Kuwait University students visit Oman to uncover sultanate’s infinite mysteries – The enchanting mountains of Oman

Kuwait University students visit Oman to uncover sultanate’s infinite mysteries – The enchanting mountains of Oman

 Salalah-Oman

Salalah-Oman

The tales of demons and goblins may be true. This is what one Omani national said who went on depicting childhood stories about wizards and demons living on the land of Sultanate of Oman. The land entirely, as a matter of fact, is captivating with the charm of divine miracles, divert mountain colors that are mixed between green rainforests and dry deserts, the powerful sound of high Indian ocean waves that never rest in fall, the more it hit in the rocks, the more they resound greatness. Oman is where the order of mountain layers tells the globe what happened more than four billion years ago when Earth was formed. For seventeen years, undergraduate students from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science at Kuwait University, visit the Sultanate to uncover the infinite mysteries of Oman.

“There are Significant marks of stone and ice ages, and sporadic places of the so-called Ophiolite, which is when the oceanic crust filed onto the continental crust, becoming visible to the naked eyes.” explained Dr.Arafat Al-Shuaibi, Instructor of Field Geology. “The Oceanic crust is hard to reach because it’s heavier than the continental crust.  When such a collision occurs normally, it goes downward because the component of metals, such as iron and magnesium. Ophiolite is rare and happened in three locations around the world. Oman is one of them. Therefore, it’s an excellent opportunity for scholars and all scientists to study the oceanic crust that is located habitually seven kilometers below the sea level” he added.   “It’s the Paradise of Geology”. Described Dr.Al-Shuaibi

Geological diversity can be found in many parts of the world. Perhaps, there are other reasons besides the close distance between the Sultanate and the State of Kuwait encouraged the continuity of field trips. Soad Qabazard, Teaching Assistant said ”Every year during the Summer, senior students after passing all the academic requirements, they become qualified for field work. They come here to identify rock types, minerals and structures”.  She added, “ There are some political reasons prevented us from proceeding to visit other places of the Arab lands before that. Thanks to Dr.Abdullah Al-Zamil who was the first to suggest Oman for field studies. Uniquely, the Omani people are generously friendly, peaceful and they warmly have been welcoming us for 17 years”.

It’s important to mention that field trips in Kuwait are often organized for undergraduate Geology students in their first years, traveling is the last step they need before launching to job markets after facing tougher challenges and gathering all sorts of experiences along with educational attainment.  Eisa Al-Musaileekh, student, commentated:”It’s the first time I travel solo, with other mates and professors, I came here to study mountain rocks of Muscat and Salalah, applying all what I’ve learned over the years. But what I found was beyond that”. In details, student Salim Al-Hajri explained what happens since they get up at 6:00 am until they return back from the field trip by sunset. “We have breakfast at 7:00 am and we must leave the hotel at 8:00 am sharp. The exploratory rounds are predefined the course instructor. We call them Stops. We label every stop has a number and a particular description. Some of them are nearby and others takes about an hour to reach. We use our hammers for sampling and compasses.  We also collect information by drawing maps, taking photos and recording GPS readings.  Every evening at 8:00 pm, we sit together with our instructors to present findings, discuss them and complete the work we started in the morning. "Students get used to rely on self-discipline, respect for time, teamwork and leadership. The trip teaches them how to be patient and polish their personalities. Many students have changed after these trips” said Qabazard. 

 Omani drivers and  guides wait  for hours until all the students are done with their field trips  everyday .

Omani drivers and guides wait for hours until all the students are done with their field trips everyday.

 

“The nature of field work is harsh. There’s a positive impact on student when you incorporate fun with learning. I want to turn their field of study into a hobby by implanting thrill and suspense” Dr.Al-Shuaibi continued “ the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences tries to attract outstanding scholars from the beginning and urge them to complete a higher education level and encourage them to get Master's degree and PhDs.  Overall, excellence is not a feature of all the people, mostly students want to find a good job. We function as human source provider oil sectors in Kuwait.  In fact, we provide, nearly forty to fifty graduate per year, ready to work in the petroleum sector”.

 Assistant Professor Dr. Arafat Al-Shuaibi, Instructor of Field Geology and Teaching Assistant Soad Qabazaed with students.

Assistant Professor Dr. Arafat Al-Shuaibi, Instructor of Field Geology and Teaching Assistant Soad Qabazaed with students.

 

“Since I was in high school, I’ve been dreaming of working in the Kuwait Oil Company (KOC)” said Fahad Al-Ajmi. Fahad was among the pupils who believed that the trip to Oman have added a lot to their personal experience. “Although the trip was fun, it felt like a military recruitment. It truly taught me discipline and commitment. The Field Geology course made me see things differently.  Whenever I observe rocks and mountains, I sense that they are talking to me, telling me the long story of earth, which reflected deeply the way of my understanding to other aspects of life”.

 

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