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Geomorphologic Study Of Umm Al Rasas Island and Its Surrounding Channels, Shatt Al-Arab River, Southern Iraq


1 Usama .Q. Alwhaely, 2 Badir N. Albadran, 3 Saher T. Al-Mulla

1 Department of Marine Geology, Marine Science Center, University of Basra.

2,3 Department of Geology, College of Science, University of Basra.


This study aims to analyze and monitor the geomorphological changes that have occurred on Um Al Rasas Island. This island is located in the Shatt Al-Arab River south of Basra city in southern part of Mesopotamian plain. Field surveys include measurement of water velocity and cross – sectional Profile. Satellite images of Landsat multi-spectral scanner (MSS) 1973, thematic mapper (TM) 1990, and enhanced thematic mapper plus (ETM+) 2002, 2004have been used monitoring the geomorphological changes. The study inferred that there are changes were take place in the total area of island; the increased area reaches 830m2.

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