Alumni Project

Jurassic System of the Arabian Plate: Sedimentological Studies of Northern Iraq


This project aims to investigate in detail the Jurassic system in Northern Iraq where six formations are exposed in present outcrops. Three locations have been chosen in each of the three Kurdistan governorates, Dohuk, Erbil and Sulaymaniyah. Carbonate rocks, including limestone, dolomitic limestone and dolomites in addition to sporadic shale units, form the main lithological components of the studied formations. Through sedimentological and petrographic analysis, Younis Baqi and Skander Elleuche together with their local cooperation partners are examining the main characteristics of the various Jurassic units, as well as their clay mineralogy, sequence stratigraphy and chemostratigraphy. By comparing the Northern Iraq Jurassic successions with the stratigraphic schemes for the Jurassic of the Arabian Plate, they will integrate the former into the context of broader regional paleogeographic reconstructions and hydrocarbon prospects.

Members in Charge

Younis Baqi

Chemistry, Pharmacy
Sultan Qaboos University Applied Chemistry Division

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Skander Elleuche

Miltenyi Biotec GmbH

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DATE and Venue of the project

25 February - 31 December 2020
Mosul University & University of Sulaymaniyah, Iraq
Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
University of Bonn, Germany

Funding Scheme

Alumni Project

Countries Involved

Germany, Iraq, Oman

Disciplines Involved

Chemistry, Biology, Geology


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