Regional Geology

 

Regional Geology Syllabus

2nd Semester 2018 - 2019

Instructor Information

Instructor

Email

Office Location & Hours

Prof. Dr. Mikhail Mouty

[email protected] 

Laïque, 14:30-18:30, Tuesday

M.Sc. Youssef Radwan

[email protected] 

Laïque, 14:30-18:30, Sunnday & Tuesday until Thursday

General Information

Description

The course covers the major structural lines, the stratigraphic setting, the paleogeographic and tectonic development of the region since Pre-Cambrian to Recent. It deals with studying and analyzing chronologically the lithological and petrographic characteristics of rock formations through the geologic history. The course focuses on the regional correlation of rock formations with special emphasize on their economic significance, particularly on their petroleum potential.

 

Expectations and Goals

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

1-    Understand the tectonic evolution of the region and major sedimentary basins.

2-    Understand the impact of the tectonic evolution on sedimentary, stratigraphic and paleogeographic setting.

3-    Understand the concept of “rock formation” and the suitable conditions for generating and hosting oil and gas.

4-    Regionally correlate rock formation.

5-    Deduce favorable conditions for forming stratigraphic and structural hydrocarbons traps in the region.

 

Language(s) of Instruction:                             Textbook(s) Language(s)

Arabic                                                               Arabic and English

 

Course Materials

1.    Geology of Syria and Lebanon, hardcopy and pdf file, 1970, L. Dubertret, translated to Arabic by Mikhail Mouty, 1970,

2.    Principles of stratigrpahy, hardcopy: publications of Damascus University,1980, Mikhail Mouty.

3.    Historical geology, hardcopy: publications of Damascus University,1998,Mikhail Mouty.

4.    Regional geology: geology of Syria, hardcopy and pdf file, Mikhail Mouty, 2017-2018, handout, Faculty of Petroleum Engineering, SPU.

Required Text

1.    The Middle East: Regional Geology and Petroleum Resources, pdf file, Ziad Beydoun, Scientific Press ltd. Uk, 1987.

2.    Tectonic and Geologic Evolution of Syria, pdf file, Brew, Barazangi, Al Maleh and Sawaf, GeoArabia, Vol. 6, No. 4, 2001.

Course Schedule

 

 

Week

Topic

Reading

Exercises

1

9/2 -14/2/2019

Major structural lines, the tectonic evolution of the region and the great sedimentary basin

Introduction and general terms

From the universe to the region

2

16/2 -21/2/2019

Understanding of the tectonic evolution impact on the sedimentary stratigraphic and paleogeographic setting, and the formation concept

A view on the geology of Syria

From the Tethys to the Mediterranean

3

23/2  - 28/2/2019

Stratigraphy and the major structural units

Precambrian in Syria and the region

Basics of regional geology

4

2/3  -   7/3/2019

Paleozoic (Cambrian & Ordovician) in Syria and the region

Cambrian & Ordovician rock formations

Geological outlines of the region

5

9/3  -  14/3/2019

Paleozoic (Silurian & Devonian) in Syria and the region

Silurian & Devonian rock formations

Major structures in Syria

6

16/3  - 21/3/2019

Paleozoic (Carboniferous & Permian) in Syria and the region

Carboniferous & Permian rock formations

Plamyrean basin

7

23/3  - 28/3/2019

Mesozoic (Triassic) in Syria and the region

Triassic rock formations

Geology of West and Northern Syria

8

30/3  -  4/4/2019

Mesozoic (Jurassic) in Syria and the region

Jurassic rock formations

Geology of Northwestern Syria: the ophiolite

9

6/4  -  11/4/2019

Mesozoic (Jurassic) in Syria and the region

Jurassic rock formations

Geology of northeastern Syria: the fore-deep basin

10

13/4  - 18/4/2019

Mesozoic (Cretaceous) in Syria and the region

Cretaceous rock formations

Geology of northeastern Syria the fore deep basin

11

20/4  - 25/4/2019

Mesozoic (Cretaceous) in Syria and the region

Cretaceous rock formations

Euphrates graben

12

27/4  -  2/5/2019

Economic Potential of Cretaceous in Syria

Cretaceous Hydrocarbons, phosphate and iron deposits in Syria

West Shaam Fault System (WSFS:DSFS)

13

4/5   -   9/5/2019

Cenozoic (Palaeogen) in Syria and the region

Palaeogen rock formations

Aleppo uplift

14

11/5  - 16/5/2019

Cenozoic (Neogen) in Syria

Neogen rock formations

Recent hydrocarbon discoveries in Syria

15

18/5  -  23/2/2019

Quaternary (Holocen & Pleistocene) in Syria

Quaternary rocks

Recent hydrocarbon discoveries in the region

Testing Schedule

 

test

Date

Subject

Reading

Type

language

% of final grade

Quiz 1

theoretic.

16.3.2019

Introduction-Devonian

1-5 session

written

Arabic

5

Quiz 1 practic.

23.3.2019

Region-Major structures in Syria

1-5 session

written

Arabic

5

Quiz 2

theoretic.

27.4.2019

Carboniferous-Cretaceous

6-11 session

written

Arabic

5

Quiz 2 practic.

4.5.2019

Plamyrean basin-Euphrates graben

6-11 session

written

Arabic

5

Activity theoretic.

Throughout the course

All related topics

Open

Discussions

Arabic

5

Activity practic.

Throughout the course

All related topics

Open

Discussions

Arabic

5

Final practic.

18.5.2019

Practical’s handout

1-15 session

written

Arabic

10

Final theoretic.

25.5.2019

Theoretical’s handout

1-15 session

 

written

Arabic

60

 

General notes:

-       None

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