Sample records for basinal ore fluids

  1. Metallogeny of the Great Basin: crustal evolution, fluid flow, and ore deposits

    Hofstra, Albert H.; Wallace, Alan R.


    The Great Basin physiographic province in the Western United States contains a diverse assortment of world-class ore deposits. It currently (2006) is the world's second leading producer of gold, contains large silver and base metal (Cu, Zn, Pb, Mo, W) deposits, a variety of other important metallic (Fe, Ni, Be, REE's, Hg, PGE) and industrial mineral (diatomite, barite, perlite, kaolinite, gallium) resources, as well as petroleum and geothermal energy resources. Ore deposits are most numerous and largest in size in linear mineral belts with complex geology. U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists are in the final year of a research project initiated in the fall of 2001 to increase understanding of relations between crustal evolution, fluid flow, and ore deposits in the Great Basin. Because of its substantial past and current mineral production, this region has been the focus of numerous investigations over the past century and is the site of ongoing research by industry, academia, and state agencies. A variety of geoinformatic tools was used to organize, reinterpret, and display, in space and time, the large amounts of geologic, geophysical, geochemical, and hydrologic information deemed pertinent to this problem. This information, in combination with concentrated research on (1) critical aspects of the geologic history, (2) an area in northern Nevada that encompasses the major mineral belts, and (3) important mining districts and deposits, is producing new insights about the interplay between key tectonic events, hydrothermal fluid flow, and ore genesis in mineral belts. The results suggest that the Archean to Holocene history of the Great Basin was punctuated by several tectonic events that caused fluids of different origins (sea water, basinal brine, meteoric water, metamorphic water, magmatic water) to move through the crust. Basement faults reactivated during these events localized deformation, sedimentation, magmatism, and hydrothermal fluid flow in overlying

  2. Coupled heat and fluid flow modeling of the Carboniferous Kuna Basin, Alaska: Implications for the genesis of the Red Dog Pb-Zn-Ag-Ba ore district

    Garven, G.; Raffensperger, J.P.; Dumoulin, J.A.; Bradley, D.A.; Young, L.E.; Kelley, K.D.; Leach, D.L.


    The Red Dog deposit is a giant 175 Mton (16% Zn, 5% Pb), shale-hosted Pb-Zn-Ag-Ba ore district situated in the Carboniferous Kuna Basin, Western Brooks Range, Alaska. These SEDEX-type ores are thought to have formed in calcareous turbidites and black mudstone at elevated sub-seafloor temperatures (120-150??C) within a hydrogeologic framework of submarine convection that was structurally organized by large normal faults. The theory for modeling brine migration and heat transport in the Kuna Basin is discussed with application to evaluating flow patterns and heat transport in faulted rift basins and the effects of buoyancy-driven free convection on reactive flow and ore genesis. Finite element simulations show that hydrothermal fluid was discharged into the Red Dog subbasin during a period of basin-wide crustal heat flow of 150-160 mW/m2. Basinal brines circulated to depths as great as 1-3 km along multiple normal faults flowed laterally through thick clastic aquifers acquiring metals and heat, and then rapidly ascended a single discharge fault zone at rates ??? 5 m/year to mix with seafloor sulfur and precipitate massive sulfide ores. ?? 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Stable isotope characteristics and origin of ore-forming fluids in copper-gold-polymetallic deposits within strike-slip pull-apart basin of Weishan-Yongping continental collision orogenic belt, Yunnan Province, China

    WANG Yong; HOU Zengqian; MO Xuanxue; DONG Fangliu; BI Xianmei; ZENG Pusheng


    More than 140 middle-small sized deposits or minerals are present in the Weishan-Yongping ore concentra-tion area which is located in the southern part of a typical Lanping strike-slip and pull-apart basin. It has plenty of mineral resources derived from the collision between the Indian and Asian plates. The ore-forming fluid system in the Weishan-Yongping ore concentration area can be divided into two subsystems, namely, the Zijinshan subsystem and Gonglang arc subsystem. The ore-forming fluids of Cu, Co deposits in the Gonglang arc fluid subsystem have δD values between -83.8‰ and -69%0, δ18O values between 4.17‰ and 10.45‰, and δ13C values between -13.6‰ and 3.7‰,suggesting that the ore-forming fluids of Cu, Co deposits were derived mainly from magmatic water and partly from formation water. The ore-forming fluids of Au, Pb, Zn, Fe deposits in the Zijinshan subsystem have δD values between-117.4‰ and-76‰, δ18O values between 5.32‰ and 9.56‰,and δ13C values between -10.07‰ and -1.5‰. The ore-forming fluids of Sb deposits have 6D values between -95%0 and -78‰, δ18O values between 4.5‰ and 32.3‰, and δ13 Cvalues between -26.4‰ and -1.9‰. Hence, the ore-forming fluids of the Zijinshan subsystem must have been derived mainly from formation water and partly from magmatic water.Affected by the collision between the Indian and Asian plates,ore-forming fluids in Weishan-Yongping basin migrated con-siderably from southwest to northeast. At first, the Gonglang arc subsystem with high temperature and high salinity was formed. With the development of the ore-forming fluids, the Zijinshan subsystem with lower temperature and lower salinity was subsequently formed.

  4. Transport of Pb and Zn by carboxylate complexes in basinal ore fluids and related petroleum-field brines at 100°C: the influence of pH and oxygen fugacity

    Giordano Thomas H


    Full Text Available It is well established through field observations, experiments, and chemical models that oxidation (redox state and pH exert a strong influence on the speciation of dissolved components and the solubility of minerals in hydrothermal fluids. log –pH diagrams were used to depict the influence of oxygen fugacity and pH on monocarboxylate- and dicarboxylate-transport of Pb and Zn in low-temperature (100°C hydrothermal ore fluids that are related to diagenetic processes in deep sedimentary basins, and allow a first-order comparison of Pb and Zn transport among proposed model fluids for Mississippi Valley-type (MVT and red-bed related base metal (RBRBM deposits in terms of their approximate pH and conditions. To construct these diagrams, total Pb and Zn concentrations and Pb and Zn speciation were calculated as a function of log and pH for a composite ore-brine with concentrations of major elements, total sulfur, and total carbonate that approximate the composition of MVT and RBRBM model ore fluids and modern basinal brines. In addition to acetate and malonate complexation, complexes involving the ligands Cl-, HS-, H2S, and OH- were included in the model of calculated total metal concentration and metal speciation. Also, in the model, Zn and Pb are competing with the common-rock forming metals Ca, Mg, Na, Fe, and Al for the same ligands. Calculated total Pb concentration and calculated total Zn concentration are constrained by galena and sphalerite solubility, respectively. Isopleths, in log –pH space, of the concentration of Pb and concentration of Zn in carboxylate (acetate + malonate complexes illustrate that the oxidized model fluids of T. H. Giordano (in Organic Acids in Geological Processes, ed. E. D. Pittman and M. D. Lewan, Springer-Verlag, New York, 1994, pp. 319–354 and G. M. Anderson (Econ. Geol., 1975, 70, 937–942 are capable of transporting sufficient amounts of Pb (up to 10 ppm and Zn (up to 100 ppm in the form of carboxylate

  5. By lithology Zbruch deposits (Lower Sarmatian Nikopol manganese ore Basin

    Bogdanovich V.V.


    Full Text Available Based on lithologic-paleogeographic study Zbruch layers of Nikopol manganese ore Basin sediments described lithological and genetic types of rocks and facies conditions of formation of deposits.

  6. Geothermal and fluid flowing simulation of ore-forming antimony deposits in Xikuangshan

    YANG Ruiyan; MA Dongsheng; BAO Zhengyu; PAN Jiayong; CAO Shuanglin; XIA Fei


    The Xikuangshan Antimony Deposit located in the Mid-Hunan Basin, China, is the largest antimony deposit in the world. Based on the hydrogeological and geochemical data collected from four sections, Xikuangshan-Dajienao (AO), Xikuangshan-Dashengshan (BO), Xikuangshan-Longshan (CO) and Dafengshan (DO) in the Basin, an advanced metallogenic model related to deep-cyclic meteoric water of Xikuangshan Antimony Deposit is put forward in this paper using a model of heat-gravity-driving fluid flow transportation. The simulation results show that the ore-forming fluid of the deposit mainly comes from the Dashengshan and Longshan areas where BO and CO sections are located if the overall basin keeps a constant atmospheric precipitation and infiltration rate during mineralization, and that the average transportation speed of the ore-forming fluids is about 0.2-0.4 m/a.

  7. Isotope geochemistry of ore fluids for the Dongsheng sandstone-type uranium deposit,China


    The Dongsheng sandstone-type uranium deposit is one of the large-sized sandstone-type uranium deposits discovered in the northern part of the Ordos Basin of China in recent years. Geochemical characteristics of the Dongsheng uranium deposit are significantly different from those of the typical interlayered oxidized sandstone-type uranium ore deposits in the region of Middle Asia. Fluid inclusion studies of the uranium deposit showed that the uranium ore-forming temperatures are within the range of 150-160℃. Their 3He/4He ratios are within the range of 0.02-1.00 R/Ra, about 5-40 times those of the crust. Their 40Ar/36Ar ratios vary from 584 to 1243, much higher than the values of atmospheric argon. The δ18OH2O and δD values of fluid inclusions from the uranium deposit are -3.0‰- -8.75‰ and -55.8‰- -71.3‰, respectively, reflecting the characteristics of mixed fluid of meteoric water and magmatic water. The δ18OH2O and δD values of kaolinite layer at the bottom of the uranium ore deposit are 6.1‰ and -77‰, respectively, showing the characteristics of magmatic water. The δ13CV-PDB and δ18OH2O values of calcite veins in uranium ores are -8.0‰ and 5.76‰, respectively, showing the characteristics of mantle source. Geochemical characteristics of fluid inclusions indicated that the ore-formation fluid for the Dongsheng uranium deposit was a mixed fluid of meteoric water and deep-source fluid from the crust. It was proposed that the Jurassic-Cretaceous U-rich metamorphic rocks and granites widespread in the northern uplift area of the Ordos Basin had been weathered and denudated and the ore-forming elements, mainly uranium, were transported by meteoric waters to the Dongsheng region, where uranium ores were formed. Tectonothermal events and magmatic activities in the Ordos Basin during the Mesozoic made fluids in the deep interior and oil/gas at shallow levels upwarp along the fault zone and activated fractures, filling into U-bearing clastic

  8. Isotope geochemistry of the Huize Zn-Pb ore field, Yunnan province, Southwestern China. Implication for the sources of ore fluid and metals

    The Huize ore field, which is the most famous high-grade Zn-Pb ore field in China, comprises the Kuangshanchang and Qilinchang deposits. The Zn and Pb reserves of these two deposits are more than 5 Mt with ore grades ranging from 25% to 35% in weight. Lead, sulfur, carbon oxygen, hydrogen and strontium isotope geochemistry is reported to help understand the sources of the ore fluid and metals. The 206Pb/204Pb, 207Pb/204Pb and 208Pb/204Pb values of the ores range from 18.251-18.530, 15.663-15.855 and 38.487-39.433, respectively. These values are similar to those of the wall rocks. The pyrites disseminated in the wall rocks have indistinguishable Pb isotope composition with the ores. These data indicate that the wall rocks provided metals to the ore fluid. Most δ34S values of the ores range from 13 to 17 per mil. The sulfur of the ores originated by in situ reduction sulfate. Three kinds of gangue calcite from the ores have similar isotope compositions, which have δ13C values in the range of -2.1 to -3.5 per mil with respect to PDB and δ18O values in the range of 16.8 to 18.6 per mil with respect to SMOW. The δDFI values of fluid inclusions in the three kinds of gangue calcites have a narrow range of -50 to -60 per mil and the δ18OH2O values calculated from δ18O values of calcite range from 7.0 to 8.8 per mil at 200degC. These data suggest that the ore fluid was a basinal brine that passed through shale, clastic rocks and mudstone underlying the host rock. Initial 87Sr/86Sr values of the pyrite, sphalerite and calcite from the ores range from 0.714 to 0.717. The initial 87Sr/86Sr values of unaltered host rock (0.7083-0.7093) are lower than that of the altered host rock (0.7106). It suggests that the ore fluids have higher initial 87Sr/86Sr values than the wall rocks. These high initial 87Sr/86Sr values may be due to the reaction between the ore fluid and the shale, clastic rocks and mudstone underlying the host rock or the fluid might have originated from these

  9. Basin Fluid Mineralization during Multistage Evolution of the Lanping Sedimentary Basin, Southwestern China


    The Lanping sedimentary basin has experienced a five-stage evolution since the late Paleozoic: ocean-continent transformation (late Paleozoic to early mid-Triassic); intracontinental rift basin (late mid-Triassic to early Jurassic); down-warped basin (middle to late Jurassic); foreland basin (Cretaceous); and strike-slip basin (Cenozoic). Three major genetic types of Ag-Cu polymetailic ore deposits, including the reworked hydrothermal sedimentary, sedimentary-hydrothermally reworked and hydrothermal vein types, are considered to be the products of basin fluid activity at specific sedimentary-tectonic evolutionary stages. Tectonic differences of the different evolutionary stages resulted in considerable discrepancy in the mechanisms of formation-transportation, migration direction and emplacement processes of the basin fluids, thus causing differences in mineralization styles as well as in genetic types of ore deposit.

  10. Mineralogical and geochemical characteristics of the Noamundi-Koira basin iron ore deposits (India)

    Mirza, Azimuddin; Alvi, Shabbar Habib; Ilbeyli, Nurdane


    India is one of the richest sources of iron ore deposits in the world; and one of them is located in the Noamundi-Koira basin, Singhbhum-Orissa craton. The geological comparative studies of banded iron formation (BIF) and associated iron ores of Noamundi-Koira iron ore deposits, belonging to the iron ore group in eastern India, focus on the study of mineralogy and major elemental compositions along with the geological evaluation of different iron ores. The basement of the Singhbhum-Orissa craton is metasedimentary rocks which can be traced in a broadly elliptical pattern of granitoids, surrounded by metasediments and metavolcanics of Greenstone Belt association. The Singhbhum granitoid is intrusive into these old rocks and to younger, mid Archaean metasediments, including iron formations, schists and metaquartzites and siliciclastics of the Precambrian Iron Ore Group (Saha et al., 1994; Sharma, 1994). The iron ore of Noamundi-Koira can be divided into seven categories (Van Schalkwyk and Beukes 1986). They are massive, hard laminated, soft laminated, martite-goethite, powdery blue dust and lateritic ore. Although it is more or less accepted that the parent rock of iron ore is banded hematite jasper (BHJ), the presence of disseminated martite in BHJ suggests that the magnetite of protore was converted to martite. In the study area, possible genesis of high-grade hematite ore could have occurred in two steps. In the first stage, shallow, meteoric fluids affect primary, unaltered BIF by simultaneously oxidizing magnetite to martite and replacing quartz with hydrous iron oxides. In the second stage of supergene processes, deep burial upgrades the hydrous iron oxides to microplaty hematite. Removal of silica from BIF and successive precipitation of iron resulted in the formation of martite- goethite ore. Soft laminated ores were formed where precipitation of iron was partial or absent. The leached out space remains with time and the interstitial space is generally filled

  11. Fluid inclusion, rare earth element geochemistry, and isotopic characteristics of the eastern ore zone of the Baiyangping polymetallic Ore district, northwestern Yunnan Province, China

    Feng, Caixia; Bi, Xianwu; Liu, Shen; Hu, Ruizhong


    The Baiyangping Cu-Ag polymetallic ore district is located in the northern part of the Lanping-Simao foreland fold belt, which lies between the Jinshajiang-Ailaoshan and Lancangjiang faults in western Yunnan Province, China. The source of ore-forming fluids and materials within the eastern ore zone were investigated using fluid inclusion, rare earth element (REE), and isotopic (C, O, and S) analyses undertaken on sulfides, gangue minerals, wall rocks, and ores formed during the hydrothermal stage of mineralization. These analyses indicate: (1) The presence of five types of fluid inclusion, which contain various combinations of liquid (l) and vapor (v) phases at room temperature: (a) H2O (l), (b) H2O (l) + H2O (v), (c) H2O (v), (d) CmHn (v), and (e) H2O (l) + CO2 (l), sometimes with CO2 (v). These inclusions have salinities of 1.4-19.9 wt.% NaCl equivalents, with two modes at approximately 5-10 and 16-21 wt.% NaCl equivalent, and homogenization temperatures between 101 °C and 295 °C. Five components were identified in fluid inclusions using Raman microspectrometry: H2O, dolomite, calcite, CH4, and N2. (2) Calcite, dolomitized limestone, and dolomite contain total REE concentrations of 3.10-38.93 ppm, whereas wall rocks and ores contain REE concentrations of 1.21-196 ppm. Dolomitized limestone, dolomite, wall rock, and ore samples have similar chondrite-normalized REE patterns, with ores in the Huachangshan, Xiaquwu, and Dongzhiyan ore blocks having large negative δCe and δEu anomalies, which may be indicative of a change in redox conditions during fluid ascent, migration, and/or cooling. (3) δ34S values for sphalerite, galena, pyrite, and tetrahedrite sulfide samples range from -7.3‰ to 2.1‰, a wide range that indicates multiple sulfur sources. The basin contains numerous sources of S, and deriving S from a mixture of these sources could have yielded these near-zero values, either by mixing of S from different sources, or by changes in the geological

  12. The relationship between tectonic-thermal evolution and sandstone-type uranium ore-formation in Ordos basin

    The comprehensive study of the volcanic activities, the geothermal field, the thermal flow field, the paleogeo-thermal activity and the tectonic evolution of the Ordos basin indicates that the tectonic-thermal evolution of the Ordos basin has offered the basis for the fluid-fluid and fluid-rock mutual reactions, and has created favourable conditions for the formation of organic mineral resources and sandstone-type uranium deposits. Especially, the tectonic-thermal event during middle-Late Jurassic to Cretaceous played an important role in providing uranium source material, and assisting the migration, the concentration and precipitation of uranium and uranium ore-formation. (authors)

  13. Geological exploration of uranium ores at Burgos' basin

    The outcrop sediments of the Burgos river basin cover the complete Cenozoic sequence from the Pallaeocene to recent date, and are arranged in the form of parallel strips with a regional dip towards the east, in which direction the sediments become steadily younger. Generally speaking they correspond to a regressive process the lithology of which is an alternation of shales, sandstones, tuffaceous material and conglomerates. The explorations and evaluations of sedimentary uranium deposits so far carried out in the north-east of Mexico show close relationships between the mineralization and the sedimentary processes of the enclosing rock. Analysis of the sedimentary-type uranium ore bodies in Mexico indicates characteristics very similar to those found in the deposits of the same type which were first studied and described in southern Texas and were used as a standard for the first exploratory studies. The uranium ore in the State of Texas is found in sands belonging mainly to the Jackson group of the Eocene and, to a lesser extent, the Catahoula formation of Miocene-Oligocene age. In the Burgos basin the existence of uranium deposits in the non-marine Frio formation of Oligocene age, with geological characteristics similar to the Texan deposits, has been demonstrated. This comparative analysis suggests very good prospects for uranium exploration in the region; it is recommended that priority be given to intensive study of the sediments of the non-marine member of the Frio formation, and the Jackson and Catahoula formations. (author)

  14. Characteristics and origin of ore-forming fluids of Jinchangqing gold (copper) ore deposit (s) in Xiangyun, Yunnan Province

    HE Mingqin; SONG Huanbin; LIU Jiajun; LI Chaoyang


    On the basis of results of the studies of primary fluid inclusions, and the hydrogen and oxygen isotope data, the authors concluded that the early-stage ore-forming fluid from the Jinchangqing gold (copper) ore deposit is a kind of sulfate type hot brine characterized by medium temperature and salinity, genetically related to the late-stage ore-forming fluid derived from an acidic and more reductive environment. However, the late-stage ore-forming fluid is a sort of low temperature and low salinity chloride-type hot brine which originated from a lower pressure, acidic and more oxidative environment. In general, the ore fluids were derived from the late-stage, or largely from the early-stage groundwater-derived meteoric water, which has a 12‰-17‰ heavier oxygen isotopic composition than the original rain water (δ 18 O= -15.3‰ ), and were formed during gold mineralization as a product of oxygen isotope exchange during the reaction between ore-forming fluid and wall rocks under a lower water/rock ratio condition.

  15. Complexity and Geodynamics of Ore-accumulating Basins in the Qinling Orogenic Belt, China


    Researches were made of different continental-margin and intraplate basin systems in the Qinling microplate in terms of hydrothermal deposition, geodynamics of basin formation, hydrothermal sedimentary rock facies, syntectonics in the basins, and the styles of ore accumulation in the basins.

  16. Ore-Forming Fluid Characteristics of the Naoyangping-Damogou zinc-fluorite ore deposit, Pingli County, Shaanxi Province, China

    Moussounda Kounga Claude1


    Full Text Available The Naoyangping-Damogou zinc-fluorite ore deposit is located in the North Dabashan Caledonian fold belt, in the east wing Pingli Anticlinorium, which is one of the most important zinc-fluorite-hosting faults in Shaanxi Province of China. Metallogenesis is controlled by F7 fault structure and other relevant fault structure systems and closely related to the trachyte side. Fluid inclusion (FI petrography and microthermometry, and analysis of oxygen and hydrogen isotopes for fluid inclusions were conducted to determine the characteristics of the ore-forming fluids and the processes of zinc and fluorite mineralizations. Microthermometry data of FI indicated that ore-forming fluids are characterized by low salinity and low density. The data obtained from geothermometric studies of Sphalerite and fluorite associated with zinc-lead mineralization at the Naoyangping-Damogou mine are compatible with a structurally controlled, Sedimentaryhydrothermal origin. Homogenization and last ice melting temperature of primary fluid inclusion indicate that mineralization taken place over a temperature range 295-335°C and salinities of inclusion fluids range 0.53 to 1.33 wt.% TDS. Ore-forming fluids were dominated by magmatic components in the early mineralization period. In the present paper we report our preliminary research results of the data obtained from geothermometric studies of Sphalerite and fluorite at the Naoyangping-Damogou ore deposit. The present study builds on the existing geological, petrographic and geochemical information of Naoyangping-Damogou

  17. Structure and fluid evolution of Yili basin and their relation to sandstone type uranium mineralization

    Based on the summary of strata and structure distribution of Yili basin, the relation of structure and fluid evolution to sandstone type ur alum mineraliation are analyzed. It is found that uranium mineralization in Yili basin experienced ore hosting space forming, pre-alteration of hosting space, hosting space alteration and uranium formation stages. (authors)

  18. Organic Gases in Fluid Inclusions of Ore Minerals and Their Constraints on Ore Genesis: A Case Study of the Changkeng Au-Ag Deposit, Guangdong, China


    The newly discovered Changkeng Au-Ag deposit is a new type of sediment-hosted precious metal deposit. Most of the previous researchers believed that the deposit was formed by meteoric water convection. By using a high vacuum quadrupole gas mass spectrometric system, nine light hydrocarbons have been recognized in the fluid inclusions in ore minerals collected from the Changkeng deposit. The hydrocarbons are composed mainly of saturated alkanes C1-4 and unsaturated alkenes C2-4 and aromatic hydrocarbons, in which the alkanes are predominant, while the contents of alkenes and aromatic hydrocarbons are very low. The Σalka/Σalke ratio of most samples is higher than 100, suggesting that those hydrocarbons are mainly generated by pyrolysis of kerogens in sedimentary rocks caused by water-rock interactions at medium-low temperatures, and the metallogenic processes might have not been affected by magmatic activity. A thermodynamic calculation shows that the light hydrocarbons have reached chemical equilibrium at temperatures higher than 200?C, and they may have been generated in the deep part of sedimentary basins (e.g., the Sanzhou basin) and then be transported by ore-forming fluids to a shallow position of the basin via a long distance. Most of the organic gases are generated by pyrolysis of the type II kerogens (kukersite) in sedimentary host rocks, only a few by microorganism activity. The compositions and various parameters of light hydrocarbons in gold ores are quite similar to those in silver ores, suggesting that the gold and silver ores may have similar metallogenic processes. Based on the compositions of organic gases in fluid inclusions, the authors infer that the Changkeng deposit may be of a tectonic setting of continental rift. The results of this study support from one aspect the authors' opinion that the Changkeng deposit is not formed by meteoric water convection, and that its genesis has a close relationship with the evolution of the Sanzhou basin, so

  19. A Study on the Ore-forming Effect of Mantle-derived Fluid

    Meng Qingqiang; Wu Jianfeng; Zhang Liuping


    Based on summarizing of the effect of mantle-derived fluid on the formation of ores, especially on gold ore,and with the latest investigations, such as the formation of ore from the action of shallow-deep fluid, the transportation effect of the thermal energy by mantle-derived fluid, this paper mainly aims at the effect of mantle-derived fluid on the generation of hydrocarbons. With the proof from geochemistry and fluid inclusion, it was suggested that the mantle-derived fluid not only supplied source materials for hydrocarbons, but also supplied essential energy and matter necessary for the generation of hydrocarbons. The mantle-derived fluid had a good effect, but at the same time it had an adverse effect under specific conditions, on the formation of reservoirs. This paper also discusses the future direction and significance of studying mantle-derived fluid.

  20. Study on uranium distribution in ore samples of Nong Son Basin (Viet Nam)

    Geological studies show that uranium ore bodies in Nong Son basin (Quang Nam province, Viet Nam) are lens, chain of lenses with uranium content of U3O8 ≥ 0.01%. In one bed of uranium bearing rock, the uranium contents widely vary from 0.001 to 0.675%. Knowledge of the uranium distribution in mined ore is very important for preconcentration processes. The study has conducted classification by radioactivity measurement for each ore grain (size of 25-200 mm) and determine uranium content in respective ore sample. To determine radioactivity, gamma spectrometer (thallium- activated sodium iodide crystals NaI(Tl) 80x80 mm and multi-channel analytical system of model MCA-2003-001,VNEC) were used. Uranium contents were determined by coloriphotometry (Spectronic 20 D+, USA). Based on the results obtained from the study of uranium distribution in ore samples of the above area it was concluded that (1) the uranium distribution levels are not even in the studied ore samples and (2) it is possible to use radiometric sorting to enrich ores from Nong Son basin

  1. Uranium ore rolls in Westwater Canyon sandstone, San Juan Basin, New Mexico

    Recent relatively deep uranium-exploration drilling in the Nose Rock area, San Juan Basin, McKinley County, New Mexico, has resulted in the discovery of previously unrecognized uranium ore rolls in gray, unoxidized Westwater Canyon Sandstone of the Morrison Formation. Both the Nose Rock ores and the primary Ambrosia Lake uranium ores were emplaced during the Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous erosional interval under the same geologic conditions by the same geochemical-cell process. The red, altered interior ground resulting from the geochemical-cell process has been re-reduced by the subsequent entry of reductants into the formation. The original roll form of the Ambrosia Lake orebodies has been obscured and modified by redistribution related to the present-day active redox interface interweaving with the Ambrosia Lake ores

  2. New understanding of ore-formation of in-situ leachable sandstone-type uranium deposit in Erlian basin

    Starting with the ore-controlling role of tectonic evolution of Erlian basin, i.e. the basement evolution stage, the formation state of ore-hosting formation, and the ore-formation stage of epigenetic reworking, authors come to a conclusion, that Erlian basin was a sedimentary basin composed of tens of little separate depressions with their own tectonic and sedimentary evolutionary features, and multiple and near source area at the stage of the ore-hosting formation. Combining above-mentioned factors with the other ore-controlling factors related to sandstone-type uranium deposits, authors suggest that the size of sandstone-type uranium deposits to be found in Erlian basin might be mostly small or medium in size. Bu it is possible that the smaller medium-sized uranium deposits would occur in groups. The dominant subtype of the sandstone-type uranium deposits may be phreatic-interlayered oxidized zone

  3. Uranium mineralization characteristics and ore-control factors in Shazaoquan area of Badanjilin basin

    Based on the integration of previous research achievement, this paper discussed the Lower Cretaceous Xinminpu Group and uranium mineralization in Shazaoquan area of Badanjilin basin with results of field geological investigation as well as borehole verification. After analyzing the ore-control factors, the uranium mineralization was believed to be controlled by sequence stratigraphic boundary, lithofacies, epigenetic oxidation. The favorite mineralization area should have relative stable structure and proper structural lift condition in the centre depression of the basin. The boundary of sequence Ⅳ/Ⅲ of Xinminpu Group with the change in structural and depositional system and geochemical condition is the most important ore-control factor. The foreside of alluvial fan and midland also afford favourite lithology combination and space for uranium mineralization. Uranous granite afford the very beneficial uranium mineralizing condition for the sandstone-type uranium deposits. In general, Badanjilin basin have a good prospective. (authors)

  4. Messinian Salinity Crisis and basin fluid flow

    Bertoni, Claudia; Cartwight, Joe


    Syn- and post-depositional movement of fluids through sediments is one of the least understood aspects in the evolution of a basin. The conventional hydrostratigraphic view on marine sedimentary basins assumes that compactional and meteoric groundwater fluid circulation drives fluid movement and defines its timing. However, in the past few years, several examples of instantaneous and catastrophic release of fluids have been observed even through low-permeability sediments. A particularly complex case-study involves the presence of giant salt bodies in the depocentres of marine basins. Evaporites dramatically change the hydrostratigraphy and fluid-dynamics of the basin, and influence the P/T regimes, e.g. through changes in the geothermal gradient and in the compaction of underlying sediments. Our paper reviews the impact of the Messinian Salinity Crisis (MSC) and evaporites on fluid flow in the Mediterranean sub-basins. The analysis of geological and geophysical sub-surface data provides examples from this basin, and the comparison with analogues in other well-known evaporitic provinces. During the MSC, massive sea-level changes occurred in a relatively limited time interval, and affected the balance of fluid dynamics, e.g. with sudden release or unusual trapping of fluids. Fluid expulsion events are here analysed and classified in relation to the long and short-term effects of the MSC. Our main aim is to build a framework for the correct identification of the fluid flow-related events, and their genetic mechanisms. On basin margins, where evaporites are thin or absent, the sea-level changes associated with the MSC force a rapid basinward shift of the mixing zone of meteoric/gravity flow and saline/compactional flow, 100s-km away from its pre-MSC position. This phenomenon changes the geometry of converging flows, creates hydraulic traps for fluids, and triggers specific diagenetic reactions in pre-MSC deep marine sediments. In basin-centre settings, unloading and

  5. Modifier free supercritical fluid extraction of uranium from sintered UO2, soil and ore samples

    Direct extraction of uranium from different samples viz. sintered UO2, soil and ores was carried out by modifier free supercritical fluid using tri-n-butyl phosphate-nitric acid (TBP-HNO3) adduct as extractant. These studies showed that pre-equilibration with more concentrated nitric acid helps in better dissolution and extraction of uranium from sintered UO2 samples. Modifier free supercritical fluid extraction appears attractive with respect to minimization of secondary wastes. This method resulted 80-100% extraction of uranium from different soil/ore samples. The results were confirmed by performing neutron activation analysis of original (before extraction) and residue (after extraction) samples. (author)

  6. Clay minerals in uraniferous deposit of Imouraren (Tim Mersoi basin, Niger): implications on genesis of deposit and on ore treatment process

    Nigerian uraniferous deposits are located in carboniferous and Jurassic formations of Tim Mersoi basin. AREVA is shareholder of 3 mine sites in this area: SOMAIR and COMINAK, both in exploitation since 1960's and IMOURAREN, 80 km further South, whose exploitation is planned for 2015. Mineralization of Imouraren deposit is included in the fluvial formation of Tchirezrine 2 (Jurassic), composed of channels and flood plains. Facies of channel in-fillings range from coarse sandstones to siltstones, while overflow facies are composed of analcimolites. Secondary mineralogy was acquired during 2 stages: 1- diagenesis, with formation of clay minerals, analcime, secondary quartz and albites, and 2- stage of fluids circulations, which induced alteration of detrital and diagenetic minerals, formation of new phases and uranium deposition. A mineralogical zoning, at the scale of deposit resulted from this alteration. The heterogeneity of Tchirezrine 2, at the level of both facies and mineralogy, is also evidenced during ore treatment, as ore reacts differently depending on its source, with sometimes problems of U recovery. Ore treatment tests showed that analcimes and chlorites were both penalizing minerals, because of 1- the sequestration of U-bearing minerals into analcimes, 2- their dissolution which trends to move away from U solubilization conditions (pH and Eh) and to form numerous sulfates, and 3- problems of percolation. A detection method of analcime-rich ores, based on infrared spectroscopy, was developed in order to optimize ore blending and so to reduce negative effects during ore treatment process. (author)

  7. Fluid-solid interaction model for hydraulic reciprocating O-ring seals

    Liao, Chuanjun; Huang, Weifeng; Wang, Yuming; Suo, Shuangfu; Liu, Ying


    Elastohydrodynamic lubrication characteristics of hydraulic reciprocating seals have significant effects on sealing and tribology performances of hydraulic actuators, especially in high parameter hydraulic systems. Only elastic deformations of hydraulic reciprocating seals were discussed, and hydrodynamic effects were neglected in many studies. The physical process of the fluid-solid interaction effect did not be clearly presented in the existing fluid-solid interaction models for hydraulic reciprocating O-ring seals, and few of these models had been simultaneously validated through experiments. By exploring the physical process of the fluid-solid interaction effect of the hydraulic reciprocating O-ring seal, a numerical fluid-solid interaction model consisting of fluid lubrication, contact mechanics, asperity contact and elastic deformation analyses is constructed with an iterative procedure. With the SRV friction and wear tester, the experiments are performed to investigate the elastohydrodynamic lubrication characteristics of the O-ring seal. The regularity of the friction coefficient varying with the speed of reciprocating motion is obtained in the mixed lubrication condition. The experimental result is used to validate the fluid-solid interaction model. Based on the model, The elastohydrodynamic lubrication characteristics of the hydraulic reciprocating O-ring seal are presented respectively in the dry friction, mixed lubrication and full film lubrication conditions, including of the contact pressure, film thickness, friction coefficient, liquid film pressure and viscous shear stress in the sealing zone. The proposed numerical fluid-solid interaction model can be effectively used to analyze the operation characteristics of the hydraulic reciprocating O-ring seal, and can also be widely used to study other hydraulic reciprocating seals.

  8. Characteristics of the ore forming fluid from the zinc poly-metallic deposit in the Mopan mine area, Guangxi Nandan

    Ou Zheng; Wei Chongtao; Luo Jun; Bao Yuan; Santigie Kekuda Sesay


    Fluid inclusions from samples from the layered and veined mineralized belt in the Mopan mine area were studied using microscopic temperature measurements and laser Raman spectroscopy.Further studies were conducted on the nature and source of the ore forming fluid and on the mechanism of deposit formation.The results show that there are three types of inclusions that occur in both the layered and veined ore body.These are liquid inclusions,CO2 inclusions with a liquid phase,and NaCl-H2O multiphase inclusions.The fluid inclusions in both the layered and veined ore bodies have similar characteristics.The ore forming fluid is strongly reducing,was exposed to low to medium temperatures,salinity,and pressures.The source of this ore forming fluid was a mix of submarine volcanic spring (blow-piping),magmatic hydrothermal jet,and underground water.

  9. Territorial pattern and classification of soils of Kryvyi Rih Iron-Ore Basin

    О. О. Dolina; О. М. Smetana


    The authors developed the classification of soils and adapted it to the conditions of Krivyi Rih industrial region. It became the basis for determining the degree of soil cover transformation in the iron-ore basin under technogenesis. The classification represents the system of hierarchical objects of different taxonomic levels. It allows determination of relationships between objects and their properties. Researched patterns of soil cover structures’ distribution were the basis for the relev...

  10. Geological characteristics and analysis on ore-controlling factors of Shihongtan uranium deposit, Turpan-Hami basin

    On the basis of a brief introduction of regional geology of Turpan-Hami basin, geology and sand bodies characteristics for target stratum of Shihongtan uranium district, the author mainly expounds distributive law, zonation and relation between fronts and u-mineralization of interlayer oxidation zone for deposit district. The author states space arrangement, shape, size, material components of ores, exiting states of uranium as well as comparative study for north-ore belt and south-ore belt of Shihongtan uranium deposit. In final, the author points out ore-controlling factors are interlayer oxidation zone, nose uplift and faulted structure by systematic analysis

  11. Modeling Fluid Flow in Faulted Basins

    Faille I.


