Adel Surour

Adel Surour
Professor

Bio

With a PhD degree from the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH-Zürich) in 1991-1993, Professor Surour For more than 30 years has been involved in teaching, research and consultation duties in various universities such as Cairo University and The King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia, including supervision of postgraduate students and research duties at excellence centers. Research and technical expertise is broadening to include joint research projects that led to publication in International peer-reviewed journals with impact factors, in collaboration with International scholars; e.g. from the ETH-Zürich, Copenhagen University, Oslo University of Stockholm, University of Genova, Kanazawa University and King Abdulaziz University. He is an author of a textbook and 4 chapters in a recent book series by Springer.

Professor Surour was awarded the State Prize, also he won the Encouraging Award in Geology and prize for best research articles 10 times from the Egyptian Geological and Mineralogical Societies. He got his Ph.d in Mineralogy and Ore Geology from Cairo University, followed by PhD students in Switzerland (1991-1993) and Post-doc fellow in Switzerland and Denmark.

Qualifications

  • BSc in Geology, Cairo University 1985
  • MSc in Mineralogy and Petrology, Cairo University 1990
  • PhD in Mineralogy and Ore Geology, Cairo University/ETH-Zürich 1993

Publications

Area of Research

  • Mineral chemistry
  • Industrial rocks and minerals
  • Genesis of ore minerals
  • Economic potentialities
  • Mining of ores and environmental impacts of mining.

List of Publications

1. Takla, M.A., Basta, F.F. and Surour, A.A. (1991): Chloritites at the contacts of some ophiolitic ultramafics, Eastern Desert, Egypt. Egyptian Mineralogist, 3, 151-165.

2. Takla, M.A., Basta, F.F. and Surour, A.A. (1992): Petrology and mineral chemistry of rodingites associating the Pan-African ultramafics of Sikait-Abu Rusheid area, south Eastern Desert, Egypt. Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on the Geology of the Arab World (GAW1), Cairo University, Egypt, 1, 491-507.

3. Surour, A.A. (1995): Medium- to high-pressure garnet-amphibolites from Gebel Zabara and Wadi Sikait, south Eastern Desert, Egypt. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 21, 443-457.

4. Takla, M.A. and Surour, A.A. (1996): On the occurrence of Ni-sulphides and arsenides in some Egyptian serpentinites. Egyptian Mineralogist, 8, 1-18.

5. Surour, A.A. (1997): Petrogenesis of some alkaline lamprophyres from Sheikh Salem area, Egypt: evidence from the chemistry of zoned clinopyroxene. Egyptian Journal of Geology, 41/2B, 627-654.

6. Surour, A.A. and Arafa, E.H. (1997): Ophicarbonates: calichified serpentinites from Gebel Mohagara, Wadi Ghadir area, Eastern Desert, Egypt. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 24, 315-324.

7. Eldougdoug, A.A., Takla, M.A., Surour, A.A., Hussein, A.A. and El-Eraky, F.Y. (1997): Mineralogy of Wadi Sikait emeralds, south Eastern Desert, Egypt. Proceedings of the 3rd Conference on Geochemistry, Alexandria University, Egypt, 3, 221-239.

8. Surour, A.A. and Kabesh, Mona L. (1998): Calc-alkaline magmatism and associated microgranular enclaves of Wadi Risasa area, southeastern Sinai, Egypt. Annals of the Geological Survey of Egypt, 21, 35-54 (Published in 1999).

9. Takla, M.A., Surour, A.A. and El-Mansi, M.M. (1998): Microfabrics and mineral chemistry of sulphides from “Shadli” metavolcanics and younger gabbros, Eastern Desert, Egypt. Annals of the Geological Survey of Egypt, 21, 191-215 (Published in 1999).

10. Mesaed, A.A. and Surour, A.A. (1999): Mineralogy and geochemistry of the Bartonian stratabound diagenetic and lateritic glauconitic ironstones of El-Gedida Mine, El-Bahariya Oases, Egypt. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on the Geology of the Arab World (GAW4), Cairo University, Egypt, 4, 509-540.

11. Surour, A.A., Attawiya, M.Y., Hussein, H.A. and El-Feky, M.G. (1999): Shear zone microfabrics and multiple source of gold at the Hangaliya Mine, Eastern Desert, Egypt. Egyptian Journal of Geology, 43/1, 39-52.

