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High-Resolution Sequence Stratigraphy of the Maastrichtian-Ypresian Succession along the Eastern Scarp Face of Kharga Oasis, Southern Western Desert, Egypt

Farouk, Sherif *1
(1) Exploration Dept.,Egyptian Petroleum Research Institute, Cario, Egypt.

A thick Maastrichtian-Ypresian succession, dominated by marine siliciclastic and carbonate deposits of the regionally recognized Nile Valley and Garra El-Arbain facies associations, is exposed along the eastern escarpment face of Kharga Oasis. The succession contains ten planktic zones; two in the early Maastrichtian (CF8b, CF7), four in the Paleocene (P2, P3, P4c, P5) and four in the early Eocene (E1, E2, E3, E4). The succession comprises seven depositional sequences which are bounded by unconformities and their correlative conformities which can be correlated within and outside of Egypt. These sequences are interpreted to be the result of eustatic sea-level changes coupled with local tectonic activity.


AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90141©2012, GEO-2012, 10th Middle East Geosciences Conference and Exhibition, 4-7 March 2012, Manama, Bahrain