Experimental investigation of limestone of the Faiyah Range area, United Arab Emirates

Mohamed El Tokhi

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The paper presents results of a laboratory experimental program performed on limestone rock samples, using both physical and mechanical methods. The studied rocks (Simsima Formation, Upper Cretaceous) can be classified as highly ferruginous and highly fossilliferous limestone. The lower part of the Simsima Formation contains common fauna such as Orbittoids, rhodolithic and rudists, whereas the upper part of the limestone is interbedded with conglomerates. Detailed geological, petrographic in addition to physical and mechanical tests were carried out on some representative samples from the Faiyah area, aiming at getting a better understanding of the important properties of these rocks. It is shown that the uniaxial unconfined compressive stress is the controlling factor of classification of the Faiyah limestone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-18
Number of pages5
JournalChinese Journal of Geochemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011


  • Faiyah Range
  • Maastrichtian
  • Upper Cretaceous limestone
  • mechanical and physical properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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