Uranium Geology of the Middle East and North Africa

Uranium Geology of the Middle East and North Africa

Resources, Exploration and Development Program

1st Edition - November 2, 2021

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  • Authors: Fares Howari, Abdelaty Salman, Philip Goodell
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323909938
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323909921

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Description

Uranium Geology of the Middle East and North Africa demonstrates mining potential in the MENA region, with a special interest given to Uranium. The formation and origin of uranium deposits is of interest for uranium exploration and is necessary for the long-term sustainability of nuclear energy production. The book proposes a new classification system built on earlier classification with detailed new maps, explanatory diagrams, cross sections, helpful satellite images, etc. In addition, it explains why the occurrences, depositional and geological environments of uranium in the Middle East and North Africa vary from one country to another. Using various related recognition criteria, the book reports the potential uranium provinces in the Middle East and North Africa countries. The definition of these provinces is based on the existing geologic and tectonic settings, along with geochronological sequences and geochemical characteristics.

Key Features

  • Presents a comprehensive overview of uranium resources and resource potential across the Middle East and North Africa
  • Proposes a new system of metallogenic and tectonic classification for uranium ore deposits
  • Includes case studies from each country in the region

Readership

Mining, Geology and Environmental departments that teach courses in ore deposits, exploration, renewable energy, economic geology and similar. Mining Engineers, Exploration companies, Power sector, Environmentalists and Economical sectors

Table of Contents

  • Cover Image
  • Title Page
  • Copyright
  • Table of Contents
  • About the authors
  • Chapter 1 Introduction
  • Abstract
  • Geochemistry of uranium
  • Distribution of uranium
  • Mineralogy of uranium and thorium
  • Uranium mineralogy
  • The role of nuclear programs
  • Nuclear reactors
  • Reference
  • Chapter 2 Geology of the Middle East and North Africa
  • Abstract
  • Extension and features of Arabo-Nubian Shield
  • Precambrian basement
  • Infracambrian
  • Cambrian
  • Ordovician
  • Epicontinental sediments
  • The Fezzan, Libya
  • Kharga-Dakhla Oases, Egypt
  • The Nubian Sandstone of the Aswan district
  • Khartoum region, Sudan
  • Wadi Araba, west side Gulf of Suez, Egypt
  • Sinai Peninsula, Egypt
  • Vicinity of Jebel Ram and El Quweira, southern Jordan
  • West of Salt, northwest Jordan
  • Ramon Valley in Negev, Israel
  • Geosynclinals/shelf deposits
  • Tertiary volcanic
  • Epeirogenic movements
  • Rifting
  • Tertiary orogeny
  • Quaternary cover
  • Geotectonic framework and mineralization
  • References
  • Chapter 3 Exploration of uranium with case studies
  • Abstract
  • Information collection
  • Select target area
  • Regional geological survey
  • Air-based regional radioactivity survey
  • Car-borne radioactivity survey
  • Radio hydrogeological survey
  • Geochemical survey
  • Geophysical surveys
  • Other surveying methods
  • El-Missikat case study
  • Kab Amiri case study
  • References
  • Chapter 4 Geosystems model of uranium deposits
  • Abstract
  • Magmatic uranium deposit types
  • Volcanic uranium deposit type regime
  • Hydrothermal
  • Platforms
  • Sedimentological branch of uranium deposit types intra-cratonic sedimentary basins and their surfaces
  • Surface processes
  • Other, outlier, uranium deposit types
  • References
  • Chapter 5 Uranium resources in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Geological overview
  • Historical review
  • Uranium prospects
  • Uranium resources potentialities
  • Younger granites
  • Volcanic rocks
  • Intra-cratonic basins
  • Basal Paleozoic conglomerate
  • Paleozoic sedimentary sequence
  • Phosphate deposits
  • Placer deposits
  • Introduction
  • Geology of Iran
  • Uranium provinces
  • Uranium resources potentialities in Iran
  • Geological overview
  • Uranium resources in Iraq
  • Uranium resources potentiality in Iraq
  • Younger granites and acidic volcanics and tuffs
  • Basal conglomerates and the Palaeozoic rocks
  • Surfacial uranium deposits
  • Phosphorite deposits
  • Geological outlines
  • Historical review
  • Uranium resources
  • Recent uranium deposits
  • Phosphate deposits
  • Bituminous shale (oil shale)
  • Geological outlines
  • Historical review on uranium exploration
  • Uranium resources potentialities
  • The Asfar Thwelil uranium occurrence
  • Phosphate deposits
  • Geological outlines
  • Uranium resources
  • Potential uranium resources
  • Geological outlines
  • Uranium exploration in Syria
  • Potential uranium resources
  • Geological outlines
  • Uranium exploration in Turkey
  • Historical review of uranium exploration
  • Uranium resources
  • Ore reserves
  • Ore types
  • Turkey’s thorium resources
  • Potential uranium resources
  • Geological outlines
  • Historical review of uranium exploration
  • Areas of radioactive anomalies
  • Potential uranium resources in Yemen
  • Geological outlines
  • Historical review of uranium resources
  • Uranium prospects
  • Potential uranium resources
  • Phosphate deposits
  • Geological outlines
  • Historical review of uranium resources
  • Potential uranium resources
  • Geological outlines
  • Historical review of uranium exploration
  • Uranium resources
  • Potential uranium resources
  • Phosphate deposits
  • Geological outlines
  • Uranium resources
  • Potential uranium resources
  • Phosphate deposits
  • Volcanic rocks
  • Recent uranium deposits
  • References
  • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 286
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: November 2, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323909938
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323909921

