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Sir what are the subdivisions of the potwar Basins(eg Northern, southern). and their stratigraphy as well. If possible attach a Stratigrphic column of these divisions.


Potwar is generally taken to fall between Kalabagh fault in west and Jhelum fault in the east. The northern boundary is marked by Khairabad-Panjal Thrust, while Salt Range is the southern boundary. Within these boundaries it can be broadly subdivided into two parts, across the Khairi-Murat Thrust, as under:

i. North Potwar Deformed Zone (NPDZ)
ii. Southern Potwar

If you see the Tectonic Map of Pakistan (Kazmi and Rana, 1982), you will note that many E-W running faults are present north of the Khairi-Murat thrust, compared to its south.

The best thing for you is to get hold of 'Stratigraphy and Historical Geology of Pakistan' by Kazmi and Abbasi (2008), and  also different volumes of the ATC Proceedings. You will find strtigraphic column of not only Potwar but different other regions of Pakistan.


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Nusrat Kamal Siddiqui (Mr)


I am a petroleum exploration geologist with about 40+ years of diversified experience. I can answer questions on stratigraphy, log interpretation, field studies based on set of logs and core results, general geology etc. Can provide guidance for career planning in earth sciences. Can not help in questions about hard rocks, igneous petrology & mineralogy, sequence stratigraphy and seismic.


Petroleum Exploration - field geology, stratigraphy, prospect generation, interpretation of satellite imagery (visual), log interpretation.

Retired in May, 2006 as Senior Manager Exploration from Pakistan Petroleum Limited after serving 26 years. Since then continuing in active service with petroleum exploration companies.A cumulative experience of about 40 years covers 30 years in petroleum exploration, 5 years hydrogeology experience in Libya, and about 5 years of dam geology in Pakistan.

-AAPG Bulletin (Vol.88, July, 2004); paper on Sui Main Limestone (Eocene), a prolific gas reservoir in Pakistan. -Have presented papers on diversified topics ranging from spirituality, flood control, remote sensing and off course geology in France, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, UAE, Kashmir, India and Pakistan that have been published in respective Special Proceedings. -ONGC Bulletin(India) Vol. 44, Number 2, December, 2009; Chapter 19.A & 19.B on basin architecture and stratigraphy of Pakistan, p.402-474.

BSc Honours in Geology and Master of Science in Petroleum and Structural Geology. PGD from ITC, The Netherlands.

Awards and Honors
-Remained Active Member of AAPG from 1990-2006; founding member of PAPG (a local affiliate of AAPG). -Life member of SEGMITE & AGID, and Senior Editor of SEGMITE magazine. -Member of the Board of Studies, i. Department of Petroleum & Gas Engineering (BUITMS, Quetta), and ii. Geology Department, Sindh University, Jamshoro. -Member of Stratigraphic Committee of Pakistan. -Represented Mining Journal, UK in Pakistan till 2007. -Chairman of Annual Technical Conference (ATC)& Oil Show, an SPE/PAPG annual event, in 2003. -Chairman Technical Committee (ATC, 2002).

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