12. Hussein, H.A., El-Sharkawi, M.A., Surour, A.A., Attawiya, M.Y. and El-Feky, M.G. (2000): Geology and radioactive mineralization of Gebel El-Risha granitic rocks, north Eastern Desert, Egypt. Proceedings of the 4th Arabic Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy, Tunis, Tunisia, 14-18 November 1998, 219-244.

13. Mesaed, A.A. and Surour, A.A. (2000): Mineral chemistry and mechanism of formation of the Bartonian glaucony of El-Gedida Mine, El-Bahariya Oases, Egypt. Egyptian Mineralogist, 12, 1-28.

14. Surour, A.A. (2001): Fluid inclusions, distribution of REE and genesis of Abu Gerida fluorite mineralization, central Eastern Desert, Egypt. Proceedings of the 5th Conference on Geochemistry, Alexandria University, Egypt, 5, 353-371.

15. Surour, A.A., El-Bayoumi, R.M., Attawiya, M.Y. and El-Feky, M.G. (2001): Geochemistry of wallrock alterations and radioactive mineralization in the vicinity of Hangaliya auriferous shear zone, Eastern Desert, Egypt. Egyptian Journal of Geology, 45/1, 187-212.

16. Mesaed, A.A. and Surour, A.A. (2001): Mn enrichment in the Bartonian lateritic iron ore of El-Gedida mine: mineralogical and geochemical studies. Egyptian Mineralogist, 13, 245-278.

17. Surour, A.A., Takla, M.A. and Omar, S.A.M. (2002): EPR spectra and age determination of beryl from the Eastern Desert, Egypt. Annals of the Geological Survey of Egypt, 25, 389-400.

18. Surour, A.A., El-Kammar, A.A., Arafa, E.H. and Korany, H.M. (2003): Dahab stream sediments, southeastern Sinai, Egypt: a potential source of gold, zircon and magnetite. Journal of Geochemical Exploration, 77(1), 25-43.

19. Surour, A.A. (2003): Genesis of bismuth and beryllium mineralization at Wadi Ghazala (SE Sinai, Egypt): criteria from the mineral chemistry and fluid inclusions. The Scientific Journal of the Faculty of Science, Minoufiya University, 17, 261-308.

20. Takla, M.A., Trommsdorff, V., Basta, F.F. and Surour, A.A. (2003): Margarite in ultramafic alteration zones (blackwall): a new occurrence in Barramiya, Egypt. European Journal of Mineralogy, 15, 991-999.

21. El-Maghraby, A.O., Eliwa, H.A. and Surour, A.A. (2003): Textural evolution and geothermobarometry of garnet-mica schists from the central and south Eastern Desert. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on the Geology of Africa, Assiut University, Egypt, 1, 353-369.

22. Takla, M.A., Surour, A.A. and Omar, S.A.M. (2003): Mapping, source of beryllium and genesis of some beryl occurrences in the Eastern Desert of Egypt. Annals of the Geological Survey of Egypt, 26, 153-182.

23. Surour, A.A. and El-Feky, M.G. (2003): Redistribution of U, Th and Hf in metamorphic zircon from the radioactive ortho-gneisses of Wadi Nugrus, Eastern Desert, Egypt. The Egyptian Journal of Geology, 47/1, 113-128.

24. Surour, A.A., Omar, S.A.M. and Balic-Zunic, T. (2004): Cation ordering and chemistry of cryptically zoned columbite from Ras Barud rare-metal pegmatites, central Eastern Desert, Egypt. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Geochemistry, Alexandria University, Egypt, 6, 777-796.

25. Mesaed, A.A. and Surour, A.A. (2004): Deuteric and hydrothermal alterations of diabase dikes of Wadi Al Tarr albitite, east-central Sinai, Egypt; mineralogical and geochemical studies. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Geochemistry, Alexandria University, Egypt, 6, 159-182.

26. Surour, A.A., Madani, A.A. and El-Sharkawi, M.A. (2005): Mineralogy and geochemistry of recently discovered ultramafic mantle xenoliths in Natash volcanics, south Eastern Desert, Egypt. Annals of the Geological Survey of Egypt, 28, 301-319.

27. El-Manawi, A.W., Surour, A.A. and Hassan, Y.M. (2006): Leaching of iron from BIF ores and the formation of granite-related specularite veins: a case study from Wadi Hamama area, central Eastern Desert, Egypt. Proceedings of the 7th Conference on Geochemistry, Alexandria University, Egypt, 7.

