Prof. Dr. Basem Zoheir

Scientific Staff

Raum 255
Phone: +49 (0)431 880 2907
Telefax: +49 (0)431 880 4457

Prof. Dr. Zoheir is an AvH fellow at the department, his specialization includes Mineralogy and Economic Geology
home university: Benha University, Egypt


Associate/guest editor of: ORE GEOLGOY REVIEWS (Elsevier), REMOTE SENSING (MDPI), Arabian journal of Geosciences (Springer)




  • 2004: Ph.D. ‘magna cum Laude 1.0’ in Natural and Environmental Sciences, University of Munich (LMU), Germany
  • 1999: M.Sc. (excellent with hons.) in Geology, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
  • 1995: B. Sc. (excellent with hons.) Geology Department, Faculty of Science, Zagazig University, Banha Branch, Egypt


Research Interests


  • Mineralogy and petrogenesis of mineral ores
  • Role of fluids in metamorphism, metasomatism and ore mineral formation
  • Structural control of mineral deposits
  • Use of space-borne satellite spectral and radar data in mineral exploration
  • Geographical Information Science and Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing applications in Geosciences
  • Fluid inclusion microthermometry and Raman spectroscopy and application in Earth Sciences
  • Radiogenic isotope systematics, U-Pb, Lu-Hf, Ar-Ar, Nd-Sm and Re-Os and their uses in Earth Sciences


Courses Taught (as Instructor)


  • 431 G: Ore Microscopy and Petrology
  • 434 G: Economic Geology
  • 566 G: Geochemical exploration
  • 533-G: Structural controls of ore deposits
  • 534-G: Methods in mineral exploration
  • 430 G: Geotectonics and geochronology
  • 547-G: GIS applications in Environmental geology
  • 550-G: Natural and Environmental Hazards





Edited book(s):
  • The Geology of the Arab World-An Overview Editors: Bendaoud, A., Hamimi, Z., Hamoudi, M., Djemai, S., Zoheir, B. 2019. Springer Nature ISBN 978-3-319-96793-6 ISBN 978-3-319-96794-3
  • Petrogenesis and Exploration of the Earth’s Interior Editors: Doronzo, D.M., Schingaro, E., Armstrong-Altrin, J.S., Zoheir, B. Springer


Book chapters:

  • Chemical Mineralogy, Smelting and Metallization Editors: E. D. McLaughlin and L. A. Breaux ISBN 978-1-60692-853-0,
  • Gold Mining: Formation and Resource Estimation, Economics and Environmental Impact Editors: Melanie D. Corral and Jared L. Earle ISBN: 978-1-60741-096-6 © 2009 Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
  • Gold-transporting hydrothermal fluids in the Earth's crust: an introduction Editors: P.S. Garofalo, J.R. Ridley. Series: Geological Society Special Publications, 272 p., ISBN-10: 1862396574, ISBN-13: 978-1862396579
  • Trends and Applications in Science and Engineering Sundararajan et al., (Eds.). Springer. ISBN 978-3-030-01656-2, Geological Evolution of the Tefedest Terrane a Recorder of a Polycyclic Pan-African Amalgamation (Central Hoggar, Algeria): Evidence from Airborne Geophysics, Remote Sensing and Field Study. by Amara, M., Bendaoud, A., Tsunogae, T., Amrouche, M., Hamimi, Z., Dufrechou, G., Jessel., M., Zoheir, B., Hamoudi, M., Djemai, S., 2019.
  • Petrogenesis and Exploration of the Earth’s Interior Editors: Doronzo, D.M., Schingaro, E., Armstrong-Altrin, J.S., Zoheir, B. Springer. 298 p, ISBN 978-3-030-01575-6 Gold Metallogeny of the Egyptian South Eastern Desert. By Zoheir, B., Emam, A., Soliman, N., Holzheid, A.
  • The Geology of Egypt Hamimi, Z., El-Barkooky, A., Martínez Frías, J., Fritz, H., Abd El-Rahman, Y. (Eds.) Mineral Resources in Egypt (I): Metallic Ores DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-15265-9_14