    Full Text Available This paper presents a basin simulator designed to better take faults into account, either as conduits or as barriers to fluid flow. It computes hydrocarbon generation, fluid flow and heat transfer on the 4D (space and time geometry obtained by 3D volume restoration. Contrary to classical basin simulators, this calculator does not require a structured mesh based on vertical pillars nor a multi-block structure associated to the fault network. The mesh follows the sediments during the evolution of the basin. It deforms continuously with respect to time to account for sedimentation, erosion, compaction and kinematic displacements. The simulation domain is structured in layers, in order to handle properly the corresponding heterogeneities and to follow the sedimentation processes (thickening of the layers. In each layer, the mesh is unstructured: it may include several types of cells such as tetrahedra, hexahedra, pyramid, prism, etc. However, a mesh composed mainly of hexahedra is preferred as they are well suited to the layered structure of the basin. Faults are handled as internal boundaries across which the mesh is non-matching. Different models are proposed for fault behavior such as impervious fault, flow across fault or conductive fault. The calculator is based on a cell centered Finite Volume discretisation, which ensures conservation of physical quantities (mass of fluid, heat at a discrete level and which accounts properly for heterogeneities. The numerical scheme handles the non matching meshes and guaranties appropriate connection of cells across faults. Results on a synthetic basin demonstrate the capabilities of this new simulator.

  12. Modeling fluid flow in faulted basins

    This paper presents a basin simulator designed to better take faults into account, either as conduits or as barriers to fluid flow. It computes hydrocarbon generation, fluid flow and heat transfer on the 4D (space and time) geometry obtained by 3D volume restoration. Contrary to classical basin simulators, this calculator does not require a structured mesh based on vertical pillars nor a multi-block structure associated to the fault network. The mesh follows the sediments during the evolution of the basin. It deforms continuously with respect to time to account for sedimentation, erosion, compaction and kinematic displacements. The simulation domain is structured in layers, in order to handle properly the corresponding heterogeneities and to follow the sedimentation processes (thickening of the layers). In each layer, the mesh is unstructured: it may include several types of cells such as tetrahedra, hexahedra, pyramid, prism, etc. However, a mesh composed mainly of hexahedra is preferred as they are well suited to the layered structure of the basin. Faults are handled as internal boundaries across which the mesh is non-matching. Different models are proposed for fault behavior such as impervious fault, flow across fault or conductive fault. The calculator is based on a cell centered Finite Volume discretization, which ensures conservation of physical quantities (mass of fluid, heat) at a discrete level and which accounts properly for heterogeneities. The numerical scheme handles the non matching meshes and guaranties appropriate connection of cells across faults. Results on a synthetic basin demonstrate the capabilities of this new simulator. (authors)

  13. Geothermal fluid genesis in the Great Basin

    Flynn, T.; Buchanan, P.K.


    Early theories concerning geothermal recharge in the Great Basin implied recharge was by recent precipitation. Physical, chemical, and isotopic differences between thermal and non-thermal fluids and global paleoclimatic indicators suggest that recharge occurred during the late Pleistocene. Polar region isotopic studies demonstrate that a depletion in stable light-isotopes of precipitation existed during the late Pleistocene due to the colder, wetter climate. Isotopic analysis of calcite veins and packrat midden megafossils confirm the depletion event occurred in the Great Basin. Isotopic analysis of non-thermal springs is utilized as a proxy for local recent precipitation. Contoured plots of deuterium concentrations from non-thermal and thermal water show a regional, systematic variation. Subtracting contoured plots of non-thermal water from plots of thermal water reveals that thermal waters on a regional scale are generally isotopically more depleted. Isolated areas where thermal water is more enriched than non-thermal water correspond to locations of pluvial Lakes Lahontan and Bonneville, suggesting isotopically enriched lake water contributed to fluid recharge. These anomalous waters also contain high concentrations of sodium chloride, boron, and other dissolved species suggestive of evaporative enrichment. Carbon-age date and isotopic data from Great Basin thermal waters correlate with the polar paleoclimate studies. Recharge occurred along range bounding faults. 151 refs., 62 figs., 15 tabs.

  14. Territorial pattern and classification of soils of Kryvyi Rih Iron-Ore Basin

    О. О. Dolina


    Full Text Available The authors developed the classification of soils and adapted it to the conditions of Krivyi Rih industrial region. It became the basis for determining the degree of soil cover transformation in the iron-ore basin under technogenesis. The classification represents the system of hierarchical objects of different taxonomic levels. It allows determination of relationships between objects and their properties. Researched patterns of soil cover structures’ distribution were the basis for the relevant mapping and classification of soils. The classification is adapted to highly-influential industrial conditions of soils formation in the region. The adaptation measures were specific classification levels and units, which provided more detailed differentiation of soils. The authors proposed to separate the soils by the degree of soil formation potential realization for super-divisions. The potential determination allowed predicting the outcome of soil formation and identification of transformation degree of soil cover structures in the region. The results indicated that the main type of soil structures in the industrial region was represented by primitive soils (indicated as a separate type. These soils were determined as dynamic elements in the structure of industrial region soil cover. The article indicated that presence of soil cover structures with the domination of technogenic soils, particularly post-technogenic soils, was the marker of the soil cover in Krivyi Rih Iron-Ore Basin

  15. Sources of ore-forming fluids and metallic materials in the Jinwozi lode gold deposit, eastern Tianshan Mountains of China

    LIU; Wei(刘伟); LI; Xinjun(李新俊); DENG; Jun(邓军)


    This paper presents gas compositions and H-, O-isotope compositions of sulfide- and quartz-hosted fluid inclusions, and S-, Pb-isotope compositions of sulfide separates collected from the principal Stage 2 ores in Veins 3 and 210 of the Jinwozi lode gold deposit, eastern Tianshan Mountains of China. Fluid inclusions trapped in quartz and sphalerite are dominantly primary. H- and O-isotopic compositions of pyrite-hosted fluid inclusions indicate two major contributions to the ore-forming fluid that include the degassed magma and the meteoric-derived but rock 18O-buffered groundwater. However, H- and O-isotopic compositions of quartz-hosted fluid inclusions essentially suggest the presence of groundwater. Sulfide-hosted fluid inclusions show considerably higher abundances of gaseous species CO2, N2, H2S, etc. Than quartz-hosted ones. The linear trends among inclusion gaseous species reflect the mixing tendency between the gas-rich magmatic fluid and the groundwater. The relative enrichment of gaseous species in sulfide-hosted fluid inclusions, coupled with the banded ore structure indicating alternate precipitation of quartz with sulfide minerals, suggests that the magmatic fluid has been inputted to the ore-forming fluid in pulsation. Sulfur and lead isotope compositions of pyrite and galena separates indicate an essential magma derivation for sulfur but the multiple sources for metallic materials from the mantle to the bulk crust.

  16. Cenozoic evolution of tectono-fluid and metallogenic process in Lanping Basin,western Yunnan Province, Southwest China: Constraints from apatite fission track data

    LI Xiaoming; SONG Yougui


    Since the Mesozoic, abundant metal and salt deposits have been formed in the Lanping Basin, western Yunnan Province, Southwest China, constituting a well-known hydrothermal ore belt in China. Most of the deposits are meso-epithermal hydrothermal deposits. This paper preliminarily deals with the mineralization ages of hydrothermal deposits in the Lanping Basin by using the apatite fission track method, and integrates the spatial distribution of the deposits and their regional geological backgrounds, to give the preliminary viewpoints as follows: (1) the apatite fission track ages acquired range from 19.9 Ma to 52.8 Ma, much younger than those of their host strata, so they may be considered to be mineralization ages, which represent the late mineralization period; (2) the apatite fission track ages tend to become younger from the west to the middle of the basin, indicating that the latest evolution of tectono-fluid and/or metallogenic processes of the middle basin ended later than that in the west; (3) in the Paleogene, most of the Cu deposits were formed in the western part of the basin; (4) the major metallogenic processes occur between the Paleogene and the Neogene, because the eastern and western edges of the basin were subducted into and collided with its bilateral continental blocks, respectively, and the central fault was strongly activated, which led to the processes of large-scale ore-forming fluids, and their differentiation and transport because of the variation of their physical and chemical properties. Having been squeezed and uplifted, the Lanping Basin became an intermontane basin that contains many kinds of fluid traps resulting in the formation of different types of ore deposits (for example, Pb-Zn, Cu, Ag) of different scales in the middle of the basin. Simultaneously, the fluids with volatile elements such as Hg, Sb and As were transported upwards along the central fault system and diffused into its subordinate fractures, thus leading to the

  17. Discussion on ore-controlling factors and metallogenic model of uranium ore-formation in Xieersu depression, south Songliao Basin

    Based on the geologic characteristics of Xieersu depression, uranium mineralization in this area is believed to be sandstone type of epigenic of multi times superimposition and the ore-formation is mainly controlled by the factors such as the uranium source, the development of interlayer oxidation zone, the variation of hydrodynamic conditions, etc.. A preliminary metallogenetic model has been set up. (authors)

  18. Ore-forming fluid constraints on illite crystallinity (IC) at Dexing porphyry copper deposit, Jiangxi Province


    Illite, a distinctive kind of clay minerals of potassiumalteration within the hydrothermal alteration zone, frequently occurs at the Tongchang porphyry copper deposit ore field. The illite crystallinity (IC) value and expandability are mainly affected by water/rock ratio or fluid flux. It was formed by illitization of plagioclase and micas during hydrothermal fluid-rock interaction within the porphyry body and near the contact zone with wall rocks. Moreover, the negative correlation between illite index (IC) and copper grade indicates that within the alteration zone, the smaller the illite crystallinity value, the higher the alteration degree, and the higher the copper grade due to higher water/rock ratio. At lower levels of the porphyry body, however, the illite crystallinity (IC) values are mainly controlled by temperature and time duration.

  19. Ore formation at the Kupol epithermal gold-silver deposit in northeastern Russia deduced from fluid inclusion study

    Volkov, A. V.; Prokof'ev, V. Yu.; Savva, N. E.; Sidorov, A. A.; Bayankin, M. A.; Uyutnov, K. V.; Kolova, E. E.


    The Kupol epithermal gold-silver deposit-the largest of this type of mineralization in northeastern Russia-is situated in the outer zone of the Okhotsk-Chukotka volcanic belt. The results of thermobarogeochemical study of fluid inclusions in quartz from ore veins at the Kupol deposit are compared with the data on the Dvoinoi and Arykvaam deposits. The study of aqueous extracts from fluid inclusions revealed that the chemical compositions of ore-forming fluids at the Dvoinoi and Kupol deposits are similar in most elements. The only substantial difference is that fluids from the Kupol deposit are considerably enriched in sulfate, as is characteristic of the alunite-subtype of epithermal high-sulfidation mineralization. The salinity of aqueous solutions filling inclusions in amethyst and quartz from ore veins at the Kupol and Dvoinoi deposits is two-three times higher than the salinity of fluid inclusions from the barren veins at the Arykvaam occurrence. The data obtained support the hypothesis put forward earlier that fumaroles and solfataras played a part in ore deposition at the Kupol deposit.

  20. Tectonic and hydrogeological evolution and its relation to sandstone-type uranium ore-formation in Xihulitu basin, Inner Mongolia

    The Xihulitu basin is an Early Cretaceous down-faulted basin. It was disintegrated into three sub-basins (blocks) by the post-depositional fault displacement. Owing to the connection resulting from the fault structure, a complete groundwater recharge-run off-discharge system was developed leading to the formation of apparent hydrogeologic zonation and different geochemical environments, and creating favourable conditions for the uranium migration, concentration and ore-formation. The tectonic-hydrogeologic evolution of the basin includes the following three stages: (1) the open cycle of down-faulted basin formation; (2) the close cycle sedimentation and diagenesis, and (3) the run-off cycle of epigenetic reworking. Of them, the paleohydrogeologic evolution of epigenetic reworking run-off stage is the main period for the formation of sandstone-type uranium deposit. (authors)

  1. Fluid inclusions and biomarkers in the Upper Mississippi Valley zinc-lead district; implications for the fluid-flow and thermal history of the Illinois Basin

    Rowan, E. Lanier; Goldhaber, Martin B.


    The Upper Mississippi Valley zinc-lead district is hosted by Ordovician carbonate rocks at the northern margin of the Illinois Basin. Fluid inclusion temperature measurements on Early Permian sphalerite ore from the district are predominantly between 90?C and I50?C. These temperatures are greater than can be explained by their reconstructed burial depth, which was a maximum of approximately 1 km at the time of mineralization. In contrast to the temperatures of mineral formation derived from fluid inclusions, biomarker maturities in the Upper Mississippi Valley district give an estimate of total thermal exposure integrated over time. Temperatures from fluid inclusions trapped during ore genesis with biomarker maturities were combined to construct an estimate of the district's overall thermal history and, by inference, the late Paleozoic thermal and hydrologic history of the Illinois Basin. Circulation of groundwater through regional aquifers, given sufficient flow rates, can redistribute heat from deep in a sedimentary basin to its shallower margins. Evidence for regional-scale circulation of fluids is provided by paleomagnetic studies, regionally correlated zoned dolomite, fluid inclusions, and thermal maturity of organic matter. Evidence for igneous acti vity contemporaneous with mineralization in the vicinity of the Upper Mississippi Valley district is absent. Regional fluid and heat circulation is the most likely explanation for the elevated fluid inclusion temperatures (relative to maximum estimated burial depth) in the Upper Mississippi Valley district. One plausible driving mechanism and flow path for the ore-forming fluids is groundwater recharge in the late Paleozoic Appalachian-Ouachita mountain belt and northward flow through the Reelfoot rift and the proto- Illinois Basin to the Upper Mississippi Valley district. Warm fluid flowing laterally through Cambrian and Ordovician aquifers would then move vertically upward through the fractures that control

  2. Hydrothermal zebra dolomite in the Great Basin, Nevada--attributes and relation to Paleozoic stratigraphy, tectonics, and ore deposits

    Diehl, S.F.; Hofstra, A.H.; Koenig, A.E.; Emsbo, P.; Christiansen, W.; Johnson, Chad


    In other parts of the world, previous workers have shown that sparry dolomite in carbonate rocks may be produced by the generation and movement of hot basinal brines in response to arid paleoclimates and tectonism, and that some of these brines served as the transport medium for metals fixed in Mississippi Valley-type (MVT) and sedimentary exhalative (Sedex) deposits of Zn, Pb, Ag, Au, or barite. Numerous occurrences of hydrothermal zebra dolomite (HZD), comprised of alternating layers of dark replacement and light void-filling sparry or saddle dolomite, are present in Paleozoic platform and slope carbonate rocks on the eastern side of the Great Basin physiographic province. Locally, it is associated with mineral deposits of barite, Ag-Pb-Zn, and Au. In this paper the spatial distribution of HZD occurrences, their stratigraphic position, morphological characteristics, textures and zoning, and chemical and stable isotopic compositions were determined to improve understanding of their age, origin, and relation to dolostone, ore deposits, and the tectonic evolution of the Great Basin. In northern and central Nevada, HZD is coeval and cogenetic with Late Devonian and Early Mississippian Sedex Au, Zn, and barite deposits and may be related to Late Ordovician Sedex barite deposits. In southern Nevada and southwest California, it is cogenetic with small MVT Ag-Pb-Zn deposits in rocks as young as Early Mississippian. Over Paleozoic time, the Great Basin was at equatorial paleolatitudes with episodes of arid paleoclimates. Several occurrences of HZD are crosscut by Mesozoic or Cenozoic intrusions, and some host younger pluton-related polymetallic replacement and Carlin-type gold deposits. The distribution of HZD in space (carbonate platform, margin, and slope) and stratigraphy (Late Neoproterozoic Ediacaran-Mississippian) roughly parallels that of dolostone and both are prevalent in Devonian strata. Stratabound HZD is best developed in Ediacaran and Cambrian units, whereas

  3. On the composition of ore-forming fluids at the vein-type uranium deposits of the Saxonian Erzgebirge (Germany)

    The fluid inclusions in gangue minerals of pitchblende parageneses from two uranium-bearing formations of the unique Schlema-Alberoda and middle-scale Tellerhauser deposits were studied in detail. The P-T-X conditions of uranium ore formation were determined. The data obtained indicate that U may be transported in chloride complexes with a subordinate role of carbonate complexes. (author)

  4. Advanced Workflows for Fluid Transfer in Faulted Basins.

    Thibaut Muriel; Jardin Anne; Faille Isabelle; Willien Françoise; Guichet Xavier


    The traditional 3D basin modeling workflow is made of the following steps: construction of present day basin architecture, reconstruction of the structural evolution through time, together with fluid flow simulation and heat transfers. In this case, the forward simulation is limited to basin architecture, mainly controlled by erosion, sedimentation and vertical compaction. The tectonic deformation is limited to vertical slip along faults. Fault properties are modeled as vertical shear zones a...

  5. Helium and argon isotope trace in ore-forming fluid of Sawuer gold belt in Xinjiang, China

    SHEN Ping; SHEN Yuanchao; ZENG Qingdong; LIU Tiebing; LI Guangming


    The helium and argon isotope compositions of fluid inclusions hosted in pyrite have been measured from Kuoerzhenkuola and Buerkesidai gold deposits in Sawuer gold belt, northern Xinjiang. The results show that fluidinclusion 3He/4He ratios are 0.64 Ra-4.25 Ra and 1.16 Ra 9.48 Ra, 40Ar/36Ar ratios are 282-359 and 312-525 for Kuoerzhenkuola and Buerkesidai gold deposits respectively.The ore-forming fluids of two deposits possessed the same source and derived mainly from mantle beneath the island arc (including oceanic crust and oceanic sediments by subduction of oceanic plate). They were diluted by incorporating meteoric water to form a mixture of mantle- and partial meteoric water-derived fluid. The ore-forming fluids of two deposits are of the same evolutionary histories. From the early to the late mineralization stages, the ratios of meteoric water/mantle- derived fluid in ore-forming fluid increased gradually. Based on these results and detailed geological and geochemical studies on the two deposits, it is proposed that the geneses of the two gold deposits are the same, being volcanogenic late-stage hydrothermal gold deposits occurring in the same volcanic apparatus.

  6. Fluid inclusions of the Horní Slavkov Sn-W ore deposit, Bohemian Massif, Czech Republic: evidence for non-magmatic source of greisenizing fluids?

    Dolníček, Z.; René, Miloš; Prochaska, W.


    Roč. 87, - (2011), s. 68-69. ISSN 1017-8880. [Ecrofi XXI. 09.08.2011-11.08.2011, Leoben] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA205/09/0540 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30460519 Keywords : fluid inclusion * greisen * tin ore Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy

  7. Extraction of uranium from simulated ore by the supercritical carbon dioxide fluid extraction method with nitric acid-TBP complex

    The supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) method using CO2 as a medium with an extractant of HNO3-tri-n-butyl phosphate (TBP) complex was applied to extract uranium from several uranyl phosphate compounds and simulated uranium ores. An extraction method consisting of a static extraction process and a dynamic one was established, and the effects of the experimental conditions, such as pressure, temperature, and extraction time, on the extraction of uranium were ascertained. It was found that uranium could be efficiently extracted from both the uranyl phosphates and simulated ores by the SFE method using CO2. It was thus demonstrated that the SFE method using CO2 is useful as a pretreatment method for the analysis of uranium in ores. (author)

  8. Advanced Workflows for Fluid Transfer in Faulted Basins

    Thibaut Muriel


    Full Text Available The traditional 3D basin modeling workflow is made of the following steps: construction of present day basin architecture, reconstruction of the structural evolution through time, together with fluid flow simulation and heat transfers. In this case, the forward simulation is limited to basin architecture, mainly controlled by erosion, sedimentation and vertical compaction. The tectonic deformation is limited to vertical slip along faults. Fault properties are modeled as vertical shear zones along which rock permeability is adjusted to enhance fluid flow or prevent flow to escape. For basins having experienced a more complex tectonic history, this approach is over-simplified. It fails in understanding and representing fluid flow paths due to structural evolution of the basin. This impacts overpressure build-up, and petroleum resources location. Over the past years, a new 3D basin forward code has been developed in IFP Energies nouvelles that is based on a cell centered finite volume discretization which preserves mass on an unstructured grid and describes the various changes in geometry and topology of a basin through time. At the same time, 3D restoration tools based on geomechanical principles of strain minimization were made available that offer a structural scenario at a discrete number of deformation stages of the basin. In this paper, we present workflows integrating these different innovative tools on complex faulted basin architectures where complex means moderate lateral as well as vertical deformation coupled with dynamic fault property modeling. Two synthetic case studies inspired by real basins have been used to illustrate how to apply the workflow, where the difficulties in the workflows are, and what the added value is compared with previous basin modeling approaches.

  9. Analysis on metallogenic conditions of Xiangshan uranium ore-field

    Based on the research achievements the authors propose that: the formation of the ore-field not only results from a favourable regional tectonic background, i.e. a giant tectonic intersection of two deep-seated faults expressed as granite and volcanic belts, but also, the more important point is the favourable metallogenic environments, namely: the ore-field is located in a large superimposed collapse-type volcanic basin with simple binary structure; the space superimposition of U-rich basement metamorphic rocks intruded by granite, and extremely thick U-rich volcanic rocks preparing a uranium source 'bank' for the ore-formation; the combination of main faults cutting the basement, the fault structures in the cover and volcanic collapse structures create favourable space for the ore-formation (migration of ore-forming fluid and accumulation of ore-forming material); the geologic trap formed by compression-over thrust is the important ore-preserving condition

  10. Uranium leaching and recovery from sandstone ores of Nong Son Basin (Viet Nam)

    Sandstone ores containing uranium in Nong Son area were treated to recover uranium in the form of MDU. These ores are classified into 3 categories depending on the weathering degree, giving different chemical composition as shown. The amount of calcium carbonate (g CaCO3/100g of ore) reacted with HCI under different conditions of temperature and time shows that stirring method requires high acid consumption. The results obtained from static leaching of the 3 ore categories shows that leaching efficiency largely depends on the weathering degree and particle size of ore. The lowest leaching efficiency was observed for non-weathered ore. In order to increase uranium extraction this ore was ground to the size of max. 2.5mm, and then incubated by 40% H2SO4 for 48 hours with the addition of KCIO3 (3 kg/tone of ore) as oxidant. The results of acid pugging showed that uranium extraction efficiency reached min. 92%. The proposed flow-sheet for obtaining yellowcake is presented. The leaching experiments were carried out under the following conditions: Particle size of ore: Weathered: max. 30mm, Semi-weathered: max. 10mm, Non-weathered: max. 2.5mm (incubated by 40% H2SO4); Temperature 25-30 deg. C; Redox potential; pH1, acid consumption: 40-50 kg/ore tone. Leaching efficiency reached 90%. Uranium concentration in the solution after 8-stage counter-current leaching was min. 4 g/L, uranium content in solid waste 0.01%. Leaching solution was filtered and directly neutralized through two stages to precipitate yellowcake. Experimental data showed that the uranium recovery reached 90%. Yellowcake product met the relevant specifications and had U3O8 content of minimum 76%

  11. Characteristics and evolution of ore-forming fluids of the Chongjiang copper deposit in the Gangdise porphyry copper belt, Tibet

    Yuling Xie; Jiuhua Xu; Guangming Li; Zhiming Yang; Longsheng Yi


    Petrography, microthermometry, and scanning electron microscope/energy dispersive spectrometer (SEM/EDS) studies were performed on the fluid inclusions in the ore-bearing quartz veins and quartz phenocrysts in the porphyry of the Chongjiang porphyry copper deposit. The analyses of the fluid inclusions indicate that the ore-forming fluids were exsolved from magma. They are near-saturated, supercritical, rich in volatile constituents, and have the capture temperature of 362-389°C and salinities of 17.7wt%-18.9wt% NaCl eq. With the decreasing of temperature and pressure, the supercritical fluids were separated into a low salinity vapor phase and a high salinity liquid phase. During quartz-sericitization, the high salinity fluid boiled and separated into a low salinity vapor phase and a high salinity liquid phase. The high salinity inclusions that formed in the boiling process had daughter mineral melting temperatures higher than the homogenization temperatures of the vapor and liquid phases. The late fluids that are responsible for argillization are of lower temperature and salinity.

  12. Fluid mixing as the mechanism of formation of the Dajing Cu-Sn-Ag-Pb-Zn ore deposit, Inner Mongolia--Fluid inclusion and stable isotope evidence

    LIU; Wei(刘伟); LI; Xinjun(李新俊); TAN; Jun(谭骏)


    Dajing Cu-Sn-Ag-Pb-Zn ore deposit, in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China, is a fissure-filling hydrothermal ore deposit. The δD values of quartz-hosted inclusion water are centered at -100‰ - -130‰. Theδ34S values of sulfide ore minerals andδ13C values of carbonate gangue minerals vary from -0.3‰ to 2.6‰ and from -2.9‰ to -7.0‰, respectively. Integrated isotopic data point to two major contributions to the mineralizing fluid that include a dominant meteoric-derived groundwater, and sulfur and carbon species from hypogene magma. Linear trends are exhibited on the gaseous H2O versus CO2 plot, and plots of CO, N2, CH4, and C2H6. It is shown by quantitative simulation that magma degassing cannot explain the linear trends. Hence, these linear trends are interpreted in terms of mixing of CO2-rich magmatic fluid with meteoric-derived groundwater. The groundwater circulated in Paleozoic sedimentary rocks and absorbed CO, N2, CH4, C2H6 and radiogenic Ar from organic matter. Cooling effects resulting from mixing have caused the precipitation of ore minerals.

  13. Sedimentary basin geochemistry and fluid/rock interactions workshop



    Fundamental research related to organic geochemistry, fluid-rock interactions, and the processes by which fluids migrate through basins has long been a part of the U.S. Department of Energy Geosciences program. Objectives of this program were to emphasize those principles and processes which would be applicable to a wide range of problems associated with petroleum discovery, occurrence and extraction, waste disposal of all kinds, and environmental management. To gain a better understanding of the progress being made in understanding basinal fluids, their geochemistry and movement, and related research, and to enhance communication and interaction between principal investigators and DOE and other Federal program managers interested in this topic, this workshop was organized by the School of Geology and Geophysics and held in Norman, Oklahoma in November, 1991.

  14. Analysis on uranium ore-formation conditions and prospecting direction of Wulanchabu depression in Erlian basin

    Through the analysis of uranium source conditions, deposition-tectonic evolution and the characteristics of uranium ore forming in Wulanchabu depression, conclusions are drawn as follows: Wulanchabu depression has favorable ore-forming geology conditions; sandstone-type uranium deposit should be searched in the valley of Saihan formation 'Zhurihe-Qiharigetu-Saihangaobi' in the east of Wulanchabu depression; syndeposition-epigenic alteration type uranium deposits can be exploited in Erlian formation of Erenzuoer north of the depression, and syndepositional type uranium deposit may lies in Naomugen formation of Chagan-Naomugen-Wulanhuxiu zone in the northwest of the depression. (authors)

  15. Discussion on age and paleo geographical environment of ore bearing strata for sandstone-type uranium deposits in Bayanwula area, Erlian basin

    The sandstone-type uranium ore-bearing strata of Erlian basin is a suit of coarse crumb rocks that are mainly of river and marsh sedimentary faces, age of ore-bearing strata in this area is in dispute. By studying the palynology of ore-bearing strata in Bayanwula area, particularly the distribution of the spore and the pollen in the stratum and the comparison of domestic and the international palynology as- semblage, its age of the strata was identified belong to aptian-albian stages of the Later Early Cretaceous (Aptian-Albian) under substropic warm humid climate with the tendency to semihumid and semi-dryhot. The paleo geography was of the low-fiat and undulating topography, a few middling and high mountains distributing around the basin. (authors)

  16. Constraints on the composition of ore fluids and implications for mineralising events at the Cleo gold deposit, Eastern Goldfields Province, Western Australia

    The Cleo gold deposit, 55 km south of Laverton in the Eastern Goldfields Province of Western Australia, is characterised by banded iron-formation (BIF)-hosted ore zones in the gently dipping Sunrise Shear Zone and high-grade vein-hosted ore in the Western Lodes. There is evidence that gold mineralisation in the Western Lodes (which occurred at ca 2655 Ma) post-dates the majority of displacement along the Sunrise Shear Zone, but it remains uncertain if the ore in both structures formed simultaneously or separately. Overall, the Pb, Nd, Sr, C, O and S isotopic compositions of ore-related minerals from both the Western Lodes and ore zones in the Sunrise Shear Zone are similar. Early low-salinity aqueous-carbonic fluids and late high-salinity fluids with similar characteristics are trapped in inclusions in quartz veins from both the Sunrise Shear Zone and the Western Lodes. The early CO2, CO2-H2O, and H2O-dominant inclusions are interpreted as being related to ore formation, and to have formed from a single low-salinity aqueous-carbonic fluid as a result of intermittent fluid immiscibility. Homogenisation temperatures indicate that these inclusions were trapped at approximately 280 deg C and at approximately 4 km depth, in the deeper epizonal range. Differences between the ore zones are detected in the trace-element composition of gold samples, with gold from the Sunrise Shear Zone enriched in Ni, Pb, Sn, Te and Zn, and depleted in As, Bi, Cd, Cu and Sb, relative to gold from the Western Lodes Although there are differences in gold composition between the Sunrise Shear Zone and Western Lodes, and hence the metal content of ore fluids may have varied slightly between the different ore zones, no other systematic fluid or solute differences are detected between the ore zones. Given the fact that the ore fluids in each zone have very similar bulk properties, the considerable differences in gold grade, sulfide mineral abundance, and ore textures between the two ore zones

  17. Multi-stage Ag-Bi-Co-Ni-U and Cu-Bi vein mineralization at Wittichen, Schwarzwald, SW Germany: geological setting, ore mineralogy, and fluid evolution

    Staude, Sebastian; Werner, Wolfgang; Mordhorst, Teresa; Wemmer, Klaus; Jacob, Dorrit E.; Markl, Gregor


    The Wittichen Co-Ag-Bi-U mining area (Schwarzwald ore district, SW Germany) hosts several unconformity-related vein-type mineralizations within Variscan leucogranite and Permian to Triassic redbeds. The multistage mineralization formed at the intersection of two fault systems in the last 250 Ma. A Permo-Triassic ore stage I with minor U-Bi-quartz-fluorite mineralization is followed by a Jurassic to Cretaceous ore stage II with the main Ag and Co mineralization consisting of several generations of gangue minerals that host the sub-stages of U-Bi, Bi-Ag, Ni-As-Bi and Co-As-Bi. Important ore minerals are native elements, Co and Ni arsenides, and pitchblende; sulphides are absent. The Miocene ore stage III comprises barite with the Cu-Bi sulfosalts emplectite, wittichenite and aikinite, and the sulphides anilite and djurleite besides native Bi, chalcopyrite, sphalerite, galena and tennantite. The mineral-forming fluid system changed from low salinity (<5 wt.% NaCl) at high temperature (around 300°C) in Permian to highly saline (around 25 wt.% NaCl + CaCl2) at lower temperatures (50-150°C) in Triassic to Cretaceous times. Thermodynamic calculations and comparison with similar mineralizations worldwide show that the Mesozoic ore-forming fluid was alkaline with redox conditions above the hematite-magnetite buffer. We suggest that the precipitation mechanism for native elements, pitchblende and arsenides is a decrease in pH during fluid mixing processes. REE patterns in fluorite and the occurrence of Bi in all stages suggest a granitic source of some ore-forming elements, whereas, e.g. Ag, Co and Ni probably have been leached from the redbeds. The greater importance of Cu and isotope data indicates that the Miocene ore stage III is more influenced by fluids from the overlying redbeds and limestones than the earlier mineralization stages.

  18. Himalayan tectonic evolution and uranium ore formation, south of Songliao basin

    Based on the analysis of stress field and geomorphic environment of Songliao Basin during Himalayan Movement, it is presented that Himalayan Movement supplied favorite structural and geomorphic conditions with Eocene and Pliocene being metallogenic epoch for sandstone-type uranium in Songliao Basin. Degradation inliers at the southern margin of Songliao Basin, where structure and mineralization developed well, are the target area for in-situ sandstone type uranium. (authors)

  19. The relationship between depositional system and ore-formation of sandstone-type uranium deposits in Dongsheng area, Ordos basin

    The analysis on depositional system plays a very important role in studying sandstone-type uranium deposits. Based on depositional system analysis and sequence stratigraphy, and through the study of depositional system characteristics and the spatial distribution of sedimentary facies, the evolution of sedimentary environments as well as the sequence stratigraphy of Zhiluo Formation in Dongsheng area, Ordos basin, authors have come to the following conclusions, (1) the spatial distribution of sand bodies is controlled by the planar distribution of sedimentary facies, which, in turn, affects the spatial distribution of ore-hosting sand bodies; (2) the evolution of sedimentary facies and sedimentary environments creates good lithofacies and lithological conditions favorable for interlayer oxidation; (3) the spatial lithologic combination of 'three layer structure' is controlled by sedimentary sequence. (authors)

  20. Origin and evolution of ore-forming fluids in the Hemushan magnetite-apatite deposit, Anhui Province, Eastern China, and their metallogenic significance

    Luo, Gan; Zhang, Zhiyu; Du, Yangsong; Pang, Zhenshan; Zhang, Yanwen; Jiang, Yongwei


    The Middle-Lower Yangtze River Metallogenic Belt in the northern Yangtze Block is one of the most important economic mineral districts in China. The Hemushan deposit is a medium-class Fe deposit located in the southern part of the Ningwu iron ore district of the Middle-Lower Yangtze River Metallogenic Belt. The Fe-orebodies are mainly hosted in the contact zone between diorite and Triassic marble. The actinolite-phlogopite-apatite-magnetite ore shows metasomatic/filling textures and disseminated/mesh-vein structures. Based on evidences and petrographic observations, the ore-forming process can be divided into three distinct periods-the early metallogenic period (albite-diopside stage), the middle metallogenic period (magnetite stage and hematite stage), and the late metallogenic period (quartz-pyrite stage and carbonate stage). Fluid inclusion studies show four types of inclusions: type I daughter mineral-bearing three-phase inclusions (L + V + S), type II vapor-rich two-phase inclusions (L + V), type III liquid-rich two phase inclusions (L + V), and minor type IV liquid-phase inclusions (L). Apatites from the magnetite stage contain type I, type II and type III inclusions; anhydrites from the hematite stage mainly contain abundant type II inclusions and relatively less type I inclusions; quartz and calcite from the late metallogenic stage are mainly characterized by type III inclusions. Laser Raman spectroscopy and microthermometry of fluid inclusions show that the ore-forming fluids broadly correspond to unsaturated NaCl-H2O system. From the magnetite stage to the carbonate stage, the ore-forming fluids evolved from moderate-high temperature (average 414 °C), moderate salinity (average 25.01 wt.% NaCl equiv.) conditions to low temperature (average 168 °C), low salinity (average 6.18 wt.% NaCl equiv.) conditions. Hydrogen and oxygen isotopic studies indicate that the ore-forming fluid during the early stage of middle metallogenic period was mainly of magmatic

  1. Analyzing relationship between late-reformation and sandstone-type uranium ore-formation on Ordos Basin

    The Late-reformation stages, types, distribution features in Ordos Basin are researched based on contact relation, sedimentary formation, tectonic deformation, main tectonic disturbance and isotopic age determination. Late-reformation of Ordos Basin occurs after Middle-Late Jurassic Epoch,and are divided into 5 phase, such as Late Jurassic, early Cretaceous, early Cretaceous end-paleocene epoch, Eocene epoch -miocene epoch, Miocene epoch-now. the main Late-reformation types are uplifting and weathering, thrust fold, fault depression ,deep burial with superimposition, and thermodynamic reforming. their space distributions are uniformity. Relationship between the Late-reformation and Sandstone-Type Uranium deposits are analyzed to think that Multi-uplifting and weathering after Middle-Late Jurassic Epoch controlle the formation of Sandstone-Type Uranium deposits, specially, uplifting tilting area confroled the space distribution of sandstone-type Uranium deposits, but thrust fold, fault depression, deep burial with superimositon is unfavorable to metallogenetic of sandstone-type Uramium, because the later change the form, depth of bearing-ore layers local groundwater discharge. (authors)

  2. Ore Characteristics and Fluid Inclusion of the Base Metal Vein Deposit in Moncong Bincanai Area, Gowa, South Sulawesi, Indonesia

    Asmariyadi Asmariyadi


    Full Text Available DOI: 10.17014/ijog.v7i4.146This paper is dealing with ore characteristics and fluid inclusion of the Moncong Bincanai, Biringbulu Subregency of Gowa Regency, South Sulawesi Province, Indonesia. The mineralization is a vein type, with the orientation of N170oE /65oSW, hosted in open-space filling within basalt. The mineralization consists of galena, sphalerite, chalcopyrite, and pyrite. Vein thickness ranges from 5 - 17 cm, showing a crustiform banding texture, with a sequence from outer to centre: quartz, carbonate (siderite, sulphide. The quartz displays primary growth textures such as comb, crystalline, saccharoidal, and colloform. Analytical methods applied include AAS and fluid inclusion microthermometry. Chemical composition of the vein indicates an average of Pb = 47.92%, Cu = 1.27%, Zn = 1.02%, and Fe = 9.46%, which shows a significant concentration of Pb. Fluid inclusion microthermometry results indicate a range of formation temperature of 240 - 250C and salinity of the responsible hydrothermal fluid of 2.1 - 2.5 wt.% NaCl eq. The deposit is categorized into low-sulfidation epithermal deposits, which was formed within a range of 410 - 440 m below paleosurface.

  3. D- 18O enriched waters of the Coast Range Mountains, northern California: Connate and ore-forming fluids

    Peters, E. Kirsten


    D and 18O enriched waters of several weight percent salinity issue from hot and cold springs in Franciscan Complex and Great Valley Sequence rocks in the northern Coast Range Mountains of California. Although these waters have been described separately in the past and called "metamorphic," "connate," and "serpentinizing fluids," this study shows that the hot and cold springs are all fed by one source of water—trapped Cretaceous seawater modified by a variety of reactions. The district is an example of the complexities of subsurface waters and their importance for our understanding of metamorphic fluid sources, oil-field waters, and ore transport problems. The subsurface waters have a range of δ 34S values, including some near marine sulfate values (+20%.), and δ 13C near marine calcite values (0%.). Strontium isotopic signatures in the spring waters are derived from the Great Valley Sequence ( 87Sr /86Sr values near 0.705). The most saline spring pool is lined with serpentine phases found together as a fine white precipitate and has a pH of 11. One portion of the subsurface water is heated and reduced; it transports Au, Ag, Sb, As, and Hg to the surface (gold grades of the hot spring precipitates range from less than 1 ppm to over 10 ppm). These heated waters are chemically and isotopically similar to the fluids which formed Au mineralization at the nearby McLaughlin gold mine. The hot springs precipitate pyrite and native sulfur and are supersaturated with respect to calcite. Other springs are less saline and are oxidized, cooler, and diluted versions of the hot spring fluid. They do not carry ore metals but they are supersaturated with respect to silica and calcite. 3He /4He ratios of the springs gases are all above atmospheric values and indicate a possible magmatic component, consistent with the presence of Quaternary Clear Lake Volcanics. 129I data yield a minimum age of 60-80 Ma for the source of the iodide in the waters, consistent with the connate

  4. Feasibility study of the dissolution rates of uranium ore dust, uranium concentrates and uranium compounds in simulated lung fluid

    A flow-through apparatus has been devised to study the dissolution in simulated lung fluid of aerosol materials associated with the Canadian uranium industry. The apparatus has been experimentally applied over 16 day extraction periods to approximately 2g samples of < 38um and 53-75um particle-size fractions of both Elliot Lake and Mid-Western uranium ores. The extraction of uranium-238 was in the range 24-60% for these samples. The corresponding range for radium-226 was 8-26%. Thorium-230, lead-210, polonium-210, and thorium-232 were not significantly extracted. It was incidentally found that the elemental composition of the ores studied varies significantly with particle size, the radionuclide-containing minerals and several extractable stable elements being concentrated in the smaller size fraction. Samples of the refined compounds uranium dioxide and uranium trioxide were submitted to similar 16 day extraction experiments. Approximately 0.5% of the uranium was extracted from a 0.258g sample of unsintered (fluid bed) uranium dioxide of particle size < 38um. The corresponding figure for a 0.292g sample of uranium trioxide was 97%. Two aerosol samples on filters were also studied. Of the 88ug uranium initially measured on stage 2 of a cascade impactor sample collected from the yellow cake packing area of an Elliot Lake mill, essentially 100% was extracted over a 16 day period. The corresponding figure for an open face filter sample collected in a fuel fabrication plant and initially measured at 288ug uranium was approximately 3%. Recommendations are made with regard to further work of a research nature which would be useful in this area. Recommendations are also made on sampling methods, analytical methods and extraction conditions for various aerosols of interest which are to be studied in a work of broader scope designed to yield meaningful data in connection with lung dosimetry calculations

  5. Positive feedback between strain localization and fluid flow at the ductile-brittle transition leading to Pb-Zn-Fe-Cu-Ag ore deposits in Lavrion (Greece)

    Scheffer, Christophe; Tarantola, Alexandre; Vanderhaeghe, Olivier


    At the crustal scale, the ductile-brittle transition (DBT) might correspond to a physical barrier that separates a deep reservoir of metamorphic and magmatic fluids from a shallow reservoir of surficial fluids. Rock rheology, and thus the location of the DBT, is mainly governed by lithology, temperature and the presence/absence of fluids. Accordingly, the position of the DBT potentially evolves during orogenic evolution owing to thermal evolution and fluid circulation. In turn rocks are transferred across it during burial and exhumation. These processes induce connections between fluid reservoirs which might play a role on ore deposition. In this contribution, we discuss the impact of lithological heterogeneities on deformation, fluid flow and ore deposition based on the example of the Lavrion low-angle top-to-the-SSW detachment accommodating gravitational collapse of the Hellenides orogenic belt in Greece. The Lavrion peninsula, localized along the western boundary of the Attic-Cycladic Metamorphic Core Complex, is characterized by Pb-Zn-Fe-Cu-Ag ore mineralization mainly concentrated along a lithological contact (marble/schists) below and within a detachment shear zone. The mylonitic marble below the detachment shear zone is composed of white layers of pure marble alternating with blue layers containing impurities (SiO2, Al2O3, organic matter…). Development of the mylonitic fabric in competent impure blue marble is associated with its preferred dolomitization related to focused fluid infiltration. This mylonitic marble is cross-cut by several cataclastic horizons preferentially developed within the more competent impure blue marble and newly-crystallized dolomitic horizon. These cataclasites are invaded by fluorite and calcite gangue minerals showing locally Mn, Pb, Zn, Fe oxides and/or hydroxides, sphalerite, Ag-galena, Ag-sulfur and native Ag. Oxygen and carbon stable isotopes performed on marble sections point out decarbonation with magmatic contribution and

  6. Chemical and stable isotopic geochemical characteristics of ore-forming fluid of the Shizishan copper and gold ore-field, Tongling, China%铜陵狮子山铜金矿田成矿流体成分及稳定同位素地球化学

    陆三明; 徐晓春; 谢巧勤; 楼金伟; 储国正; 熊亚平


    Shizishan ore-field is a nonferrous and noble metal ore-field which is most rich in copper and gold. There are many types of fluid inclusions in minerals of the deposits. The homogeneous temperatures and the salinities of the fluid inclusions in main mineralization stages have wide ranges, while the different types of the fluid inclusions existed together and their homogeneous temperatures are almost identical in the same mineralization stage, which indicates that the ore-forming process has great relation with the fluid boiling. The gas and liquid chemical compositions and the carbon, hydrogen and oxygen isotopic compositions of the fluid inclusions show that the ore-forming fluids of copper-gold deposits have the same characteristics and evolution tendency, which reflects that the ore-forming material mainly came from the magmatism. The stratigraphic component and the meteoric water may mix in oreforming fluids in the later mineralization stages. Furthermore, with the fall of the ore-forming temperature the ratios of water and rock decreased. The characteristics of chemical composition and carbon isotopic composition of fluid inclusions indicate that CH4 may play an important role for separating copper and gold in the ore-forming process.

  7. First Principles Simulations fo the Supercritical Behavior of Ore Forming Fluids

    Weare, John H


    Abstract of Selected Research Progress: I. First-principles simulation of solvation structure and deprotonation reactions of ore forming metal ions in very nonideal solutions: Advances in algorithms and computational performance achieved in this grant period have allowed the atomic level dynamical simulation of complex nanoscale materials using interparticle forces calculated directly from an accurate density functional solution to the electronic Schrödinger equation (ab-initio molecular dynamics, AIMD). Focus of this program was on the prediction and analysis of the properties of environmentally important ions in aqueous solutions. AIMD methods have provided chemical interpretations of these very complex systems with an unprecedented level of accuracy and detail. The structure of the solvation region neighboring a highly charged metal ion (e.g., 3+) in an aqueous solution is very different from that of bulk water. The many-body behaviors (polarization, charge transfer, etc.) of the ion-water and water-water interactions in this region are difficult to capture with conventional empirical potentials. However, a large numbers of waters (up to 128 waters) are required to fully describe chemical events in the extended hydrations shells and long simulation times are needed to reliably sample the system. Taken together this makes simulation at the 1st principles level a very large computational problem. Our AIMD simulation results using these methods agree with the measured octahedral structure of the 1st solvation shell of Al3+ at the 1st shell boundary and a calculated radius of 1.937Å (exp. 1.9Å). Our calculated average 2nd shell radius agrees remarkably well with the measured radius, 4.093 Å calculated vs. the measured

  8. Geologic and geochemical features of the volatile-rich ore fluid and its tracing and dating in the Xuebaoding Beryl-Scheelite Vein Deposit,China


    Laser Raman spectrochemical analysis on single inclusion reveals that multi-phase fluid inclusions exist in the Xuebaoding Beryl-Scheelite Vein Deposit.Besides the solid daughter mineral,there are vapor CO2,liquid CO2,water-deficient CO2 and salt water solution from its center to the border.A close study on the fluid inclusion components and carbon,oxygen,helium and argon isotope tracing and dating suggests that the volatile-rich ore fluid might derive from postmagmatic fluid and rare element enrichment is the result of the mixture of the plutonic alkali granite with crustal material.

  9. Geologic and geochemical features of the volatile-rich ore fluid and its tracing and dating in the Xuebaoding Beryl-Scheelite Vein Deposit, China

    曹志敏; 任建国; 郑建斌; 徐仕进; 李佑国; 王汝成; T.SHOJ; H.KANEDA; S.KABAYASHI


    Laser Raman spectrochemical analysis on single inclusion reveals that multi-phase fluid inclusions exist in the Xuebaoding Beryl- Scheelite Vein Deposit. Besides the solid daughter mineral, there are vapor CO2, liquid CO2, water-deficient CO2 and salt water solution from its center to the border. A close study on the fluid inclusion components and carbon, oxygen, helium and argon isotope tracing and dating suggests that the volatile-rich ore fluid might derive from postmagmatic fluid and rare element enrichment is the result of the mixture of the plutonic alkali granite with crustal material.

  10. Laser ablation-ICP-AES for the determination of metals in fluid inclusions: An application to the study of magmatic ore fluids

    Wilkinson, J. J.; Rankin, A. H.; Mulshaw, S. C.; Nolan, J.; Ramsey, M. H.


    The laser ablation-ICP-AES (L-ICP-AES) technique is an effective method for the multielement analysis of individual fluid inclusions. Recent tests on synthetic fluid inclusions and improvements in data processing suggest that the method is valid for the analysis of a range of alkali-, alkali-earth, and transition metals in single, large inclusions (> 30 μm) of moderate to high salinity (>20 wt% NaCl equiv.). The system, involving a small, perspex ablation chamber, a 1 J ruby laser focussed through an optical microscope, and a conventional ICP-AES instrument is discussed and applied to natural fluid inclusions in quartz from two contrasting types of magmatic-hydrothermal mineralization. Samples were selected from the San Pedro Cu-Au porphyry system, New Mexico, USA, and the Sn-W-Cu-mineralized Dartmoor granite of southwest England. Variable salinity, high temperature fluid inclusions in hydrothermal quartz from both environments display similarly high concentrations and ratios of Na, K, Ca, and Fe. The ore metals Cu, Zn, and Mn (but not Sn, Mo, W) were detected in inclusions from both environments. The estimated combined concentrations of up to 3 wt% show that these three elements are major components of these fluids. A method has been devised to estimate the confidence intervals of the measured concentration ratios. The confidence intervals obtained show that the analytical uncertainty for an inclusion is much less than the natural geochemical variation between inclusions so that geologically useful information can be obtained. A trend of increasing salinity with decreasing Na and K and increasing Ca and Fe contents is observed in inclusions from San Pedro, consistent with the continuous evolution of a magmatic aqueous phase exsolved from a low pressure melt during crystallization. In contrast, the combined compositional and microthermometric data for samples from Lee Moor, Dartmoor, suggest that a magmatic aqueous phase evolved from Fe-K-rich to Na

  11. Triassic fluid mobilization and epigenetic lead-zinc sulphide mineralization in the Transdanubian Shear Zone (Pannonian Basin, Hungary

    Benkó Zsolt


    Full Text Available A combined fluid inclusion, fluid inclusion plane, lead isotope and K/Ar radiometric age dating work has been carried out on two lead-zinc mineralizations situated along the Periadriatic-Balaton Lineament in the central part of the Pannonian Basin, in order to reveal their age and genetics as well as temporal-spatial relationships to other lead-zincfluorite mineralization in the Alp-Carpathian region. According to fluid inclusion studies, the formation of the quartzfluorite- galena-sphalerite veins in the Velence Mts is the result of mixing of low (0-12 NaCl equiv. wt. % and high salinity (10-26 CaCl2 equiv. wt. % brines. Well-crystallized (R3-type illite associated with the mineralized hydrothermal veins indicates that the maximum temperature of the hydrothermal fluids could have been around 250 °C. K/Ar radiometric ages of illite, separated from the hydrothermal veins provided ages of 209-232 Ma, supporting the Mid- to Late-Triassic age of the hydrothermal fluid flow. Fluid inclusion plane studies have revealed that hydrothermal circulation was regional in the granite, but more intensive around the mineralized zones. Lead isotope signatures of hydrothermal veins in the Velence Mts (206Pb/204Pb = 18.278-18.363, 207Pb/204Pb = 15.622-15.690 and 208Pb/204Pb = 38.439-38.587 and in Szabadbattyán (206Pb/204Pb = 18.286-18.348, 207Pb/204Pb = 15.667-15.736 and 208Pb/204Pb = 38.552-38.781 form a tight cluster indicating similar, upper crustal source of the lead in the two mineralizations. The nature of mineralizing fluids, age of the fluid flow, as well as lead isotopic signatures of ore minerals point towards a genetic link between epigenetic carbonate-hosted stratiform-stratabound Alpine-type lead-zinc-fluorite deposits in the Southern and Eastern Alps and the studied deposits in the Velence Mts and at Szabadbattyán. In spite of the differences in host rocks and the depth of the ore precipitation, it is suggested that the studied deposits along the

  12. Lithofacies characteristics of ore-hosting horizon and its relationship to uranium mineralization in Qianjiadian uranium deposit, Songliao basin

    The host rocks of Qianjiadian uranium deposit in Songliao basin is composed of thick bed sand- bodies, which are formed by braided stream sediment in Yaojia formation. The thick bed sandbody has favorable upper and lower waterproof layer, and has lenticular mudstone interlayer in some parts. On plane, the flood plain face locates around the braided stream face, which is mainly composed of sediments of argillaceous rock. In the middle of braided stream, distributes interchannel sediments, which has thicker mudstone interlayer and thinner sand bodies, and the sand body of these place is more heterogeous than others. Based on the analysis on oxidation zone and uranium mineralization, it is found that the distribution and configuration of oxidation zone and ore bodies are obviously controlled by the lithofaties characteristics and sandbody heterogeneity of Yaojia formation. The reason is that the movement of uranium-bearing oxidizing ground water can be obstructed by interchannel sediments and pelitic interbeds of host sandstones. As a result, the redox interface will be developed and uranium can be concentrated in neighbouring sandstones. The sandbodies with greater homogeneity are favorable for the formation of oxidation zone, and sandbodies with greater heterogeneity are favorable for the uranium mineralization. (authors)

  13. A simulating experiment on the geochemical variation trend at the initial period of meteoric waters converting to underground waters and ore fluids

    ZHU Xiaoqing; HUANG Yan; ZHANG Qian; HE Yuliang; ZHU Chaohui


    Experimental studies were undertaken on leaching of sedimentary rocks (dolomite and sandstone) and Hg, Sb ores by distilled water under the condition of a completely open system (room temperature and room pressure). The aim is to find whether the halogen elements or metal elements first enter the solution at the early stage of meteoric waters converting to groundwaters and ore fluids, and, at the same time, to understand how and when they enter distilled water solutions from the rocks. The experimental results have shown that F and Cl began to enter the fluids in the initial period of thirty days. With increasing leaching duration, the amounts of the elements that entered the fluids increased steadily. During the period from 120 days to 150 days the amounts increased more drastically, followed a slow increase. It is found that the capability of Cl entering the solutions is much greater than that of F. Hg and Sb were found not to have entered the solutions till 120 days later. During this period of time the pH value of the solutions began to drop. As for Hg and Sb ores, Hg and Sb began to enter the solutions on the 60th or 90th day, greatly ahead of schedule, but the two metallic elements in the rock samples began to enter the solutions 150 days later. Relatively speaking, Hg is more easily leached out than Sb from the rocks. In some rock samples, Sb could be detected in the solutions at the end of the experiment. However, Cu, Pb and Zn had not been detected in the leaching solutions from the beginning to the end of the experiment. In the whole leaching process the pH value of the solutions tend to decrease slowly from 7.1 at the beginning to 6.5 at the end. That is to say, in the interaction between pure water and rock the halogen elements in the rocks were preferentially leached out and then entered the fluids. With increasing water/rock reaction duration and amount of halogen-group elements in the solution and with decreasing pH value of the solution, some active

  14. Geological, fluid inclusion and isotopic studies of the Yinshan Cu-Au-Pb-Zn-Ag deposit, South China: Implications for ore genesis and exploration

    Wang, Guo-Guang; Ni, Pei; Wang, Ru-Cheng; Zhao, Kui-Dong; Chen, Hui; Ding, Jun-Ying; Zhao, Chao; Cai, Yi-Tao


    The Yinshan Cu-Au-Pb-Zn-Ag deposit is located in Dexing, South China. Ore bodies are primarily hosted in low-grade phyllite of the Neoproterozoic Shuangqiaoshan Group along EW- and NNW-striking fault zones. Pb-Zn-Ag mineralization is dictated by Jurassic rhyolitic quartz porphyries (ca. 172 Ma), whereas Cu-Au mineralization is associated with Jurassic dacite porphyries (ca. 170 Ma). The main ore minerals are pyrite, chalcopyrite, galena, sphalerite, tetrahedrite-tennatite, gold, silver, and silver sulphosalt, and the principal gangue minerals are quartz, sericite, calcite, and chlorite. Two-phase liquid-rich (type I), two-phase vapor-rich (type II), and halite-bearing (type III) fluid inclusions can be observed in the hydrothermal quartz-sulfides veins. Type I inclusions are widespread and have homogenization temperatures of 187-303 °C and salinities of 4.2-9.5 wt.% NaCl equivalent in the Pb-Zn-Ag mineralization, and homogenization temperatures of 196-362 °C and salinities of 3.5-9.9 wt.% NaCl equivalent in the Cu-Au mineralization. The pervasive occurrence of type I fluid inclusions with low-moderate temperatures and salinities implies that the mineralizing fluids formed in epithermal environments. The type II and coexisting type III inclusions, from deeper levels below the Cu-Au ore bodies, share similar homogenization temperatures of 317-448 °C and contrasting salinities of 0.2-4.2 and 30.9-36.8 wt.% NaCl equivalent, respectively, which indicates that boiling processes occurred. The sulfur isotopic compositions of sulfides (δ34S = -1.7‰ to +3.2‰) suggest a homogeneous magmatic sulfur source. The lead isotopes of sulfides (206Pb/204Pb = 18.01-18.07; 207Pb/204Pb = 15.55-15.57; and 208Pb/204Pb = 38.03-38.12) are consistent with those of volcanic-subvolcanic rocks (206Pb/204Pb = 18.03-18.10; 207Pb/204Pb = 15.56-15.57; and 208Pb/204Pb = 38.02-38.21), indicating a magmatic origin for lead in the ore. The oxygen and hydrogen isotope compositions (δ18O = +7.8

  15. Radioelemental equilibrium-disequilibrium and trace elemental studies of quartz pebble conglomerates from the western margin of Koira-Noamundi iron ore basin, Orissa, India

    The Late Achaean-Early Proterozoic fluvial pyritiferous gold and uranium bearing quartz pebble conglomerate (QPC) deposited over cratonised granite-greenstone basement is well known across the globe. The QPC represents the earliest sediments (>2200 Ma age) developed largely under an anoxic atmospheric condition. In eastern India, uraniferous QPC bearing occurrences at the base of Iron Ore Group (IOG) basins and Dhanjori Basin are situated in Orissa and Jharkhand states. They occur as peri-cratonic basins around Singhbhum Granitic batholiths, viz. Badampahar-Garumahisani basin, to the east of Singhbhum Granite, Daitari basin, to the south and Koira basin, located east of Bonai granite (Singhbhum Granite equivalent). This paper discusses the nature of radioactive QPC occurrences at Taladih, Sarlanga, and Soyamba areas situated along the western margin of Koira Basin in terms of their physical characteristics, radioelemental distribution and their disequilibrium behaviour vis-à-vis the trace elemental distribution. Strong correlation of thorium with Y, La, Zr etc. suggests its association in the resitate detrital mineral phases in the QPC matrix

  16. Evaluation of the Cerro Solo nuclear ore, province of Chubut. Geological characteristics of the deposit and of the basin. Pt. 2

    The Cerro Solo uranium ore deposit, is located 420 km west from Trelew city, Chubut province, in the extra-andean. The geologic environment belongs to the northwest edge portion of the intracratonic San Jorge Gulf Basin. The uraniferous district is named Pichinanes Ridge district. The mineralization lies 25 to 130 m depth, and is hosted by Los Adobes formation aged Aptian-Albian, made up by conglomerates, sandstones, coarse-sandstones and less abundant siltstones and claystones. The Cerro Solo ore deposit that belongs to the sandstone type-uranium occurrences are lenticular or tabular shaped, associated with organic material and pyrite, generally roughly parallel to the bedding (Trend-Type). The uranium minerals are uraninite and coffinite associated with organic material and pyrite, and frequently hematite, goethite, calcite, siderite and barite are observed. (Author)

  17. Regional Fluid Flow and Basin Modeling in Northern Alaska

    Kelley, Karen D., (Edited By)


    INTRODUCTION The foothills of the Brooks Range contain an enormous accumulation of zinc (Zn) in the form of zinc sulfide and barium (Ba) in the form of barite in Carboniferous shale, chert, and mudstone. Most of the resources and reserves of Zn occur in the Red Dog deposit and others in the Red Dog district; these resources and reserves surpass those of most deposits worldwide in terms of size and grade. In addition to zinc and lead sulfides (which contain silver, Ag) and barite, correlative strata host phosphate deposits. Furthermore, prolific hydrocarbon source rocks of Carboniferous and Triassic to Early Jurassic age generated considerable amounts of petroleum that may have contributed to the world-class petroleum resources of the North Slope. Deposits of Zn-Pb-Ag or barite as large as those in the Brooks Range are very rare on a global basis and, accordingly, multiple coincident favorable factors must be invoked to explain their origins. To improve our understanding of these factors and to contribute to more effective assessments of resources in sedimentary basins of northern Alaska and throughout the world, the Mineral Resources Program and the Energy Resources Program of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) initiated a project that was aimed at understanding the petroleum maturation and mineralization history of parts of the Brooks Range that were previously poorly characterized. The project, titled ?Regional Fluid Flow and Basin Modeling in Northern Alaska,? was undertaken in collaboration with industry, academia, and other government agencies. This Circular contains papers that describe the results of the recently completed project. The studies that are highlighted in these papers have led to a better understanding of the following: *The complex sedimentary facies relationships and depositional settings and the geochemistry of the sedimentary rocks that host the deposits (sections 2 and 3). *The factors responsible for formation of the barite and zinc deposits

  18. Source of ore-forming fluids of the Tianbaoshan Pb-Zn deposit, Southwest China: constrains from C-O, S, and He-Ar isotopes

    Wang, Jian; Zhang, Jun; Zhong, Wenbin


    The Sichuan-Yunnan-Guizhou (SYG) metallogenic province is one of the most important areas for Pb-Zn resources in China. The metallogenic sources of these Pb-Zn deposits have long been debated. In this study, we provide integrated C-O-S-He-Ar isotopic data of the typical Tianbaoshan Pb-Zn deposit, with an aim to constrain the sources of ore-forming fluids. The Tianbaoshan deposit a large-sized Pb-Zn deposit in SYG metallogenic province, Southwest China. The proven resources include 2.6 Mt metals of Zn+Pb with average grades of 10.09% Zn and 1.50% Pb. The orebodies are hosted within the carbonates of the Ediacaran Dengying Formation. Ore minerals consist mainly of sphalerite, galena, chalcopyrite, and pyrite. Gangue minerals are dominated by calcite and dolomite. The calcite samples from the Tianbaoshan deposit yield homogeneous δ13CV ‑PDBvalues of -1.70‰ to -1.60‰ (average -1.63), with δ18OV ‑SMOW values ranging from 12.9‰ to 15.2‰ (average 14.4). The C-O isotopic data suggest the hydrothermal fluids may be originated from a mixed source involving both mantle and carbonate wall rocks. The δ34S values of the sphalerite, galena and chalcopyrite samples vary from 3.32‰ to 5.71‰ -0.36‰ to 1.31‰ and 4.5‰ to 4.7‰ respectively, indicating a magmatic source for sulfur. The 3He/4He ratios of chalcopyrite samples range from 0.01 to 0.32 Ra which is slightly higher than the crustal ratios (0.05 Ra), but obviously lower than that of mantle fluids (6 to 9 Ra). The 40Ar/36Ar ratios range from 345.0 to 669.1, which are slightly higher than that of air (298.5). The He-Ar isotopic compositions suggest that the ore-forming fluids are dominantly derived from the crust, with litter contamination from mantle-derived fluids. In combination with the C-O, S, and He-Ar isotopic data, we propose the ore-forming fluids of the Tianbaoshan deposit were derived by mixing of crustal and mantle fluids. And the metallogenic process may be genetically related to the

  19. The connection between iron ore formations and "mud-shrimp" colonizations around sunken wood debris and hydrothermal sediments in a Lower Cretaceous continental rift basin, Mecsek Mts., Hungary

    Jáger, Viktor; Molnár, Ferenc; Buchs, David; Koděra, Peter


    300 m (above sea level); from these volcanoes further terrestrial plant debris got into the basin. Hydrothermal vents, which periodically occurred around basaltic bodies until the Hauterivian, could have contributed to the creation of favourable temperature or nutritional conditions for some decapoda crustaceans - e.g the recently described new callianassid (Nihonotrypaea thermophila), which is known only from hydrothermally infuenced habitats. Around the intrusive pillow basalts, hydrothermal circulation of oxygenated seawater occured and thick seladonitic and goethitic fills formed along the cracks and cavities of pillowed basalts. When oxidized, sulfate-rich fluids passed into the crustacean coprolite-rich, reductive and anaerobic interpillow sediments, these fluids underwent an intensive sulfate reduction. This was primarily due to termophil sulfate reducers which as proved by the negative sulfur isotope values (- 35.9‰ and - 28.0‰ δ 34S) of sulfidic hydrothermal chimneys which contain framboidal pyrite and which were formed between the pillow basalts. The largest chimney structure reached a height of 1 m, with a mass of about 150 kg. The sulfide phase is characterized by Mo enrichments up to 511 ppm. The fluid inclusion measurements from the calcitic precipitations of the sulfide chimneys indicate low temperature (~ 129 °C) hydrothermal activity, and the salinity of the primary fluid inclusions proves the seawater origin of the hydrothermal fluids. In some thalassinid crustacean coprolite rich interpillow sediments and in the cracks of some hydrothermal calcite, there is the presence of black, lustrous bitumine (gilsonite) which is the distillation product of hydrothermal petroleum formed mainly by the coprolites. Hydrothermal circulations of oxygenated seawater caused subsequent oxidation of the sulfidic, interpillow sediments and chimneys; these were altered to form goethite. Due to the short-period of the hydrothermal activity among the intrusive

  20. Radioactive environmental geology of ore-bearing artesian basin and in-situ leach mining of uranium deposit

    The recent hydrogeological environments of interlayer-infiltration type uranium deposits exert different influence in protecting the environment pollution during in-situ leach mining process. According to the hydrogeologic characteristics, especially the hydrodynamic parameters, uranium deposits may be divided into 3 groups: favorable, unfavorable and extremely unfavorable. Favorable uranium deposits are those in which ground water diagonally flows from oxidation zone and unaltered rock zone to the ore zone interacting along the trending of the ore zone. Under such hydrogeologic conditions leaching solution is not able to flow beyond the ore zone, protecting the environment from pollution. Completely unfavorable hydrogeologic condition are those under which ground water perpendicularly passes through the ore zone flowing from the oxidation zone towards the zone of grey rocks. In this case ground water may carry poisonous elements and heavy metals out of the ore zone to neighbouring areas. Uranium deposits of unfavorable hydrogeologic conditions are those in which the above two situations coexist. Practice demonstrates that the pollution caused by in-situ leach mining is lower than that of the natural radioactive pollution when hydrogeologic conditions are favorable for in-situ leach mining

  1. Thermicity and fluid flow related to the evolution of the South Pyrenean Foreland Basin (SPFB)

    Crognier, Nemo; Hoareau, Guilhem; Lacroix, Brice; Aubourg, Charles; Dubois, Michel; Lahfid, Abdeltif; Labaume, Pierre; Suarez-Ruiz, Isabel


    The East-West trending South Pyrenean Foreland Basin (SPFB), formed during the upper Cretaceous and the early Miocene due to the collision between Iberian and European plates, is filled by marine to continental deposits affected by a set of successive southvergent thrusts. In the western part of the SPFB (Jaca basin, Spain), from the North to the South the basin is subdivided into four parts: the internal Sierras, the turbiditic basin, the molassic basin and the external Sierras. In order to better constrain the fluid flow dynamic and the thermal regime of the basin during its tectonic evolution, we propose to estimate the temperatures and the O and C isotopic signatures of fluids, as well as the maximum temperatures recorded by pre- to syn-tectonic sediments of the Jaca basin. The C and O isotopic composition has been measured on ~100 veins and host sediment samples. The peak temperatures have also been estimated on 80 bulk rocks and calcite/quartz veins using a combination of several techniques, including Raman Spectroscopy of Carbonaceous Material, vitrinite reflectance, fluid inclusion microthermometry and mass-47 clumped isotopes. We show that in most tectonic fractures, primary fluid inclusions are characterized by moderate salinities (~2.5 wt%) compatible with connate or evolved meteoric waters, with increasing meteoric signature in the south of the basin. As suggested by temperature determinations and stable isotopes, involved fluids were generally in thermal and isotopic equilibrium with the host sediments, suggesting a low fluid-rock ratio (i.e., no significant fluid flow). These results support previous speculations of moderate fluid-flow through thrust faults and the hydrological compartmentalization of the Jaca basin during deformation (Lacroix et al., 2014). In addition we demonstrate that measured peak temperatures rapidly decrease southward, from ~240°C±30°C in Cretaceous to Eocene sediments located in the North of the basin close to the axial

  2. Lead isotope study of Zn-Pb ore deposits associated with the Basque-Cantabrian basin and Paleozoic basement, Northern Spain

    Velasco, F.; Pesquera, A.; Herrero, J. M.


    A total of forty-three galena samples from syngenetic and epigenetic Pb-Zn mineralizations emplaced in the Lower Cretaceous Basque-Cantabrian basin and Paleozoic basement of the Cinco Villas massif in the western Pyrenees, have been analyzed for Pb-isotopic composition. Galena from sedex mineralizations hosted in Carboniferous clastic rocks in the Cinco Villas massif display an homogeneous lead isotopic signature (206Pb/2044Pb ≈ 18.43, 207Pb/204Pb ≈ 15.66, 208Pb/ 204Pb ≈ 38.69) suggesting a single lead reservoir. These values are slightly more radiogenic than lead from other European Hercynian deposits, possibly reflecting the influence of a more evolved upper crustal source. Underlying Paleozoic sediments are proposed as lead source for the Cinco Villas massif ores. Analyses from twenty-six galena samples from the four strata-bound ore districts hosted in Mesozoic rocks reveal the existence of two populations regarding their lead isotopic composition. Galena from the western Santander districts (e.g., Reocin) is characterized by more radiogenic isotope values (206Pb/204Pb ≈ 18.74, 207Pb/204Pb ≈ 15.67, 208Pb/ 204Pb ≈ 38.73) than those from the central and eastern districts (Troya-Legorreta, Central and Western Vizcaya, 206Pb/204Pb ≈ 18.59, 207Pb/204Pb ≈ 15.66, 208Pb/ 204Pb ≈ 38.73). In all districts, the most likely source for these mineralizations was the thick sequence of Lower Cretaceous clastic sediments. The existence of two separate lead isotopic populations could be the result of regional difference in the composition of the basement rocks and the clastic sediments derived of it or different evolution histories. In both sub-basins, isotopic ratios indicate an increase in crustal influence as the age of the ores decreases.

  3. Analytic study of organic matters in Lodeve uranium ore

    Exploitation of uranium in the Permian basin of Lodeve is difficult because of simultaneous extraction of organic matters which are found, in small proportion, in ammonium diuranate and a supplementary purification is required. Available information on natural organic matters are briefly reviewed. Natural organic matters contained in the Lodeve uranium ore processing fluid is separated and fractionated. Physicochemical properties of ligands in each fraction are studied. The existence of bonds between these ligands and dissolved uranium is experimentally demonstrated

  4. Lateral fluid flow in a compacting sand-shale sequence: South Caspian basin.

    Bredehoeft, J.D.; Djevanshir, R.D.; Belitz, K.R.


    The South Caspian basin contains both sands and shales that have pore-fluid pressures substantially in excess of hydrostatic fluid pressure. Pore-pressure data from the South Caspian basin demonstrate that large differences in excess hydraulic head exist between sand and shale. The data indicate that sands are acting as drains for overlying and underlying compacting shales and that fluid flows laterally through the sand on a regional scale from the basin interior northward to points of discharge. The major driving force for the fluid movement is shale compaction. We present a first- order mathematical analysis in an effort to test if the permeability of the sands required to support a regional flow system is reasonable. The results of the analysis suggest regional sand permeabilities ranging from 1 to 30 md; a range that seems reasonable. This result supports the thesis that lateral fluid flow is occurring on a regional scale within the South Caspian basin. If vertical conduits for flow exist within the basin, they are sufficiently impermeable and do not provide a major outlet for the regional flow system. The lateral fluid flow within the sands implies that the stratigraphic sequence is divided into horizontal units that are hydraulically isolated from one another, a conclusion that has important implications for oil and gas migration.-Authors

  5. Genesis of the zinc-lead-barite deposits in the northern Iraq: ore mineralogy, geochemistry, fluid inclusions, lead isotopes and sulfur isotopes implications

    Zinc - leaed - barite deposits hosted by carbonate rocks are studied mineralogically, geochemically and genetically. These deposits (Lefan, lower Banik, Menin and Upper Banik) locate at the Nortgeren Thrust Zone, Northern Iraq. They consistt of sulfides as sphalerite, galena and pyrite, and sulfates as barite. Fluid inclusions observed in barite contain heavy oil associated with aqueous chloride-rich fluids (13% -15.5% wt equv. NaC1). The temperature of formation of barite is suggested to be 50-60 degree. The sulfur isotope composition (δ34S) of early generated galena is 0.36 per mil. This value is close to the hydrothermal magmatic sulfur origin. The δ34S of late generated galena is 6.41 per mil. This value indicates that the hydrothermal magmatic fluids were partially mixeed with oilfield brine connate waters. The δ34S of barite ranges from 16.64 to 24.23 per mil. These values indicate high isotopeic fractionation that caused by descending meteoric waters which diluted the ascending ore-bearing fluids. The lead isotope compostion (204pb, 206pb, 207pb and 208pb) of galeana has revealed that lead was derived from the crust reservoir. Ore metals (Zn, Pb, Fe, and Ba) may have been originated from oilfield brine waters that may have partially been mixed with the hydrothermal fluids of magmatic origin that supplied sulfur. These fluides have migrated upward as chloride and sulfide complexes along fractures and faults possibly after crustal extension and rifting during Alpine orogeny in the Paleocene. Zinc - lead - barite deposits could be classified as epithermal, eigenetic strata-bound of Mississippi Vally type (MVT) deposits, lithologically and structurally controlled within Cretaceous carbonates. (authors).

