The use of gravity and aeromagnetic data to define the structural configuration of the Western Desert, Iraq
A gravity and magnetic analysis was performed over the Western Desert (WD) of Iraq to determine the structural makeup of the Phanerozoic sediments that overlie Precambrian lithologies. The WD contains a series of basins that were formed during a series of Precambrian to Paleozoic compressional tectonic events. Regional and residual gravity and magnetic anomaly maps created by a variety of methods, and a CET lineament analyzes of these maps indicate that the basins were formed mainly by strike-slip and transverse faults. These faults may have been the reactivation of faults formed during Precambrian compressional tectonic events. The prominent Nukhaib graben was found to be a series of smaller grabens and horsts whose origin is probably related to reactivation of Precambrian faults.
Geography, Geology, and Planning
Gravity, Iraq, Lineaments, Magnetics, Western Desert
Mousa, Ahmed; Mickus, Kevin; and Al-Rahim, Ali, "The use of gravity and aeromagnetic data to define the structural configuration of the Western Desert, Iraq" (2020). Articles by College of Natural and Applied Sciences Faculty. 1637.
Journal of Asian Earth Sciences