Fa­ther of Omani ge­ol­ogy passes away in Scot­land

Prof Glen­nie, 95, is cred­ited with be­ing the first to sur­vey north­ern moun­tains in Oman

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Fondly re­mem­bered as the fa­ther of Omani ge­ol­ogy, Prof Ken­neth Wil­liam Glen­nie, 95, passed away on Sat­ur­day in Scot­land. He is cred­ited with be­ing the first to sur­vey the moun­tains of north­ern Oman in the 1960s.

Au­thor of The Ge­ol­ogy of the Oman Moun­tains - An Out­line of their Ori­gin, Prof Glen­nie and his team were the first to sur­vey the moun­tains of north­ern Oman ex­ten­sively in the 1960s, Omani ge­ol­o­gist, Dr Mo­hamed Hi­lal al Kindi, told Mus­cat Daily.

Dr Kindi said, “Prof Glen­nie, is known as the fa­ther of Omani ge­ol­ogy. He wrote about five books on the ge­ol­ogy of Oman. I worked with him in many lo­ca­tions in Oman and ben­e­fit­ted from him greatly. Pro­fes­sor left us a won­der­ful ar­chive of pho­to­graphs. He took them be­tween 1965 and 1968.

“These pic­tures were clicked im­me­di­ately af­ter the dis­cov­ery of oil in Oman. From the ar­chive of his pho­to­graphs, we can see how many vil­lages in Oman looked like be­fore the Blessed Re­nais­sance.

“Some of the pic­tures taken were from the old vil­lages of Izki, Birkat al Mouz, Jebel Akhdar and the labour camp in Aza­iba,” said Dr Kindi.

Dur­ing his 33-year ca­reer with Shell, (which ended in 1987) Prof Ken Glen­nie strad­dled the world.

He be­gan, in 1954, in New Zealand, then he was sent to the Cana­dian Arc­tic and Rocky Moun­tains for three years’ field­work, de­vel­op­ing the skills of large-scale he­li­copter-based map­ping.

Prof Glen­nie un­der­took the fa­mous wide-rang­ing study of an­cient and mod­ern desert

sed­i­men­tary en­vi­ron­ments, vis­it­ing Libya, In­dia, and SE Ara­bia as well as the UK and Ger­many.

Af­ter this, a ma­jor project in the Oman moun­tains fol­lowed. That work had far-reach­ing im­pli­ca­tions for the tec­tonic un­der­stand­ing of the Mid­dle East, and of sim­i­lar fold belts else­where.

Dur­ing the late 1960’s, Prof

Glen­nie spent cou­ple of years lead­ing a team ge­o­log­i­cally map­ping the Oman moun­tains con­tain­ing the largest and best ex­posed ophi­o­lites in the world.

Ini­tially, his team worked on the ground from Land Rovers, slowly travers­ing the moun­tains. At the end of the first sea­son, he went back to Shell and sug­gested

I worked with him in many lo­ca­tions in Oman and ben­e­fit­ted from him greatly. Pro­fes­sor left us a won­der­ful ar­chive of pho­to­graphs

Dr Mo­hamed Hi­lal al Kindi

that at the rate they were go­ing it would take an­other four or five years to com­plete, but if they gave him a he­li­copter, he’d map the whole area within six months.

Shell agreed, the maps were pub­lished with text and il­lus­tra­tions by the Ge­o­log­i­cal So­ci­ety of The Nether­lands in 1974 and are still be­ing used in Oman to­day.

(Sup­plied photo)

Dr Mo­hamed al Kindi (left) with Prof Ken­neth Glen­nie

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