Selected peer-reviewed journal papers (2010-2020)

  • Sekandari, M., Masoumi, I., Pour, A.B., Muslim, A.M., Rahmani, O., Hashim, M., Zoheir, B., Pradhan, B., Misra, A., Aminpour, Sh. (2020) Application of Landsat-8, Sentinel-2, ASTER and WorldView-3 Spectral Imagery for Exploration of Carbonate-Hosted Pb-Zn Deposits in the Central Iranian Terrane (CIT). Remote Sensing Volume 12 Issue 8 10.3390/rs12081239
  • Lehmann,B., Zoheir, B., Neymark, L., Zeh, A., Emam, A., Radwan, A., Zhang, R., Moscati, R. (2020) Monazite and cassiterite UPb dating of the Abu Dabbab rare-metal granite, Egypt: Late Cryogenian metalliferous granite magmatism in the Arabian-Nubian Shield. Gondwana Research (In Press),
  • Wambo, J.D.T., Pour, A.B., Ganno, S., Asimow, P.D., Zoheir, B., Salles, R.R., Nzenti, J.P., Pradhan, B., Muslim, A.M. (2020) Identifying high potential zones of gold mineralization in a sub-tropical region using Landsat-8 and ASTER remote sensing data: a case study of the Ngoura-Colomines goldfield, Eastern Cameroon. Ore Geology Reviews Volume 122, July 2020, 103530.
  • Zoheir, B., Lehmann, B., Emam, A., Radwan, A., Zhang, R., Bain, W.M., Steele-MacInnis, M., Nolte, N. (2020) Extreme fractionation and magmatic–hydrothermal transition in the formation of Abu Dabbab rare-metal granite, Eastern Desert, Egypt. Lithos Volumes 352–353, January 2020, 105329, DOI: 10.1016/j.lithos.2019.105329
  • Pour, A.B., Park, T.S., Park, Y., Kuk, J., Muslim, A.M., Läufer, A., Crispini, L., Pradhan, B., Zoheir, B., Rahmani, O., Hashim, M., Hossain, M.S. (2019) Landsat-8, Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, and WorldView-3 Multispectral Satellite Imagery for Prospecting Copper-Gold Mineralization in the Northeastern Inglefield Mobile Belt (IMB), Northwest Greenland. Remote Sensing 11(20), DOI: 10.3390/rs11202430
  • Zoheir, B.A., Abd El-Wahed, M., Pour, A.B., Abdelnasser, A. (2019) Orogenic Gold in Transpression and Transtension Zones: Field and Remote Sensing Studies of the Barramiya–Mueilha Sector, Egypt. Remote Sensing 11(18), 2122;
  • Azar, A.P., Askari, G., Crispini, L., Pour, A.B., Zoheir, B., Pradhan, B. (2019) Field and spaceborne imagery data for evaluation of the paleo-stress regime during formation of the Jurassic dike swarms in the Kalateh Alaeddin Mountain area, Shahrood, north Iran
  • Zoheir, B.A., Goldfarb, R., Holzheid, A., Helmy, H., El Sheikh, A. (2019): Geochemical and geochronological characteristics of the Um Rus granite intrusion and associated gold deposit, Eastern Desert, Egypt. Geoscience Frontiers,
  • Zoheir, B.A., Johnson, P.J., Goldfarb, R.J., Klemm, D.D. (2019) Orogenic gold in the Egyptian Eastern Desert: Widespread gold mineralization in the late stages of Neoproterozoic orogeny. Gondwana Research 75, 184-217.
  • Zoheir, B., Emam, A., Abd El-Wahed, M., Soliman, N. (2019) Gold endowment in the evolution of the Allaqi-Heiani suture, Egypt: A synthesis of geological, structural, and space-borne imagery data. Ore Geology Reviews 110, 102938.
  • Beiranvand Pour, A., Park, Y., Crispini, L., Läufer, A., Kuk Hong, J., Park, T.-Y.S., Zoheir, B., Pradhan, B., Muslim, A.M., Hossain, M.S., Rahmani, O. (2019) Mapping Listvenite Occurrences in the Damage Zones of Northern Victoria Land, Antarctica Using ASTER Satellite Remote Sensing Data. Remote Sens. 2019, 11, 1408.
