Procedures for the Investigation of Dimension Stone Resources: The Suitability of Jibal Aja and Jabal Salma Plutons, Near Hail, Saudi Arabia

Ghouth-Ali, Abdullah Ramizuddin A (1997) Procedures for the Investigation of Dimension Stone Resources: The Suitability of Jibal Aja and Jabal Salma Plutons, Near Hail, Saudi Arabia. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

This thesis describes a new set of procedures for evaluating dimension stone potential. It focuses on the granitic rocks of the Arabian Shield. In particular, two sites near Hail have been assessed in detail. Site 1 is in the Jibal Aja batholith, and site 2 is in the Jabal Salma pluton. Conventional investigation methods -- desk study, field and laboratory measurement -- have been applied, along with an analysis of satellite imagery. A key element in the new set of procedures is the use of Landsat (Thematic Mapper) data in the form of false-colour, CRC images. Many aspects of the sites which are related to the suitability of the materials for dimension stone can be recognized via the Landsat images; these include rock type, state of alteration and staining, rock colour, rock-unit contact conditions, and distribution of weathering. A new method of predicting in-situ block sizes has been developed which takes its input from conventional scanline data. From all of the geotechnical information collected, and the engineering geological maps which have been constructed, summary maps are prepared showing the distribution of potential dimension stone resources in the two test sites. Large potential reserves (>10.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Additional Information: Adviser: Gary Couples
Keywords: Geological engineering, Geographic information science and geodesy, Remote sensing, Middle Eastern studies
Date of Award: 1997
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1997-75315
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2019 21:14
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 21:14
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/75315

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