Neogene Stratigraphic Development of the Arabian (Persian) Gulf
WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION MA DEPT OF GEOLOGY AND GEOPHYSICS
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The Arabian Gulf is a shallow 100 m, epicontinental sea connected to the Gulf of Oman through the Straits of Hormuz. This basin, besides being an important military, economic, and political region, serves as an excellent model for sequence stratigraphic studies of an arid littoral environment. Neogene sediments in the Gulf comprise a northeast-thickening wedge 0.1-2.0 km of clastics shed from the Zagros uplift in Iran. Our long-term goal is to understand how variations in sediment source, tectonic subsidence, climate, and sea level affected sedimentary processes and stratigraphic development of an arid, shallow-marine environment.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy