The Al Hajar stretch for about 700 km across the north of the country and rise to over 3,000m (Jebel Shams – mountain of sun) from the coastal plain. Sediments at the core were mainly laid down during the Late Permian to Late Cretaceous in the Tethys ocean basin that had resulted from the break-up of Gondwana.
The Arabian Plate collided with and pushed against the Iranian Plate, resulting in mountains chiefly made of Cretaceous limestones and ophiolites.
Rock outcrops in the Al Hajar Mountains, the Huqf and Dhofar span about 825 million years and includes at least three periods when the country was covered by ice.
Oman, located at the south-east corner of the Arabian plate, is being pushed slowly northward, as the Red Sea grows wider. The Al Hajar Mountains and valleys of Musandam are dramatic reminders of this: Oman is fairly quiescent tectonically but the Musandan experiences occasional tremors as the Arabian Plate collides with the Eurasian Plate (I remember coming back from holiday & finding bathroom tiles all over the floor from one of these tremors).
During the Cretaceous Period Oman was located adjacent to a subduction zone and a portion of the upper mantle along with overlying seafloor volcanic rocks were thrust over the continental crust. This obducted sequence of ultramafic to mafic rocks is the Semail Ophiolite complex. The ophiolite is locally rich in copper and chromite ore.
The interior plains of Oman are of young sedimentary rocks, wadi gravels, dune sands and salt flats. Beneath them is a several kilometre thick stack of older sedimentary rocks that host the country’s hydrocarbon resources.
Links for most of this come from – Encyclopædia Britannica & Wikipedia.
Aflaj – old & new: unfortunately cement has replaced some of the traditional construction.
Dixitque Deus fiat lux et facta est lux.
Out of my comfort zone No3.
After the rains – originally posted about 4 years ago: this one is a lot warmer because I have a sunny disposition at the moment. 🙂
Another interpretation of a previous image, made about 4 years ago after some rain.
A Surreal view of the Falaj at the entrance to Wadi Tanuf.
With luck there will be many more days like this.
Quintessential English summer evening.
Mysterious opening – Birkat al Mouz.
Door detail from Birkat al Mouz abandoned village.
No amount of work will repair this boat – beached at Mirbat Dhofar.
Nikon 35Ti. Kodak Tmax 400 @ 320 iso, toned & diffused.
Made with Yashica 124G on T-max 400 @ iso 320.
From my files back in 2010.
Not made any music posts for some time – here is one of my Jazz favourites.
My SME series III arm and Ariston Transcription turntable.
Got my UK Hi Fi running after many years of being in semi storage, Vinyl was not practical in Oman, if you could even buy any !
I now have my Quad amplifier and record deck playing again; gave it a good service as capacitors do not like long-term storage – some needed replacing as they have a nasty habit of exploding with a messy bang when old and not used.
I don’t only use film cameras, I also have analogue audio 🙂
How long before the lock is on its own?
This door has seen many attempts at repair, I think it’s in the last stages of abandonment & decay.
Wadi in flood – made about seven years ago.
I got wet feet that day, just gave up trying to keep my boots dry; fortunately double socks kept my feet from chafing and the boots soon dried.
Illusion of light – I lost control of the highlights but it was the only way I could keep this illusion.
I do like this building, so revisiting the files from December 2015 (ho where does the time go!) is a great pleasure for me.