Chris spent 30 years as either an academic or a professional geologist and has both a BSc and a PhD in geology. He did many years of consultancy work for oil companies, taught at the American University of Beirut and then, by way of a change, for ten years at Gower College Swansea.
Thanks to his time in Lebanon, he is something of an expert on the geology of Lebanon (just try a Google on ‘geology’ and ‘Lebanon’). He has written widely on the geology of Lebanon and the eastern Mediterranean and his papers are still widely cited.
Some of these papers are on the web, and for convenience, on this website (links below). These include an introduction to the geology of Lebanon, The Geology of Lebanon, which is still the best short summary of what is a very poorly known area.
- The Geology of Lebanon. ( This can also still be found on the Al-Mashriq website in collaboration with the American University of Beirut.)
- “The Lithostratigraphy of Lebanon: A Review“, originally published in the Lebanese Science Bulletin, 10:1 (1997)
- ‘The Lebanon passive margin and the evolution of the Levantine Neo-Tethys’ (2001, full reference below). The pdf is too large to post on this website, so if you’d like a copy, please email the author.
- Geology and hydrology of the Aammiq Wetlands (A Rocha Lebanon project in the Bekaa Valley)
Some typical publications are listed below
WALLEY, C. D., 1985, Depositional history of southern Tunisia and north-western Libya in Mid and Late Jurassic time. Geological Magazine, 122, 233-247.
WALLEY, C. D., 1988, A braided strike-slip model for the northern continuation of the Dead Sea Fault and its implications for Levantine tectonics. Tectonophysics, 145, 63-72.
WALLEY, C. D., 1998, Some outstanding issues in the geology of Lebanon and their importance in the tectonic evolution of the Levantine region. Tectonophysics, 298, 1-3, 37-62.
WALLEY, C. D., 1998, ‘From oceanic promontory to continental interior: the 40 million history of the desiccation of Arabia’. In Past, Present and Future of the Middle East Desert, Conference Proceedings: Al Abhath Al-Yarmouk, 7, 95-146.
WALLEY, C. D., 2000, ‘Mesozoic and Cenozoic Paleogeographic Maps of the Lebanon Area’. In G. Stampfli, G Borel, W. Cavazza, J. Mosar and P.A. Ziegler, The Paleotectonic Atlas of the Peritethyan Domain: European Geophysical Society CD-ROM.
WALLEY, C. D., 2001, ‘The Lebanon passive margin and the evolution of the Levantine Neo-Tethys’. In P.A. Ziegler, W. Cavazza, A. H. Robertson and S.D. Crasquin-Soleau (eds.), Peri-Tethyan Rift–wrench basins and passive margins IGCP 369 results. Mémoires du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris. Peri-Tethys Mémoire 6. THIS IS LINKED ABOVE
WALLEY, C.D., 2001, Various articles in The Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Environmental Change. Ed. J. A. Matthews; Arnold. Tethyan Paleogeographic Maps of the Tethys: IGCP 369.