  6. Percolation of diagenetic fluids in the Archaean basement of the Franceville basin

    Mouélé, Idalina Moubiya; Dudoignon, Patrick; Albani, Abderrazak El; Cuney, Michel; Boiron, Marie-Christine; Gauthier-Lafaye, François


    The Palaeoproterozoic Franceville basin, Gabon, is mainly known for its high-grade uranium deposits, which are the only ones known to act as natural nuclear fission reactors. Previous work in the Kiéné region investigated the nature of the fluids responsible for these natural nuclear reactors. The present work focuses on the top of the Archaean granitic basement, specifically, to identify and date the successive alteration events that affected this basement just below the unconformity separating it from the Palaeoproterozoic basin. Core from four drill holes crosscutting the basin-basement unconformity have been studied. Dating is based on U-Pb isotopic analyses performed on monazite. The origin of fluids is discussed from the study of fluid inclusion planes (FIP) in quartz from basement granitoids. From the deepest part of the drill holes to the unconformable boundary with the basin, propylitic alteration assemblages are progressively replaced by illite and locally by a phengite + Fe chlorite ± Fe oxide assemblage. Illitic alteration is particularly strong along the sediment-granitoid contact and is associated with quartz dissolution. It was followed by calcite and anhydrite precipitation as fracture fillings. U-Pb isotopic dating outlines three successive events: a 3.0-2.9-Ga primary magmatic event, a 2.6-Ga propylitic alteration and a late 1.9-Ga diagenetic event. Fluid inclusion microthermometry suggests the circulation of three types of fluids: (1) a Na-Ca-rich diagenetic brine, (2) a moderately saline (diagenetic + meteoric) fluid, and (3) a low-salinity fluid of probable meteoric origin. These fluids are similar to those previously identified within the overlying sedimentary rocks of the Franceville basin. Overall, the data collected in this study show that the Proterozoic-Archaean unconformity has operated as a major flow corridor for fluids circulation, around 1.9 Ga. highly saline diagenetic brines; hydrocarbon-rich fluids derived from organic matter

  7. Application of Fluid Inclusions in the Study of Natural Gas Geology in Ordos Basin

    FAN Ai-ping; YANG Ren-chao; FENG Qiao; LIU Yi-qun; HAN Zuo-zhen


    The new recently demonstrated reserves of oil and gas in the Ordos basin are found at the top of petroliferous basins in China. Gas pools discovered in recent years in the Permian system have become the main natural gas resource in the basin. Therefore, synthetic research on fluid inclusions should be done in order to ascertain the pool-forming stage, the maturity of organic matters and the properties of Paleo-fluids. The main types of fluid inclusions in the Permian system in the basin include brine inclusions, carbon dioxide inclusions and organic inclusions. Homogenization temperatures (HT) of brine inclusions can be divided into four intervals: 66-83 ℃, 86-108 ℃, 112-138 ℃ and 142-153 ℃. The fluid inclusions in the interval of 112-138 ℃ are much more than that of other intervals, indicating that the second stage of hydrocarbon migration associated with the third temperature interval is the most important stage of gas pool formations. The fluid inclusion has extensive applications in the study of gas geology, not only in ascertaining the formation stage of gas pools, but also in estimating the maturity of organic matter and restoring Paleo-fluids. The result of testing the HT of brine inclusions shows that there are two stages of gas pool formations in the Permian system occurring ±150 Ma and ±100 Ma. The maturity of organic matter is moderate to high, a conclusion based on the color of fluid inclusions (radiated by fluorescence). The high salinity of Paleo-fluids of the NaCl-H2O and CaCl2-H2O systems shows good preservation conditions of the Paleo-fluids. Two stages of reservoir filling, high maturity of organic matter and good preservation conditions are factors favorable for the formation and preservation of large-scale gas pools in the Permian system in the Ordos basin.

  8. Effects of Overpressured Fluid Flow on Petroleum Accumulation in the Yinggehai Basin

    HAO Fang; DONG Weiliang; ZOU Huayao; JIANG Jianqun


    The Yinggehai Basin is a strongly overpressured Cenozoic basin developed in the northern continental sheff of the South China Sea. The flow of overpressured fluids in this basin has given rise to strong effects on petroleum accumulation. (1) The overpressured fluid flow has enhanced the maturation of shallow-buried source rocks, which has caused the source rocks that would have remained immature under the conduction background to be mature for hydrocarbon generation. As a result, the overpressured fluid flow has increased the volume and interval of mature source rocks. (2) The overpressured fluid flow has strong extraction effects on the immature or low-mature source rocks in the shallow parts. This has increased, to some extent, the expulsion efficiency of the source rocks. More importantly, the extraction effects have strongly limited the effectiveness of biomarker parameters from oil and condensate in reflecting the source and maturity of the oil and gas. (3) The flow has caused the sandstones in the shallow parts to get into the late diagenesis stage, and significantly reduced the porosity and penneability of the sandstones. This study confirms that even in sedimentary basins in which no topography-driven groundwater flow systems have ever developed, the cross-formation migration of overpressured fluids and the resultant energy conduction and material exchange can significantly affect the thermal regime, source rock maturation and sandstone diagenesis. As a result, the effects of overpressured fluid flow must be taken into account in analyzing the mechanism of petroleum accumulation.

  9. The Vein-type Zn-(Pb, Cu, As, Hg) mineralization at Fedj Hassene ore field, North-Western Tunisia: Mineralogy, Trace Elements, Sulfur Isotopes and Fluid Inclusions

    The Fedj Hassene district is localized at the edge of the Tuniso-Algerian border 10 km of Ghardimaou area. It consists of a Zn-Pb vein type with minor amounts of Cu-As-Hg. The total Zn reserves are about 370.000t. The mineralization occurs within sub parallel fractures to the Ain El Kohla ESE-WNW fault. Host rocks consist of limestones and marly limestones of the Middle Turonian. In the principal lode of Fedj Hassene, the mineralization occurs as vein filling of massive and brecciated brown sphalerite and minor galena ore with gangue. Other trace minerals are pyrite, chalcopyrite, orpiment, realgar, smithsonite and cerussite. LA-ICP-MS analyses in sphalerites show mean contents of 0,84 wt% Fe, 0,14 wt% Cd and 0,02 wt% Mn Ore. Fluid inclusions study in calcite and sphalerite reveals one mineralizing fluid characterized by an average salinity 23% wt NaCl with decreasing homogenisation temperature. In fact the temperature shows decrease from sphalerite to calcite. The fluid density that corresponds to trapping pressure ranges between 1.00 g/cm3 and 1.11 g/cm3 and pressure close to 200 bars. Micro thermometric data in fluid inclusion hosted by gangue mineral presented by calcite show an average temperature of formation around 194 degree centigrade. These inclusions homogenized to the liquid phase between 156 degree centigrade and 210 degree centigrade and salinities values ranging from 22 to 28 wt% NaCl and an average around 23% wt NaCl. The δ34S (VCDT) values of sphalerite are in the range of + 4,6% to 6,4% (average=5,6%). Thermochemical reduction of Triassic sulfate by reaction with hydro-carbons is the most probable source for the heavy and the narrow range of the dδ34S values. Mineralogical, geochemical of trace elements, fluid inclusions and sulfur isotopes studies allow to include the vein-type ore field of Fedj Hassene in the polymetallic (Pb-Zn-As-Hg) vein mineralization of the nappe zone in northern Tunisia and north eastern Algeria. (Author) 29 refs.

  10. REE Geochemistry of Fluorite from the Maoniuping REE Deposit, Sichuan Province, China: Implications for the Source of Ore-forming Fluids


    Fluorite is one of the main gangue minerals in the Maoniuping REE deposit, Sichuan Province, China. Fluorite with different colors occurs not only within various orebodies, but also in wallrocks of the orefield. Based on REE geochemistry, fluorite in the orefieid can be classified as the LREE-rich, LREE-flat and LREE-depleted types. The three types of fluorite formed at different stages from the same hydrothermal fluid source, with the LREE-rich fluorite forming at the relatively early stage, the LREE-flat fluorite in the middle, and the LREE-depleted fluorite at the latest stage. Various lines of evidence demonstrate that the variation of the REE contents of fluorite shows no relation to the color. The mineralization of the Maoniuping REE deposit is associated spatially and temporally with carbonatite-syenite magmatism and the ore-forming fluids are mainly derived from carbonatite and syenite melts.

  11. Geochemical constraints on the origin of the Kicking Horse and Monarch Mississippi Valley-type lead-zinc ore deposits, southeast British Columbia, Canada

    Vandeginste, Veerle; Swennen, Rudy; Gleeson, Sarah A.; Ellam, Rob M.; Osadetz, Kirk; Roure, François


    Two Mississippi Valley-type (MVT) ore deposits, Kicking Horse and Monarch, have been studied with the aim of comparing the ores at the two localities and to characterize the origin of the mineralizing fluids and the ore formation process(es). Both deposits are hosted by the Middle Cambrian Cathedral Formation carbonate host rocks, Kicking Horse on the north and Monarch on the south flank of the Kicking Horse valley near Field (SE British Columbia). The ore bodies are situated at the transition of (western) basinal to (eastern) shallow-water strata of the paleo-Pacific passive margin succession in the Cordilleran Foreland Province of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin. Both deposits are related spatially to normal faults. In both localities, the ore minerals are dominated by pyrite, sphalerite, and galena. Dolomite, minor quartz, and calcite are also present in close association with the ores. The salinity (21-30 wt% NaCl eq.) and homogenization temperatures (63-182°C) measured in fluid inclusions in carbonate, quartz, and sphalerite lie within the typical range of MVT fluid conditions. The good stoichiometry (50-53 mol% CaCO3), low δ18O values (-21 to -14‰ Vienna Peedee belemnite) and relatively high homogenization temperatures (>95°C) of the dolomite suggest the dolomites were formed under burial diagenesis. The ore-forming fluids probably interacted with siliciclastic units, based on elevated Li contents and 87Sr/86Sr ratios, which are highest in the dolomite type after the main ore stage. We propose that the ores formed from the mixing of a downward-infiltrating, sulfur-bearing halite-dissolution fluid with an upward-migrating, metal-rich evaporated seawater fluid, which had already undergone minor mixing with a dilute fluid.

  12. Clay swelling of Quaternary and Paleogene deposits in the south-eastern flanks of West Siberian iron ore basin

    Kramarenko, V. V.; El-Shinawi, A.; Matveenko, I. A.; Shramok, A. A.


    Revealing soil swelling and estimation of swelling rate are of great importance at the initial survey stages as well as the bases for further determination of more accurate factors used for selection of recovery methods and facility design. The paper states briefly the most conventional prediction express-methods and determination of swelling indicators, the results of laboratory research in clay composition and properties, free swell index of Quaternary and Paleogene clays in the south-east of West Siberian iron-ore, gives the estimates of the swelling rate. The results have been statistically analyzed, revealing the relationship of properties, on the basis of which the correlation dependencies are suggested to predict the free swell index as well as to apply it for frost heave prediction.

  13. Fluid dynamics, particulate segregation, chemical processes, and natural ore analog discussions that relate to the potential for criticality in Hanford tanks

    Barney, G.S.


    This report presents an in-depth review of the potential for nuclear criticality to occur in Hanford defense waste tanks during past, current and future safe storage and maintenance operations. The report also briefly discusses the potential impacts of proposed retrieval activities, although retrieval was not a main focus of scope. After thorough review of fluid dynamic aspects that focus on particle segregation, chemical aspects that focus on solubility and adsorption processes that might concentrate plutonium and/or separate plutonium from the neutron absorbers in the tank waste, and ore-body formation and mining operations, the interdisciplinary team has come to the conclusion that there is negligible risk of nuclear critically under existing storage conditions in Hanford site underground waste storage tanks. Further, for the accident scenarios considered an accidental criticality is incredible.

  14. Pumping test and fluid sampling report - Sawyer No. 1 well, Palo Duro Basin, Texas: unanalyzed data

    This report describes pumping test and fluid sampling activities performed at the Sawyer No. 1 well, Donley County, Texas. Sawyer No. 1 well is located along the eastern margin of the Palo Duro Basin in an area of active dissolution within the Permian salt section. These data were collected by Stone and Webster Engineering Corporation working in conjunction with the Texas Bureau of Economic Geology as part of a nationwide program to identify potential locations for a nuclear waste repository. These data support studies to determine the hydrologic characteristics of deep water-bearing formations. Formation fluid studies samples were analyzed in order to evaluate fluid migration and age relationships in the Permian Basin. These data were collected from June until October, 1981. Zone isolation for pump testing was accomplished in November, 1981. These data are preliminary. They have been neither analyzed nor evaluated

  15. Genesis of sediment-hosted disseminated-gold deposits by fluid mixing and sulfidization: chemical-reaction-path modeling of ore- depositional processes documented in the Jerritt Canyon district, Nevada

    Hofstra, A.H.


    Integrated geologic, geochemical, fluid-inclusion, and stable-isotope studies of the gold deposits in the Jerritt Canyon district, Nevada, provide evidence that gold deposition was a consequence of both fluid mixing and sulfidization of host-rock iron. Chemical-reaction-path models of these ore-depositional processes confirm that the combination of fluid mixing, including simultaneous cooling, dilution, and oxidation of the ore fluid, and wall-rock reaction, with sulfidization of reactive iron in the host rock, explains the disseminated nature and small size of the gold and the alteration zonation, mineralogy, and geochemistry observed at Jerritt Canyon and at many other sediment-hosted disseminated gold deposits. -Authors

  16. Enrichment of copper in ore-forming fluid of copper-tungsten mineralization of the Yamaguchi skarn deposit, Iwate, Japan

    Chemical composition of the fluids in the fluid inclusions of quartz from the pegmatite veins of the Yamaguchi W-Cu skarn deposit was measured by a combination of the crush-leach method in deionized water and chemical analysis using PIXE. Chemical composition of the fluids is characterized by a low molar ratio of Na/K and a high Cu concentration. The molar ratio of Cu/(Cu+Fe+Zn) of the fluid inclusions is higher than that of massive sulfide deposits on the seafloor. The molar ratio of Cu/(Cu+Fe+Zn) of the fluid inclusions is similar to the ratios of the vapor-rich fluid inclusions from the quartz-cassiterite veins hosted within the Mole Granite in New South Wales, Australia. The high Cu concentration in fluid inclusions of quartz associated with the pegmatite veins from the Yamaguchi deposit suggests that the fluid emanating from the Miyako granitic melt at the later stage of crystallization had a high Cu content. (author)

  17. 白云鄂博矿床碳酸岩墙/脉和赋矿白云岩中流体包裹体研究%Fluid inclusion study of carbonatite dykes/veins and ore-hosted dolostone at the Bayan Obo ore deposit

    秦朝建; 裘愉卓; 周国富; 王中刚; 张台荣; 肖国望


    Fluid inclusion study has been carried out for the carbonatite dykes/veins and the ore-hosted dolostone of the Bayan Obo superlarge REE-Fe-Nb deposit in order to provide the evidence and constraint for their origin. Based on the detailed geological observation and mineralogical investigation, the heating and cooling stage and laser Raman spectroscopy were mainly used for the laboratory work of this study. Following results have been obtained: (1) The discovery of melt and melt-fluid inclusions from carbonatite dykes/veins in the Dulahara and Jianshan Mountains, combined with the fine-grained (aplitic) texture of rocks, as well as the types and features of fluid inclusions such as CO2 enrichment, higher homogenization temperature, provides a direct evidence for the magmatic origin of these dykes/veins. (2) The carbonatite dykes/veins distributed in two regions, nearby the axis of the Kuangou anticline and in the east to Bayan Obo town, mainly show coarse-grained texture. No melt inclusion was found, and the fluid inclusions possess features of less CO2, lower homogenization temperature and higher salinity. They are tentatively identified as veins formed by some carbonate-rich hydrothermal solution. (3) Bedding carbonate layers/lens within the hanging wall and foot wall of ore-hosted dolostone, previously recognized as of magmatic origin, mainly composed by dolomite. The existence of single phase pure aqueous inclusions with very low homogenization temperature indicates their sedimentary origin. (4) The ore-hosted dolostone possesses apparent bedding and laminated structures. No melt inclusion was found, but, both single phase pure aqueous inclusions and CO2bearing multi-phase fluid inclusions coexisted in dolostones. In the direction towards ore-bodies, the homogenization temperature and CO2 contents of fluid inclusion show an increasing tendency. It indicates the sedimentary origin of dolostone superimposed by late fluid metasomatism.

  18. Mechanism of diapirism and episodic fluid injections in the Yinggehai Basin

    HAO; Fang


    [1]Jackson, M. P. A., Vendeville, B. C., Regional extension as a geologic trigger for diapirism, Geological Society of Ameri-ca Bulletin, 1994, 106(1): 57-73.[2]Pérez-Belzuz, F., Alonso, B., Ercilla, G., History of mud diapirism and trigger mechanisms in the Western Alboran Sea, Tectonophysics, 1996, 282(2): 399-422.[3]Hunt, J. M., Petroleum Geology and Geochemistry, 2nd ed., San Francisco: Freeman and Company, 1996, 743.[4]Gong Zaisheng, Li Sitian, Continental Margin Basin Analysis and Hydrocarbon Accumulation of the Northern South Chi-na Sea (in Chinese), Beijing: Science Press, 1997, 510.[5]Price, L. C., Basin richness and source rock disruption: A fundamental relationship? Journal of Petroleum Geology, 1994, 17(1): 5-38.[6]Roberts, S. J., Nunn, J. A., Episodic fluid expulsion from geopressured sediments, Marine and Petroleum Geology, 1995, 12(2): 195-204.[7]Dewers, T., Ortoleva, P., Nonlinear dynamical aspects of deep basin hydrology: Fluid compartment formation and episodic fluid release, American Journal of Science, 1994, 294(5): 713-755.[8]Dai, J. X., Song, Y., Dai, C. S. et al., Geochemistry and accumulation of carbon dioxide gases in China, AAPG Bulletin, 1996, 80(9): 1615-1626.[9]Hao Fang, Li Sitian, Sun Yongchuan et al., Organic maturation and petroleum generation model in the Yinggehai and Qiongdongnan Basins, Science in China, 1996, 39(6): 650-658.[10]Hao Fang, Li Sitian, Dong Weiliang et al., Abnormal organic matter maturation in the Yinggehai Basin, offshore South China Sea: Implications for hydrocarbon expulsion and fluid migration from overpressured systems, Journal of Petroleum Geology, 1998, 21(4): 427-444.[11]Pollastro, R. M., Considerations and applications of the illite/smectite geothermometer in hydrocarbon-bearing rocks of Miocene to Mississippian age, Clays and Clay Minerals, 1993, 41(2): 119-133.[12]Ko, J., Hesse, R., Illite/smectite diagenesis in the Beaufort-Mackenzie Basin, Arctic Canada

  19. Effects of hydrocarbon generation on fluid flow in the Ordos basin and relationship with uranium mineralization

    The Ordos Basin is not only an important uranium mineralization province but also a major producer of oil. gas and coal in China. The genetic relationship between uranium mineralization and hydrocarbons has been recognized by a number of previous studies, but it has not been well understood in terms of hydrodynamics of basin fluid flow. In a previous study we have demonstrated that the preferential localization of uranium mineralization in the upper part of the Jurassic strata may have been related to the interface of an upward flowing, reducing fluid and a downward flowing, oxidizing fluid, and that this interface may have been controlled by the interplay between fluid overpressure, which was related to disequilibrium sediment compaction and drove the upward flow, and topographic relief which drove the down- ward flow. In the present study, we carried out numerical modeling for the contribution of oil and gas generation to the development of fluid overpressure, in addition to sediment compaction and heating. Our results indicate that when hydrocarbon generation was taken into account, fluid overpressure during the Cretaceous was more than doubled in comparison with the simulation when hydrocarbon generation was not considered. Furthermore, fluid overpressure dissipation after ceasing of sedimentation slowed down relative to the no-hydrocarbon generation case. These results suggest that hydrocarbon generation may have played an important role in uranium mineralization, not only in providing reducing agents required for the mineralization, but also in contributing to the driving force to maintain the upward flow against the pushing of topography driven. downward flow, thus helping stabilize the interface between the two fluid system and localization of uranium mineralization. (authors)

  20. Vein mineralizations - record of paleo-fluid systems in the Thuringian basin (Germany)

    Lepetit, Petra; Viereck, Lothar; Abratis, Michael; Fritsch, Stefanie


    Vein-related mineralizations within the Mesozoic sediments of the Thuringian basin (Germany) are investigated in analytical detail (petrography, XRD, XRF, EPMA, LA-ICP-MS, and isotope studies: O, C, S, Sr) in order to characterize paleo-fluid systems that intruded the basin and circulated within it millions of years ago. Samples from 55 outcrops, 34 quarries and 21 drill cores comprise mainly carbonates (calcite, dolomite, siderite, ankerite), additional sulfates (gypsum, celestine, barite,), and rarely sulfides. The mineralizations are almost exclusively restricted to WNW-ESE trending fault systems. First δ13C and δ18O isotope analyses of calcite mineralizations reveal differences between veins within Triassic sediments (Lower Muschelkalk: δ13C: 1.8 to 2.9 o, mean 2.3 o, δ18O: -7.3 to -10.4 o, mean -8.2 o) and Jurassic sediments (δ13C: -0.7 to -2.1 o, mean -1.4 o, δ18O: -9.3 to -10.6 o, mean -9.9 o), indicating intra-formational and extra-formational paleo-fluid transport. Also first δ34S and δ18O isotope analyses of gypsum mineralizations display differences between veins within Triassic and Permian sediments, respectively. These initial data are comparable with isotope analyses of vein-related host rocks and hydrochemical signatures of recent well waters in the Thuringian basin indicating intra-formational in addition to extra-formational paleo-fluid transport. Further isotope studies are in progress including high resolution in situ-Sr- isotope analysis. The present study is part of INFLUINS, a BMBF-funded project bundle, which is dedicated to the comprehensive description and understanding of the fluid systems within the Thuringian basin in time and space.

  1. Environment of ore deposition in the creede mining district, San Juan Mountains, Colorado: Part V. Epithermal mineralization from fluid mixing in the OH vein

    Hayba, D.O.


    Detailed fluid inclusion studies on coarse-grained sphalerite from the OH vein, Creede, Colorado, have shown that the abrupt color changes between growth zones correspond to abrupt changes in the nature of the ore fluids. Within each growth zone, however, the composition of the fluids remained constant. The base of a distinctive orange-brown growth zone marks a sharp increase in both temperature and salinity relative to the preceding yellow-white zone. The orange-brown growth zone can be correlated along much of the vein and is believed to represent a time-stratigraphic interval. Along the vein, temperatures and salinities of fluid inclusions within this interval show a systematic decrease from about 285??C and 11.5 wt percent NaCl equiv near the base of the vein to about 250??C and 8 wt percent NaCl equiv, respectively, near the top of the vein. The iron concentration of this sphalerite growth zone shows a similar pattern, decreasing from about 2.8 to 1.2 mole percent FeS. When plotted on an enthalpy-salinity diagram, the fluid inclusion data define a spatial trend indicating the progressive mixing of deeply circulating hydrothermal brines with overlying, dilute ground waters. The hydrothermal brines entered the OH vein from below at a temperature, salinity, and density of approximately 285??C, 11.5 wt percent NaCl equiv, and 860 kg/m3, respectively, whereas the overlying ground waters appear to have been preheated to roughly 150??C and had an assumed salinity of 0 wt percent and a density of 920 kg/m3. The greater density of the heated ground water promoted mixing with the hydrothermal brine within the open fractures, causing sphalerite deposition. Although there were also episodes of boiling during vein mineralization, boiling appears unimportant for this sphalerite. Isotopic evidence and geochemical modeling studies also indicate that mixing was the depositional mechanism for sphalerite. An important aspect of the mixing hydrology of the Creede system involves

  2. Numerical modeling of fracking fluid migration through fault zones and fractures in the North German Basin

    Pfunt, Helena; Houben, Georg; Himmelsbach, Thomas


    Gas production from shale formations by hydraulic fracturing has raised concerns about the effects on the quality of fresh groundwater. The migration of injected fracking fluids towards the surface was investigated in the North German Basin, based on the known standard lithology. This included cases with natural preferential pathways such as permeable fault zones and fracture networks. Conservative assumptions were applied in the simulation of flow and mass transport triggered by a high pressure boundary of up to 50 MPa excess pressure. The results show no significant fluid migration for a case with undisturbed cap rocks and a maximum of 41 m vertical transport within a permeable fault zone during the pressurization. Open fractures, if present, strongly control the flow field and migration; here vertical transport of fracking fluids reaches up to 200 m during hydraulic fracturing simulation. Long-term transport of the injected water was simulated for 300 years. The fracking fluid rises vertically within the fault zone up to 485 m due to buoyancy. Progressively, it is transported horizontally into sandstone layers, following the natural groundwater flow direction. In the long-term, the injected fluids are diluted to minor concentrations. Despite the presence of permeable pathways, the injected fracking fluids in the reported model did not reach near-surface aquifers, either during the hydraulic fracturing or in the long term. Therefore, the probability of impacts on shallow groundwater by the rise of fracking fluids from a deep shale-gas formation through the geological underground to the surface is small.

  3. Regional fluid flow as a factor in the thermal history of the Illinois basin: Constraints from fluid inclusions and the maturity of Pennsylvanian coals

    Rowan, E.L.; Goldhaber, M.B.; Hatch, J.R.


    Vitrinite reflectance measurements on Pennsylvanian coals in the Illinois basin indicate significantly higher thermal maturity than can be explained by present-day burial depths. An interval of additional sedimentary section, now removed by erosion, has been suggested to account for the discrepancy. Although burial could indeed account for the observed maturity levels of organic matter, fluid-inclusion temperatures provide a stringent additional constraint. In this article, we combine measurements of coal maturity with fluid-inclusion temperatures from three sites to constrain the basin's thermal and burial history: the Fluorspar district at the Illinois basin's southern margin, the Upper Mississippi Valley zinc district at the basin's northern margin, and a north-central location. Two-dimensional numerical modeling of a north-south cross section through the basin tests scenarios both with and without regional fluid flow. Vitrinite reflectance values can be matched assuming burial by 1.8-2.8 km of southward-thickening additional, post-Pennsylvanian sedimentary section. In the central and northern Illinois basin, however, these burial depths and temperatures are not sufficient to account for the fluid-inclusion data. To account for both parameters with burial alone does not appear feasible. In contrast, our best hypothesis assumes a wedge of post-Pennsylvanian sediment-thickening southward to about 1.2 km and a brief period of magmatism in the Fluorspar district. Significant advective heat redistribution by northward regional fluid flow accounts for fluid-inclusion temperatures and coal maturities throughout the basin. The modeling results demonstrate the potential contribution of advective heat transport to the thermal history of the Illinois basin.

  4. Well successfully drilled with high performance water-based fluid: Santos Basins, offshore Brazil

    Fornasier, Frank C.; Luzardo, Juan P. [Halliburton Company, Houston, TX (United States); Bishnoi, M.L. [Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltda. (ONGC), Dehradun (India)


    Santos Basin is a 352,260 square kilometers (136,010 sq mi) offshore pre-salt basin. It is located in the South Atlantic Ocean, some 300 kilometers (190 mi) South East of Sao Paulo, Brazil. One of the largest Brazilian sedimentary basins, it is the site of several recent significant oil fields, including Tupi and Jupiter. The criteria for drilling fluid selection is based upon the following factors: maximum cost efficiency, environmental friendliness, optimum borehole stability, and ease of use. The recommended drilling fluid formulation takes into consideration the experience gained during the drilling of wells in the Santos Basin area. The operator wanted to use a high-performance water-based fluid (HPWBF) that could provide shale inhibition, wellbore stability, lubricity and improved rate of penetration (ROP) as an alternative to synthetic-based drilling fluids to present value in terms of economics and environmental friendliness. The HPWBF consists of three synergistic products: a hydration suppressant, a dispersion suppressant, and an accretion suppressant. The system is formulated based on customized solutions for managing the clay reactivity. High logistics costs require drilling fluids that can be prepared with sea water and discharged to the sea without environmental impact. The HPWBF is a clay-free system designed for maximum shale inhibition in highly reactive formations. The system can provide wellbore stability, high rates of penetration, and acceptable rheological properties over a wide range of temperatures, with the added benefit of allowing cuttings discharge based upon water base environmental restrictions. Since no oil is used in the formulation, the HPWBF eliminates the need for cuttings processing and monitoring equipment, and exceeds the environmental requirements by achieving an LC50 value of 345,478.22 ppm in comparison with the minimum requirement (LC50 > 30,000 ppm in 96 hr), permitting use and discharge to the sea. The HPWBF selected

  5. Pumping test and fluid sampling report - Mansfield No. 1 (PD-4) well, Palo Duro Basin, Texas: unanalyzed data

    This report contains pumping test and fluid sampling data collected at Mansfield No. 1 well, located in Oldham County, in the Permian Basin of Texas. These data were collected by Stone and Webster Engineering Corporation to support studies of fluid migration and age relationships in the Permian Basin. The testing and sampling took place between October 1981 and October 1982. These data are preliminary. They have been neither analyzed nor evaluated. 4 references, 8 figures, 2 tables

  6. Pumping test and fluid sampling report, Mansfield No. 1 well, Palo Duro Basin: Report of the Geologic Project Manager, Permian Basin

    This report describes pumping test and fluid sampling activities performed at the Mansfield No. 1 well in Oldham County about 10 miles north of Vega, Texas. The well site was selected by TBEG and is located along the northern margin of the Palo Duro Basin in an area of active dissolution with the Permian salt sections. The objectives of the pumping test and fluid sampling program were to collect data to determine the hydrologic characteristics (formation pressure and permeability) of deep water bearing formations, and to obtain formation fluid samples for analyses (gas and fluid chemistry) in order to evaluate fluid migration and age relationships in the Permian Basin. 4 refs., 8 figs., 2 tabs

  7. Kellad orelis


    18. VI Tallinna toomkirikus organist Ines Maidre (kaastegev Kristjan Mäeots) kontsert "Kellad orelis". Kontserdiga esitleb I. Maidre ka oma samanimelist CD-d (kujundaja Margus Haavamägi), mis on osaliselt sisse mängitud Tallinna toomkiriku Ladegasti-Saueri orelil. Tänavu tähistatakse toomkiriku Maarja kella ja Lunastaja kella 315. aastapäeva.

  8. Heat transfer and fluid flow modelling in supra-detachment basins: a case study of the Devonian basins of western Norway

    Souche, A.; Dabrowski, M.; Andersen, T. B.; Medvedev, S.


    The Devonian basins of western Norway are supra-detachment basins located above a large crustal-scale detachment system, so-called the Nordfjord Sogn Detachment Zone. These basins are characterised by a thick succession (>10km) of siliciclastic sediments ranging in size from coarse conglomerates to fine grain sandstones and organized into narrow half-graben systems. Their architecture and geometry is closely controlled by the development of the coeval (i.e. Early to Middle Devonian) detachment acting as a normal fault/shear zone beneath the basins. The exhumation of rocks within the footwall of the detachment was subsequently followed by an increase of the geothermal gradient at the base of the sedimentary successions. Shear heating resulting from the intense rock deformation within the shear zone also played a role in increasing the temperature at the base of the basins. These two significant processes might have in turn contributed to the fluid mobility in the basins. In this study, we explore the feasibility of porous convection to occur spontaneously in sedimentary basins due to a regional increase of the geothermal gradient. Such process can be approximated by Darcy flow through porous media where the fluid density in the system might introduce a buoyancy-driven instability between lighter hot fluids at the base and denser cold fluids at the top of the basin. In geological systems porous flow might be inhibited by the closing of pores with depth, which leads to a reduced permeability and a limited amount of heat carrying fluids. Also, geological heterogeneities inherited from the layered structure of the sedimentary strata introduce large variations in the rock transport properties. We address these problems numerically by modelling heat and mass transport in porous media assuming quasi-incompressible Darcy flow. The fluid (water) density, viscosity, and specific heat are computed from the pore fluid pressure and the temperature. We investigate the onset of

  9. Natural gas leakage of Mizhi gas reservoir in Ordos Basin, recorded by natural gas fluid inclusion


    Abundant natural gas inclusions were found in calcite veins filled in fractures of Central Fault Belt across the centre of Ordos Basin. Time of the calcite veins and characteristics of natural gas fluid inclusion were investigated by means of dating of thermolum luminescence (TL) and analyzing stable isotope of fluid inclusion. Results show that natural gas inclusion formed at 130―140℃ with salinity of 5.5 wt%―6.0 wt% NaCl. It indicates that natural gas inclusion is a kind of thermal hydrocarbon fluid formed within the basin. Method of opening inclusion by heating was used to analyze composition of fluid inclusion online, of which the maximal hydrocarbon gas content of fluid inclusion contained in veins is 2.4219 m3/t rock and the maximal C1/Σci ratio is 91%. Laser Raman spectroscopy (LRS) was used to analyze chemistry of individual fluid inclusion in which the maximal hydrocarbon gas content is 91.6% compared with little inorganic composition. Isotope analysis results of calcite veins show that they were deposited in fresh water, in which the δ13CPDB of calcite veins is from -5.75‰ to 15.23‰ andδ18OSMOW of calcite veins is from 21.33‰ to 21.67‰. Isotope results show thatδ13C1 PDB of natural gas fluid inclusion is from -21.36‰ to -29.06‰ and δDSMOW of that is from -70.89‰ to -111.03‰. It indicates that the gas of fluid inclusion formed from coal source rocks and it is the same as that of natural gas of Mizhi gas reservoir. Results of TL dating show that time of calcite vein is (32.4±3.42)×104 a, which is thought to be formation time of gas inclusion. It indicated that natural gas inclusion contained in calcite veins recorded natural gas leakage from Mizhi gas reservoir through the Central Fault Belt due to Himalayan tectonic movement.

  10. Generation and evolution of hydrothermal fluids at Yellowstone: Insights from the Heart Lake Geyser Basin

    Lowenstern, J. B.; Bergfeld, D.; Evans, William C.; Hurwitz, S.


    We sampled fumaroles and hot springs from the Heart Lake Geyser Basin (HLGB), measured water and gas discharge, and estimated heat and mass flux from this geothermal area in 2009. The combined data set reveals that diverse fluids share an origin by mixing of deep solute-rich parent water with dilute heated meteoric water, accompanied by subsequent boiling. A variety of chemical and isotopic geothermometers are consistent with a parent water that equilibrates with rocks at 205°C ± 10°C and then undergoes 21% ± 2% adiabatic boiling. Measured diffuse CO2 flux and fumarole compositions are consistent with an initial dissolved CO2 concentration of 21 ± 7 mmol upon arrival at the caldera boundary and prior to southeast flow, boiling, and discharge along the Witch Creek drainage. The calculated advective flow from the basin is 78 ± 16 L s−1 of parent thermal water, corresponding to 68 ± 14 MW, or –1% of the estimated thermal flux from Yellowstone. Helium and carbon isotopes reveal minor addition of locally derived crustal, biogenic, and meteoric gases as this fluid boils and degasses, reducing the He isotope ratio (Rc/Ra) from 2.91 to 1.09. The HLGB is one of the few thermal areas at Yellowstone that approaches a closed system, where a series of progressively boiled waters can be sampled along with related steam and noncondensable gas. At other Yellowstone locations, steam and gas are found without associated neutral Cl waters (e.g., Hot Spring Basin) or Cl-rich waters emerge without significant associated steam and gas (Upper Geyser Basin).

  11. Fluid and gasmigration in the southwestern part of the Lower Saxony basin

    Lueders, V.; Plessen, B.; Sippel, J. [GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (Germany)


    Lower Carboniferous and Upper Jurassic sedimentary rocks from wells of the southwestern part of the Lower Saxony Basin (LSB) show locally anomalous maturity reaching 4.5% VRr. The reason for this high maturity is discussed controversy. It may either be related to the intrusions of supposed Late Cretaceous igneous plutons in the area of Bramsche and Vlotho or is explained by models involving deep burial during Early Cretaceous times and uplift during Late Cretaceous/Tertiary times. A fault-slip analysis covering outcrops within the LSB and along the Osning Lineament (OL) has been performed and showed that the area was affected by a stress state with a horizontal N-S- to NE-SW-directed maximum compression ({sigma}1) and a low stress ratio (R=({sigma}2-{sigma}3)/({sigma}1-{sigma}3)) which induced reverse and strike-slip faulting. The regional paleostress field can be related to the Late Cretaceous-Cenozoic intraplate compressional deformation that affected the Alpine foreland as a result of the Alpine orogeny Other stress fields estimated in the study area are much less prevalent. Tectonic activity induced the migration of fluids and let to precipitation of quartz and calcite on veins, fissures and slickensides. Calcite mostly precipitated from local formation waters that were in close equilibrium with the host rocks rather than being derived from a large scale circulating hydrothermal system. Fluid inclusions studies in hydrothermal minerals from wells and outcrops in the study area yield migration of differently composed fluids and gases during stages of burial and uplift. In the vicinity of supposed intrusions the migration of hot fluids (>200 C) is recorded in quartz mineralization that is hosted by Upper Carboniferous to Cretaceous sediments. The salinity of the studied fluid inclusions is highly variable suggesting that different fluid reservoirs were drained. However, fluid entrapment often occurred along with the entrapment of gas mixtures with variable

  12. Environment of ore deposition in the Creede mining district, San Juan Mountains, Colorado; Part IV, source of fluids, from oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon isotope studies

    Bethke, P.M.; Rye, R.O.


    also oxygen shifted meteoric waters but were some 40 per mil lower in deuterium content than the sphalerite and illite/chlorite waters.We propose that the quartz fluids entered the vein system from reservoirs beneath the mountainous areas to the north in the vicinity of the present Continental Divide, but that the sphalerite and illite/chlorite fluids entered the vein system from a topographically low area to the south along the structural moat of the Creede caldera. The difference in delta D between the two meteoric waters may reflect differences in altitude of the recharge areas for the two reservoirs or may be clue to isotopic evolution of the closed-basin lake and interstitial waters in the moat surrounding the Creede caldera.

