Original paper

Middle Eocene to Recent tectonics in the Qina area, Upper Egypt

Akawy, Ahmed; El Din, Kamal Gamal

Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie - Abhandlungen Band 240 Heft 1 (2006), p. 19 - 51

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published: May 10, 2006

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A field-based study was carried out on three sectors in the Qina area. A complex history of initiation, reactivation and cross-cutting of faults was concluded. Probably after the Early Eocene, a dextral movement along the NW-SE faults controlled the course of the Nile Valley. A dextral movement along N-S faults – also controlling the course of Wadi Qina – modified the NW-SE faults. Later, these two fault directions were modified by a dextral shear running in NE-SW direction. Prior to Pliocene or even earlier, all fault trends changed to normal faults; two main stages of subsidence were inferred for Pliocene times. All these fault trends are still active in the study area. Low-degree active tectonics affect Wadi Qina, and some parts of the Nile Valley are also affected by low-degree active tectonics.


Nile ValleyWadi Qinastructural lineamentsactive tectonicsdrainage anomalydrainage patternmorphotectonicsEastern DesertEgypt