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Respected Sir!

I am interested in a research project that will involve the integration of geology and geophysics. I am a recent graduate in Earth Sciences and hoping to conduct a research in the field of Economic Geology and Exploration Geophysics. Topic i chose for research is "Gravity Response of Metallic Mineral Resources in Different Offshore Tectonic Regimes". I will obtain Gravity data from NOAA and choose three distinct tectonic regimes i.e. Subduction zone, Transform Zone and Active Ridges. Based on processed data, i will analyze bugger anomalies and mark the regime that has most potential for economic minerals offshore. Is this raw synopsis acceptable in your eye? Any recommendation will be more than beneficial.



It is great that you will be able to analyze real data, which you will relate to the three tectonic regimes of your choice. Are there some proven examples in the world where economic minerals have been found in any of the tectonic regimes you want to explore by the gravity data?

It will be more convincing if you could compare your outcome with a real-life proven example.
The similarity of the gravity data where you may be able to interpret the presence of metallic minerals in a certain tectonic regime with that where the minerals have been proven will be a strong evidence for the validity of your interpretation. The problem is that will the data on  proven deposits be available in the Public Domain! However, there may be published literature for such proven examples.

Best of luck. And please acknowledge every figure and text from previous publications, which you may like to re-produce in your work.


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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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