28. Surour, A.A., El-Manawi, A.W. and Hassan, Y.M. (2006): Exploring iron and copper slags from Roman settlements at Wadi Hamama area, Eastern Desert, Egypt. Proceedings of the 7th Conference on Geochemistry, Alexandria University, Egypt, 7.

29. Nassief, M.O.; Moufti, M.R.; Surour, A.A. and Abou-Seadah, Y.E. (2006): Economic utilization of scoria deposits in Saudi Arabia as a thermal insulator. Final report of project No. AT 20-42 funded by King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST).

30. Basyoni, M.H. and Surour, A.A. (2006): Sedimentology and economic potentialities of the Red Sea coastal sediments at Umm Lajj area, Saudi Arabia. Final Report of project No. 201/425 funded by Institute of Research and Consultation (IRC), King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah.

31. Qadhi, T.M.; Surour, A.A.; Maddah, S.S. and Basyoni, M.H. (2006): Mineralogy and economic evaluation of gold-bearing stream sediments from Wadi Al Hamd area, northwestern Saudi Arabia. Annals of the Geological Survey of Egypt, 29, 209-236.

32. Bosi, F.; Balic-Zunic, T. and Surour, A.A. (2010): Crystal structure analyses of four tourmaline specimens from the Cleopatra’s Mines (Egypt) and Jabal Zalm (Saudi Arabia), and the role of Al in the tourmaline group. American Mineralogist, 95, 510-518.

33. Surour, A.A. and Moufti, A.M.B. (2011): A new occurrence of garnetiferous skarn rocks in Saudi Arabia: a case study from Bahrah area, Jeddah-Makkah Al Mukarramah highway. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 4, 879-897.

34. Qadhi, T.M., Ahmed, A.H. and Surour, A.A. (2011): Industrial rocks and minerals, and their uses. Textbook, Centre of Scientific Publishing, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, (in Arabic), 563 p.

35. Surour, A.A. and Moufti, A.M.B. (2012): Characterization of garnet and its use in tracing the metamorphic evolution of three selected calc-silicate and skarn deposits, Saudi Arabia. In: Hanna Schweitzer and Joachim Metzger (Editors), “Garnet: metamorphic history, composition and crystallization”, Nova Scientific Publisher, New York, USA, pp. 91-136.

36. Surour, A.A., Ahmed. A.H. and Harbi, H.M. (2013): Yukonite-like alteration products (Ca-Fe arsenate and As-rich oxyhydroxide) formed by in situ weathering in granodiorite, Bi’r Tawilah gold prospect, Saudi Arabia. European Journal of Mineralogy, 25, 61-70.

37. Abd El-Rahman, Y., Surour, A.A., El Manawi, A.W., Refai, M., Abdel Motelib, A., Ali., Kh.A. and El Dougdoug, A.A. (2013): Ancient mining and smelting activities in Wadi Abu Gerida area, Central Eastern Desert, Egypt: Preliminary results. Archaeometry, 55(6), 1067-1087.

38. Surour, A.A. and Moufti, A.M.B. (2013): Opaque mineralogy as a tracer the magmatic history of volcanic rocks: an example from the Neogene-Quaternary Harrat Rahat intercontinental volcanic field, north western Saudi Arabia. Acta Geologica Sinica- English Edition, 87(5), 1281-1305.

39. Surour, A.A. and Bakhsh, R. (2013): Microfabrics and microchemistry of sulphide ores from the 640 FW-E level at the Al Amar gold mine, Saudi Arabia. Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructures, 1, 96-110.

40. Harbi, H.M., Surour, A.A. and Davidson, J.C. (2014): Genesis of Neoproterozoic Au-bearing volcanogenic sulfides and quartz veins in the Ar Rjum goldfield, Saudi Arabia. Ore Geology Reviews, 84, 110-125.

41. Surour, A.A., Harbi, H.M. and Ahmed, A.H. (2014): The Bi’r Tawilah deposit, central western Saudi Arabia: supergene enrichment of a Pan-African gold mineralization. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 89, 149-163.

42. Surour, A.A., El-Nisr, S.A. and Bakhsh, R. (2014): Ore microscopic characterization of mineralized rocks at the Bi’r Tawilah gold prospect, Saudi Arabia. Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructures, 2, 41-55.