About the Authors

Fares Howari

Fares Howari
Dr. Howari is an environmental scientist and engineer with a wide range of expertise. During the progressive of his career, he developed distinguished academic, and project coordination skills. He has valuable experience in natural resources management and exploration, strategic planning and administration, and also in creative leadership. He currently serve as a Dean of College of Natural and Health Sciences at Zayed University. He served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Applied Sciences and Mathematics at Abu Dhabi University and a Director of Abu Dhabi University Center of Excellence of Environment, Health and Safety. Dr Howari also served at the University of Texas, PB, Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy and the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin. Prof Howari worked also as an Associate Professor at United Arab Emirates University. Prior to this Dr. Howari worked at Texas A and M University where he worked as a research scientist on the development and application of computer models and remote sensing techniques to assess environmental contamination problems.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Environmental Sciences and Dean of College, Natural and Health Sciences at Zayed University, United Arab Emirates

Abdelaty Salman

Abdelaty Salman
He completed his Ph.D. in Geology (Field and Structural Geology and Radioactivity) in 1975, Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. Before joining the Nuclear Materials Authority, he worked as Head of Production Sector (1997); Vice Chairman of Nuclear Materials Authority (1997-1999); Chairman of Nuclear Materials Authority, Cairo, Egypt (1999-2000); and as a Private Consultant Geologist. He has authored 40 published articles, 28 unpublished scientific reports and 3 books covering various geological fields including uranium exploration geology, radiometric survey, evaluation of uranium deposits, mining geology, and environmental and engineering-geology site studies for engineering projects.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor, Nuclear Materials Authority, Cairo, Egypt

Philip Goodell

Philip Goodell
His expertise lies in the Entrepreneurial Geosciences, a field of endeavour with unique properties. After obtaining a Ph.D. from Harvard University, he worked for many institutions in the United States. He founded the Center for Entrepreneurial Geosciences at the University of Texas at El Paso to provide opportunities for promising students with interests and capabilities in entrepreneurial geosciences. He is well known for his contributions in geochemistry, economic geology, mineralogy, semi-metal & sulfosalt geochemistry, and uranium in volcanic and volcaniclastic rocks. The themes of Dr. Goodell’s research in mineral deposit include: 1) geochemical zoning in epithermal deposits (metal ratios); 2) volcanogenic uranium deposits and a model of their formation; 3) metallogeny of northern Mexico; 4) mega data management such as NURE; 5) remote sensing; 6) use of multi sensors simultaneously for detailed mapping in open pit mines; and 7) multivariant analysis & large data bases.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, and Director of Center for Entrepreneurial Geosciences, The University of Texas at El Paso, TX, USA

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