  • Al-Djazouli, M.O., Elmorabiti, K., Zoheir, B., Rahimi, A., Amellah, O. (2019) Use of Landsat-8 OLI data for delineating fracture systems in subsoil regions: implications for groundwater prospection in the Waddai area, eastern Chad. Arabian Journal of Geosciences 12: 241.
  • Sheikhrahimi, A., Pour, A.B., Pradhan, B., Zoheir, B. (2019) Mapping hydrothermal alteration zones and lineaments associated with orogenic gold mineralization using ASTER data: A case study from the Sanandaj-Sirjan Zone, Iran. Advances in Space Research 63(10), 3315-3332
  • Zoheir, B., Steele-MacInnis, M., Garbe-Schönberg, D., (2019) Orogenic gold formation in an evolving, decompressing hydrothermal system: Genesis of the Samut gold deposit, Eastern Desert, Egypt Ore Geology Reviews 105, 236-257.
  • Zoheir, B., Emam, A., Pitcairn, I.K., Boskbadi, A., Lehaye, Y., Cooper, M.J. (2019) Trace elements and isotope data of the Um Garayat gold deposit, Wadi Allaqi district, Egypt. Mineralium Deposita 54(1), 101-116,
  • Baidada, B., Alansari, A., Zoheir, B., Ilmen, S., Soulaimani, A., Ikenne, M. (2018) Iron oxide copper-gold (IOCG) mineralization at the Imiter inlier, Eastern Anti-Atlas, Morocco. Chemie der Erde 78(4), 462-478,
  • Emam, A., Zoheir, B., Radwan A., Lehmann, B., Zhang, R., Fawzy, Sh., Nolte N. (2018) Petrogenesis and evolution of the Nuweibi rare-metal granite, Central Eastern Desert, Egypt. Arabian Journal of Geosciences 11: 736.
  • Zoheir, B., Emam, A, El-Amawy, M., Abu-Alam, T. (2018) Auriferous shear zones in the central Allaqi-Heiani belt: Orogenic gold in post-accretionary structures, SE Egypt. Journal of African Earth Science 146, 118-131.
  • Abdelnasser, A., Kumral, M., Zoheir, B., Karaman, M., Weihed, P. (2018) REE geochemical characteristics and satellite-based mapping of hydrothermal alteration in Atud gold deposit, Egypt. Journal of African Earth Science 145, 317-330.
  • Zoheir, B., Feigenson, F., Zi, J., Turrin, B., Deshesh, F., El-Metwally, A., (2018) Ediacaran (~ 600 Ma) orogenic gold in Egypt: age of the Atalla gold mineralization and its geological significance, International Geology Review, DOI: 10.1080/00206814.2018.1463180
  • Pour, A., Park, T., Park, Y., Hong, J., Zoheir, B., Pradhan, B., Ayoobi, I., Hashim, M. (2018) Application of Multi-Sensor Satellite Data for Exploration of Zn–Pb Sulfide Mineralization in the Franklinian Basin, North Greenland. Remote Sensing 10(8), 1186;
  • Zoheir, B., Deshesh, F., Broman, C., Pitcairn, I., El-Metwaly, A., Mashaal., Sh. (2018) Granitoid-associated gold mineralisation in Egypt: a case study from the Atalla mine area. Mineralium Deposita 53(5), 701-720.
  • Johnson, P., Zoheir, B., Ghebreab, W., Stern, R., Barrie, C., Hamer, R. (2017) Gold-bearing volcanogenic massive sulfides and orogenic-gold deposits in the Nubian Shield. South African Journal of Geology, 120 (1): 63-76.
  • Lamri, T., Djemaï, S., Hamoudi, M., Zoheir, B., Bendaoud, A., Ouzegane, Kh., Amara, M. (2016) Satellite imagery and airborne geophysics for geologic mapping of the Edembo area, Eastern Hoggar (Algeria Sahara). Journal of African Earth Sciences 115, 143-158.
  • Emam, A., Zoheir, B., Johnson, P. (2016) ASTER-based mapping of ophiolitic rocks: Examples from the Allaqi-Heiani suture, SE Egypt. International Geology Review 58(5), 525-539.
