Barazangi Map Collection

Muawia Barazangi

Professor Emeritus Muawia Barazangi graciously donated his unique map collection to Olin Map Library last year – a total of about 200 maps and images.

After earning his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1971, Professor Barazangi came to the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell. He is currently an active emeritus professor and vital part of the department and the Institute for the Study of the Continents (INSTOC). He also served in 1978-1980 as an associate professor and chairman of the Department of Geophysics at the Faculty of Earth Sciences, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. His interests are seismology, tectonics and lithospheric structure especially in the Middle East and Morocco.

His research interests include understanding the lithospheric structure and the seismotectonics of intracontinental mountain belts and young continental collision zones. His studies include the investigation of the Palmyride fold and thrust belt in central Syria (including the nearby Euphrates rift system), the Zagros mountain belt, and the Rif and Atlas Mountains in Morocco, as well as a detailed study of the Anatolian Plateau in Eastern Turkey, one of the youngest continental collision zones on Earth.

Barazangi’s map collection included many rare and out of print maps from the Middle East. A graphic designer used several of these maps to make a beautiful composite poster that is about five meters long.

The exhibit called “Selections from the Barazangi Map Collection,” is on display until April 2020 in the basement of Olin Library, next to the Map Library entrance.

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