigraphy of the desert dunes inland, especially beyond the coastal sabkhas, is therefore extremely difficult. The late Quaternary aeolian dunes and their veneer of mobile aeolian sands are grouped into a single poorly defined formation which spans the entire timescale of the sequences identified along the coast.
Abu Dhabi, Dabb’iya, Futaisi, Fuwayrit, Ghayathi, Madinat Zayed, Marawah, Rub’ al-Khali, Sequence stratigraphy
1866-7511
Kirkham, Anthony
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Evans, Graham
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Kirkham, Anthony
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Evans, Graham
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Kirkham, Anthony and Evans, Graham (2020) Quaternary sequence stratigraphy of onshore Abu Dhabi Emirate. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 13 (1), [25]. (doi:10.1007/s12517-019-4998-4).

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Abstract

Glacially driven eustatic sea-level fluctuations have left a clear signature only along the coastal regions and barrier islands of the Abu Dhabi Emirate. Four marine sequences are identifiable although others are known to exist offshore. The stratigraphy is complicated by aeolian processes associated especially with the Shamal winds which have blown from the northwest to create dune fields that dominate the Quaternary sedimentation. Whilst aeolian facies can clearly be identified separating marine incursions along the coastal regions, aeolian deflation has complicated the stratigraphy by recycling sediment partly in response to loss of windward sediment sources during marine transgressions and partly in response to glacially driven climatic changes. Unravelling the sequence stratigraphy of the desert dunes inland, especially beyond the coastal sabkhas, is therefore extremely difficult. The late Quaternary aeolian dunes and their veneer of mobile aeolian sands are grouped into a single poorly defined formation which spans the entire timescale of the sequences identified along the coast.

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Accepted/In Press date: 25 November 2019
Published date: 2 January 2020
Keywords: Abu Dhabi, Dabb’iya, Futaisi, Fuwayrit, Ghayathi, Madinat Zayed, Marawah, Rub’ al-Khali, Sequence stratigraphy

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Local EPrints ID: 444429
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/444429
ISSN: 1866-7511
PURE UUID: 36fbe254-aefb-4e76-b1c2-dd7880419cd9

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Date deposited: 19 Oct 2020 16:31
Last modified: 25 Nov 2021 19:08

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Author: Anthony Kirkham
Author: Graham Evans

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