This project investigated the Neoproterozoic and Early Paleozoic successions of the northern and eastern margins of the Murzuq Basin through two field seasons undertaken around Mourizidie, north of Dor el Gussa and the central Gargaf Uplift. This work examined unconformities within the succession. Sandstone samples were collected from Neoproterozoic and Palaeozoic units to undertake petrographic studies, to document the reservoir properties of rock units; and for heavy mineral provenance studies, to help understand the sediment transport paths. Petrographic work was undertaken on igneous rock samples, along with geochemical and geochronological work to understand the timing, extent and duration of igneous activity. Lastly, the Phanerozoic uplift history of the region was investigated using low-temperature thermochronological studies.
Completed: October 2018.
Contact: Mike Curtis