43. El-Nisr, S.A., Surour, A.A. and Moufti, A.M.B.. (2014): Geochemistry and petrogenesis of dyke swarms in NW Sinai, Egypt: a case of transition from compressional to extensional regimes during the late Neoproterozoic. Journal of Tethys, 2(3), 160-177.

44. Surour, A.A. (2015): Cu-Mn-Fe alloys and Mn-rich amphiboles in ancient copper slags from the Jabal Samran area, Saudi Arabia, with synopsis on chemistry of Fe-Mn(III) oxyhydroxides in supergene alteration zones. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 101, 70-83.

45. El-Nisr, S.A. and Surour, A.A. (2015): Emplacement of granites in a transitional regime from volcanic arcs to post-collisional: evidence from the Gabal El-Zeit block, Gulf of Suez region, Egypt. Journal of Tethys, 3(2), 163-183.

46. Ali, K.A., Surour, A.A., Whitehouse, M.J. and Andresen, A. (2015): Single zircon Hf–O isotope constraints on the origin of A-type granites from the Jabal Al-Hassir ring complex, Saudi Arabia. Precambrian Research, 256, 131-147.

47. Abd El-Rahman, Y., Surour, A.A., El-Manawi, A.W., El-Dougdoug, A.A. and Omar, S. (2015): Regional setting and characteristics of the Neoproterozoic Wadi Hamama Zn-Cu-Ag-Au prospect: evidence from an intra-oceanic island arc-hosted volcanogenic hydrothermal system. International Journal of Earth Sciences (Geologische Rundschau), 104, 625-644.

48. Surour, A.A., El-Nisr, S.A. and Bakhsh, R.A. (2016): Origin of hydrous alkali feldspar-silica intergrowth in spherulites from intra-plate A2-type rhyolites at the Jabal Shama, Saudi Arabia. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 115, 92-107.

49. Ahemd, A.H. and Surour, A.A. (2016): Fluid-related modifications of Cr-Spinel and olivine from ophiolitic peridotites by contact metamorphism in the Ablah Area, Saudi Arabia. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 122, 58-79.

50. Surour, A.A., Ahemd, A.H. and Harbi, H.M. (2017): Mineral chemistry as a tool for understanding the petrogenesis of Cryogenian (arc-related)-Ediacaran (post-collisional) gabbros in the western Arabian Shield of Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Earth Sciences (Geologische Rundschau), 106, 1597-1617.

51. Surour, A.A. (2017): Chemistry of serpentine “polymorphs” in the Pan-African serpentinites from the Eastern Desert of Egypt, with an emphasis on the effect of superimposed thermal metamorphism. Mineralogy and Petrology, 111, 99-119.

52. Surour, A.A., Moufti, M.R., Nassief, M.O. and Abu Saeda, Y. (2017): Chemical characteristics of black scoria and their influence on economic use as industrial rock: a case study from Harrat Rahat, Saudi Arabia. ISESCO Journal of Science and Technology, 13(23), 48-59.

53. Surour, A.A. (2018): A note on the chemical composition and origin of peridot from the Harrat Kishb, Saudi Arabia. Geosciences Research, 3(4), 65-73. DOI: 10.22606/gr.2018.34003

54. Surour, A.A. (2019): Mid-ocean ridge vs. forearc and subduction settings: clues from rodingitization of tectonic fragments in Neoproterozoic ophiolites from northeast Africa. Lithos, 342-343, 18-30.

55. Surour, A.A. (2019): Metasomatized ophiolitic serpentinite at the contact with anorogenic granite from the Eastern Desert of Egypt: chemical-thermodynamic integration. European Journal of Mineralogy, 31(5-6), 963-972.

56. Abe, N., Surour, A.A., Madani, A.A. and Arai, S. (2020): Metasomatized peridotite xenoliths from the Cretaceous rift-related Natash volcanics and their bearing on the nature of the lithospheric mantle beneath the southern part of the Eastern Desert of Egypt. Lithos, 370-371, Paper No. 105642.

57. Mubarak, H.S., Azer, M.K., Surour, A.A., Moussa, H.E., Asimow, P.D. and Kabesh, M.M.L. (2020): Mineralogical and geochemical study of rodingites and associated serpentinized peridotite, Eastern Desert of Egypt, Arabian-Nubian Shield. Lithos, 374-375, Paper No. 105720.

