Articles | Volume 63
12 Oct 2023
 | 12 Oct 2023

Physicochemical Characterization and Origin of Aeolian Sand Dunes in Southeastern Qatar: A Comparative Study with Mediterranean Sand Dunes

Hezam Al-Awah and Wael S. Matter

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Short summary
Qatar is located on the eastern portion of the stable shelf of the Arabian Plate. The surface of Qatar is mostly characterized by low to moderate relief, with the highest elevations measuring 103 meters above sea level located in the southern western part of the peninsula. Aeolian sand dunes are the most significant topographic feature in Qatar, covering approximately 12 % of the country's total surface area.