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The sabkha of Abu Dhabi was formed during the past 7,000 years by wind erosion of pre-existing dunes and progradation of subaqueous, intertidal, and supratidal carbonate sediments. Marine transgression began in this area about 7,000 years ago and reached an apparent high about 1 m above its present level somewhat prior to 4,000 years B.P. Since then progradation of intertidal and supratidal sediments has taken place; this began 3,750 years ago. Arid conditions over the sabkha have produced large amounts of gypsum and anhydrite and lesser amounts of dolomite, magnesite, celestite and halite.