The Geological Mappers

Making a geological map of the United Arab Emirates Inside Science is a secondary science series following the success of Scientific Eye and Science in Focus.

Inside Science spends a week with the British Geological Survey Team as they hop into their 4x4s and navigate treacherous sand dunes to produce a geological map of the entire United Arab Emirates.

Why does a country need to have a geological map? What does it reveal about the fundamental geology of a region? How were the vast oil deposits in the Middle East originally formed? Will geological mapping help to find new reservoirs of oil or new mineral deposits? What tools and techniques are used to do the mapping? How will the maps be used by prospectors and builders? These are some of the questions that are addressed in the course of dune-hopping adventures with three leading members of the British Geological Survey Team based in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

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