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  • J Earth Sci Climat Change 2012, Vol 3(3): 121
  • DOI: 10.4172/2157-7617.1000121

Unusual Factor Affecting the Preservation of Fossils from Northen Sinai, Egypt

Manal S. Mekawy*
Department of Geology, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt
*Corresponding Author : Manal S. Mekawy, Department of Geology, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Aug 25, 2012 / Accepted Date: Oct 08, 2012 / Published Date: Oct 11, 2012


The preservational quality of fossils varies greatly from place to place, due in part to variation in factors such as sedimentary environment, diagenetic processes and taphonomic conditions. High-quality preservation of marine invertebrate animals is often associated with rapid burial in sediment. Depositional environments with high sedimentation rates are often associated with tectonic deformation (folds and faults). For example, the Syrian Arc System has formed a highly folded and deformed tectonic regime in the northern Sinai Peninsula. The resulting heavy sedimentation rates in the adjacent Tethys Sea produced thick packages of fossiliferous (sandstones, mudstones, limestones) during the Cretaceous. This study details the tectonic context of the abundant and well-preserved marine invertebrate faunas in the northern Sinai, of Egypt, focusing on the Gebel Yelleg and Gebel Mistan sites.

Keywords: Rock; Deformation; Cretaceous; Fauna; Sediments

Citation: Mekawy MS (2012) Unusual Factor Affecting the Preservation of Fossils from Northen Sinai, Egypt. J Earth Sci Climate Change 3: 121. Doi: 10.4172/2157-7617.1000121

Copyright: ©2012 Mekawy MS. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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