Impact of Holocene climatic shifts on the spatial sediment distribution in a carbonate lagoon

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Project Description

The objective of this internship is to collect and analyze soft sediment cores from the Al Wajh carbonate lagoon in the Red Sea. The intern will help acquire the cores, conduct standard analyses of grain size and mineralogy, perform component and facies analyses, and prepare samples for isotope analysis.
Program - Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering
Division - Physical Sciences and Engineering
Field of Study - Geology

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Researcher

Abdulkader M. Afifi

Professor, Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering

Abdulkader M. Afifi
Regional geology of the Middle East, particularly the geological evolution of the Red Sea.  Conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon and geothermal resources. Applications of geodynamics and mineral phase equilibria to geological processes. Formation of hydrothermal mineral deposits. 

Desired Project Deliverables

This study will provide new insights on the relationships between short-term climatic variations and spatial facies variability observed in mixed clastic/carbonate lagoon sediments. It will also contribute to an improved understanding of lateral heterogeneities in carbonate reservoirs that formed in reef environments.