  • Ali, K, Zoheir, B., Stern, R., Andersen, A, Whithouse, M., Bishara, W. (2016): Lu-Hf and O isotopic compositions on single zircons from the North Eastern Desert of Egypt, Arabian-Nubian Shield: implications for crustal evolution. Gondwana Research 32, 181-192.
  • Helmy, H., Zoheir, B. (2015) Metal and fluid sources in a potential world-class gold deposit: El-Sid mine, Egypt. International Journal of Earth Sciences, 104, 645-661.
  • Zoheir, B., Creaser, R, Lehmann, B. (2015) Re-Os geochronology of gold mineralization in the Fawakhir area, Eastern Desert, Egypt. International Geology Reviews, 57, 11-12, 1418–1432.
  • Akwinga, V., Zoheir, B., and others, (2015) Geochemistry and geochronology of the ~620 Ma gold-associated Batouri granitoids, Cameroon. International Geology Review 57 (11-12), 1485-1509.
  • Zoheir, B., Weihed, P., (2014) Greenstone-hosted lode-gold mineralization at Dungash mine, Eastern Desert, Egypt. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 99(1), 165–187.
  • Zoheir, B., Moritz, R. (2014) Fluid evolution of the El-Sid gold deposit, Eastern Desert, Egypt. In: Gold-Transporting Hydrothermal Fluids in the Earth's Crust, Geological Society, London, Special Publications 402, 3(1), 147-175.
  • Zoheir, B., Emam, A. (2014) Field and ASTER imagery data for the setting of gold mineralization in Western Allaqi-Heiani belt, Egypt: a case study from the Haimur deposit. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 99(1), 150-164.
  • Emam, A., Zoheir, B. (2013) Au and Cr mobilization through metasomatism: Microchemical evidence from ore-bearing listvenite, South Eastern Desert of Egypt. Journal of Geochemical Exploration 125, 34–45.
  • Zoheir, B., Abdel-Fattah, M.G., El-Alfy, S.M. (2013 Geochemistry and mineral chemistry of lode gold mineralisation, SE Egypt: implications for ore genesis and exploration. Arabian Journal of Geosciences. V. 6(12), p 4635-4646. DOI 10.1007/s12517-012-0727-y
  • Zoheir, B. (2012) Lode-gold mineralization in convergent wrench structures: Examples from South Eastern Desert, Egypt. Journal of Geochemical Exploration 114, 82-97.
  • Zoheir, B. (2012) Micochemistry and stable isotope systematics of gold mineralization in gabbro-diorite complex, SE Egypt. Microchemical Journal 103, 148–157.
  • Zoheir, B., Emam, A. (2012) Integrated analysis of field, mineralogical and satellite imagery data for geologic mapping and exploration targets in the greenstone terrane of South Eastern Desert, Egypt. Journal of African Earth Sciences 66–67, 22–34.
  • Zoheir, B. (2012) Controls on lode gold mineralization, Romite deposit, South Eastern Desert, Egypt. Geoscience Frontiers 3(5), 571-585.
  • Zoheir, B. (2011) Transpression zones in ophiolitic mélange terranes: potential exploration targets for gold in South Eastern Desert of Egypt. Journal of Geochemical Exploration 111(1-2), 23-38.
  • Zoheir, B., Lehmann, B. (2011) Listvenite‐lode gold association at the Barramyia mine area, SE Egypt. Ore Geology Reviews 39(1-2), 101-115.
  • Zoheir, B., Akawy, A. (2010) Genesis of the Abu Marawat gold deposit, central Eastern Desert of Egypt. Journal of African Earth Sciences 57(4), 306‐320.
  • Al‐Hwaiti, M, Zoheir, B.A., Lehmann B., Rabba, I, (2010) Epithermal gold mineralization at Wadi Abu Khushayba, southwestern Jordan. Ore Geology Reviews 38(1‐2), 101‐112.