58. Surour, A.A. and Omar, S.A.M. (2020): Historiography and FTIR spectral signatures of beryl crystals from some ancient Roman sites in the Eastern Desert of Egypt. Environmental Earth Sciences, 79, Paper No. 520.

59. El-Sobky, M.A., Madani, A.A. and Surour, A.A. (2020): Spectral characterization of the Batuga granite pluton, south Eastern Desert, Egypt: influence of lithological and mineralogical variation on ASD Terraspec data. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 13, Paper No. 1246.

60. El Aref, M., Abd El-Rahman, Y., Zoheir, B., Surour, A., Helmy, H., Abdelnasser, A., Ahmed, A., Ibrahim, M. (2020): Mineral Resources in Egypt (I): Metallic Ores. In: Hamimi, Z., El-Barkouky, A., Martínez Frías, J., Fritz, H., Abd El-Rahman, Y. (Eds.), The Geology of Egypt. Regional Geology Reviews. Springer, Cham, pp. 521-587.

61. El-Kammar, A., Surour, A., El-Sharkawi, M., Khozyem, H. (2020): Mineral Resources in Egypt (II): Non-metallic Ore Deposits. In: Hamimi, Z., El-Barkouky, A., Martínez Frías, J., Fritz, H., Abd El-Rahman, Y. (Eds.), The Geology of Egypt. Regional Geology Reviews. Springer, Cham, pp. 589-634.

62. Surour, A. (2020): Sn-W-Ta-Mo-U-REE mineralizations associated with alkali granite magmatism in Egyptian Nubian Shield. In: Hamimi et al. (Eds.), The Nubian Shield. Regional Geology Reviews. Springer, Cham, Chapter No. 21 (in press).

63. Surour, A.A., Harbi, H.M. and Al-Sulbi. I. (2021): Exploration of epithermal gold in hydrothermally altered metavolcanics Neoproterozoic arc metavolcanics at the Jabal Umm Watirah area, southwestern Saudi Arabia. Arabian Journal of Geosciences (submitted, under review).

64. Surour, A.A., Madani, A.A. and El-Sharkawi, M.A. (2021): Lithostratigraphic discrimination, geochemical signature and evolution of the Wadi Natash volcanic field, Eastern Desert, Egypt: a genuine example of Cretaceous intraplate rift-related alkaline magmatism prior to the opening of the Red Sea. Journal of African Earth Sciences (submitted, under review).

65. Ali, K.A., Bakhsh, R.A., Johansson, Å.E., Surour, A.A., Andersen, A. and Johnson, P. (2021): U-Pb zircon geochronology and Sr-Nd isotopic systematic of the Tin and Hadhuq gneissose granite complexes, central Arabian Shield, Saudi Arabia. Precambrian Research (submitted, under review).

66. Surour, A.A. (2021): Arc accretion and the generation of calc-alkaline plutonism at the end of the subduction stage in the Arabian-Nubian Shield. In: Hamimi et al. (Eds.), The Geology of the Arabian-Nubian Shield. Regional Geology Reviews. Springer, Cham, Book Chapter XX (in press).

67. Madani, A.A., Harbi, H.M., Eldougdoug, A.A., Surour, A.A. and Ahmed, A.H. (2021): Spectral characteristics of listvenites and other metaultramafic rocks along ophiolite-decorated megashears (suture zones) in the Arabian Shield Using ASD Fieldspec and satellite data. In: Hamimi et al. (Eds.), The Geology of the Arabian-Nubian Shield. Regional Geology Reviews. Springer, Cham, Book Chapter XX (in press).

Awards & Honorable Mentions

  • Encouraging state prize in geological sciences, Academy of Science Research and Technology of Egypt, 2003.
  • Best scientific paper 4 times during the Annual Meeting of the Mineralogical Society of Egypt; 1993, 1994, 1996 & 1997
  • Best scientific paper 2 times during the Annual Meeting of the Egyptian Geological Society: 1994 & 2002
  • Prize of scientific publication in world’s top ISI journals, 3 times from the King Abdulaziz University (Saudi Arabia) for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014; and 2 times from Cairo University (Egypt) for the years 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020.

Supervision

  • At Cairo University;
    Seven M.Sc. Theses.
    Three Ph.D. Theses.
  • At King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, KSA
    Three M.Sc. Theses.
    Two Ph.D. Theses.

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