A (virtual) field excursion through the Oman ophiolite



The Oman ophiolite is probably the best preserved and best exposed ophiolite in the world. It forms a range of mountains on the northern coast of Oman which in places rise to over 2000 m and provide three-dimensional exposure over a distance of about 450 km. Oman is well developed with a good network of tar roads, so that access is relatively easy and the semi-arid climate means that exposure is excellent. Further, the Oman ophiolite has been intensively studied since the 1970s and there are a large number of maps and published works describing the geology.