Geological Guidebook of Northeastern Oman Receives Best Guidebook Award

Detail from the book cover, Borntraeger Science Publishers

Oman’s geology and its breathtaking landscapes are spectacular, both for everyday tourists as well as geoscientists. The mountain range located in the country’s northeast distinguishes itself due to its unusually well exposed rocks and gives an insight into parts of the earth’s crust that are usually hidden to the human eye. The Semail Ophiolite today forms the remains of the former Tethys Ocean, which displays the full range of strata right down to the crust-mantle transition zone.

The first part of the geological field guide from 2016 provides an overview of the archaeology, climate development and vegetation, as well as a general introduction to the geology of Oman. This should provide users with an understanding of the geological phenomena that led to the creation of the rock formations in Oman and places these in their scientific context. The second part describes a total of 99 individual outcrops. These can be found using the coordinates provided or the detailed sketch maps. The Oman boasts an array of suitable geological outcrops. The main challenge for the authors was to filter out the most interesting sites from the multitude of possible locations. The book also includes a large number of colour illustrations, photos, a geological map, an index and a list of references.

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