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Mineral deposits and geology of northern Oman as of 1974

January 1, 1981

An investigation of the mineral resources of northern Oman was carried out under an agreement between the U. S. Geological Survey and the Ministry of Development, Sultanate of Oman, during late 1973 and early 1974. The purpose of the investigation was to provide an evaluation of the mineral potential of northern Oman and produce recommendations leading toward the utilization of any viable mineral deposits that were found. The widespread copper deposits located within the Semail volcanics appear to be mineable, the iron-nickel laterites developed upon the weathered surface of the Semail ophiolite have economic potential. Manganese and chromite deposits investigated have only a marginal value and are not likely to be of economic importance in the near future. Discovery of economic copper and iron deposits warrants further geologic mapping and mineral exploration in northern Oman. In addition to this, recommendations regarding the organization of a geological and mining group within the Directorate of Petroleum and Minerals are presented.

Publication Year 1981
Title Mineral deposits and geology of northern Oman as of 1974
DOI 10.3133/ofr81452
Authors Robert Griffin Coleman, Edgar Herbert Bailey
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Open-File Report
Series Number 81-452
Index ID ofr81452
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse