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Fieldtrip to Jebel Faya, Massafi tectonic window and Wadi Asimah

Jebel Faya, Massafi tectonic window and Wadi Asimah 11 NOV 20199 AM

The department of Applied Physics and Astronomy organized a field trip to study and explore different geological features. The fieldtrip was scheduled to visit Jebel Faya, Massafi tectonic window and Wadi Asimah. The field trip was co-organized by the University of Sharjah and the Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi. Dr. Daniel Moraetis and Dr Hamdan Hamdan organized the fieldtrip for the 16 students, in the frame of the courses: Physical Geology, the Sedimentary Rocks Sedimentology course and the Regional Geology course in the Petroleum Geosciences and Remote Sensing program. Prof. Kosmas Pavlopoulos from Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi lead the 6 students from the respective university. A total of 22 students participated in this field trip, who had the chance to observe different type of rocks and geological features. Pictures from the field trip are attached below.

The following sites were visited through this field trip:

  • Jebel Faya which is a fossil rich limestone ancient reef of the Cretaceous Period (60-80 million years ago).
  • Masafi which is a tectonic window that exposes metamorphic rocks.
  • Paleolake sediments location close to MAsafi.
  • Wadi Asimah where thick fluvial deposits exists (200-60 thousand years before present).

Some snaps from the trip:

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