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Facies analysis of Nile Delta continental shelf sediments off Egypt
Frihy, O.E.; Gamai, I.H. (1991). Facies analysis of Nile Delta continental shelf sediments off Egypt. Neth. J. Sea Res. 27(2): 165-171
In: Netherlands Journal of Sea Research. Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ): Groningen; Den Burg. ISSN 0077-7579, more
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  • Frihy, O.E.
  • Gamai, I.H.

Abstract
    This study evaluates the texture and coarse fraction composition of 108 bottom samples from the Nile delta continental shelf. In total 19 petrological variables were considered for each of the samples, and Q-mode factor analysis of the textural and mineralogical variables yielded 4 factors (facies groups): Facies I. Fine and very fine sands, light minerals, heavy minerals and 'glauconite', extending from the shoreline to the inner shelf and decreasing away from the shoreline. Facies II. Silty sand rich in biogenic components occupies the entire outer shelf and its contiguous lower terraces. Facies III. Mud (silt plus clay), mica and 'glauconite', covering the middle shelf and the upper terraces. Facies IV. Fine to coarse-grained sediments and 'glauconite', locally distributed along the coast off lake Idku, Burullus headland, and Damietta promontory and El Gamil. The configuration patterns of facies I (delta-front), facies III (prodelta) and facies IV (distributary mouth bar or progradational coastal sand) help identify delta lobes related to former distributary branches of the Nile river (Canopic, Saitic, Sebennitic, Atribic and Mendisian). The 4 facies-forming shelf sediments have resulted from sediment dynamics, sea-level fluctuation and differences in sediment input and provenance.

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