  13. Deformation and fluid flow in the Huab Basin and Etendeka Plateau, NW Namibia

    Salomon, Eric; Koehn, Daniel; Passchier, Cees; Chung, Peter; Häger, Tobias; Salvona, Aron; Davis, Jennifer


    The Lower Cretaceous Twyfelfontein sandstone formation in the Huab Basin in NW Namibia shows the effects of volcanic activity on a potential reservoir rock. The formation was covered by the Paraná-Etendeka Large Igneous Province shortly before or during the onset of South-Atlantic rifting. Deformation bands found in the sandstone trend mostly parallel to the continental passive margin and must have formed during the extrusion of the overlying volcanic rocks, indicating that their formation is related to South-Atlantic rifting. 2D-image porosity analysis of deformation bands reveals significant porosity reduction from host rock to band of up to 70%. Cementation of the sandstone, linked to advective hydrothermal flow during volcanic activity, contributes an equal amount to porosity reduction from host rock to band when compared to initial grain crushing. Veins within the basaltic cover provide evidence for hot fluid percolation, indicated by spallation of wall rock and colloform quartz growth, and for a later low-temperature fluid circulation at low pressures indicated by stilbite growth sealing cavities. Sandstone samples and veins in the overlying volcanic rocks show that diagenesis of the Twyfelfontein sandstone is linked to Atlantic rifting and was affected by both hydrothermal and low-thermal fluid circulation.

  14. Veins and related past fluid flow through the Mesozoic sedimentary cover in the Swiss Molasse Basin

    Document available in extended abstract form only. The study is based on core samples from the recently drilled, 719 m deep borehole at Oftringen (near Olten), located in the northwestern Molasse basin, 1.5 km from the frontal thrust of the Folded Jura. Veins of calcite (± celestite, pyrite) occur in the whole Malm sequence (up to 8 veins/m), including the more clay-rich Effingen Member (marl and argillaceous limestone). Such an intensity of veining in the Effingen Member has never been found to date in other deep boreholes located in the Molasse basin. Most of the veins are related to tectonic activity, but clay-filled karst structures are recognized in the overlying Geissberg Member limestone, and a few structures probably related to diagenetic processes are documented in the Effingen Member. Fluid inclusions show average salinities between 3.3 and 4.4 wt% eq. NaCl in vein celestite and 2.7 wt% eq. NaCl in vein calcite. Average homogenization temperatures in calcite fluctuate between 56 and 68 deg. C, with a broad increase with depth and no correlation with salinity. Malm whole-rock carbonates have δ18O values fluctuating within a narrow range, probably determined by equilibrium with seawater. Their 87Sr/86Sr ratios follow a well-defined depth profile with minimum values in the middle part of the Effingen Member, fitting with Oxfordian seawater. No correlation is observed between 87Sr/86Sr and clay content, and values higher than contemporary seawater might be related to the incorporation of radiogenic detrital carbonate. The δ18O values of vein calcite are systematically lower than the corresponding whole rock carbonate, consistent with precipitation from seawater at 50-70 deg. C (homogenization temperatures of fluid inclusions). The δ34S and δ18O values of vein celestite follow a bacterial reduction trend pointing to Miocene seawater sulfate. Two vein pyrites gave negative δ34S values consistent with bacterial sulfate reduction. Calcite and celestite of

  15. Intermediate sulfidation epithermal mineralization of No. 4 anomaly of Golojeh deposit (N. Zanjan based on mineralography, alteration and ore fluid geochemistry features

    Behzad Mehrab


    contents of galena, sphalerite and minor chalcopyrite and tennantite, low to moderate temperature and salinity of ore-bearing fluid, low depth of mineralization and Fe–bearing sphalerite features at the No. 4 anomaly of Golojeh deposit, are similar to those of intermediate sulfidation (IS epithermal base and precious metals vein–type deposit that probably might be related to Cu–Au porphyry system in depth.

  16. Fluid transport by solitary waves along growing faults. A field example from the South Eugene Island Basin, Gulf of Mexico

    Revil, A.; Cathles, L. M.


    The Red Fault system is one of the main growth faults found in the South Eugene Island Basin, a salt withdrawal minibasin located offshore Louisiana, in the Gulf of Mexico. This fault system corresponds to a lateral boundary between fluid overpressured compartments. In addition, there is a set of observations indicating that the Red Fault system exhibits rapid episodic migration of fluids. This fault represents an example of preferential pathway for the upward episodic migration of overpressured hydrocarbons from deep, heavily pressured, compartments on time scales of years. The migrations of fluids into active growing faults could take the form of propagating surges (solitary waves) that propagate upward along the fault planes in a wave-like manner at km/yr. Solitary waves represent a very efficient mechanism for the upward transport of fluids along growth faults in sedimentary basins generating its own permeability. In addition, this mechanism is compatible with the fact that the fault plane is observed to sustain a static pore fluid pressure difference between its two sides. The propagation of solitary waves in active growth faults appears as a fundamental mechanism to understand the nature of upward fast migration of fluids along active growth faults in compartimentalized sedimentary basins.

  17. Characters of fluid inclusions in quartz veins in pyroclastic rock of Budate Group, Hailar Basin

    ZHANG Xin-tao; LIU Li; GAO Yu-qiao; SHAO Hong-mei; SHEN Guang-zheng


    It was adopted that the fluorescence microscope, Gas-Flow Heating/Freezing System, Laser-Raman Spectroscopy, etc. are the multimedia techniques for analysing fluid inclusions of quartz veins in Budate Group, Hailar Basin.The results show that fluid inclusions in quartz veins are small (1 ~5 μm) monophase, two-phase (liquid+vapour)aqueous inclusions; the two-phase aqueous inclusions homogeniese to the liquid phase between 120 ~ 180℃, two Laser-Raman Spectroscopy show that both gas phase are enriched in CH4 (94.50% ~99.25% ) and C6H6 (0.75% ~2.70%), under these conditions, inclusions may have come from juvenile fliud followingly the quartz veins formation.While the quartz veins exhibiting different striking luminescence has been proved by cathodoluminescence, it would be belong to secondary hydrocarbon inclusions. The oil inclusions of this stage represent mainly the large scale of oil accumulation, located within the quartz microfracture.

  18. Origin of fluid inclusion water in bedded salt deposits, Palo Duro Basin, Texas

    Salt horizons in the Palo Duro Basin being considered for repository sites contain fluid inclusions which may represent connate water retained in the salt from the time of original salt deposition and/or external waters which have somehow penetrated the salt. The exact origin of this water is important to the question of whether or not internal portions of the salt deposit have been, and are likely to be, isolated from the hydrosphere for long periods of time. The 18O/16O and D/H ratios measured for water extracted from solid salt samples show the inclusions to be dissimilar in isotopic composition to meteoric waters and to formation waters above and below the salt. The fluid inclusions cannot be purely external waters which have migrated into the salt. The isotope data are readily explained in terms of mixed meteoric-marine connate evaporite waters which date back to the time of deposition and early diagenesis of the salt (>250 million years). Any later penetration of the salt by meteoric waters has been insufficient to flush out the connate brines

  19. Study on Fluid Inclusions of Copper and Nickel Ore Deposit in East Hebei Province%冀东孤山子铜镍矿床流体包裹体

    李昌存; 何佳; 杨东鹏; 何凤广


    孤山子超镁铁质岩体是冀东地区重要的磁铁矿源之一,同时也拥有较好的铜镍矿床的成矿条件。流体包裹体的研究表明,该铜镍矿床的流体包裹体主要有3种类型:气液两相包裹体(个别为纯液相包裹体)、富CO2三相包裹体和纯气相包裹体。孤山子铜镍矿床的成矿流体属于中低温、中盐度和中低密度的酸性流体,形成深度约为,成矿流体压力约为106~138 M Pa。%Gushanzi ultrabasic rock mass is one of the important source of magnet in Hebei eastern ,w hich has good metallogenic conditions of copper -nickel .Studies on fluid inclusion show that there are three major types of fluid inclusion :gas-liquid inclusions (individual pure liquid inclusions ) ,rich CO2 three-phase inclusions and pure gas inclusions .Gushanzi copper -nickel deposit ore-forming fluid belongs to a-cidic fluid of mid -low temperature ,middle salinity and mid -low density ,w hich formed under the depth of about 8 5. ~ 9 8. km ,and the pressure of ore -forming fluid was between 106 and 138 Mpa .

  20. Evidence for episodic expulsion of hot fluids along faults near diapiric structures of the Yinggehai Basin, South China Sea

    Xinong Xie; Sitian Li [China University of Geosciences, Wuhan (China). College of Earth Resources; Weiliang Dong; Zhongliang Hu [China Offshore Oil Nanhai West Corp., Zhanjiang (China)


    Diapiric structures are well developed and occur in most of the central part of the Yinggehai Basin, on the western side of the South China margin. A strong thermal anomaly due to hot fluid flows occurs in the diapiric zone, as evidenced from vitrinite reflectance (R{sub o}), clay mineral transformation, and fluid inclusion homogenization temperatures. This anomaly results from hydrothermal fluid flow along vertical faults from overpressured compartments into the overlying Late Miocene and Quaternary sand-rich layers. The magnitude of thermal anomaly is related not only to the distance to which the vertical fault is hydraulically open, but the permeability of rocks interconnected with the faults. Intense heat transfer for convection of fluids occurs in the sand-rich intervals adjacent to vertical faults. Abnormal organic-matter maturation, together with rapid transformation of clay minerals, which occurs at certain intervals within the present-day normally pressured system and normal conductive temperatures in a diapir, can be used to identify palaeo high pressure zones. Abnormal high temperatures measured from a drill-stem test in a diapir can be inferred to be the results of recent expulsion of hydrothermal fluid flow. The results of this study suggest that thermal fluid expulsion along faults plays an important role in the modification of thermal regimes, the enhancement of organic-matter maturation, and rapid transformation of clay minerals, as well as the accumulation of hydrocarbons in diapiric structures of the Yinggehai Basin, South China Sea. (author)

  1. Assessment of the impact of moving fluids on the regional thermal field for the area of Brandenburg (North German Basin)

    Noack, V.; Scheck-Wenderoth, M.; Cacace, M.; Lewerenz, B.


    We present results from numerical simulations of the 3D thermal field for the area of Brandenburg in the North German Basin. The study area encompasses a part of the basin centre in the north, whereas to the south the basin margin is enclosed. Starting with Permocarboniferous volcanic rocks the basin fill is represented by Permian to Cenozoic sediments. A thick layer of mobilized salt (Zechstein, Upper Permian) generated elevated structures such as salt pillows and diapirs. Especially where diapirs pierce their overburden, the overlying deposits are strongly influenced in their thickness and distribution. This special configuration of the Zechstein salt is relevant for the thermal calculations due to the fact that salt has a distinctly higher thermal conductivity than the surrounding sediments and is impermeable to fluid flow. Therefore, the Zechstein salt acts as a conductive chimney for heat and a hydraulic decoupling horizon between the Pre-Permian and the Mesozoic-Cenozoic strata. The latter are characterized by two further quasi-impervious sediment complexes, the Rupelian-clay and the Muschelkalk. These two divide the Post-Permian strata in three main aquifer systems: the Buntsandstein, Keuper to Pre-Rupelian and the Post-Rupelian complex. Based on results from purely conductive modelling we additionally analyse the influence of moving fluids on the shallow temperature field above the Zechstein salt. Therefore coupled fluid flow and heat transfer numerical simulations are carried out to investigate the hydrothermal field. The 3D simulations for the heat transport processes are based on the finite element method. The results indicate that the distribution of thermal conductivities in the basin fill controls the short-wavelength pattern of the temperature distribution whereas the long wavelength pattern results from interaction between the highly conductive crust and low conductive sediments. Furthermore, the results reveal that the shallow temperature field

  2. Fluid evolution and mineralogy of Mn-Fe-barite-fluorite mineralizations at the contact of the Thuringian Basin, Thüringer Wald and Thüringer Schiefergebirge in Germany

    Majzlan Juraj


    Full Text Available Numerous small deposits and occurrences of Mn-Fe-fluorite-barite mineralization have developed at the contact of the Thuringian Basin, Thüringer Wald and Thüringer Schiefergebirge in central Germany. The studied mineralizations comprise the assemblages siderite+ankerite-calcite-fluorite-barite and hematite-Mn oxides-calcite-barite, with the precipitation sequence in that order within each assemblage. A structural geological analysis places the origin of the barite veins between the Middle Jurassic and Early Cretaceous. Primary fluid inclusions contain water vapour and an aqueous phase with NaCl and CaCl2 as the main solutes, with salinities mostly between 24–27 mass. % CaCl2 eq. Th measurements range between 85 °C and 160 °C in barite, between 139 °C and 163 °C in siderite, and between 80 °C and 130 °C in fluorite and calcite. Stable isotopes (S, O point to the evaporitic source of sulphur in the observed mineralizations. The S,C,O isotopic compositions suggest that barite and calcite could not have precipitated from the same fluid. The isotopic composition of the fluid that precipitated barite is close to the sea water in the entire Permo–Mesozoic time span whereas calcite is isotopically distinctly heavier, as if the fluids were affected by evaporation. The fluid evolution in the siliciclastic/volcanic Rotliegend sediments (as determined by a number of earlier petrological and geochemical studies can be correlated with the deposition sequence of the ore minerals. In particular, the bleaching of the sediments by reduced Rotliegend fluids (basinal brines could be the event that mobilized Fe and Mn. These elements were deposited as siderite+ankerite within the Zechstein carbonate rocks and as hematite+Mn oxides within the oxidizing environment of the Permian volcanic and volcanoclastic rocks. A Middle-Jurassic illitization event delivered Ca, Na, Ba, and Pb from the feldspars into the basinal brines. Of these elements, Ba was

  3. On the role of buoyancy force in the ore genesis of SEDEX deposits: Example from Northern Australia


    Finite element modeling on a highly conceptualized 2-D model of fluid flow and heat transport is un-dertaken to simulate the paleo-hydrological system as if the Mount Isa deposits were being formed in the Mount Isa basin, Northern Australia, and to evaluate the potential of buoyancy force in driving ba-sin-scale fluid flow for the formation of sedimentary-exhalative (SEDEX) deposits. Our numerical case studies indicate that buoyancy-driven fluid flow is controlled mainly by the fault penetration depth and its spatial relation with the aquifer. Marine water recharges the basin via one fault and flows through the aquifer where it is heated from below. The heated metalliferous fluid discharges to the basin floor via the other fault. The venting fluid temperatures are computed to be in the range of 115 to 160℃, with fluid velocities of 2.6 to 4.1 m/year over a period of 1 Ma. These conditions are suitable for the formation of a Mount Isa-sized zinc deposit, provided a suitable chemical trap environment is present. Buoyancy force is therefore a viable driving mechanism for basin-scale ore-forming hydrothermal fluid migration, and it is strong enough to lead to the genesis of supergiant SEDEX deposits like the Mount Isa deposit, Northern Australia.

  4. On the role of buoyancy force in the ore genesis of SEDEX deposits: Example from Northern Australia

    YANG JianWen; FENG ZuoHai; LUO XianRong; CHEN YuanRong


    Finite element modeling on a highly conceptualized 2-D model of fluid flow and heat transport is un-dertaken to simulate the paleo-hydrological system as if the Mount Ise deposits were being formed in the Mount Isa basin, Northern Australia, and to evaluate the potential of buoyancy force in driving ba-sin-scale fluid flow for the formation of sedimentary-exhalative (SEDEX) deposits. Our numerical case studies indicate that buoyancy-driven fluid flow is controlled mainly by the fault penetration depth and its spatial relation with the aquifer. Marine water recharges the basin via one fault and flows through the aquifer where it is heated from below. The heated metalliferous fluid discharges to the basin floor via the other fault. The venting fluid temperatures are computed to be in the range of 115 to 160℃, with fluid velocities of 2.6 to 4.1 m/year over a period of 1 Ma. These conditions are suitable for the formation of a Mount Isa-sized zinc deposit, provided a suitable chemical trap environment is present. Buoyancy force is therefore a viable driving mechanism for basin-scale ore-forming hydrothermal fluid migration, and it is strong enough to lead to the genesis of supergiant SEDEX deposits like the Mount Isa deposit, Northern Australia.

  5. 青海东昆仑阿斯哈金矿Ⅰ号脉成矿流体地球化学特征和矿床成因%Geochemical Features of Ore-Forming Fluids and Metallogenesis of Vein Ⅰ in Asiha Gold Ore Deposit,Eastern Kunlun,Qinghai Province

    李碧乐; 沈鑫; 陈广俊; 杨延乾; 李永胜


    The Asiha gold ore deposit is located in the east part of the middle uplifted basement and granitic belt which is one important gold and ferro-polymetallic metallogenic belt in eastern Kunlun. The Early Indosinian diorite and biotite granite are the main ore-hosting rocks, while the NNE and NW-trending faults are major ore-bearing structures in the mine area. Vein I is one of the major auriferous veins, and is closely related to the minette spatially. Fluid inclusions in quartz crystals can be classified into aqueous two-phase and CO2-rich three-phase inclusion. Salinities of fluid inclusions contents of NaCl range from 1. 83% to 8. 13%, densities range from 0. 69 to 0. 87 g/cm3, and homogenization temperatures range from 155. 3 'C to 425. 6 °C, In mineralization stage I , fluid inclusions are characterized by low salinity, high-temperature, and CO2-rich. In mineralization stage Ⅱ , CO2-rich fluid inclusions and gas-liquid two-phase inclusions coexist, which show the immiscibility or boiling characterized by CO2 escaping, and resulted in salinity increasing of the residual fluid. Fluid inclusions in mineralized stage Ⅲ are the gas-liquid two-phase inclusions. Charteristics of fluid inclusions, accompanied with H, O, S isotopic compositions, indicates that the ore-forming fluid is mainly mantle-derived and additional meteoric water in the late stage. By analyzing of Laser Raman spectrum, the gas-phase in fluid inclusions chiefly make up of CO2 ,CH4 and N2. According to the diagram of isochore, the ore-forming pressure can be calculated to almost 98 - 132 MPa,the ore-forming depth ranges from 8. 16 -9.58 km. By contrast to other typical orogenic gold deposits, A conclusion can be safely darwn that Asiha gold deposit belongs to the mesozonal orogenic gold deposit, and the gold mineralization occured in the transition period from compression to extension tectonic environment during intro-continental orogenic movement in Early Indosinian.%阿斯哈金矿位于东

  6. A possible metallogenic model and analysis of potential resources of Xiangshan uranium ore field

    Based on analysis of metallogenic dynamics process, geological characteristics and geochemistry of Xiangshan uranium ore field, uranium metallogenic model is discussed to guide uranium metallogenic prognosis and analysis of re- sources potential. REE geochemical characteristics, diagenetic and mineralization ages indicate that volcanic rock series in Xiangshan derived from melt of crust materials and are products of pulsating events of the same magma chamber. Di- agenesis of granitic porphyry and metallogenesis are consecutive geological events. On basis of research of fluids of wall rock alteration, REE geochemical feature and regional distribution characteristics of uranium abundance, regional uranium bearing strata are considered as the primary source for metallogenic substances, Xiangshan volcanic basin became uranium accumulative area with the help of volcanism and magmatism. Hydrothermal solution in post magmatism is rich in uranium. Interaction between fluid and rock promotes evolution of hydrothermal solution in post magmatism into metallogenic fluid, further produces process of uranium metallogenesis, eventually forms two-later spatial structure of 'volcanic lava and granitic porphyry' of uranium metallogenesis. There are greater exploration space and resources potential in the north and west parts of the ore field. Caldera, volcanic neck and volcanic pipe, and their peripheries are worth exploration. Total uranium resources of Xiangshan ore field are optimistically predicted to super-large size. (authors)

  7. Drilling the centre of the Thuringian Basin, Germany, to decipher potential interrelation between shallow and deep fluid systems

    Kukowski, Nina; Totsche, Kai Uwe; Abratis, Michael; Habisreuther, Annett; Ward, Timothy; Influins Drilling-Team


    To shed light on the coupled dynamics of near surface and deep fluids in a sedimentary basin on various scales, ranging from the pore scale to the extent of an entire basin, is of paramount importance to understand the functioning of sedimentary basins fluid systems and therefore e.g. drinking water supply. It is also the fundamental goal of INFLUINS (INtegrated FLuid dynamics IN Sedimentary basins), a research initiative of several groups from Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena and their partners. This research association is focusing on the nearby Thuringian basin, a well confined, small intra-continental sedimentary basin in Germany, as a natural geo laboratory. In a multidisciplinary approach, embracing different fields of geophysics like seismic reflection profiling or airborne geomagnetics, structural geology, sedimentology, hydrogeology, hydrochemistry and hydrology, remote sensing, microbiology and mineralogy, among others, and including both, field-based, laboratory-based and computer-based research, an integral INFLUINS topic is the potential interaction of aquifers within the basin and at its rims. The Thuringian basin, which is composed of sedimentary rocks from the latest Paleozoic and mainly Triassic, is particularly suited to undertake such research as it is of relative small size, about 50 to 100 km, easily accessible, and quite well known from previous studies, and therefore also a perfect candidate for deep drilling. After the acquisition of 76 km seismic reflection data in spring 2011, to get as much relevant data as possible from a deep drilling at the cross point between two seismic profiles with a limited financial budget, an optimated core sampling and measuring strategy including partial coring, borehole geophysics and pump tests as well as a drill hole design, which enables for later continuation of drilling down to the basement, had been developed. Drilling Triassic rocks from Keuper to lower Buntsandstein was successfully realised down

  8. Source of ore-forming components at the Peak mine, Cobar, NSW - evidence from isotope studies

    -lead was initially concentrated within basement granites, then remobilised by hydrothermal fluids into the Cobar Basin sequences. The source of ore fluids at Peak also have been traced by their hydrogen and oxygen isotope compositions. Inclusion fluids within sulphide minerals, including chalcopyrite, sphalerite and galena from paragenetic stages 2 and 4 have been extracted for hydrogen and oxygen isotope analyses. Inclusion fluids from various stages of vein quartz were also analysed for hydrogen isotope compositions. Stage-2 major Cu-Au mineralisation appears to be related to fluids of significantly low δ18O and δD values, ranging from -6.3 to 3.4 per mil and -115 to -96 per mil, respectively. Fluids responsible for the stage-4 major Pb-Zn-Ag mineralisation at Peak are also characterised by low δ18O and δD values between -4.6 and 1.6 per mil, and 110 and -68 per mil, respectively. In contrast, fluids corresponding to formations of the vein quartz have remarkably large δ18O and δD values (-0.5 to 9.9 per mil and -71 to -41 per mil, respectively. It is inferred that depleted δ18O and δD values of inclusion fluids within sulphide minerals from the two stages of ore mineralisation at Peak favour a model of deeply circulated meteoric fluid involvement, not metamorphic fluids. S, Cl and F would be the most important anions involved with complexing and transport of ore-forming elements. Hydrothermal, syngenetic and metamorphic sulphide minerals in the ore and metasedimentary rocks have been analysed for sulphur isotope analysis. The δ34S values for all sulphide minerals from various ore bodies define a relatively narrow range between 5.4 and 8.9 per mil. However, the δ34S distributions for both syngenetic and metamorphic pyrite and pyrrhotite from the country rocks are significantly different from the values obtained for ore sulphides. δ34S values for syngenetic pyrite and pyrrhotite exhibit large positive values ranging from 16.3 to 17.2 per mil. In contrast, δ34S

  9. Mantle fluid metallogeny of granite-type uranium deposits in northern Guangdong

    Both Guidong and Zhuguang composites in northern Guangdong Province consist of Indosinian and Yanshanian granite bodies. The two most well-known granite-type uranium ore fields in China, Xiazhuang and Changjiang, are located in the eastern parts of the the two composites, respectively. Studies on H, O, C, Pb, Sr, and Nd isotopes of uranium deposits Xiwang, Shituling and Xianshi within the Xiazhuang ore field and deposit Mianhuakeng within the Changjiang ore field showed that ore-forming fluid had DH2O of -97∼-4.1% and δ18OH2O of 8.1∼0.06%; post-ore fluid had δDH2O of -71∼-5% and δDH2O of 2.0∼-0.94%. After being compared with various fluids, these data suggested the ore-forming fluids were mainly composed of mantle fluid, whereas in the post-mineralization fluids, addition of fluids with meteoric water origin became evident or even dominant. Calcites from ore veins had δ13C of -9.2∼-0.31%, indicating mantle origin of ΣCO2. Studies of Pb, Sr and Nd isotopes revealed that ore-forming materials were a mixture of metal elements coming from granites, mafic dikes and basement metamorphic rocks. Mantle fluid metallogeny of these uranium deposits was compatible with the following geological facts. The deposits in Xiazhuang and Changjiang ore fields fell into super large ones. Within the ore fields, there were many mafic dikes of various groups and strike directions. Fault-depression basins were developed outside the granite composites. The timing and space of ore formation were closely related to the extension tectonic event (or emplacement of mafic dikes. The ore components were characterized by multiple origins. Both permissively and zoned distributions of alkaline alterations were strong and the mineralization fluids were originated from the mantle. The mineralization model could be described as follows: Fluids from Dehydration and degassing of subducting slabs in the late Mesozoic altered the mantle in the mantle wedge by metasomatism to form mantle

  10. Sedimentary exhalative nickel-molybdenum ores in south China

    Lott, D.A.; Coveney, R.M., Jr.; Murowchick, J.B.; Grauch, R.I.


    Unique bedded Ni-Mo ores hosted by black shales were discovered in localized paleobasins along the Yangzte platform of southern China in 1971. Textural evidence and radiometric dates imply ore formation during sedimentation of black shales that grade into readily combustible beds, termed stone coals, which contain 10 to 15 percent organic carbon. Studies of 427 fluid inclusions indicate extreme variation in hydrothermal brine salinities that were contained by Proterozoic dolostones underlying the ore zone in Hunan and Guizhou. Variations of fluid inclusion salinities, which range from 0.1 to 21.6 wt percent NaCl equiv, are attributed to differences in the compositions of brines in strata underlying the ore bed, complicated by the presence of seawater and dilute fluids that represent condensates of vapors generated by boiling of mineralizing fluids or Cambrian meteoric water. The complex processes of ore deposition led to scattered homogenization temperatures ranging from 100??to 187??C within the Hunan ore zone and from 65??to 183??C within the Guizhou ore zone. While living organisms probably did not directly accumulate metals in situ in sufficient amounts to explain the unusually high grades of the deposits, sulfur isotope ratios indicate that bacteria, now preserved as abundant microfossils, provided sufficient sulfide for the ores by reduction of seawater sulfate. Such microbiota may have depended on vent fluids and transported organic matter for key nutrients and are consistent with a sedex origin for the ores. Vent fluids interacted with organic remains, including rounded fragments of microbial mats that were likely transported to the site of ore deposition by the action of waves and bottom currents prior to replacement by ore minerals.

  11. Geology of eastern Smith Lake ore trend, Grants mineral belt

    The sandstones in the Brushy Basin Member of the Morrison Formation (Jurassic) are the ore-bearing horizons of the eastern Smith Lake area. The Brushy Basin Member in this district consists of three sandstones with interbedded mudstones. Only the lower two sandstones contain ore. The sandstones are fine to coarse grained, well rounded, and arkosic, representing continental stream sediments. The lower sandstone contains rollfront ore. The redox interface is laterally extensive and well defined, extending at least 7 mi (11 km) west of the Bluewater fault zone. The ore generally occurs at the redox boundary but occasionally will be up to 1500 ft (450 m) updip. Limonitic alteration, where present, is downdip from the hematitic zone and is 100-1,500 ft (30 to 450 m) wide. The middle sandstone contains both trend ore and roll-front ore. The trend ore occurs downdip from the redox front in unoxidized ground. The redox front in the middle sand is also laterally extensive but displays a wedge shape, rather than a C shape. The clay assemblages of the two types of ore are different: the trend ore occurs in sands with the pore spaces filled with kaolinite; the roll-front ore is associated with altered illite-montmorillonite as grain coatings. Hematitic alteration is asociated with the latter. A second stage of kaolinite coats the illite-montmorillonite. Two periods of mineralization are suggested, but no absolute dates are known. The trend ore is the oldest (Jurassic) and is similar to the ore found in unoxidized ground elsewhere in the Grants region. The rollfront ore could be Laramide or post-Laramide because of its association with local Laramide structures

  12. 吉林荒沟山金矿床成矿流体特征%Geochemical Characteristics of Ore-Forming Fluid in Huanggoushan Gold Deposit,Jilin Province

    周向斌; 李剑锋; 王可勇; 梁一鸿; 张淼; 韦烈民; 王志高


    荒沟山金矿床为吉南老岭金-多金属成矿带内较具代表性矿床之一,产于元古宇老岭群珍珠门组地层之中,受韧性剪切带构造控制。按地质特征、矿物组合及矿脉之间的穿切关系,将荒沟山金矿床热液成矿作用划分为Ⅰ黄铁矿-毒砂-石英阶段和Ⅱ晚期辉锑矿-乳白色石英两个阶段。系统的流体包裹体岩相学及显微测温研究表明:Ⅰ阶段石英中发育含 CO 2三相、碳质及气液两相3种类型的原生流体包裹体,成矿流体属不混溶的中低温、低盐度 NaCl-H 2 O-CO 2体系热液,在成矿过程中发生过不混溶作用而导致金等有用元素沉淀富集;Ⅱ阶段石英颗粒中主要发育气液两相包裹体,成矿流体属均匀的 NaCl-H 2 O 体系热液。碳、氢、氧同位素研究表明,Ⅰ阶段成矿流体主要来源于岩浆热液,Ⅱ阶段流体除继承早阶段的热液外,还有大气降水的混入;δD 和δ13 CV-PDB 值分析结果证明两个成矿阶段流体均与地层发生过较强的水岩反应。矿床成因属于中温岩浆热液矿床。%Occurred in Zhenzhumen Formation of Laoling Group of Proterozoic Era and controlled by ductile shear belt,the Huanggoushan gold deposit is one of the most representative deposits in Laoling gold-polymetallic metallogenic belt in southern Jilin Province.Based on the geological characteristics,mineral assemblage and the crosscutting relationship between different kinds of veins,the hydrothermal mineralization processes can be divided into two main stages,namely,stageⅠpyrite arseno-pyrite quartz and stageⅡ later stibnite-milky quartz.Systematic study on petrography and microthermometry of fluid inclusions shows that quartz of Stage Ⅰcontains three types of primary fluid inclusions,which are CO 2 bearing three phases,carbonic and aqueous two phases inclusions respectively,and the ore forming fluid is of medium to low temperature and low salinity NaCl-H 2 O-CO 2 kind of

  13. Ore-forming and Exploration Models of the Baguamiao Gold Deposit, Shaanxi Province


    The Baguamiao superlarge gold deposit in Shaanxi Province is one of the typical cases in China that are hosted by sedimentary rocks. Explorers and researchers have discussed the gold mineralization enrichment conditions by studying sulphur, oxygen, carbon, silicon stable isotopes and mineralizing fluid features of the Baguamiao gold deposit and proposed a hydrothermal sedimentation-magmatic reconstructing gold mineralization model featuring multi-sources of ore-forming materials and multistage mineralizations. In addition, prospecting for "Baguamiao-type"gold deposits was started in the Fengtai Basin and a great number of important prospecting targets such as Tonglinggou, Simaoling, Guoansi and Dachaigou were discovered.

  14. Subsurface plumbing and fluid expulsion from sedimentary basins: evidence from the sedimentary record offshore West Africa (Invited)

    Huuse, M.


    Many petroliferous basins around the world show evidence for fluid expulsion and seepage on the land surface or seafloor. However, not all fluid expulsion features are evidence of a working hydrocarbon systems and one needs to carefully evaluate fluid expulsion features and their associated geology and in particular their plumbing systems before inferring the nature of the expelled fluids. Geochemical fingerprinting of the migrating fluids may be sampled directly or via carbonate cements secreted in association with focus fluid conduits and may help determine the nature of the expelled fluids including their stratigraphic origin. When such evidence is unavailable, one may have to rely on remote sensing, including 3D seismic characterization in order to assess the nature of expelled fluids and links with hydrocarbon migration and/or ‘normal’ diagenetic fluid expulsion. This paper presents 3D seismic case studies of pockmarks, fluid flow pipes and polygonal fault systems which show evidence of both deep and shallow sources of expelled fluids and discuss the different controls on their occurrence and significance. Importantly, there is evidence of both conducting and sealing behaviours of polygonal fault sytems. Bottom-Simulating Reflections from interfaces between free gas and overlying gas hydrate occur in a variety of manifestations and may be linked with both deep and shallow sources of methane. Their depth of occurrence relative to seafloor depth may be used to infer local geothermal gradients and it is shown that underlying salt causes BSRs to shallow, indicative of a doubling of the geothermal gradient above salt structures compared to the adjacent salt mini basins. It is further suggested that salt structures on the middle slope serve a dual purpose as trap and leak-forming features, with traps focused on the down-dip side of overhanging diapirs and leaks located on the updip side and flanks. Associated leakage phenomena include gas and gas hydrate

  15. Tectonic evolution and its control over ore-formation of interlayer oxidized zone sandstone-type uranium deposit at southern margin of Turpan-Hami basin

    The tectonic evolution is divided into four stages at the southern margin of Turpan-Hami basin: (1) the development of Xinjiang oldland; (2) the sedimentation of passive-continental margin in the south of Junggar (Turpan-Hami) plate; (3) the accretion nappes of the force-arc margin and the development of foreland-like basin in the island (C2-T); (4) the development of sub-orogenic belt and the slope zone (J-Q). The third stage provided favourable material source and the emplacement space for interlayer oxidized zone-type uranium deposit. The fourth stage of the tectonic evolution was the time for the formation of intramountain basin and controlled the occurrence of the interlayer oxidized zone and sandstone-type uranium deposit

  16. 新疆阿尔泰托莫尔特铁(锰)矿床成矿流体研究%A study of ore-forming fluids of Tuomoerte Fe-(Mn) deposit in Altay, Xinjiang

    张志欣; 杨富全; 黄承科; 刘锋; 柴凤梅; 耿新霞


    托莫尔特铁(锰)矿床赋存于上志留统一下泥盆统康布铁堡组上亚组变质火山-沉积岩系中.矿床的形成经历了火山沉积期、岩浆热液叠加改造期和区域变质期,火山沉积期为铁和锰主要成矿期.火山沉积期石英中流体包裹体类型以气液两相包裹体为主,均一温度集中于170~300℃,峰值为190℃,流体的ω(NaClq)为3.23%~22.71%,密度为0.62~ 1.09 g/cm3,气相和液相成分表明成矿流体富含Na+、Cl和H2O,为中-低温、中-低盐度、中-低密度的H2O-NaCl体系.区域变质期石英中以发育含液体CO2包裹体为特征,完全均一温度介于210~523℃,w(NaCleq)为4.80%~11.33%,密度为0.85~1.05 g/cm3,气相和液相成分表明流体富含Na+、Cl、SO2-4、CO2、CH4、C2H6和N2,显示成矿流体为中-高温、中-低盐度、中-低密度的H2O-CO2-CH4-N2-NaCl体系.氢和氧同位素特征表明,火山沉积期成矿流体为海水和岩浆水的混合,区域变质期成矿流体主要为变质水混合深循环的大气降水.%The Tuomoerte Fe-(Mn) deposit occurs in metavolcanic-sedimentary sequence within the upper subforma-tion of Upper Silurian-Lower Devonian Kangbutiebao Formation. Field evidence and petrographic observation indicate three periods of metallogenesis, i. e. , volcano-sedimentation, magmatic-hydrothermal activity and regional metamorphism. The majority of the Fe-Mn metallogenic activity occurred during the volcano-sedimentation period. The homogenization temperatures of the liquid inclusions in quartz of the volcano-sedimentation period are concentrated between 170℃ and 300℃, with a peak temperature of 190℃, the salinities range from 3.23 % to 22.71 % , and the densities range from 0.62 to 1.09 g/cm3. The vapor and liquid composition of fluid inclusions in this period show that the ore-forming fluid was rich in Na+ , Cl and H2O, indicating that the ore-forming fluid was of moderate-low temperature, moderate-low salinity and

  17. Structural and fluid-density controls on the flow system in the Paleozoic arches and basins of the Midwest

    Gupta, N.; Bair, E.S. (Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States). Dept. of Geological Sciences)


    Although many conceptual, theoretical, and field studies document the effects of topographic driving forces and the effects of variations in hydraulic conductivity on regional flow patterns, few studies document the effects of fluid-density-related driving forces on regional flow patterns. These few studies indicate that variations in the density of formation fluids in large sedimentary basins are common and can have a pronounced effect on the interpretation of flow directions and flow velocities. The authors goal is to develop an understanding of the influence of fluid-density variations on regional groundwater flow patterns in the Cambrian Mt. Simon Sandstone in the midwestern United States. This was accomplished using data contained in various geologic and hydrologic reports, results of drill-stem tests and core analyses, and information in petitions submitted by waste-injection operators as part of the federal LANDBAN program. These data were incorporated into a regional, three-dimensional, steady-state, finite-difference flow model used to simulate flow of variable-density fluids in the Mt. Simon Sandstone and in 10 overlying hydrostratigraphic units. The model covers an area of approximately 275,000 square miles, including all or parts of 8 states. Simulations were performed using equivalent-freshwater heads and using variable-fluid densities in a 12-layer model representing the entire stratigraphic sequence from the basal Cambrian Sandstone through the Pennsylvanian System and Pleistocene deposits. The results indicate that structural features such as the Cincinnati Arch and surrounding basins control the locations of ground-water divides and flow velocities. In areas of high fluid densities, flow directions and velocities show significant differences compared with flow directions and velocities based on freshwater heads.

