International Journal of Geosciences

Volume 14, Issue 5 (May 2023)

ISSN Print: 2156-8359   ISSN Online: 2156-8367

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Neotectonic Indications from the Western and Southern Deserts of Iraq

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DOI: 10.4236/ijg.2023.145022    95 Downloads   304 Views  


The Iraqi Western and Southern deserts are part of the Iraqi Stable Shelf (Inner Platform) that belongs to the Arabian Plate. Therefore, both deserts lack tectonic forms like folds and faults; however, very rarely faults and regional lineaments can be seen in both deserts. Although both deserts are tectonically stable, tens of Neotectonic indications can be seen everywhere in both deserts. Among those indications are: Straight valleys, perpendicular valley bendings, sinkholes aligned along straight lines, dislocated valleys, knickpoints within valleys aligned along straight lines, regional lineaments, anomalous valley shapes, trends, and types, dissected alluvial fans. We have used existing geological maps of different scales and Esri World Imagery to recognize those Neotectonic indications. All those recognized features are excellent indications that both the Iraqi Western and Southern deserts are tectonically not stable. Accordingly, new terminology is suggested instead of the Stable Shelf (Inner Platform) which is the “Less Disturbed Shelf”.

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Sissakian, V. , Al-Ansari, N. , Abdullah, L. and Laue, J. (2023) Neotectonic Indications from the Western and Southern Deserts of Iraq. International Journal of Geosciences, 14, 427-436. doi: 10.4236/ijg.2023.145022.

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