- Abu Dhabi
Sunday 14th March 2004
Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey (ADIAS), in collaboration with
the Environmental Research and Wildlife
Development Agency (ERWDA), is pleased to announce that on Sunday
14th March 2004 there will be a half day workshop on The Abu Dhabi
The Seminar will be held in the 3rd Floor Seminar Room in the ERWDA
HQ building, Abu Dhabi.
Time: 10.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.
We are extremely fortunate
to have two distinguished speakers who are the world experts on the
Abu Dhabi sabkha:
Professor Graham Evans
Graham Evans is an Honorary Professor of Sedimentology at the Department
of Ocean and Earth Sciences, University of Southampton; Emeritus Reader
in Sedimentology, University of London; and Honorary Associate Professor
of Sedimentology, University of Nanjing, China. Graham received a BSc
in Geology from Bristol University in 1956 and obtained his PhD in 1960
at Imperial College, London. He has taught and supervised many research
students and has been involved in sedimentological research in the Arabian
Gulf, Northwest Europe, Spain, Turkey and India. While at Imperial College
Graham began studies in the Arabian Gulf. He was Associate Professor
and UNESCO consultant at the Marine Institute of METU, Ankara, Turkey
from 1978 to 1979, and visiting Professor with the Universidad Complutense
Madrid and University of Vigo, Spain between 1991 and 1992. Although
Graham now lives in Jersey he continues to work in the United Arab Emirates,
Spain and Turkey on sedimentological/archaeological problems.
Dr Anthony (Tony) Kirkham
Tony Kirkham was employed by BP Exploration for 20 years as a Sedimentologist
and Senior Development Geologist. He mostly worked within reservoir
engineering teams on international development projects and had long-term
assignments in Norway, Egypt and Turkey. From 1994 to early 1997, Anthony
worked as a Geological Specialist with Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore
Oil Operations (ADCO). He then became a Senior Technical Consultant
with Landmark Graphics in Abu Dhabi, followed by Manager of Reservoir
Characterization, Research and Consulting, Inc. (RC)2 with responsibility
for Europe, Middle East and Africa. In late 2001 Tony joined Technoguide
as Manager of Consulting Services. He received his BSc. from Aberystwyth
University in 1970. MSc from Imperial College, London in 1972 and PhD
from Bristol University in 1977. Sedimentology, reservoir characterisation
and 3-D reservoir modeling are his particular areas of interest. Tony
is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Geo Arabia.
of Evans and Kirkham
Evans, G. (1970). "Coastal
and nearshore sedimentation: a comparison of clastic and carbonate deposition".
Proceedings of the Geologists Asociation 81: 493-508.
Evans, G. (1995). "The Arabian Gulf: a modern carbonate-evaporite
factory; a review". Cuadernaos de Geologia Iberica 19: 61-96.
Evans, G. and Bush, P.R. (1969). "Some oceanographical and sedimentological
observations on a Persian Gulf lagoon. Lugunas Costeras, Un Simposio.
Memorias de Simposio Internacional, Laagunas Costeras, UNAM-UNESCO,
1967, Mexico, D.F., 155-170.
Evans, G., Kinsman, D. J. J. et al. (1964). "A reconaissance survey
of the recent carbonate sedimentation along the Trucial Coast, Persian
Gulf". In: L. M. J. U. Van Straaten (ed.), Developments in Sedimentology,
vol.1 - Deltaic and shallow marine deposits. 1: 129-135.
Evans, G., Kirkham, A. and Carter, R.A. (2002). "Quaternary Development
of the United Arab Emirates Coast: New Evidence from Marawah Island".
GeoArabia 7(3): 441-458.
Evans, G., Murray J.W., Biggs, H.E., Bate, R. and Bush, P. (1973). "The
oceanography, ecology, sedimentology and geomorphology of parts of the
Trucial Coast barrier island complex, Persian Gulf". In: Purser,
B.H. (ed), The Persian Gulf, Holocene Carbonate Sedimentation in a Shallow
Epicontinental Sea. Springer, New York, 233-278.
Evans, G., Kendall, C. G. S. C. et al. (1964). "Origin of Coastal
Flats, The Sabkha, of the Trucial Coast, Persian Gulf." Nature
Evans, G., Schmidt, V., Bush, P. and Nelson, H. (1969). "Stratigraphy
and Geologic History of the Sabkha, Abu Dhabi, Persian Gulf." Sedimentology
Kirkham, A. (1997). "Shoreline
evolution, aeolian deflation and anhydrite distribution of the Holocene,
Abu Dhabi." GeoArabia 2(4): 403-416.
Kirkham, A. (1998). "Pleistocene carbonate seif dunes and their
role in the development of complex past and present coastlines of the
UAE". GeoArabia 3: 19-32.