  18. Geology and geochemistry of the Macheng Algoma-type banded iron-formation, North China Craton: Constraints on mineralization events and genesis of high-grade iron ores

    Wu, Huaying; Niu, Xianglong; Zhang, Lianchang; Pirajno, Franco; Luo, Huabao; Qin, Feng; Cui, Minli; Wang, Changle; Qi, Min


    The Macheng iron deposit is located in the eastern Hebei province of the North China Craton (NCC). It is hosted in Neoarchean metamorphic rocks of Baimiaozi formation in the Dantazi Group, consisting of biotite-leptynite, plagioclase-gneiss, plagioclase-amphibolite, migmatite, migmatitic granite and quartz schist. Geochemical analyses of the host biotite leptynite and plagioclase amphibolites show that their protoliths are both volcanics, inferred to be trachytic basalt and basaltic andesite, respectively. Based on the geochemical signature of the host rocks, together with geology of the iron deposit, it is inferred that the Macheng BIF is an Algoma-type iron exhalative formation, formed in an arc-related basin in the Neoarchean. Post-Archean Australian Shale (PAAS)-normalized rare earth elements (REEs) plus yttrium (Y) concentrations of different BIF ores with gneissic, striated and banded structure in the Macheng deposit, show similar patterns with depletions in light rare earth elements (LREEs) and middle rare earth elements (MREEs) relative to heavy rare earth elements (HREEs) and with apparently positive La, Y and Eu anomalies. Y/Ho ratios of the gneissic, striated and banded BIF ores vary from 37 to 56. These geochemical features of the BIF ores reveal their affinity with the sea water and the presence of a high-temperature hydrothermal component, indicating that both the seawater and high temperature hydrothermal fluids derived from alteration of oceanic basalts and komatiites may contribute to formation of the Macheng BIF. Geological, mineralogical and geochemical studies of the Macheng deposit recognized two kinds of high-grade iron ores. One is massive oxidized high-grade ore (Fe2O3T = 74.37-86.20 wt.%), mainly consisting of hematite with some magnetite, which shows geochemical characteristics of the gneissic, striated and banded BIF ores. The other type is magnetite high-grade ore, also massive and consisting of magnetite, with distinct characteristics

  19. The Ancient Ore-forming Fluids Study of Neglasari Mine in West Java, Indonesia%印度尼西亚西爪哇内格拉萨金矿区古成矿流体研究

    徐晓璐; 高建国; 张利军


    通过对比研究各种类型矿石的化学组分、矿物共生组合、围岩蚀变特征,以及包体测温数据,初步认为金在古成矿流体在中低温、低氧逸度、pH值接近中性的物理化学环境中,以硫氢络合物(Au(HS))的形式迁移.流体物理化学环境的骤变是引起矿质元素沉淀的内因;而诱发物理化学环境改变的主要外界因素是流体的沸腾作用和硫化作用.基于研究区的大地构造背景、区域成矿带及矿区地质特征,提出“本区矿床属于火山-次火山杂岩成矿体系,相应的热液系统为与火山-次火山杂岩有关的岩浆-大气降水热液系统”的假设,并利用该假设解释本区矿床的成因.%In terms of the chemical composition, symbiotic mineral complexes of various ores, the characteris tics of wall-rock alteration, and homogenization temperature data of fluid inclusions, it is preliminarily concluded that gold in ancient ore-forming fluids migrated as ( Au ( HS) 2 ) under the condition which is low temperature, hy-poxia fugacity and pH close to neutral. The sudden change of physical chemistry condition is the essential cause that leaded gold in hydrothermal fluids to precipitation. And the outer inducement factors that caused physical chemistry environment change are primary fluids boiling and sulfuration. Based on the tectonic setting , regional metallogenic belt and geological characteristics of the mining area, one hypothesis deposit in mining area a part of a volcano-subvolcano complex metallogenic system. And the corresponding hydrothermal system is volcanic-subvocan-ic magma-ground water hydrothermal system is committed. It is easy to interpreter the genesis of this deposit in this mining area with this hypothesis.

  20. Fluid flow in the northern Broad Fourteens Basin during Late Cretaceous inversion

    Oude Essink, Gualbert


    A basin-scale hydrogeological study of the inverted northern Broad Fourteens Basin, Netherlands offshore, has resulted in a reconstruction of geological evolution, an estimate of Late Cretaceous topography and model scenarios of syn-inversion meteoric water infiltration. This study was performed in

  1. Modeling fluid flow and heat transfer at Basin and Range faults: preliminary results for Leach hot springs, Nevada

    López, Dina L.; Smith, Leslie; Storey, Michael L.


    The hydrothermal systems of the Basin and Range Province are often located at or near major range bounding normal faults. The flow of fluid and energy at these faults is affected by the advective transfer of heat and fluid from an to the adjacent mountain ranges and valleys, This paper addresses the effect of the exchange of fluid and energy between the country rock, the valley fill sediments, and the fault zone, on the fluid and heat flow regimes at the fault plane. For comparative purposes, the conditions simulated are patterned on Leach Hot Springs in southern Grass Valley, Nevada. Our simulations indicated that convection can exist at the fault plane even when the fault is exchanging significant heat and fluid with the surrounding country rock and valley fill sediments. The temperature at the base of the fault decreased with increasing permeability of the country rock. Higher groundwater discharge from the fault and lower temperatures at the base of the fault are favored by high country rock permabilities and fault transmissivities. Preliminary results suggest that basal temperatures and flow rates for Leach Hot Springs can not be simulated with a fault 3 km deep and an average regional heat flow of 150 mW/m2 because the basal temperature and mass discharge rates are too low. A fault permeable to greater depths or a higher regional heat flow may be indicated for these springs.

  2. Sequential extraction and compositional analysis of oil-bearing fluid inclusions in reservoir rocks from Kuche Depression, Tarim Basin


    The free oils, adsorbed oils and oil-bearing fluid inclusions have been extracted separately and analyzed by GC and GC-MS in reservoir rock samples collected from the Kuche Depression. The results demonstrate that the molecular compositions of oil-bearing fluid inclusions are significantly different from those of the free oils (the current oils). Compared with the current oil, the oil-bearing fluid inclusions are characterized by relatively high values of parameters Pr/nC17and Ph/nC18, low values of Pr/Ph, hopanes/steranes, C30-diahopane/C30-hopane and Ts/Tm, low content of C29Ts terpane and high maturities as indicated by C29 steranes 20S/(20R+20S). In addition, the oil-bearing fluid inclusions correlate very well with the oils in northern and central Tarim Basin, which were derived from Cambrian-Ordovician marine source rocks. The adsorbedoils appear to be an intermediate type between free oils and oil-bearing fluid inclusions. The above analytical data indicate that there are at least two oil-charging episodes for these reservoir rock samples. The early charging oils were derived from Cambrian-Ordovician marine source rocks, and the later charging oils, from Triassic-Jurassic terrestrial source rocks. The primary marine oils were overwhelmingly diluted by the following terrestrial oils.

  3. Oil shales, evaporites and ore deposits

    Eugster, Hans P.


    elevated temperatures and with carbonates as principal host rocks. The Pine Point deposits are cited for their close association with evaporites. Alkaline, metal-rich brines are postulated for the HYC deposit of McArthur River, Australia. Such brines are known from the Green River Formation and deposits formed from such brines constitute the GRT class. They can be recognized by the presence of Magadi-type cherts and zeolite-analcime-K-spar tuffs. The Cu-Co ore bodies of Outokumpu, Finland, might also belong to this type. A new classification of sedimentary ore deposits is proposed, based on their geochemical environment. KST and MVT are formed from acid ore fluids, while GRT and CT (Creede type) are derived from basic ore fluids. pH of the fluids is best evaluated not from the ores themselves, but from their effect on the host-rocks.

  4. Mineralogical and geochemical features of ore-forming conditions of endogenous uranium deposits in the Eastern Europe and CIS

    Results of long-lasting integrated studies from main uranium ore provinces in a large region are presented. Compositions of ore minerals and their relationship to ore-forming processes are discussed and a mineralogical and geochemical classification of the deposits is given. Patterns of fluid-system evolution are revealed and the possible fluid sources are discussed. (author)

  5. Methane-rich fluid inclusions and their hosting volcanic reservoir rocks of the Songliao Basin, NE China

    WANG Pu-Jun; HOU Qi-jun; CHENG Ri-hui; LI Quan-lin; GUO Zhen-hua; HUANG Yu-long


    Methane-rich fluids were recognized to be hosted in the reservoir volcanic rocks as primary inclusions.Samples were collected from core-drillings of volcanic gas reservoirs with reversed δ12C of alkane in the Xujiaweizi depression of the Songliao Basin. The volcanic rocks are rhyolite dominant being enriched in the more incompatible elements like Cs, Rb, Ba, Th, U and Th with relative high LREE, depleted HREE and negative anomalies of Ti and Nb,suggesting a melt involving both in mantle source and crustal assimilation. Primary fluids hosted in the volcanic rocks should have the same provenance with the magma. The authors concluded that the enclosed CH4 in the volcanics are mantle/magma-derived alkane and the reversed δ13C of alkane in the corresponding gas reservoirs is partly resulted from mixture between biogenic and abiogenic gases.

  6. Diagenesis and Fluid Flow History in Sandstones of the Upper Permian Black Jack Formation, Gunnedah Basin, Eastern Australia

    BAI Guoping; John B. KEENE


    The fluid flow history during diagenesis of sandstones in the Upper Permian Black Jack Formation of the Gunnedah Basin has been investigated through integrated petrographic observations, fluid inclusion investigations and stable isotope analyses. The early precipitation of mixed-layer illite/smectite, siderite, calcite, ankerite and kaolin proceeded at the presence of Late Permian connate meteoric waters at temperatures of up to 60℃. These evolved connate pore waters were also parental to quartz, which formed at temperatures of up to 87℃. The phase of maximum burial was characterized by development of filamentous illite and late calcite at temperatures of up to ~90℃. Subsequent uplifting and cooling led to deep meteoric influx from surface, which in turn resulted in dissolution of labile grains and carbonate cements, and formation of second generation of kaolin. Dawsonite was the last diagenetic mineral precipitated and its formation is genetically related to deep-seated mamagtic sourced CO2.

  7. Ores and Climate Change - Primary Shareholders

    Stein, Holly J.; Hannah, Judith L.


    Many in the economic geology community concern themselves with details of ore formation at the deposit scale, whether tallying fluid inclusion data to get at changes in ore-forming fluids or defining structures that aid and abet mineralization. These compilations are generally aimed at interpretation of events at the site of ore formation, with the goal being assignment of the deposit to a sanctioned ore deposit model. While providing useful data, this approach is incomplete and does not, by itself, serve present-day requirements for true interdisciplinary science. The ore-forming environment is one of chaos and disequilibrium at nearly all scales (Stein, 2014). Chaos and complexity are documented by variably altered rocks, veins or disseminated mineralization with multi-generational fluid histories, erratic and unusual textures in host rocks, and the bitumen or other hydrocarbon products entwined within many ore deposits. This should give pause to our drive for more data as a means to find "the answer". The answer lies in the kind of data collected and more importantly, in the way we interpret those data. Rather than constructing an ever-increasing catalog of descriptive mutations on sanctioned ore deposit models (e.g., IOGC or Iron-Oxide Copper Gold deposits), the way forward is to link source and transport of metals, sulfur, and organic material with regional and ultimately whole Earth chemical evolution. Important experimental work provides chemical constraints in controlled and behaved environments. To these data, we add imagination and interpretation, always tying back to field observations. In this paper, several key points are made by way of ore deposit examples: (1) many IOCG deposits are outcomes of profound changes in the chemistry of the Earth's surface, in the interplay of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere; (2) the redox history of Fe in deep earth may be ultimately expressed in the ore-forming sequence; and (3) the formation of

  8. Coincidence or not? Interconnected gas/fluid migration and ocean-atmosphere oscillations in the Levant Basin

    Lazar, Michael; Lang, Guy; Schattner, Uri


    A growing number of studies on shallow marine gas/fluid systems from across the globe indicate their abundance throughout geological epochs. However, these episodic events have not been fully integrated into the fundamental concepts of continental margin development, which are thought to be dictated by three elements: tectonics, sedimentation and eustasy. The current study focuses on the passive sector of the Levant Basin on the eastern Mediterranean continental margin where these elements are well constrained, in order to isolate the contribution of gas/fluid systems. Single-channel, multichannel and 3D seismic reflection data are interpreted in terms of variance, chaos, envelope and sweetness attributes. Correlation with the Romi-1 borehole and sequence boundaries constrains interpretation of seismic stratigraphy. Results show a variety of fluid- or gas-related features such as seafloor and subsurface pockmarks, volumes of acoustic blanking, bright spots, conic pinnacle mounds, gas chimneys and high sweetness zones that represent possible secondary reservoirs. It is suggested that gas/fluid migrate upwards along lithological conduits such as falling-stage systems tracts and sequence boundaries during both highstands and lowstands. In all, 13 mid-late Pleistocene sequence boundaries are accompanied by independent evidence of 13 eustatic sea-level drops. Whether this connection is coincidental or not requires further research. These findings fill gaps between previously reported sporadic appearances throughout the Levant Basin and margin and throughout geological time from the Messinian until the present day, and create a unified framework for understanding the system as a whole. Repetitive appearance of these features suggests that their role in the morphodynamics of continental margins is more important than previously thought and thus may constitute one of the key elements of continental margin development.

  9. Coincidence or not? Interconnected gas/fluid migration and ocean-atmosphere oscillations in the Levant Basin

    Lazar, Michael; Lang, Guy; Schattner, Uri


    A growing number of studies on shallow marine gas/fluid systems from across the globe indicate their abundance throughout geological epochs. However, these episodic events have not been fully integrated into the fundamental concepts of continental margin development, which are thought to be dictated by three elements: tectonics, sedimentation and eustasy. The current study focuses on the passive sector of the Levant Basin on the eastern Mediterranean continental margin where these elements are well constrained, in order to isolate the contribution of gas/fluid systems. Single-channel, multichannel and 3D seismic reflection data are interpreted in terms of variance, chaos, envelope and sweetness attributes. Correlation with the Romi-1 borehole and sequence boundaries constrains interpretation of seismic stratigraphy. Results show a variety of fluid- or gas-related features such as seafloor and subsurface pockmarks, volumes of acoustic blanking, bright spots, conic pinnacle mounds, gas chimneys and high sweetness zones that represent possible secondary reservoirs. It is suggested that gas/fluid migrate upwards along lithological conduits such as falling-stage systems tracts and sequence boundaries during both highstands and lowstands. In all, 13 mid-late Pleistocene sequence boundaries are accompanied by independent evidence of 13 eustatic sea-level drops. Whether this connection is coincidental or not requires further research. These findings fill gaps between previously reported sporadic appearances throughout the Levant Basin and margin and throughout geological time from the Messinian until the present day, and create a unified framework for understanding the system as a whole. Repetitive appearance of these features suggests that their role in the morphodynamics of continental margins is more important than previously thought and thus may constitute one of the key elements of continental margin development.

  10. The Vein-type Zn-(Pb, Cu, As, Hg) mineralization at Fedj Hassene ore field, North-Western Tunisia: Mineralogy, Trace Elements, Sulfur Isotopes and Fluid Inclusions; Le champ filonien a Zn-(Pb, Cu, As, Hg) du district minier de Fedj Hassene (Nord Ouest de la Tunisie): Mineralogie, Elements en traces, Isotopes du Soufre et Inclusions Fluides

    Bejaouil, J.; Bouhlel, S.; Barca, D.; Braham, A.


    The Fedj Hassene district is localized at the edge of the Tuniso-Algerian border 10 km of Ghardimaou area. It consists of a Zn-Pb vein type with minor amounts of Cu-As-Hg. The total Zn reserves are about 370.000t. The mineralization occurs within sub parallel fractures to the Ain El Kohla ESE-WNW fault. Host rocks consist of limestones and marly limestones of the Middle Turonian. In the principal lode of Fedj Hassene, the mineralization occurs as vein filling of massive and brecciated brown sphalerite and minor galena ore with gangue. Other trace minerals are pyrite, chalcopyrite, orpiment, realgar, smithsonite and cerussite. LA-ICP-MS analyses in sphalerites show mean contents of 0,84 wt% Fe, 0,14 wt% Cd and 0,02 wt% Mn Ore. Fluid inclusions study in calcite and sphalerite reveals one mineralizing fluid characterized by an average salinity 23% wt NaCl with decreasing homogenisation temperature. In fact the temperature shows decrease from sphalerite to calcite. The fluid density that corresponds to trapping pressure ranges between 1.00 g/cm{sup 3} and 1.11 g/cm{sup 3} and pressure close to 200 bars. Micro thermometric data in fluid inclusion hosted by gangue mineral presented by calcite show an average temperature of formation around 194 degree centigrade. These inclusions homogenized to the liquid phase between 156 degree centigrade and 210 degree centigrade and salinities values ranging from 22 to 28 wt% NaCl and an average around 23% wt NaCl. The {delta}{sup 3}4S (VCDT) values of sphalerite are in the range of + 4,6% to 6,4% (average=5,6%). Thermochemical reduction of Triassic sulfate by reaction with hydro-carbons is the most probable source for the heavy and the narrow range of the d{delta}{sup 3}4S values. Mineralogical, geochemical of trace elements, fluid inclusions and sulfur isotopes studies allow to include the vein-type ore field of Fedj Hassene in the polymetallic (Pb-Zn-As-Hg) vein mineralization of the nappe zone in northern Tunisia and north eastern

  11. Isotopic evidence (B, C, O) of deep fluid processes in fault rocks from the active Woodlark Basin detachment zone

    Kopf, Achim; Behrmann, Jan H.; Deyhle, Annette; Roller, Sybille; Erlenkeuser, Helmut


    We report results from boron, carbon and oxygen stable isotope analyses of faulted and veined rocks recovered by scientific ocean drilling during ODP Leg 180 in the western Woodlark Basin, off Papua New Guinea. In this area of active continental extension, crustal break-up and incipient seafloor spreading, a shallow-dipping, seismically active detachment fault accommodates strain, defining a zone of mylonites and cataclasites, vein formation and fluid infiltration. Syntectonic microstructures and vein-fill mineralogy suggest frictional heating during slip during extension and exhumation of Moresby Seamount. Low carbon and oxygen isotope ratios of calcite veins indicate precipitation from hydrothermal fluids (δ 13C PDB down to -17‰; δ 18O PDB down to -22‰) formed by both dehydration and decarbonation. Boron contents are low (parent solutions to calcite vein fills) are low when compared to deep-seated waters in other tectonic environments, likely reflecting preferential loss of 11B during low-grade metamorphism at depth. Pervasive devolatilization and flux of CO 2-rich fluids are evident from similar vein cement geochemistry in the detachment fault zone and splays further updip. Multiple rupture-and-healing history of the veins suggests that precipitation may be an important player in fluid pressure evolution and, hence, seismogenic fault movement.

  12. Variability in the microbial communities and hydrothermal fluid chemistry at the newly discovered Mariner hydrothermal field, southern Lau Basin

    Takai, Ken; Nunoura, Takuro; Ishibashi, Jun-Ichiro; Lupton, John; Suzuki, Ryohei; Hamasaki, Hiroshi; Ueno, Yuichiro; Kawagucci, Shinsuke; Gamo, Toshitaka; Suzuki, Yohey; Hirayama, Hisako; Horikoshi, Koki


    A newly discovered hydrothermal field called the Mariner field on the Valu Fa Ridge in the southern Lau Basin was explored and characterized with geochemical and microbiological analyses. The hydrothermal fluid discharging from the most vigorous vent (Snow Chimney, maximum discharge temperature 365°C) was boiling at the seafloor at a depth of 1908 m, and two distinct end-member hydrothermal fluids were identified. The fluid chemistry of the typical Cl-enriched and Cl-depleted hydrothermal fluids was analyzed, as was the mineralogy of the host chimney structures. The variability in the fluid chemistry was potentially controlled by the subseafloor phase-separation (vapor loss process) and the microbial community activities. Microbial community structures in three chimney structures were investigated using culture-dependent and -independent techniques. The small subunit (SSU) rRNA gene clone analysis revealed that both bacterial and archaeal rRNA gene communities on the chimney surfaces differed among three chimneys. Cultivation analysis demonstrated significant variation in the culturability of various microbial components among the chimneys, particularly of thermophilic H2-oxidizing (and S-oxidizing) chemolithoautotrophs such as the genera Aquifex and Persephonella. The physical and chemical environments of chimney surface habitats are still unresolved and do not directly extrapolate the environments of possible subseafloor habitats. However, the variability in microbial community found in the chimneys also provides an insight into the different biogeochemical interactions potentially affected by the phase separation of the hydrothermal fluids in the subseafloor hydrothermal habitats. In addition, comparison with other deep-sea hydrothermal systems revealed that the Mariner field microbial communities have unusual characteristics.

  13. Isotopic Characteristics of Mesozoic Au-Ag Polymetallic Ore Deposits in Northern Hebei and Their Ore-Forming Materials Source

    王宝德; 牛树银; 孙爱群; 李红阳


    It has long been a controversy about the source of ore-forming materials of Au-Agpolymetallic deposits both in metallogenic theory and in ore-searching practice. In terms of alarge wealth of the isotopic statistics data from Indosinian-Yanshanian endogenic ore deposits innorthern Hebei (generally referring to the areas along the northern part of Taihang Mountainsand northern Hebei, the same below) , it is considered that the ore-forming materials came fromthe deep interior of the Earth, which had migrated through plumes to the Earth surface while ex-perienced multi-stage evolution and then emplaced progressively in favorable structural loci toform ores. Their isotope data show that 559 sulfur isotopic data from 40 ore deposits are, for themost part, within the range of - 5‰ - 5‰, with a high degree of homogenization, indicatingthat the sulfur is derived mainly from magma; 200 lead isotope data from 37 ore deposits indi-cate that the ore-forming materials are principally of mantle source though some crust-source ma-terial was involved; 96 oxygen, hydrogen and carbon isotope data from 34 ore deposits illustratethat the ore-forming fluids are dominated by magmatic water while other sources of water wouldbe involved. It may therefore be seen that the formation of endogenic deposits has nothing to dowith the strata.

  14. Gold ore sorting

    Apparatus for sorting lumps of gold-bearing ore according to their gold content is described. It includes means for irradiating the lumps of ore with neutrons, e.g. a neutron tube adapted to produce at least 1010 neutrons per second with an energy of less than 4.5 MeV. The resulting intensity of 297 keV gamma rays arising from the nuclear reaction 197Au(n,n'#betta#) 197Au is measured. The measured gamma ray intensity from a given lump of ore is used to sort that lump of ore from other lumps. The apparatus includes various cylinders and a vibrator for presenting the lumps of ore to the neutrons in a geometrical configuration such as to enable the lumps to be irradiated uniformly. (author)

  15. Inclusiones fluidas e isotopos estables en la ganga de los yacimientos de manganeso del norte de la provincia de Córdoba Fluid inclusions and stable isotopes in non-ore minerals of the manganese ore deposits in the north of the Córdoba province

    P.R. Leal


    Full Text Available En este trabajo se analizan las características físico-químicas asociadas a la precipitación de la ganga de yacimientos epitermales de manganeso. Estos minerales fueron formados principalmente durante la etapa póstuma del sistema, el cual es posible dividir espacialmente en tres sectores en función del mineral más abundante. En esta oportunidad se estudia el sector austral donde el mineral más común es la calcita. El análisis microtermométrico de las inclusiones fluidas sobre muestras de calcita, baritina y fluorita, hizo posible obtener salinidades del fluido de 2,7 y 4% eq. en peso NaCl y temperaturas inferiores a 100°C. Los estudios de isótopos de 13C, 18O y 34S en calcita y baritina permitieron determinar la fuente meteórica de los fluidos asociados a su precipitación. Al mismo tiempo los valores de d13C en calcita se consideran el resultado de un fluido en equilibrio con CO2 atmosférico y cantidades menores de carbono producto de la disolución de compuestos orgánicos. Por otro lado, los valores de d34S de la baritina pueden ser explicados por un fluido con H2S que resulta de la disolución de sulfuros de las rocas de caja. Finalmente, se postula la presencia de dos fluidos. Un fluido ascendente fue el responsable de la precipitación de la baritina en la zona donde el H2S se oxida a SO4=; al mismo tiempo, éste pudo también formar fluorita y variedades de sílice conforme su temperatura desciende. La existencia de un fluido descendente permite explicar la generación de calcita por calentamiento del mismo.In this paper the non-ore minerals of the southern sector of this deposit are studied. Microthermometric analysis on calcite, barite and fluorite show fluid salinities of 2.7 and 4% wt eq. NaCl, and temperatures below 100°C. Isotopes of 13C, 18O and 34S allow to determine a meteoric source for the fluids associated to their precipitation. The d13C values obtained in calcite are considered the result of a fluid in

  16. Metal transport by deep fluids from evaporite source in the Oxfordian marls of the SE Basin of France. Contribution from PIXE microanalysis

    Deep-seated fluids uplifted with Triassic diapirs in the SE basin, and minerals precipitated from evolved evaporite fluids in the Oxfordian marls, have been characterized by Proton Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE) microanalysis. Trace amounts of Fe, Cu, ± Zn, ±Ti, ± As, ± Br have been measured in both cases, emphasizing the metallogenic potential of the diapiric fluids, and their influence during early diagenesis of the Oxfordian marls. The low Sr-content of evaporite fluids (<20 ppm) contrasts with the Sr-rich minerals deposited below the sea-floor surface. (authors). 21 refs., 1 fig., 1 tab

  17. Natural gas generation model and its response in accumulated fluids in the Yinggehai basin

    HAO; Fang; (郝; 芳); ZOU; Huayao; (邹华耀); HUANG; Baojia; (黄保家)


    The natural gases found in the Yinggehai basin have nitrogen gas content ranging from 3.5% to 35%, and carbon dioxide content ranging from 0.1% to 93%. The nitrogen and CO2 contents show a wide variation even in the same gas field. The natural gas generation and evolution model has been established based on the relationship among the contents of nitrogen, carbon dioxide and hydrocarbon gases in the discovered gas fields, and the results of simulation experiments. The thickness of the Tertiary and Quaternary in the Yinggehai basin is over 17 km, and gas generation stages from diagenesis (microbial methane) to metamorphism have been developed. Nitrogen in this basin is organic in origin, and has been generated mainly in the catagenetic stage, roughly synchronous with hydrocarbon gases. Carbon dioxide is mainly inorganic in origin, and has been generated from high-temperature decomposition of carbonates in the metamorphic stage. The Dongfang gas field shows strong inter-reservoir compositional heterogeneities, and different gas reservoirs have recorded the products of gas generation at different stages. It has been confirmed that the complexity in natural gas composition in the Yinggehai basin is the combined results of multi-stage natural gas generation and multi-stage gas injection and accumulation.

  18. Fluid Flow History in Lower Triassic Bulgo Sandstone, Central Sydney Basin, Australia


    The fluid flow history during diagenesis of the Lower Triassic Bulgo sandstone has been investigated through integrated analyses of petrography, stable isotope and fluid inclusion. Combined application of these techniques was intended to constrain the temperature, timing, chemistry and source of pore fluids during diagenetic cementation events in the Lower Triassic Bulgo sandstone. The dlagenesis proceeded in two different flow regimes: early dynamic fluid flow regime and late slow static fluid flow regime. The former was characterized by a slight increase of δ(18O) of pore waters form estimated -15 × 10-3 to -14 × 10-3 with the temperature increasing from ~ 10 ℃ to ~ 75 ℃. During early diagenesis, early clays and pore filling carbonates precipitated from the pore waters. The late slow flow/static fluid regime was characterized by a rapid 18O-enrichment process. δ(18O) of pore waters increased from -14× 10-3 to -5× 10-3 with the temperature increasing from 75 ℃ to 110 ℃. During the late diagenesis, kaolin (generation Ⅲ ), quartz and illite crystallized. Oil migrated to the sandstones of the Bulgo sandstone during quartz cementation.

  19. Fluids preserved in variably altered graphitic pelitic schists in the Dufferin Lake Zone, south-central Athabasca Basin, Canada: implications for graphite loss and uranium deposition

    Pascal, Marjolaine; Boiron, Marie-Christine; Ansdell, Kevin; Annesley, Irvine R.; Kotzer, Tom; Jiricka, Dan; Cuney, Michel


    The Athabasca Basin (Canada) contains the highest grade unconformity-type uranium deposits in the world. Underlying the Athabasca Group sedimentary rocks of the Dufferin Lake Zone are variably graphitic, pelitic schists (VGPS), altered to chlorite and hematite (Red/Green Zone: RGZ). They were locally bleached near the unconformity during paleoweathering and/or later fluid interaction. Overall, graphite was lost from the RGZ and the bleached zone relative to the original VGPS. Fluid inclusions were examined in different generations of quartz veins, using microthermometry and Raman spectroscopy, to characterize and compare the different fluids that interacted with the RGZ and the VGPS. In the VGPS, CH4-, and N2-rich fluid inclusions, which homogenize into the vapor phase between -100 and -74 °C, and -152 and -125 °C, respectively, and CO2-rich fluid inclusions, homogenizing either into vapor or liquid between 20 and 28 °C, are present. Carbonic fluids could be the result of the breakdown of graphite to CH4 + CO2, whereas N2-rich fluid is interpreted to be the result of breakdown of feldspars/micas to NH4 ++N2. In the RGZ, the presence of fluid inclusions with low ice melting temperature (-38 to -16 °C) reflect the presence of CaCl2, and fluid inclusions with halite daughter minerals that dissolve between 190 and 240 °C indicate the presence of highly saline fluids. These fluids are interpreted to be derived from the Athabasca Basin. The circulation of carbonic fluids and brines occurred during two different events related to different P-T conditions of trapping. The carbonic fluids interacted with basement rocks during retrograde metamorphism of the basement rocks before deposition of the Athabasca Basin, whereas the brines circulated after the deposition of the Athabasca Basin. These latter fluids are similar to brines related to uranium mineralization at McArthur River and thus, in addition to possibly being related to graphite depletion in the RGZ, they could

  20. Determination of paleo-pressure for a natural gas pool formation based on PVT characteristics of fluid inclusions in reservoir rocks--A case study of Upper-Paleozoic deep basin gas trap of the Ordos Basin

    MI; Jingkui; XIAO; Xianming; LIU; Dehan; SHEN; Jiagui


    It has been proved to be a difficult problem to determine directly trapping pressure of fluid inclusions. Recently, PVT simulation softwares have been applied to simulating the trapping pressure of petroleum inclusions in reservoir rocks, but the reported methods have many limitations in practice. In this paper, a method is suggested to calculating the trapping pressure and temperature of fluid inclusions by combining the isochore equations of a gas-bearing aqueous inclusion with its coeval petroleum inclusions. A case study was conducted by this method for fluid inclusions occurring in the Upper-Paleozoic Shanxi Formation reservoir sandstones from the Ordos Basin. The results show that the trapping pressure of these inclusions ranges from 21 to 32 MPa, which is 6-7 MPa higher than their minimum trapping pressure although the trapping temperature is only 2-3℃ higher than the homogenization temperature. The trapping pressure and temperature of the fluid inclusions decrease from southern area to northern area of the basin.The trapping pressure is obviously lower than the state water pressures when the inclusions formed. These data are consistent with the regional geological and geochemical conditions of the basin when the deep basin gas trap formed.

  1. 云南毛坪铅锌(银、锗)矿床流体包裹体特征及成矿流体来源%Features of fluid inclusions and sources of ore-forming fluid in the Maoping carbonate-hosted Zn-Pb-( Ag-Ge) deposit, Yunnan, China

    韩润生; 邹海俊; 胡彬; 胡熠昭; 薛传东


    The Maoping Zn-Pb-(Ag-Ge) deposit is an important representative of the medium-to large-sized carbonate-hosted Zn-Pb-(Ag) deposits in northeast Yunnan, occurring in the Sichuan-Yunnan-Guizhou Zn-Pb Ore-forming Zone. The spatial distribution of ore bodies were controlled by the NE-extending interstratified fault belts and inverted Maomaoshan fold. Generally, fluid inclusions within the major gangue minerals, as ferro-calcite, calcite and dolomite are dominated by two kinds of small inclusions (3~15 μm) including pure-liquid and liquid. The inclusions exist in concentrated groups along the crystal planes of the gangue minerals. The ore-forming fluids belong to the Na+ -K+ -Ca2+ -Cl- -F - type, are characterized by temperatures of 180 ~ 218 ℃, medium salinity in 4. 1 wt% ~ 9.5wt% NaCl, and medium pressure at 406×105~570×105 Pa. The ratios of Na+/K+ (1.54~4.53 ) and Cl-/F- (0.72 ~ 156.33 ) in the fluid inclusions of gangue minerals are relatively high, while those of Na+/K+ (0. 32 ~ 8.36 ) and Cl-/F- (1.06 ~ 16.77) in the inclusions of barite are relatively low. The waters of fluid inclusions have δD values from -23‰ to -64‰. The δ18OV.SMOWvalues of the ore-forming fluids range from 0. 3‰ to 6.2‰ for galena, -9.0‰ to 3.4‰ for sphalerite, and -6.8‰ to -12.7‰ for pyrite. δ13CV-PDBvalues range from -1.1 to -3.7 for gangue minerals. These data better demonstrate that the ore-forming fluids were the compositing results of the magma water, metamorphic water and hosted water, and mainly derived from magmatic hot fluid and hosted formation water, in relation to the sedimentation, the metamorphism of the Kunyang Group in the basement and magmatic hydrothermalism. The deposit itself might have resulted from ascending cycles along metallogenic structures of ore-forming fluid, enriched in Pb, Zn and Ag. The deposit is related to carbonate-hosted Zn-Pb sulphides.%云南毛坪铅锌(银、锗)矿床是川滇黔成矿域滇东北地区以碳

  2. Hydrocarbon migration and accumulation in the Upper Cretaceous Qingshankou Formation, Changling Sag, southern Songliao Basin: Insights from integrated analyses of fluid inclusion, oil source correlation and basin modelling

    Dong, Tian; He, Sheng; Wang, Dexi; Hou, Yuguang


    The Upper Cretaceous Qingshankou Formation acts as both the source and reservoir sequence in the Changling Sag, situated in the southern end of the Songliao Basin, northeast China. An integrated approach involving determination of hydrocarbon charging history, oil source correlation and hydrocarbon generation dynamic modeling was used to investigate hydrocarbon migration processes and further predict the favorable targets of hydrocarbon accumulations in the Qingshankou Formation. The hydrocarbon generation and charge history was investigated using fluid inclusion analysis, in combination with stratigraphic burial and thermal modeling. The source rocks began to generate hydrocarbons at around 82 Ma and the hydrocarbon charge event occurred from approximately 78 Ma to the end of Cretaceous (65.5 Ma) when a large tectonic uplift took place. Correlation of stable carbon isotopes of oils and extracts of source rocks indicates that oil was generated mainly from the first member of Qingshankou Formation (K2qn1), suggesting that hydrocarbon may have migrated vertically. Three dimensional (3D) petroleum system modeling was used to evaluate the processes of secondary hydrocarbon migration in the Qingshankou Formation since the latest Cretaceous. During the Late Cretaceous, hydrocarbon, mainly originated from the Qianan depression, migrated laterally to adjacent structural highs. Subsequent tectonic inversion, defined as the late Yanshan Orogeny, significantly changed hydrocarbon migration patterns, probably causing redistribution of primary hydrocarbon reservoirs. In the Tertiary, the Heidimiao depression was buried much deeper than the Qianan depression and became the main source kitchen. Hydrocarbon migration was primarily controlled by fluid potential and generally migrated from relatively high potential areas to low potential areas. Structural highs and lithologic transitions are potential traps for current oil and gas exploration. Finally, several preferred hydrocarbon

  3. Diagenetic fluids evolution and genetic mechanism of tight sandstone gas reservoirs in Upper Triassic Xujiahe Formation in Sichuan Basin, China

    ZHU RuKai; ZOU CaiNeng; ZHANG Nai; WANG XueSong; CHENG Rong; LIU LiuHong; ZHOU ChuanMin; SONG LiHong


    The reservoirs of the Upper Triassic Xujiahe Formation in Sichuan Basin have the characteristics of low compositional maturity, low contents of cements and medium textural maturity.The general physical properties of the reservoirs are poor, with low porosity and low permeability, and there are only a few reservoirs with medium porosity and low permeability in local areas.Based on the diagenetic mineral association, a diagenetic sequence of cements is established: early calcites (or micrite siderites)→ first quartz overgrowth→chlorite coatings→dissolution of feldspars and debris→chlorite linings→ second quartz overgrowth (quartz widen or filled in remain intergranular pores and solution pores→ dissolution→third quartz overgrowth (quartz filled in intergranular and intragranular solution pores)→ intergrowth (ferro) calcites→dolomites→ferro (calcites) dolomites→later dissolution→veins of quartz and calcites formation.Mechanical compaction is the main factor in making the reservoirs tight in the basin, followed by the second and third quartz overgrowth.In a long-term closed system, only feldspars and some lithic fragments are dissolved by diagenetic fluids, while intergranular cements such as quartz and calcit are not dissolved and thus have little influence on the porosity of the Xujiahe Formation.This is the third factor that may have kept the sandstones of Xujiahe Formation tight finally.The hydrocarbon was extensively generated from organic materials after the second quartz overgrowth, and selectively entered favorable reservoirs to form tight sandstone gas reservoirs.

