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Barka : Limestones are important rocks to study in Oman because of the hydrocarbon reservoirs formed, for example from the fossil coral reefs. Fossil reef limestones can be potential reservoir rocks, said Prof Michaela Bernecker, associate professor at the Department of Applied Geosciences at GUtech. He was speaking at an event held in cooperation with the Geological Society Oman (GSO), titled 'Paleogene Limestones of Oman'. The talk was part of a series of geology-related topics organised by the GSO every month. These limestones in Oman were formed very early during the earth formation and can be differentiated according to their age. "Paleogene limestones are 25-60 million years old and were deposited in a shallow sea. A very large part of Oman was flooded 35-55 million years ago," said Prof. Michaela. Those limestones from South and North of Oman can have porousness and permeability and they can be reservoir rocks for hydrocarbons like oil and gas or water reservoir rocks as well. Prof Michaela and her students have been conducting research on the surface in Jifnain, Rusayl, Seeb, Duqm and Salalah to study the different limestone formations. In the subsurface, shallow core samples are taken by PDO in the area of Ras Al Hamra and analysed by the students, said Prof. Michaela, who also presented some research results during her presentation. Similar rocks are found in Saudi Arabia and Iran. Prof. Michaela studied Geology and Palaeontology at the University of Erlangen (Germany). During her PhD, she conducted field research in the Oman mountains. She has been working as Associate Professor at the GUtech since 2008. Her current projects focus on carbonate facies characterisation and interpretation of outcrop and subsurface data for industrial applications in the Arabian Peninsula.

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Publication:Times of Oman (Muscat, Oman)
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Date:Jan 14, 2014
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