Evolution of geothermal systems around the Red Sea

Chandrasekharam, D. and Lashin, A. and Al Arifi, N. and Al Bassam, A.A. and Varun, C. (2015) Evolution of geothermal systems around the Red Sea. Environmental Earth Sciences, 73 (8). pp. 4215-4236. ISSN 1866-6280

Abstract

The current thermal regime around the red Sea was initiated by a mantle plume beneath Ethiopia, Eretria, Yemen and SW of Saudi Arabia at about 31 Ma before the present. The evolution of the geothermal systems around the Red Sea is coeval to the initial onset of volcanism over the separated land masses (Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Egypt at 14 Ma. The entire tectono-magmatic activities around the Red Sea gave rise to several geothermal provinces over the continents surrounding the Red Sea, represented by thermal springs and fumaroles at several locations in Eretria, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. These countries have the potential to develop these resources, like Ethiopia, to mitigate CO2 emissions in countries like Saudi Arabia and to enhance the GDP (gross domestic product) of the economically backward countries. The geothermal resources have the potential to make these countries energy independent in future.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences (1 July 2013 - 5 Sept 2019)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences (1 July 2013 - 5 Sept 2019)
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2019 23:55
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2019 06:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: Red Sea rift, CO2, Erta Ale, L. Abhe, Afar Harrats, Suez Gulf
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0599 Other Environmental Sciences > 059999 Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/s12665-014-3710-y
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35960

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