  4. Diagenetic fluids evolution and genetic mechanism of tight sandstone gas reservoirs in Upper Triassic Xujiahe Formation in Sichuan Basin, China


    The reservoirs of the Upper Triassic Xujiahe Formation in Sichuan Basin have the characteristics of low compositional maturity, low contents of cements and medium textural maturity. The general physical properties of the reservoirs are poor, with low porosity and low permeability, and there are only a few reservoirs with medium porosity and low permeability in local areas. Based on the diagenetic mineral association, a diagenetic sequence of cements is established: early calcites (or micrite siderites) →first quartz overgrowth→chlorite coatings→dissolution of feldspars and debris→chlorite linings→ second quartz overgrowth (quartz widen or filled in remain intergranular pores and solution pores)→dissolution→third quartz overgrowth (quartz filled in intergranular and intragranular solution pores)→intergrowth (ferro) calcites→dolomites→ferro (calcites) dolomites→later dissolution→veins of quartz and calcites formation. Mechanical compaction is the main factor in making the reservoirs tight in the basin, followed by the second and third quartz overgrowth. In a long-term closed system, only feld-spars and some lithic fragments are dissolved by diagenetic fluids, while intergranular cements such as quartz and calcit are not dissolved and thus have little influence on the porosity of the Xujiahe Formation. This is the third factor that may have kept the sandstones of Xujiahe Formation tight finally. The hydrocarbon was extensively generated from organic materials after the second quartz overgrowth, and selectively entered favorable reservoirs to form tight sandstone gas reservoirs.

  5. MAGnetiC AnoMAly feAtureS of the MAbiAnShAn iron ore DepoSit in the northern pArt of the lu-ZonG volCAniC bASin AnD ore-proSpeCtinG proGnoSiS%庐枞火山岩盆地北部马鞭山铁矿床磁异常特征及找矿预测



    The Mabianshan iron ore deposit lies at northern fringe of the Lu-Zong volcanic basin and is hosted in the Dongmaanshan (T2d) iron-bearing and calcareous muddy siltstone. Aeromagnetic map shows that gradient zone is locally overlapped with anomaly, and the local anomaly is regular in form with its trend generally parallel to the zone. Ground magnetic and aeromagnetic features are well matched, without decomposed anomaly. Ground magnetic profile curve is continuous, complete, with pairs of negative and positive and gentle. Wavelet transformation well separates out mineralized anomaly. Local gentle magnetic anomalies on the west and north sides of the basin are important indicators for seeking this kind of iron ore deposit.%马鞭山铁矿处于庐枞火山岩盆地北部边缘,其赋矿层位为东马鞍山(T2d)含铁质、钙质泥质粉砂岩。航磁为梯度带上叠加局部异常、局部异常形态规则,其走向与梯度带大致平行;地磁与航磁对应较好,异常未分解;地磁异常剖面曲线连续完整且正负伴生、具低缓特征。小波变换较好地分离出了矿致异常。盆地西侧和北侧二条航磁梯度带上局部低缓磁异常系寻找该类铁矿的重要指示信息。

  6. Testing of rubber O-rings for R-5 reactor

    This paper summarises the results of various experiments and tests conducted for the selection of suitable O-rings to be used in R-5 reactor. O-rings of various elastomeric compositions obtained from different manufacturers were tested for heat aging, fluid aging, radiation stability and specific gravity. They were irradiated to various dose levels at Apsara Reactor. The changes in axial thickness and hardness, after each test, were measured and results were correlated. The tests reveal that O-rings made of ethylene-propylene rubber are the best suited for the use in R-5 reactor. The O-rings made of nitrile rubber are also good. Neoprene rubber O-rings were found unsuitable mainly because of their low radiation resistance. (author)

  7. Application of apatite fission tract analysis to problems of Mississippi Valley-type Pb-Zn ore genesis

    Epigenetic, carbonate-hosted Pb-Zn mineralization of the Mississippi Valley-Type (MVT) is considered to form from warm basinal brines in the temperature range 50-200 deg.C. A variety of genetic fluid flow models have been proposed to explain MVT mineralization, but all suffer from a lack of constraint concerning the timing of ore formation. Fission tracks in apatite resulting from the spontaneous decay of trace amounts of 238U are thermally unstable over the range of temperatures proposed for MVT ore formation, and may therefore record thermal events related to Pb-Zn mineralization provided sufficient time is allowed for track annealing to occur. Zinc mineralization in Devonian carbonates of the Lennard Shelf, northwest Australia is also considered to be of the Mississippi Valley-type. Mean apatite ages from Precambrian basement and from Devonian carbonates generally average 300Ma. Studies of well sequences indicate a period of uplift for the Lennard Shelf area around the Late Triassic/Early Jurassic. For carbonate outcrop samples, a thermal history is proposed involving burial in the Late Paleozoic/Early Mesozoic followed by uplift and cooling from peak temperatures around 70 deg.C. No difference in apatite annealing effects are observed in the vicinity of zinc mineralization. Coupled with other evidence, this suggests that the mineralizing episode was of short duration given temperatures of ore formation in the range 70-110 deg.C indicated by fluid inclusion homogenization temperatures. 3 refs

  8. Diagenesis and fluid flow in the San Juan Basin, New Mexico - regional zonation in the mineralogy and stable isotope composition of clay minerals in sandstone.

    Whitney, G.; Northrop, H.R.


    The Westwater Canyon Member of the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation is a relatively homogeneous, hydrologically continuous 100-m-thick sequence of massive fluvial sandstone, bounded above and below by relatively heterogeneous, hydrologically discontinuous units and has served as a primary conduit for fluids within this stratigraphic interval. Patterns of mineral-fluid reactions suggest a basinwide hydrologic regime in which warm, evolved fluids migrated up-dip from the center of the basin under the influence of a regional hydraulic head. -from Authors

  9. Three-dimensional simulation of pore scale fluid flow in granular ore media with realistic geometry%基于真实模型的矿岩散体三维孔隙流数值模拟

    杨保华; 吴爱祥; 王春来; 牛文鑫; 刘金枝


    利用X光CT技术采集矿岩散体图像,结合数字图像处理技术和有限元技术构建了表征介质真实孔隙结构的三维物理模型,利用此模型进行颗粒间孔隙流的三维数值模拟,分析堆浸散体孔隙内溶液流速和压力分布规律,并计算出介质的水力传导系数.模拟结果表明溶液流动行为在很大程度上受到孔隙大小及拓扑结构的制约,介质内同时存在明显的优势流和浸出盲区,最高流速出现在具有高压降的细小孔隙处.根据模拟结果计算出的水力传导系数与室内实验测试结果具有相同数量级,说明了模型的有效性.实现了细观尺度与宏观尺度的结合,所构建的模型能应用于堆浸过程其它规律的计算机模拟.%The images of granular ore media were captured by X-ray CT scanner.Combined with digital image processing and finite element techniques,the three-dimensional geometrical model,which represents the realistic pore structure of the media,was constructed.With this model,three dimensional pore scale fluid flow among particles was simulated.Then the distributions of fluid flow velocity and pressure were analyzed and the hydraulic conductivity was calculated.The simulation results indicate the fluid flow behaviors are mainly dominated by the volume and topological structure of pore space.There exist obvious preferential flow and leaching blind zones simultaneously in the medium.The highest velocities generally occur in those narrow pores with high pressure drops.The hydraulic conductivity obtained by simulation is the same order of magnitude as the laboratory test result,which denotes the validity of the model.The pore-scale and macro-scale are combined and the established geometrical model can be used for the simulations of other phenomena during heap leaching process.

  10. Fluids and stress in fractured rocks: A case study with applications to hydrodynamic modelling (Lodeve Basin, South France)

    In order to stock nuclear waste safely in fractured rock or optimize the development and exploitation of hydrocarbons in fractured reservoirs the same fracture parameters have to be investigated through field studies. It is essential to define the relationships between tectonics, 3D fracture networks and fluid flow, as well as the effect of past stress states on the network evolution and the effect of the present-day stress state on hydrodynamics. A case study was carried out on a site of the COGEMA Uranium mine with a very high density of wells and galleries in a Permian silicoclastic basin. Fracturation on all scales from individual fractures (with their connectivity and hydraulic behaviour) to fracture network was described. A multidisciplinary approach was necessary to understand the importance of fluids and to upscale metric scale obsessations to the well identified fracture network: 3D organization and evolution of the fracture network under the influence of paleostress was obtained from tectonic analysis and response of the reservoir in terms of fracture dilatancy or closure to present day stress was characterized by in situ stress measurements; water geochemistry and hydrogeology showed the large scale flow pattern characterized by the presence of main drains and barriers; geophysical prospecting and study of gaseous emanations from the soil helped to localize the subsurface fracture pattern, especially dilatant fractures. All this data is used to build a 3D model of the fracture pattern and its flow networks

  11. Basin-scale transport of heat and fluid induced by earthquakes

    Wang, C.; Manga, M.; Wang, L.; Chen, C.


    Large earthquakes are known to cause widespread changes in groundwater flow at distances thousands of kilometers away from the epicenter, yet their relation to subsurface transport is unknown. Since groundwater flow is effective in transporting subsurface heat, studies of earthquake-induced changes in groundwater temperature may be useful for better understanding earthquake-induced heat transport. Here we report systematic changes in groundwater temperature after the 1999 Mw 7.6 Chi-Chi earthquake in central Taiwan, recorded by a dense network of monitoring wells over a large (1,800 km2) alluvial fan near the epicenter. The data documented a clear trend of increase from negative changes (temperature decrease) near the upper rim of the fan near the ruptured fault to positive changes (temperature increase) near the coast. Analysis of the data reveals a hitherto unknown system of earthquake-triggered basin-wide groundwater flow, which scavenges geothermal heat from depths, changing groundwater temperature across the basin. The newly identified earthquake-triggered groundwater flow may have significant implications on post-seismic groundwater supply and quality, contaminant transport, underground repository safety, and hydrocarbon production.

  12. Types, Evolution and Pool-Controlling Significance of Pool Fluid Sources in Superimposed Basins: A Case Study from Paleozoic and Mesozoic in South China

    Xu Sihuang; Mei Lianfu; Yuan Caiping; Ma Yongsheng; Guo Tonglou


    Having multiple tectonic evolution stages, South China belongs to a superimposed basin in nature. Most marine gas pools became secondary pools. The pool fluid sources serve as the principal pool-controlling factors. On the basis of eight typical petroleum pools, the type, evolution in time-space,and the controlling of petroleum distribution of pool fluid sources are comprehensively analyzed. The main types of pool fluid sources include hydrocarbon, generated primarily and secondly from source rocks, gas cracked from crude oil, gas dissolved in water, inorganic gas, and mixed gases. In terms of evolution, the primary hydrocarbon was predominant prior to Indosinian; during Indosinian to Yenshanian the secondary gas includes gas cracked from crude oil, gas generated secondarily, gas dissolved in water, and inorganic gas dominated; during Yenshanian to Himalayan the most fluid sources were mixed gases. Controlled by pool fluid sources, the pools with mixed gas sources distributed mainly in Upper Yangtze block, especially Sichuan (四川) basin; the pools with primary hydrocarbon sources distributed in paleo-uplifts such as Jiangnan (江南), but most of these pools became fossil pools; the pools with secondary hydrocarbon source distributed in the areas covered by Cretaceous and Eogene in Middle-Lower Yangtze blocks, and Chuxiong (楚雄), Shiwandashan (十万大山), and Nanpanjiang (南盘江) basins; the pools with inorganic gas source mainly formed and distributed in tensional structure areas.

  13. Model of percolation leaching for non-weathered uranium bearing ores for scale up purpose

    Uranium bearing sandstone ore in Pa Lua area (Nong Son basin) is a kind of low uranium content ore. Technological method with high potential of application is percolation leaching. This article introduces the setting up a model of percolation leaching for non-weathered uranium bearing ores for scale up purpose. It is possible to calculate efficiency of leaching uranium from ores when changing technological parameters such as acid concentration, height of ore body and effect of differences in distribution of particle size. This tool can help calculation for the design of a system of ore processing to meet certain requirements on the yield to facilitate design and calculation for the pilot of uranium ore processing in the future. (author)

  14. Sill intrusion driven fluid flow and vent formation in volcanic basins: Modeling rates of volatile release and paleoclimate effects

    Iyer, Karthik; Schmid, Daniel


    Evidence of mass extinction events in conjunction with climate change occur throughout the geological record and may be accompanied by pronounced negative carbon isotope excursions. The processes that trigger such globally destructive changes are still under considerable debate. These include mechanisms such as poisoning from trace metals released during large volcanic eruptions (Vogt, 1972), CO2 released from lava degassing during the formation of Large Igneous Provinces (LIPs) (Courtillot and Renne, 2003) and CH4 release during the destabilization of sub-seafloor methane (Dickens et al., 1995), to name a few. Thermogenic methane derived from contact metamorphism associated with magma emplacement and cooling in sedimentary basins has been recently gaining considerable attention as a potential mechanism that may have triggered global climate events in the past (e.g. Svensen and Jamtveit, 2010). The discovery of hydrothermal vent complexes that are spatially associated with such basins also supports the discharge of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere (e.g. Jamtveit et al., 2004; Planke et al., 2005; Svensen et al., 2006). A previous study that investigated this process using a fluid flow model (Iyer et al., 2013) suggested that although hydrothermal plume formation resulting from sill emplacement may indeed release large quantities of methane at the surface, the rate at which this methane is released into the atmosphere is too slow to trigger, by itself, some of the negative δ13C excursions observed in the fossil record over short time scales observed in the fossil record. Here, we reinvestigate the rates of gas release during sill emplacement in a case study from the Harstad Basin off-shore Norway with a special emphasis on vent formation. The presented study is based on a seismic line that crosses multiple sill structures emplaced around 55 Ma within the Lower Cretaceous sediments. A single well-defined vent complex is interpreted above the termination of the

  15. Fluid Chemistry Dynamics Before and After Fire in the Jemez River Basin Critical Zone Observatory

    Chorover, J.; Perdrial, J. N.; Field, J. P.; Pelletier, J. D.; Pohlmann, M. A.; Losleben, M. V.; Lasharr, K.; Amistadi, M.; Brooks, P. D.; McIntosh, J. C.; Meixner, T.; Gallery, R.; Rich, V. I.; Rasmussen, C.; Schaap, M. G.; Breshears, D. D.


    The largest wildfire in New Mexico state history (prior to the Whitewater-Baldy fire of 2012) burned the eastern portion of the Jemez River Basin Critical Zone Observatory (JRB CZO) in June-July 2011. This Los Conchas fire burned large stands of ponderosa pine and mixed conifer (MC) forest within the East Fork Jemez River watershed generating massive post-fire erosion. We asked the question: What are the implications of wildfire on pulsed carbon and other bio-active element redistributions in impacted soils and catchments? As soon as possible following the fire, our research group installed sensor and sampler instrumentation in soil profiles in an intensively burned zero order basin (ZOB), enabling the initiation of comparisons to a similarly instrumented, unburned MC ZOB. The signal of biomass combustion was propagated through soil and stream. Post-burn solute fluxes were dominated by highly-aromatic character DOM, as well as elevated DIC, sulfate, chloride and non-hydrolyzing cation (Ca, Mg, K) concentrations deriving from biomass combustion. Supporting an apparent trend of increasing wildfire in western montane forests, the Thompson Ridge wildfire burned MC forest throughout much of the western previously unburned portion of the Valles Caldera National Preserve in June 2013, including the (until then) "unburned" MC ZOB sites comprising CZO sensor and sampler network arrays. Post-burn soil samples were collected for geochemical, physical, and microbial composition characterizations. Solute and gas fluxes were monitored in situ to compare CZ response following this high intensity burn to three years of pre-burn data. Results indicate that the post-fire pulse of water soluble, biomass-derived ions and carbon into underlying and downslope soils is generating landscape-scale element distribution that could affect recolonization by biota in the ensuing secondary succession.

  16. Sensibility test for uranium ores from Qianjiadian sandstone type uranium deposit

    Sensibility tests for uranium ores from Qianjiadian sandstone type uranium deposit in Songliao Basin which is suitable to in-situ leach are carried out, including water sensibility, velocity sensibility, salt sensibility, acid sensibility and alkaline sensibility. The sensibility critical value of this ore is determined. Some references on mining process and technical parameter are provided for in-situ leaching of uranium. (authors)

  17. The uranium ore deposits in Ciudad Rodrigo Phyllites. about the possibility of new deposits

    The main features of the genesis of uranium deposits of the Fe mine type, are discussed in this paper. Pitchblende ore is related with phyllites bearing organic material and with geomorphological level, fossilized by eocene sediments. As a result, new uranium ore deposits are possible under Ciudad Rodrigo tertiary basin, tertiary cover depth being little more than three hundred feet. (Author)

  18. Ore-Forming Fluid Geochemical Characteristics and Genesis of Pb-Zn Deposit in Hongling,Inner Mongolia%内蒙古红岭铅锌矿床成矿流体地球化学特征及矿床成因

    李剑锋; 王可勇; 陆继胜; 张雪冰; 权鸿雁; 王承洋; 魏良民


    Hongling lead-zinc deposit is one of the representative large deposits in southeastern Inner Mongolia.Presently,there’s very little research on geochemical characteristics and evolution of ore-form fluids,and ore genesis.The fluid inclusions are systemly re-searched in this paper,The results show that there are three types of primary fluid inclusions in garnet of garnet-skarn stage (Ⅰ)inclu-ding halite-bearing three-phase,aqueous two-phase as well as vapor-rich two-phase;there are two types of primary fluid inclusions in quartz of stage (Ⅱ)including aqueous two-phase as well as vapor-rich two-phase.It is found in our microthermometric study that the ore-forming fluid is of high temperature,high salinity and immiscible NaCl-H2 O type solutions and the boiling process plays important role in the precipitation of Pb,Zn,and Cu.Quartz of mineralization stage Ⅲ to Ⅳ of quartz-sulfide epochs contains only aqueous two-phase of fluid inclusions.The homogenization temperature of this type of fluid inclusions is obviously lower than that of skarn epoch, while the salinity does not obviously change.The homogenization temperatures of fluid inclusions show a rising trend with salinities dis-playing a dropping trend of stage Ⅳ,and it may be caused by adding of high temperature,low salinity type fluid.The dropping of homogenization temperatures and salinities of ore-forming fluids from mineralization stages Ⅴ to Ⅵ suggests that meteoric water contin-uously joining into the ore-forming fluid.Overall,the ore-forming fluids of quartz-sulfide epoch is of medium-low temperature and low salinity NaCl-H2 O type solutions.C,H,O isotope study of fluid inclusions shows that the ore-forming fluids of skarn epoch mainly came from magmatic water and that of quartz-sulfide epoch came from mixed magmatic water and meteoric water,whereas at the latest stage of mineralization,the ore-forming fluids mainly came from meteoric water.The study of S,Pb isotopes implies that the ore

  19. Infiltration of late Palaeozoic evaporative brines in the reelfoot rift: A possible salt source for Illinois Basin formation waters and MVT mineralizing fluids

    Rowan, E.L.; De Marsily, G.


    Salinities and homogenization temperatures of fluid inclusions in Mississippi Valley-type (MVT) deposits provide important insights into the regional hydrology of the Illinois basin/Reelfoot rift system in late Palaeozoic time. Although the thermal regime of this basin system has been plausibly explained, the origin of high salinities in the basin fluids remains enigmatic. Topographically driven flow appears to have been essential in forming these MVT districts, as well as many other districts worldwide. However, this type of flow is recharged by fresh water making it difficult to account for the high salinities of the mineralizing fluids over extended time periods. Results of numerical experiments carried out in this study provide a possible solution to the salinity problem presented by the MVT zinc-lead and fluorite districts at the margins of the basin system. Evaporative concentration of surface water and subsequent infiltration into the subsurface are proposed to account for large volumes of brine that are ultimately responsible for mineralization of these districts. This study demonstrates that under a range of geologically reasonable conditions, brine infiltration into an aquifer in the deep subsurface can coexist with topographically driven flow. Infiltration combined with regional flow and local magmatic heat sources in the Reelfoot rift explain the brine concentrations as well as the temperatures observed in the Southern Illinois and Upper Mississippi Valley districts.

  20. Modelling and simulation of compressible fluid flow in oil reservoir: a case study of the Jubilee Field, Tano Basin (Ghana)

    Oil extraction represents an important investment and the control of a rational exploitation of a field means mastering various scientific techniques including the understanding of the dynamics of fluids in place. This thesis presents a theoretical investigation of the dynamic behaviour of an oil reservoir during its exploitation. The study investigated the dynamics of fluid flow patterns in a homogeneous oil reservoir using the Radial Diffusivity Equation (RDE) as well as two phase oil-water flow equations. The RDE model was solved analytically and numerically for pressure using the Constant Terminal Rate Solution (CTRS) and the fully implicit Finite Difference Method (FDM) respectively. The mathematical derivations of the models and their solution procedures were presented to allow for easy utilization of the techniques for reservoir and engineering applications. The study predicted that the initial oil reservoir pressure will be able to do the extraction for a very long time before any other recovery method will be used to aid in the extraction process depending on the rate of production. Reservoir simulation describing a one dimensional radial flow of a compressible fluid in porous media may be adequately performed using ordinary laptop computers as revealed by the study. For the simulation of MATLAB, the case of the Jubilee Fields, Tano Basin was studied, an algorithm was developed for the simulation of pressure in the reservoir. It ensues from the analysis of the plots of pressure vrs time and space that the Pressure Transient Analysis (PTA) was duly followed. The approximate solutions of the analytical and numerical solutions to the Radial Diffusivity Equation (RDE) were in excellent agreement, thus the reservoir simulation model developed can be used to describe typical pressure-time relationships that are used in conventional Pressure Transient Analysis (PTA). The study was extended to two phase oil-water flow in reservoirs. The flow of fluids in multi

  1. Subsurface fluid data from Longyearbyen CO2 storage site: Basin history and compartmentalization

    Huq, Farhana; Mueller, Kristin; Tore Mørkved, Pål; Johansen, Ingar; Johansen, Harald


    The Longyearbyen CO2 storage site, located on the main island of Svalbard at the northwestern margin of the Barents Sea Shelf, is a demonstration project for a "green showcase", which aims to make a full value chain of power generation, CO2 capture and storage by achieving a net zero carbon footprint. The key objective of this study was to assess the local geological conditions for CO2 storage by defining a seal sequence stratigraphy above and within the reservoir from gas and fluid geochemical data. Seven wells were drilled at two sites to collect core material and gas samples at various defined depths. Gas composition (C1-5, CO2) and stable isotope (δ13C) analyses were performed on gas samples obtained from both core material and well heads. In addition, Sr isotope data from residual salts extracted from core material were used to look at compartmentalization. The combined analysis of trends in isotope and gas composition data as a function of depth revealed three major breaks and permitted the identification of three major fluid compartments. These compartments are suggested to be associated with impervious caprock and reservoir barriers. The first break in the data trends occurs at approximately 250-300 m depth, which is interpreted as the depth limit of the meteoric water system. A second hydrologic barrier, most likely produced by reservoir uplift was identified. Finally, a very distinct change in trend around 800 m depth may be associated with an observed significant change in reservoir pressure. Three clear breaks in the geochemical data as a function of depth all point towards an efficient seal sequence and demonstrate the potential for CO2 storage at the Longyearbyen site.

  2. Ore-forming environment and ore-forming system of carbonaceous-siliceous-pelitic rock type uranium deposit in China

    It is proposed that there are four types of ore-forming systems about carbonaceous-siliceous-pelitic rock type uranium deposit in China based on systematic study on structural environment and distribution regularity of uraniferous construction of marine carbonaceous-siliceous-pelitic rock in China: continental margin rift valley ore-forming systems, continental margin rifting deep fracture zone ore-forming systems, landmass boundary borderland basin ore-forming systems and epicontinental mobile belt downfaulted aulacogen ore-forming systems. It is propounded definitely that it is controlled by margin rift valley ore-forming systems and continental margin rifting deep fracture zone ore-forming systems for large-scale uranium mineralization of carbonaceous-siliceous-pelitic rock type uranium deposit in China, which is also controlled by uraniferous marine carbonaceous-siliceous-pelitic rock construction made up of silicalite, siliceous phosphorite and carbonaceous-siliceous-pelitic rock, which settled down accompany with submarine backwash and sub marine volcanic eruption in margin rift valley and continental margin rifting mineralizing environment. Continental mar gin rift valley and continental margin rifting thermal sedimentation or exhalation sedimentation is the mechanism of forming large-scale uraniferous marine carbonaceous-siliceous-pelitic rock construction Early Palaeozoic Era in China or large-scale uranium-polymetallic mineralization. (authors)

  3. Iron Ore Spies


    China has begun to attack industrial spies to prevent state security from being compromised Four employees of Rio Tinto, including Hu Shitai, former head of Rio’s Shanghai office and Rio’s China iron ore division, were detained in Shanghai on July 5, on charges of espionage. A senior executive of

  4. Temporal evolution of magmatic-hydrothermal systems in the Manus Basin, Papua New Guinea: Insights from vent fluid chemistry and bathymetric observations

    Reeves, E. P.; Thal, J.; Schaen, A.; Ono, S.; Seewald, J.; Bach, W.


    The temporal evolution of hydrothermal fluids from back-arc systems is poorly constrained, despite growing evidence for dynamic magmatic-hydrothermal activity, and imminent commercial mining. Here we discuss surveys of diverse vent fluids from multiple hydrothermal fields in the Manus back-arc basin, Papua New Guinea, sampled in 2006 and 2011. Effects of host rock composition, and dynamic magmatic volatile inputs on fluid chemistry are evaluated to understand changes in these systems. Highly acidic and SO4-rich moderate temperature fluids (~48-215°C), as well as SO4-poor black smoker fluids (up to 358°C), were collected at the PACMANUS, SuSu Knolls and DESMOS areas in 2006 and 2011. Acidic, milky white SuSu and DESMOS fluids, rich in elemental S and SO4, exit the seafloor with Na, K, Mg, and Ca diluted conservatively up to 30% relative to seawater, implying subsurface mixing of seawater with SO2-rich aqueous fluids exsolved from magma, analogous to subaerial fumarole discharge. SO2 disproportionation during cooling and mixing of magmatic fluids contributes acidity, SO4, H2S and S(0)(s), as well as widespread S outcrops on the seafloor. Nearby black smoker fluids indicate entrainment and reaction of magmatic fluid into convecting fluids at depth, and additional hybrid-type fluids appear to consist of evolved seawater and unreacted magmatic fluid SO2 derivatives. Fluids at DESMOS in 2006 indicate increased magmatic SO2 relative to 1995, despite constant low venting temperatures (~120°C). In contrast, dramatic changes in bathymetry and seafloor morphology point to substantial continuous eruption of volcaniclastic material between 2006 and 2011 at SuSu Knolls, burying fumarolic vents from 2006. Compositions of new 2011 acidic, sulfate-rich fluids there suggest reaction with less altered, fresher rock. At the PACMANUS area, farther from the arc, direct magmatic degassing to the seafloor is not occurring presently, but entrainment and reaction of similar acid

  5. Toward a better understanding of the fluid circulation in the Rhine Graben for a better geothermal exploration of the deep basins.

    Dezayes, Chrystel; Lerouge, Catherine; Sanjuan, Bernard; Ramboz, Claire; Brach, Michel


    In the Upper Rhine Graben, geothermal projects are strongly under development, particularly for the exploitation of fluid in the deeper part of the basin.This type of reservoirs constitutes a fractured dominated system. However, the hydraulic behaviour of the fracture network is poorly known and its knowledge constitutes an important way to better target the exploration works. Combining data from structural analysis, mineralogical analysis of fracture filling from outcrops and drilling cores ...

  6. Fault-related CO2 degassing, geothermics, and fluid flow in southern California basins---Physiochemical evidence and modeling

    Boles, James R. [Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, CA (United States); Garven, Grant [Tufts Univ., Medford, MA (United States)


    Our studies have had an important impact on societal issues. Experimental and field observations show that CO2 degassing, such as might occur from stored CO2 reservoir gas, can result in significant stable isotopic disequilibrium. In the offshore South Ellwood field of the Santa Barbara channel, we show how oil production has reduced natural seep rates in the area, thereby reducing greenhouse gases. Permeability is calculated to be ~20-30 millidarcys for km-scale fault-focused fluid flow, using changes in natural gas seepage rates from well production, and poroelastic changes in formation pore-water pressure. In the Los Angeles (LA) basin, our characterization of formation water chemistry, including stable isotopic studies, allows the distinction between deep and shallow formations waters. Our multiphase computational-based modeling of petroleum migration demonstrates the important role of major faults on geological-scale fluid migration in the LA basin, and show how petroleum was dammed up against the Newport-Inglewood fault zone in a “geologically fast” interval of time (less than 0.5 million years). Furthermore, these fluid studies also will allow evaluation of potential cross-formational mixing of formation fluids. Lastly, our new study of helium isotopes in the LA basin shows a significant leakage of mantle helium along the Newport Inglewood fault zone (NIFZ), at flow rates up to 2 cm/yr. Crustal-scale fault permeability (~60 microdarcys) and advective versus conductive heat transport rates have been estimated using the observed helium isotopic data. The NIFZ is an important deep-seated fault that may crosscut a proposed basin decollement fault in this heavily populated area, and appears to allow seepage of helium from the mantle sources about 30 km beneath Los Angeles. The helium study has been widely cited in recent weeks by the news media, both in radio and on numerous web sites.

  7. Large-scale Migration of Fluids toward Foreland Basins during Collisional Orogeny:Evidence from Triassic Anhydrock Sequences and Regional Alteration in the Middle-Lower Yangtze Area

    HOU Zengqian; YANG Zhusen; LI Yinqing; ZENG Pusheng; MENG Yifeng


    The middle-lower Yangtze area underwent a series of complex tectonic evolution, such as Hercynian extensional rifting, Indosinian foreland basining, and Yanshanian transpression-transtension, resulting in a large distinctive Cu-Fe-Au metallogenic belt. In the tectonic evolution, large-scale migration and convergence of fluids toward foreland basins induced during the collisional orogeny of the Yangtze and North China continental blocks were of vital importance for the formation of the metallogenic belt. Through geological surveys of the middle-lower Yangtze area,three lines of evidence of large-scale fluid migration are proposed: (1) The extensive dolomitic and silicic alteration penetrating Cambrian-Triassic strata generally occurs in a region sandwiched between the metallogenic belt along the Yangtze River and the Dabie orogenic belt, and in the alteration domain alternately strong and weak alteration zones extend in a NW direction and are controlled by the fault system of the Dabie orogenic belt; it might record the locus of the activities of long-distance migrating fluids. (2) The textures and structures of very thick Middle-Lower Triassic anhydrock sequences in restricted basins along the river reveal the important contribution of the convergence of regional hot brine in restricted basins and the chemical deposition or their formation. (3) Early-Middle Triassic syndepositional iron carbonate sequences and Fe-Cu-Pb-Zn massive sulfide deposits alternate with anhydrock sequences or are separated from the latter, but all of them occur in the same stratigraphic horizon and are intimately associated with each other,being the product of syndeposition of high-salinity hot brine. According to the geological surveys, combined with previous data, the authors propose a conceptual model of fluid migration-convergence and mineralization during the Dabie collisional orogeny.

  8. Dose calculations for intakes of ore dust

    This report describes a methodology for calculating the committed effective dose for mixtures of radionuclides, such as those which occur in natural radioactive ores and dusts. The formulae are derived from first principles, with the use of reasonable assumptions concerning the nature and behaviour of the radionuclide mixtures. The calculations are complicated because these 'ores' contain a range of particle sizes, have different degrees of solubility in blood and other body fluids, and also have different biokinetic clearance characteristics from the organs and tissues in the body. The naturally occurring radionuclides also tend to occur in series, i.e. one is produced by the radioactive decay of another 'parent' radionuclide. The formulae derived here can be used, in conjunction with a model such as LUDEP, for calculating total dose resulting from inhalation and/or ingestion of a mixture of radionuclides, and also for deriving annual limits on intake and derived air concentrations for these mixtures

  9. Geochemistry and ore prospecting

    Applied geochemistry is a new technique which helps the geologist in detecting ore deposits. Some deposits, even when they are covered with rather thick surface structures, form around these zones where the infinitesimal content of some elements of soils or waters is notably different. These 'anomalies' may be contemporaneous to the deposit-structure (primary dispersion) or may have occurred later (secondary dispersion). Various factors rule these anomalies: ore-stability, soil homogeneity, water conditions, topography, vegetation, etc... Applied geochemistry is in fact the study of analysis techniques of metal traces in soils as well as the geological interpretation of observed anomalies. This report gives practical data on sampling methods, yields, costs and also on special problems of uranium geochemistry. (author)

  10. Processing of lateritic ores

    Highly weathered or lateritic ores that contain high proportions of fine clay minerals present specific problems when they are processed to extract uranium. Of perhaps the greatest significance is the potential of the fine minerals to adsorb dissolved uranium (preg-robbing) from leach liquors produced by processing laterites or blends of laterite and primary ores. These losses can amount to 25% of the readily soluble uranium. The clay components can also restrict practical slurry densities to relatively low values in order to avoid rheology problems in pumping and agitation. The fine fractions also contribute to relatively poor solid-liquid separation characteristics in settling and/or filtration. Studies at ANSTO have characterised the minerals believed to be responsible for these problems and quantified the effects of the fines in these types of ores. Processing strategies were also examined, including roasting, resin-in-leach and separate leaching of the laterite fines to overcome potential problems. The incorporation of the preferred treatment option into an existing mill circuit is discussed. (author)

  11. Fluid-assisted particulate flow of turbidites at very low temperature: A key to tight folding in a submarine Variscan foreland basin of SW Europe

    Marques, F. O.; Burg, J.-P.; Lechmann, S. M.; Schmalholz, S. M.


