Precambrian basement character of Yemen and correlations with Saudi Arabia and Somalia

Martin J. Whitehouse, Brian F. Windley, Douglas B. Stoeser, Salah Al-Khirbash, Mahfood A.O. Ba-Bttat, Abdullah Haider

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The Precambrian basement of Yemen occupies a key location in the Pan-African orogen of Gondwana. This paper reviews geological, isotopic and geochronological data and presents new Pb- and Nd-isotope data which help define distinct gneiss terranes within this basement, constraining correlations of these terranes with neighbouring regions of Saudi Arabia and Somalia. Existing whole-rock Pb- and Nd-isotopic data are also summarised. These data should facilitate a more objective assessment of the contribution of the Yemen Precambrian to Cenozoic magmatism associated with the opening of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-369
Number of pages13
JournalPrecambrian Research
Issue number2-4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 31 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Pb- and Nd-isotopes
  • Precambrian
  • Yemen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology
  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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