Masters Theses


Geology and geophysics of the Darfur Megalake: implications for groundwater resources and paleo-environment


"The recent delineation of the Darfur Megalake in the war-torn Darfur region in NW Sudan has renewed hopes for the presence of groundwater resources in this hyperarid region of Eastern Sahara. This closed-basin paleolake might have allowed for the collection of surface water during the Holocene wetter period. Subsequently, surface water infiltrated to recharge the Paleozoic-Mesozoic Nubian aquifer. However, surface exposures of Precambrian crystalline basement rocks in the vicinity of the paleolake have been taken to indicate the absence of a thick Paleozoic-Mesozoic section capable of holding any meaningful quantity of groundwater. This work integrates remote sensing, surface geology, and gravity data to show that the Darfur Megalake is underlain by N-and NE-trending grabens"--Abstract, page iii.


Abdel Salam, Mohamed G.

Committee Member(s)

Laudon, Robert C.
Mickus, Kevin


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Geology and Geophysics


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Fall 2009


ix, 73 pages, maps

Geographic Coverage

Sudan (Region)


© 2009 Ahmed Elsheikh, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Citation

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Subject Headings

Geology -- Sudan (Region)
Geophysics -- Sudan (Region)
Groundwater -- Research -- Sudan (Region)

Thesis Number

T 9572

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