Integrated application of geoelectrical techniques for structural investigations: case study of Wadi Marsad Graben, Jordan

  • Mahmoud M. El-Waheidi
  • Habes A. Ghrefat
  • Awni Batayneh
  • Yousef H. Nazzal
  • Taisser Zumlot
Original Paper


An integrated geoelectrical survey has been conducted at the Wadi Marsad area, south of Jordan, to map the dominant structural features associated with the Arabian-African plate movements. The area is known to be tectonically affected by the epeirogenic movements of the Arabian shield which originated several major and minor structural features. Fifty-four vertical electrical soundings (VES) using Schlumberger configuration and nine induced polarization (IP) profiles (both resistivity and metal factor parameters were determined) were carried out in the investigated area. The integrated use of IP and VES surveys has proved to be efficient in mapping the lateral and vertical extensions of a major graben structure existing in the investigated area.


Induced polarization Vertical electrical sounding Resistivity Graben 



The authors extend their appreciation to the Deanship of Scientific Research at King Saud University for funding this work through research group no. RG 1435-008.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mahmoud M. El-Waheidi
    • 1
  • Habes A. Ghrefat
    • 1
  • Awni Batayneh
    • 2
  • Yousef H. Nazzal
    • 3
  • Taisser Zumlot
    • 1
  1. 1.Geology and Geophysics Department, Science CollegeKing Saud UniversityRiyadhKingdom of Saudi Arabia
  2. 2.Department of Earth and Environmental SciencesYarmouk UniversityIrbidJordan
  3. 3.Department of Applied Mathematics and Sciences, College of Arts & SciencesAbu Dhabi UniversityAbu DhabiUAE

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