Geography, Geomorphology, Stratigraphy and Tectonics of the Euphrates River Basin

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Keyword: Engineering and Technology, Civil Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Teknik och teknologier, Samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Geoteknik, Euphrates River, Quaternary sediments, Mesopotamian Plain, Economic potential, Soil Mechanics
Publication year: 2019
Relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
SDG 6 Clean water and sanitation
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The geography, geomorphology, tectonics, stratigraphy and economic potentials of the Euphrates river basin are given with emphasis on Iraqi parts. The course of the river inside Iraq runs mainly in the Mesopotamian Plain, whereas basin of the river is located in different tectonic zones with different characters. Accordingly, the Quaternary sediments being dominated by the alluvial plain sediments cover large parts of the river’s course, whereas the basin area is covered mainly by different rocks types of different ages. The main economic potentials are the existing oil fields, limestone deposits for cement industry and many non-metallic deposits.


Varoujan Sissakian

Lecturer, University of Kurdistan, Hewler, KRG, Iraq. Private Consultant Geologist, Erbil, Iraq
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Nadhir Al-Ansari

Luleå tekniska universitet; Geoteknologi
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