The Miocene Research Program
MRP is a joint teaching and research
program designed by several KFUPM-ESD faculties and expert professionals
from Saudi Aramco. The main purpose of this program is to establish the
main stratigraphic, structural and depositional settings of the Miocene
succession in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia as well as to provide
an excellent teaching and training platforms for both KFUPM students and
Saudi Aramco employees. Since the Miocene succession in the Eastern
Province has low petroleum potential, it has not been studied in
details. This program tends to bring to light the detail description and
complete analysis of the sequence stratigraphy, structural geology,
sedimentology and mineralogy of the succession.
members conducted several field trips where the Jabl al Lidam (70km off
Dammam-Riyadh road) locality
21’42’’N., long 490 27’ 42’’ E.)
has been chosen to start the research
program because it easy to access and it contains very well exposed
Middle Miocene outcrops.
The program is lead by Dr. Aus Al-Tawil
from Saudi Aramco and coordinated by Dr. Abdulrahman Jarad from KFUPM-ESD.
So far, four graduate students are working on the sequences
stratigraphy, petrophysics and sedimentology of the Dam Formation at
Jabal al Lidam area.