Kirkham, A. (1998). "A
Quaternary proximal foreland ramp and its continental fringe, Arabian
Gulf, UAE". In: Wright, V.P. and Burchette T.P./ (eds.) Carbonate
Ramps. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 149, 15-41.
Other useful reading:
Purser, B. H., Ed. (1973). The Persian Gulf: Holocene Carbonate Sedimentation
and Diagenesis in a Shallow Epicontinental Sea. Berlin, Heidelberg,
New York, Springer Verlag.
West, I. (1997). Sabkhas (Salt Flats) Field Trip - West's Geology Field
Dr. Ian West, Geology Department, University of Southampton, U.K.
H-J. Barth and B. Böer
(eds.), (2002), Sabkha Ecosystems - Volume I: The Arabian Peninsula
and Adjacent Countries. Tasks for Vegetation Sciences Vol 36. Kluwer
Academic Publishers, Dordrecht. ISBN 1-4020-0504-0. More details
Research on sabkha ecology commenced only a few decades ago and sabkhat
were considered as wasteland. It is only now, that environmental managers
realize that sabkhat are ecosystems with a research, development, and
conservation value. This multidisciplinary volume is a first comprehensive
documentation of sabkha research in the Arabian peninsula region, including
contributions from 16 countries. Topics covered include aspects of geology,
hydrology, geomorphology, zoology, botany, ecology, ecosystem analysis,
past, present, and future land use methods and development, and nature
conservation at the landscape level.
Outline of the book:
List of authors.
Part I: Distribution of sabkhat within the Arabian Peninsula and the
The Abu Dhabi Sabkha; G. Evans, A. Kirkham. The Holocene tidal flat
complex of the Arabian Gulf coast of Abu Dhabi;
C.G.St.C. Kendall, et al. The sabkhat of Saudi Arabia an introduction;
H.-J. Barth. Plant communities bordering the sabkhat of Bahrain Island;
J.A. Abbas. The coastal and sabkha flora of Qatar: An introduction;
B. Böer, S. Al Hajiri. Sabkhat and halophytes in Kuwait;
S.A.S. Omar, et al. An overview of an inland sabkha in Jordan: The Taba
Sabkha, southern Wadi Araba;
A.M. Abed. The sabkha vegetation of Oman;
S. Ghazanfar. Salt deserts in Iran and Afghanistan;
S.W. Breckle. Salt tolerant plants of coastal sabkhat of Pakistan;
M.A. Khan, B. Gul. The coastal sabhat of Yemen;
A.N. Al-Gifri, S.A. Gabali. Sabkhat and halophytes in the Horn of Africa
(Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan);
B. Böer, et al. Short communication:
A.G. Fahmy, B. Böer, Flora and phytogeographical aspect of the
Red Sea sabkhat in Egypt;
Part II: Sabkha ecology. Introduction.
W.W. Wood, W.E. Sanford, Hydrogeology and solute chemistry of the coastal-sabkha
aquifer in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi;
A.R.S. Alsharan, C.G.St.C. Kendall, Holocene carbonate-evaporites of
Abu Dhabi, and their Jurassic ancient analogs;
H. Lieth, U. Menzel, Sabkhat in coastal areas with special emphasis
on the UAE;
H.J. Barth, Dynamics of sabkha edges: Examples from the Jubail area,
J. Belnap, Biological soil crusts of Arabian sabkhat;
D.M. John, Macroalgae associated with sabkha;
F.E. Round, Diatoms of the sabkha;
R.A. Loughland, P.L. Cunningham, Vertebrate fauna of sabkhat from the
Arabian Peninsula: A review of Mammalia, Reptilia and Amphibia;
P.J. Hogarth, B.J.
Tigar, Ecology of sabkha arthropods;
U. Zajonz, M. Beech and A. Gill, Fishes of sabkha related habitats;
R.C. Philips, A short review on seagrasses of the Arabian Peninsula
region with particular reference to mineralisation in sabkhat;
B. Böer, The coastal
and sabkha flora of the United Arab Emirates;
S. Aspinall, Birds in sabkha environments;
A. Al-Farraj, Sabkha and coastal plain development and evolution on
the northeastern coast of the UAE;
Part III: Sabkha land use and development: Introduction.
P. Hellyer, The archaeology of the sabkhat of Abu Dhabi;
S. Aspinall, P. Hellyer, Saline wetland reserve management: A case study
from the United Arab Emirates;
A.G. de Soyza, et al., Sustainable development of mangroves for coastal
sabkhat environments in Abu Dhabi, UAE;
M. Clüsener-Godt, UNESCO's work for the protection of arid zones
with particular emphasis to sabkhat;