    The problem addressed in this article is how sedimentary formations like turbidites in a foreland basin, which include layers with apparently great competence contrast, can be tightly folded in a regular manner under very low temperature and pressure. This raises two major issues: the rheological behavior of the rocks at the time of folding and the role played by fluids. In order to understand very low temperature folding and the structural evolution of a submarine foreland basin, we carried out detailed structural work in turbidites with alternating sandstone and shale, for which estimated peak temperature conditions were top diagenetic to very low grade metamorphism. Folds are tight to isoclinal, with local collapsed hinges, which implies that the incompetent shale was mobile enough to flow away from strongly flattened areas. We did not find evidence for cataclastic flow or crystal plasticity at mesoscopic and microscopic scales. Other structures (mostly boudins, foliations, conjugate brittle faults, and quartz veins) associated with folds denote anisotropic compaction by fluid extraction during regional shortening. This is possible if the folded rocks were unconsolidated, fluid-saturated sediments. The estimated low peak temperature is consistent with the shale being unlithified. Poorly cemented grains are free to slide past one another under shallow burial or high pore pressure conditions. Following this line of thought, we consider independent particulate flow assisted by fluids under very low confining pressure (bean bag analogy) as the rock deformation mechanism active during the described intense folding. Similar deformation is likely occurring (and has occurred) in other submarine accretionary wedges.

  12. Primary migration and secondary alteration of the Upper Paleozoic gas reservoir in Ordos Basin,China―Application of fluid inclusion gases


    The composition of fluid inclusions(FI)often represents the initial geochemical characteristics of palaeo-fluid in reservoir rock.Influence on composition and carbon isotopic composition of gas during primary migration,reservoir-forming and subsequent secondary alterations are discussed through comparing fluid inclusion gas with coal-formed gas and natural gas in present gas reservoirs in the Ordos Basin.The results show that primary migration of gas has significant effect on the molecular but not on the carbon isotopic composition of methane.Migration and diffusion fractionation took place during the secondary migration of gas in Upper Paleozoic gas reservoir according to carbon isotopic composition of methane in FIs.Composition and carbon isotopic composition of natural gas were nearly unchanged after the gas reservoir forming through comparing the FI gases with the natural gas in present gas reservoir.

  13. Therm odynamics of Diagenetic Fluid and Fluid/Mineral Reactions in the Eogene Xingouzui Formation,Oil Field T,Jianghan Basin

    倪师军; 罗扬棣; 等


    This study focuses on the thermodynamics of diagenetic fluid from the Eogene Xingouzui Forma-tion which represents the most important reservoir in Field Oil T in the Jianghan Basin.The meas-ured homegenizagion temperatures(110-139℃)of fluid inclusions in diagenetic minerals fall within the range of 67-155℃ at the middle diagenetic stage .The pressure of diagenetic fluid is estimated at 10.2-56 Mpa .The activity of ions in the fluid shows a tendency of Ca2+>Mg2+>Na+>K+>Fe3+>Fe2+ for cations, and HCO3->SO22->F->Cl->CO22- for anions. For the gaseous facies, there is a tendency of CO2>CO>H2S>CH4>H2. According to the thermodynamic calculations,the pH and Eh of the fluid are 5.86-6.47 and -0.73-0.64V, respectively. As a result of the interaction between such a diagenetic fluid and minerals in the sedi-ments,feldspars were dissolved or alterated by other minerals. The clay mineral kaolinite was instable and hence was replaced by illite and chloritoid.

  14. Intra-field variability in microbial community associated with phase-separation-controlled hydrothermal fluid chemistry in the Mariner field, the southern Lau Basin

    Takai, K.; Ishibashi, J.; Lupton, J.; Ueno, Y.; Nunoura, T.; Hirayama, H.; Horikoshi, K.; Suzuki, R.; Hamasaki, H.; Suzuki, Y.


    A newly discovered hydrothermal field called the Mariner field at the northernmost central Valu Fa Ridge (VFR) in the Lau Basin was explored and characterized by geochemical and microbiological surveys. The hydrothermal fluid (max. 365 u^C) emitting from the most vigorous vent site (Snow chimney) was boiling just beneath the seafloor at a water depth of 1908 m and two end-members of hydrothermal fluid were identified. Mineral and fluid chemistry of typical brine-rich (Snow chimney and Monk chimney) and vapor-rich (Crab Restaurant chimney) hydrothermal fluids and the host chimney structures were analyzed. Microbial community structures in three chimney structures were also investigated by culture-dependent and - independent analyses. The 16S rRNA gene clone analysis revealed that both bacterial and archaeal rRNA gene communities at the chimney surface zones were different among three chimneys. The bacterial and archaeal rRNA gene communities of the Snow chimney surface were very similar with those in the dead chimneys, suggesting concurrence of metal sulfide deposition at the inside and weathering at the surface potentially due to its large structure and size. Cultivation analysis demonstrated the significant variation in culturability of various microbial components, particularly of thermophilic H2- and/or S-oxidizing chemolithoautotrophs such as the genera Aquifex and Persephonella, among the chimney sites. The culturability of these chemolithoautotrophs might be associated with the input of gaseous energy and carbon sources like H2S, H2 and CH4 from the hydrothermal fluids, and might be affected by phase-separation- controlled fluid chemistry. In addition, inter-fields comparison of microbial community structures determined by cultivation analysis revealed novel characteristics of the microbial communities in the Mariner field of the Lau Basin among the global deep-sea hydrothermal systems.

  15. Geochemical and visual indicators of hydrothermal fluid flow through a sediment-hosted volcanic ridge in the Central Bransfield Basin (Antarctica.

    Alfred Aquilina

    Full Text Available In the austral summer of 2011 we undertook an investigation of three volcanic highs in the Central Bransfield Basin, Antarctica, in search of hydrothermal activity and associated fauna to assess changes since previous surveys and to evaluate the extent of hydrothermalism in this basin. At Hook Ridge, a submarine volcanic edifice at the eastern end of the basin, anomalies in water column redox potential (E(h were detected close to the seafloor, unaccompanied by temperature or turbidity anomalies, indicating low-temperature hydrothermal discharge. Seepage was manifested as shimmering water emanating from the sediment and from mineralised structures on the seafloor; recognisable vent endemic fauna were not observed. Pore fluids extracted from Hook Ridge sediment were depleted in chloride, sulfate and magnesium by up to 8% relative to seawater, enriched in lithium, boron and calcium, and had a distinct strontium isotope composition ((87Sr/(86Sr = 0.708776 at core base compared with modern seawater ((87Sr/(86Sr ≈ 0.70918, indicating advection of hydrothermal fluid through sediment at this site. Biogeochemical zonation of redox active species implies significant moderation of the hydrothermal fluid with in situ diagenetic processes. At Middle Sister, the central ridge of the Three Sisters complex located about 100 km southwest of Hook Ridge, small water column E(h anomalies were detected but visual observations of the seafloor and pore fluid profiles provided no evidence of active hydrothermal circulation. At The Axe, located about 50 km southwest of Three Sisters, no water column anomalies in E(h, temperature or turbidity were detected. These observations demonstrate that the temperature anomalies observed in previous surveys are episodic features, and suggest that hydrothermal circulation in the Bransfield Strait is ephemeral in nature and therefore may not support vent biota.

  16. Evolution of ore forming fluid of Daping gold deposit in Ailaoshan tectonic zone, Southeast Tibet%青藏高原东南缘哀牢山大坪金矿成矿流体演化

    朱路华; 戚学祥; 彭松柏; 李志群


    Daping gold deposit is a large quartz-vein gold deposit in Ailaoshan tectonic zone, made of north and south fields. Fluid inclusion homogenization temperatures range from 187t to 329t (average is 2811) in north field, and from 168℃ to 338℃ (average is 264℃) in south field, respectively. Corresponding, the δDV-SMOW values range from -70‰to -81‰ and from -71‰to-86‰, and the 518OH2O values rang from 2. 9‰ to 9. 8‰ and from 3. 5‰ to 5. 1‰, respectively. All samples plotted at the field between magmatic water and underground water in the plots of 5D vs. δ18OH2O, and that for north field are near magmatic water area, and for south field are near underground water area. The sulfur isotopic compositions (834 S) for north and south fields are 0. 7‰ ~ 15. 5‰ and 10. 6‰ ~ 15. 8‰, respectively. The vapour compositions in fluid inclusions are H2O, CO2 and N2, with a little of CH4 , C2H2, C2H4, C2H6 and CO. The ion compositions in fluid inclusions are K+ , Na+ , Ca2+ , Cl- and SO42- , with a little of NO3 - , F- , Br- and Mg2-. ESR dating data for quartz in gold-bearing quartz veins from north and south fields are 27. 2 - 29. 1 Ma and 17.3~22. 1Ma, respectively. All above show, that the ore forming fluids are mixing of postmagmatic solution and underground water, from north to south, deep to shallow fields and from earlier to later stage, the contents of the postmagmatic solution and sulfur are decreasing, and that of the underground water is increasing, and the age of minerallization is youngling, gradually.%大坪金矿是青藏高原东南缘哀牢山构造带中的大型石英脉型金矿床,由北矿区和南矿区组成.北矿区和南矿区的成矿流体包裹体均一温度及其氢、氧、硫同位素、气液相成份的测试结果表明其成矿温度为:187~329℃(平均为281℃)和168~338℃(平均为264℃)、氢同位素组成(δDV-SMOW)为:-70‰~-81‰和-71‰~-86‰、氧同位素组成(δ18OH2o)为:2.9‰~9.8

  17. Complexing and hydrothermal ore deposition

    Helgeson, Harold C


    Complexing and Hydrothermal Ore Deposition provides a synthesis of fact, theory, and interpretative speculation on hydrothermal ore-forming solutions. This book summarizes information and theory of the internal chemistry of aqueous electrolyte solutions accumulated in previous years. The scope of the discussion is limited to those aspects of particular interest to the geologist working on the problem of hydrothermal ore genesis. Wherever feasible, fundamental principles are reviewed. Portions of this text are devoted to calculations of specific hydrothermal equilibriums in multicompone

  18. New isotopic evidence bearing on bonanza (Au-Ag) epithermal ore-forming processes

    Saunders, James A.; Mathur, Ryan; Kamenov, George D.; Shimizu, Toru; Brueseke, Matthew E.


    New Cu, S, and Pb isotope data provide evidence for a magmatic source of metal(loid)s and sulfur in epithermal Au-Ag deposits even though their ore-forming solutions are composed primarily of heated meteoric (ground) waters. The apparent isotopic discrepancy between ore metals and ore-forming solutions, and even between the ore and associated gangue minerals, indicates two different sources of epithermal ore-forming constituents: (1) a shallow geothermal system that not only provides the bulk of water for the ore-forming solutions but also major chemical constituents leached from host rocks (silica, aluminum, potassium, sodium, calcium) to make gangue minerals and (2) metals and metalloids (As, Te, Sb, etc.) and sulfur (±Se) derived from deeper magma bodies. Isotopic data are consistent with either vapor-phase transport of metal(loids) and sulfur and their subsequent absorption by shallow geothermal waters or formation of metallic (Au, Ag, Cu phases) nanoparticles at depth from magmatic fluids prior to encountering the geothermal system. The latter is most consistent with ore textures that indicate physical transport and aggregation of nanoparticles were significant ore-forming processes. The recognition that epithermal Au-Ag ores form in tectonic settings that produce magmas capable of releasing metal-rich fluids necessary to form these deposits can refine exploration strategies that previously often have focused on locating fossil geothermal systems.

  19. Niobium ore OKA-1

    A 287-kg sample of a niobium ore, OKA-1, from Oka, Quebec, was prepared as a compositional reference material. OKA-1 was ground to minus 74 μm, blended in one lot, tested for homogeneity by X-ray fluorescence and chemical methods and bottled in 200-g units. In a 'free-choice' round-robin analytical program, 22 laboratories contributed results for niobium in each of two bottles of OKA-1. A statistical analysis of the data gave a recommended value of 0.37 +- 0.01% for niobium

  20. Uranium ore deposits

    The main uranium deposits and occurrences in the Argentine Republic are described, considering, in principle, their geologic setting, the kind of 'model' of the mineralization and its possible origin, and describing the ore species present in each case. The main uraniferous accumulations of the country include the models of 'sandstong type', veintype and impregnation type. There are also other kinds of accumulations, as in calcrete, etc. The main uranium production has been registered in the provinces of Mendoza, Salta, La Rioja, Chubut, Cordoba and San Luis. In each case, the minerals present are mentioned, having been recognized 37 different species all over the country (M.E.L.)

  1. Technological mineralogy study on uranium ores in Yunji ore deposit

    Based on the study of the types and features of technological mineralogy in Yunji uranium ore deposit, the factors influencing the heap leaching are researched, and uranium occurrence state is found out. The technological mineralogy data are provided for predicting, improving, and controlling the uranium ore heap leaching process. (authors)

  2. Green line fracturing systems fluids in Campos Basin, Brazil; Sistemas de fluidos de fraturamento na Bacia de Campos: evolucao em beneficio do meio ambiente

    Melo, Alexandre B. de; Araujo, Cosme J.C. de; Martinho, Flavio M.; Gaspar, Fernando [BJ Services do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)


    The constant demand for Services Companies in Oil and Gas Industry to reduce the environmental impacts has led to a race in search of new cleaner technologies. Fluids with low toxicity are the target of research and development by the companies which are committed to ensure the aspects of quality, health, safety and environment from manufacturing up to the use in the final destination of these products. The replacement of these fluids is happening at a larger speed than in the past on the based in two factors: greater awareness on the part of these companies in relation to the environmental and by new environmental laws. The fluids systems used in fracturing operations are not an exception to this rule. Service companies today are in the process of replacing their formulations with systems less aggressive to the environment so-called 'green' systems. In this context the new technological developments of fracturing fluids are of fundamental importance to assist the new environmental requirements of both operators and government regulatory bodies and also to ensure better effectiveness of these products. This paper reports the research, development and application of new environmentally acceptable fracturing fluids technology, reviews the pioneering case histories in offshore operations and the benefits experienced in the Campos Basin - Brazil. (author)

  3. Preliminary report on fluid inclusions from halites in the Castile and lower Salado formations of the Delaware Basin, southeastern New Mexico

    A suite of samples composed primarily of halite from the upper Castile and lower Salado Formations of the Permian Basin was selected from Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) core for a reconnaissance study of fluid inclusions. Volume percent of these trapped fluids averaged 0.7% to 1%. Freezing-point depressions varied widely and appeared to be unrelated to fluid-inclusion type, to sedimentary facies, or to stratigraphic depth. However, because very low freezing points were usually associated with anhydrite, a relation may exist between freezing-point data and lithology. Dissolved sulfate values were constant through the Castile, then decreased markedly with lesser depth in the lower Salado. This trend correlates very well with observed mineralogy and is consistent with an interpretation of the occurrence of secondary polyhalite as a result of gypsum or anhydrite alteration with simultaneous consumption of dissolved sulfate from the coexisting fluids. Together with the abundance and distribution of fluid inclusions in primary or ''hopper'' crystal structures, this evidence suggests that inclusions seen in these halites did not migrate any significant geographical distance since their formation. 28 refs., 17 figs., 2 tabs

  4. Reservoir quality and diagenetic evolution of Upper Mississippian rocks in the Illinois Basin; influence of a regional hydrothermal fluid-flow event during late diagenesis

    Pitman, Janet K.; Henry, Mitchell E.; Seyler, Beverly


    Conventional reservoir quality data for more than 300 wells provided by the Illinois and Indiana State Geological Surveys were analyzed to determine the factors governing porosity and permeability in the Upper Mississippian Bethel Sandstone and Cypress Sandstone, two of the principal producing units in the Illinois Basin. In addition, approximately 150 samples of the Bethel Sandstone-Cypress Sandstone interval from about 80 wells in the Illinois Basin were collected for mineralogical and geochemical analysis to reconstruct the burial and diagenetic history and to establish the timing of diagenesis relative to the entrapment of hydrocarbons. One aspect of the study involved linking inorganic and organic diagenesis to late Paleozoic tectonism and hydrothermal fluid-flow events in the region.

  5. Large ore-concentrated area of uranium deposits and uranium metellogeny

    The formation of large ore-concentrated are results from the anomalous concentration of multi-mineral resources and large amount of ore materials during the process of geologic evolution history. Different ore-concentrated areas are characterized by different typical mineral resources and typical ore deposits. By taking uranium deposit as an example, the author recognizes 14 large ore-concentrated areas of uranium deposit in the world, and studies the time-space constraints of large ore-concentrated areas of uranium deposits and their relation with geodynamic evolution, and on the above basis, discusses the unusual concentration of ore elements in large ore-concentrated areas of uranium deposits, as well as proposes the characteristics of 'unusual concentration in certain points and areas' and 'explosion metallogeny in a short period of time' of multiple mineral resources. According to the three basic 'links', i.e. 'source, transportation and precipitation', the author proposes the metallogeny of large ore-concentrated areas of uranium deposits. Of them, the study on the deep-source metallogeny, water-rock intereaction of special alkaline fluid and precipitation environment has made a foundation for the establishment of prospecting model of large uranium ore-concentration areas

  6. Ferride geochemistry of Swedish precambrian iron ores

    Loberg, B. E. H.; Horndahl, A.-K.


    Chemical analysis for major and trace elements have been performed on 30 Swedish Precambrian iron ores and on some from Iran and Chile. The Swedish ores consist of apatite iron ores, quartz-banded iron ores, skarn and limestone iron ores from the two main ore districts of Sweden, the Bergslagen and the Norrbotten province. Some Swedish titaniferous iron ores were also included in the investigation. The trace element data show that the Swedish ores can be subdivided into two major groups: 1. orthomagmatic and exhalative, 2. sedimentary. Within group 1 the titaniferous iron ores are distinguished by their high Ti-contents. From the ferride contents of the Kiruna apatite iron ores, the ores are considered to be mobilization products of skarn iron ores from the Norbotten province.

  7. Episodic fluid movements in superimposed basin:Combined evidence from outcrop and fluid inclusions of the Majiang ancient oil reservoir,Guizhou Province


    Combined evidence from the outcrop and the fluid inclusion assemblage (FIA) analysis indicates that there exist two episodes of fluid flow controlled by the tectonic activity. The first episode was recorded mainly in the reservoir rock of the Honghuayuan Formation,representing the fluid flow of hydrocarbon charging. The second episode occurred mainly along the fault systems,representing the fluid move-ment when the ancient oil reservoir was destroyed. The host mineral morphology,homogeneous tem-perature,and salinity of the FIAs record an episodic fluid movement. Characters of high homogenous temperature,low salinity and a quick temperature variation of the first episode fluid flow may indicate an early-stage fluid eruption,and correspondingly,fine-grained calcite was formed. Temperature of the erupted fluid tended to decrease during its mixing with the upper formation fluid and finally had the same temperature as the upper formation. From then on,the temperature was rather steady and fa-vored the growth of the coarse calcite. Due to this character of the temperature variation of the episodic fluid flow,we can use the homogenous temperature of the FIA of the coarse calcite to date the forma-tion and the destruction time of the Majiang ancient oil reservoir. Episodic fluid flow was known for its inhomogeneous trapping,which resulted in the failure of dating according to the burial history. But taking a close look at its temperature variation,we think that the latest stage of fluid flow,characterized by steady state temperature and grow of the coarser crystals,can be used for dating. It will be of great value if this method is proved to be effective. The formation and the destruction time of the Majiang ancient oil reservoir were dated to be in the Indosinian Period and the late Yanshan-early Hymalayan Period respectively. This conclusion is in great discrepancy with the common accepted idea that the Majiang ancient oil reservoir was formed and destroyed during the

  8. Uranium ore processing at Lodeve

    The plant for ore treatment is described. Ore preparation, crushing, alkaline attack, by Na2CO3, washing of solid residues, treatment of uraniferous liquors and effluents are reviewed. Technical and economical information on capacity, personnel, consumptions and investments are given. 881 t of uranium were produced in 1984

  9. Hunting for Iron Ore Bargains


    One of China’s leading steel mills has turned to smaller mines for long-term, lowcost iron ore supplies china’s oldest steel producer is looking to South America to fulfill its iron ore needs in the face of rising prices from

  10. Studies on uranium ore processing

    For the exploitation of domestic uranium ore deposit, comprehensive studies on uranium ore processing of the Geum-San pit ore are carried out. Physical and chemical characteristics of the Geum-San ore are similar to those of Goe-San ore and the physical beneficiation could not be applicable. Optimum operating conditions such as uranium leaching, solid-liquid separation, solvent extraction and precipitation of yellow cake are found out and the results are confirmed by the continous operation of the micro-plant with the capacity of 50Kg, ore/day. In order to improve the process of ore milling pilot plant installed recently, the feasibility of raffinate-recycle and the precipitation methods of yellow cake are intensively examined. It was suggested that the raffinate-recycle in the leaching of filtering stage could be reduced the environmental contamination and the peroxide precipitation technique was applicable to improve the purity of yellow cake. The mechanism and conditions the third phase formation are thoroughly studied and confirmed by chemical analysis of the third phase actually formed during the operation of pilot plant. The major constituents of the third phase are polyanions such as PMosub(12)Osub(40)sup(3-) or SiMosub(12)Osub(40)sup(4-). And the formation of these polyanions could be reduced by the control of redox potential and the addition of modifier. (Author)

  11. Modelling the coupled fluid and heat transport in a geothermal site: First results from Groß Schönebeck, NE-German Basin

    Cherubini, Y.; Cacace, M.; Scheck-Wenderoth, M.; Lewerenz, B.


    Predicting the temperature distribution in the subsurface becomes increasingly important in the course of recently intensified exploration for geothermal energy. Numerical models considering both the physical processes controlling heat transfer as well as the structural setting of the subsurface are an important option to assess variations in the temperature distribution. The geothermal in-situ laboratory "Groß Schönebeck" located 40 km north of Berlin is one of the key sites of geothermal exploration studies in the North German Basin. 3D numerical simulations of coupled fluid flow and heat transfer processes are carried out to investigate the geothermal field. The Goal of the study is to quantify the impact of variable rock parameters and geological structures on the resulting thermal distribution. The Zechstein salt as a prominent feature in the North German Basin is of particular interest in this context because it locally modifies the geothermal field. Our first attempts to model coupled fluid flow and heat transfer processes confirm the strong impact of the Upper Permian Zechstein salt. Furthermore, our results indicate that conduction is an important heat transfer mechanism below the Middle Triassic layers. Conversely, the more than 3000 m thick and permeable sediments above the Middle Triassic Muschelkalk unit favour the formation of convection cells. Here, especially high degrees of coupling result in remarkable convective heat transport. We assess the sensitivity of these results, and discuss implications for temperature predictions.

  12. Ore metals through geologic history.

    Meyer, C


    The ores of chromite, nickel, copper, and zinc show a wide distribution over geologic time, but those of iron, titanium, lead, uranium, gold, silver, molybdenum, tungsten, and tin are more restricted. Many of the limitations to specific time intervals are probably imposed by the evolving tectonic history of Earth interacting with the effects of the biomass on the evolution of the earth's s surface chemistry. Photosynthetic generation of free oxygen and "carbon" contributes significantlly to the diversity of redox potentials in both sedimentary and igneous-related processes of ore formation, influencing the selection of metals at the source, during transport, and at the site of ore deposition. PMID:17777763

  13. Reconstructing fluid-flow events in Lower-Triassic sandstones of the eastern Paris Basin by elemental tracing and isotopic dating of nanometric illite crystals

    Blaise, Thomas; Clauer, Norbert; Cathelineau, Michel; Boiron, Marie-Christine; Techer, Isabelle; Boulvais, Philippe


    Lower- to Middle-Triassic sandstones from eastern Paris Basin were buried to a maximum depth of 2500 m at a paleo-temperature of about 100 °C. They contain extensive amounts of authigenic platy and filamentous illite particles similar to those reported in reservoirs generally buried at 3000 to -5000 m and subjected to temperatures of 120 to -150 °C. To evaluate this unexpected occurrence, such sandstones were collected from drill cores between 1825 and 2000 m depth, and nanometric-sized sub-fractions were separated. The illite crystals were identified by XRD, observed by SEM and TEM, analyzed for their major, trace, rare-earth elements and oxygen isotope compositions, and dated by K-Ar and Rb-Sr. Illite particles display varied growth features in the rock pore-space and on authigenic quartz and adularia that they postdate. TEM-EDS crystal-chemical in situ data show that the illite lath/fiber and platelet morphologies correspond at least to two populations with varied interlayer charges: between 0.7 and 0.9 for the former and between 0.8 and 1.0 for the latter, the Fe/Fe + Mg ratio being higher in the platelets. Except for the deeper conglomerate, the PAAS-normalized REE patterns of the illite crystals are bell-shaped, enriched in middle REEs. Ca-carbonates and Ca-phosphates were detected together with illite in the separates. These soluble components yield 87Sr/86Sr ratios that are not strictly in chemical equilibrium with the illite crystals, suggesting successive fluids flows with different chemical compositions. The K-Ar data of finer chemical crystallization conditions induced by fluids flows through the host-rock pore system. These flow events were probably driven by repetitive rifting episodes of the North Atlantic Ocean, although located several hundreds kilometers away from eastern Paris Basin, and/or by fracturing events in the nearby basement of the Vosges Massif. Complex relationships between geodynamical events, thermal anomalies, and advective fluids

  14. Evidence for metasomatic mantle carbonatitic magma extrusion in Mesoproterozoic ore-hosting dolomite rocks in the middle Kunyang rift, central Yunnan, China


    The Kunyang rift lying on the western margin of the Yangtze platform is a rare Precambrian Fe-Cu mineralization zone. Wuding- Lufeng basin that is an important part of the zone is located on the west edge in the middle of the rift. The most important ore-hosting rocks are Mesoproterozoic dolomite rocks in the basin controlled by a ring fracture system, which is a fundamental structure of the basin. Plenty of silicate minerals and acicular apatite, feldspar phenocrysts and small vesicular, flown line and flown plane structures, melt inclusion and high temperature fluid inclusion found in most ore-hosting dolomites suggest that this kind of rocks could not be sedimentary dolomite, marble or hydrothermal carbonate rocks. The Zr/Hf and Nb/Ta values of the rocks are identical with those of associated mantle-derived rocks, and vary widely. For the monomineral dolomite, δ18OSMOW‰=+5.99 to +18.4 and δ13CPDB‰=-3.01to+0.94, which fall within the range for all carbonatitic volcanic rocks of the world. As for the accessory minerals, the values of δ18OSMOW‰ of magnetite (=+3.47 to +5.99%0) are close to that of the mantle (<5.7%), and the δ34S‰ values of sulfides (-5.09 to+5.78, averaging+1.50) are close to that of meteorite. For all the ore-bearing dolomite rocks, εNd = +0.19 to +2.27, and the calculated Isr = 0.699143, while for the associated mantle-derived rocks, εNd = +3.18 to +3.72. All the data suggest that the mineral assemblage is not only igneous but also of metasomatic mantle origin. And the presence of acicular apatite indicates that the rocks were formed by magma rapidly cooling. And the phenocryst texture and vesicular, flown and ropy and pyroclastic structures suggest that the igneous rocks were extrusive. Therefore, the ore-bearing dolomite rocks are carbonatitic volcanic rocks. This conclusion implies that most iron and copper ore deposits hosted in the dolomite rocks should be of the carbonatitc type.

  15. Filtration aids in uranium ore processing

    A process of improving the filtration efficiency and separation of uranium ore pulps obtained by carbonate leaching of uranium ore which comprises treating said ore pulps with an aqueous solution of hydroxyalkyl guar selected from the group consisting of hydroxyethyl and hydroxypropyl guar in the amount of 0.1 and 2.0 pounds of hydroxyalkyl guar per ton of uranium ore

  16. Kinetics of cyaniding of gold comprising ores

    Present article is devoted to kinetics of cyaniding process of gold comprising ores. Thus in laboratory conditions the researches on leaching of gold and silver from ores of various deposits of Tajikistan by means of cyaniding were conducted. The results of laboratory researches on cyaniding of ores of various deposits are presented. The flowsheet of cyaniding of gold comprising ores was elaborated.

  17. Shallow burial dolomitisation of Middle-Upper Permian paleosols in an extensional tectonic context (SE Iberian Basin, Spain): Controls on temperature of precipitation and source of fluids

    Benito, M. Isabel; De la Horra, Raúl; López-Gómez, José; Barrenechea, José F.; Luque, Javier; Arche, Alfredo


    This work is focused on carbonate paleosols developed in three stratigraphic sections (Landete, Talayuelas and Henarejos) of the Middle-Late Permian Alcotas Formation in the SE Iberian Basin. The Alcotas Formation, of alluvial origin, was deposited in semi-connected half-grabens developed during the early stages of the Permian-Triassic rifting stage that affected the Iberian Basin. The studied sections were located in two of these half-grabens, the Henarejos section being much closer to the basin boundary fault than the other two sections. The mineralogy and texture of the carbonate precursor of paleosols in the three studied sections are not preserved because original carbonate is replaced by coarse crystals of dolomite and/or magnesite. Dolomite crystals are typically euhedral, displaying rhombohedral shapes and reddish luminescence, although in the Henarejos section dolomite displays non-planar boundaries and frequently saddle habit. Micas are deformed and adapted to dolomite crystals, which, in turn, are affected by stylolites, suggesting that dolomite precipitated before mechanical and chemical compaction. Carbon and oxygen isotopic compositions of dolomite from the three sections show different values (δ 13C VPDB mean values = - 6.7‰, - 5.5‰ and - 7.5‰; δ 18O VPDB mean values = - 4.0‰; -5.6‰ and - 8.2‰, at Landete, Talayuelas and Henarejos sections, respectively). The 87Sr/ 86Sr ratios are similar in the three sections yielding values between 0.71391 and 0.72213. The petrographic and geochemical features of dolomite in the three studied sections suggest precipitation from similar fluids and during shallow burial diagenesis. Assuming that the minimum temperature for dolomite precipitation in the Henarejos section was 60 °C (as suggested by the presence of non-planar saddle habit), and that the dolomitizing fluid had similar δ 18O values at the three localities, then dolomite in the Talayuelas and Landete sections precipitated at temperatures

  18. Variations in the uranium isotopic compositions of uranium ores from different types of uranium deposits

    Uvarova, Yulia A.; Kyser, T. Kurt; Geagea, Majdi Lahd; Chipley, Don


    Variations in 238U/235U and 234U/238U ratios were measured in uranium minerals from a spectrum of uranium deposit types, as well as diagenetic phosphates in uranium-rich basins and peraluminous rhyolites and associated autunite mineralisation from Macusani Meseta, Peru. Mean δ238U values of uranium minerals relative to NBL CRM 112-A are 0.02‰ for metasomatic deposits, 0.16‰ for intrusive, 0.18‰ for calcrete, 0.18‰ for volcanic, 0.29‰ for quartz-pebble conglomerate, 0.29‰ for sandstone-hosted, 0.44‰ for unconformity-type, and 0.56‰ for vein, with a total range in δ238U values from -0.30‰ to 1.52‰. Uranium mineralisation associated with igneous systems, including low-temperature calcretes that are sourced from U-rich minerals in igneous systems, have low δ238U values of ca. 0.1‰, near those of their igneous sources, whereas uranium minerals in basin-hosted deposits have higher and more variable values. High-grade unconformity-related deposits have δ238U values around 0.2‰, whereas lower grade unconformity-type deposits in the Athabasca, Kombolgie and Otish basins have higher δ238U values. The δ234U values for most samples are around 0‰, in secular equilibrium, but some samples have δ234U values much lower or higher than 0‰ associated with addition or removal of 234U during the past 2.5 Ma. These δ238U and δ234U values suggest that there are at least two different mechanisms responsible for 238U/235U and 234U/238U variations. The 234U/238U disequilibria ratios indicate recent fluid interaction with the uranium minerals and preferential migration of 234U. Fractionation between 235U and 238U is a result of nuclear-field effects with enrichment of 238U in the reduced insoluble species (mostly UO2) and 235U in oxidised mobile species as uranyl ion, UO22+, and its complexes. Therefore, isotopic fractionation effects should be reflected in 238U/235U ratios in uranium ore minerals formed either by reduction of uranium to UO2 or chemical

  19. Fluid inclusion and vitrinite-reflectance geothermometry compared to heat-flow models of maximum paleotemperature next to dikes, western onshore Gippsland Basin, Australia

    Barker, C.E.; Bone, Y.; Lewan, M.D.


    Nine basalt dikes, ranging from 6 cm to 40 m thick, intruding the Upper Jurassic-Lower Cretaceous Strzelecki Group, western onshore Gippsland Basin, were used to study maximum temperatures (Tmax) reached next to dikes. Tmax was estimated from fluid inclusion and vitrinitereflectance geothermometry and compared to temperatures calculated using heat-flow models of contact metamorphism. Thermal history reconstruction suggests that at the time of dike intrusion the host rock was at a temperature of 100-135??C. Fracture-bound fluid inclusions in the host rocks next to thin dikes ( 1.5, using a normalized distance ratio used for comparing measurements between dikes regardless of their thickness. In contrast, the pattern seen next to the thin dikes is a relatively narrow zone of elevated Rv-r. Heat-flow modeling, along with whole rock elemental and isotopic data, suggests that the extended zone of elevated Rv-r is caused by a convection cell with local recharge of the hydrothermal fluids. The narrow zone of elevated Rv-r found next to thin dikes is attributed to the rise of the less dense, heated fluids at the dike contact causing a flow of cooler groundwater towards the dike and thereby limiting its heating effects. The lack of extended heating effects suggests that next to thin dikes an incipient convection system may form in which the heated fluid starts to travel upward along the dike but cooling occurs before a complete convection cell can form. Close to the dike contact at X/D 1.5. ?? 1998 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Liassic U-Pb age of the Rabejac pitchblende. Isotopic arguments for a Permian uraniferous preconcentration in the Lodeve basin (Herault)

    Lancelot, J.; Vella, V.

    Located in the basal part of the Saxonian formations of he Lodeve basin, the massive pitchblendes of the Rabejac ore deposit provide an age of 183 +- 4 Ma (Pb-Pb isochron), consistent with a Liassic mobilization of uranium in southern Massif central previously dated in the U ore deposits of Lodeve (Herault), Bertholene (Aveyron) and Pierres-Plantees (Lozere). This mobilization is related to the circulation of rather hot saline fluids (3-14%, 130-250/sup 0/C) induced by the tectonic phase of continental crust thinning (horsts, grabens, tilted blocks) which preceded the opening of the Ligurian-Piemontais ocean. Using Concordias diagrams we discuss the isotopic composition of the initial lead incorporated into the Rabejac pitchblendes during their cristallization which appears to have been radiogenic. This constitutes the first isotopic argument in favour of a primary U concentration during Permian times in the Lodeve basin.

  1. Novel Binders and Methods for Agglomeration of Ore

    S. K. Kawatra; T. C. Eisele; K. A. Lewandowski; J. A. Gurtler


    Many metal extraction operations, such as leaching of copper, leaching of precious metals, and reduction of metal oxides to metal in high-temperature furnaces, require agglomeration of ore to ensure that reactive liquids or gases are evenly distributed throughout the ore being processed. Agglomeration of ore into coarse, porous masses achieves this even distribution of fluids by preventing fine particles from migrating and clogging the spaces and channels between the larger ore particles. Binders are critically necessary to produce agglomerates that will not break down during processing. However, for many important metal extraction processes there are no binders known that will work satisfactorily at a reasonable cost. A primary example of this is copper heap leaching, where there are no binders currently encountered in this acidic environment process. As a result, operators of many facilities see a large loss of process efficiency due to their inability to take advantage of agglomeration. The large quantities of ore that must be handled in metal extraction processes also means that the binder must be inexpensive and useful at low dosages to be economical. The acid-resistant binders and agglomeration procedures developed in this project will also be adapted for use in improving the energy efficiency and performance of a broad range of mineral agglomeration applications, particularly heap leaching. The active involvement of our industrial partners will help to ensure rapid commercialization of any agglomeration technologies developed by this project.

  2. Novel Binders and Methods for Agglomeration of Ore

    S. K. Kawatra; T. C. Eisele; J. A. Gurtler; K. Lewandowski


    Many metal extraction operations, such as leaching of copper, leaching of precious metals, and reduction of metal oxides to metal in high-temperature furnaces, require agglomeration of ore to ensure that reactive liquids or gases are evenly distributed throughout the ore being processed. Agglomeration of ore into coarse, porous masses achieves this even distribution of fluids by preventing fine particles from migrating and clogging the spaces and channels between the larger ore particles. Binders are critically necessary to produce agglomerates that will not break down during processing. However, for many important metal extraction processes there are no binders known that will work satisfactorily at a reasonable cost. A primary example of this is copper heap leaching, where there are no binders currently encountered in this acidic environment process. As a result, operators of many facilities see a large loss of process efficiency due to their inability to take advantage of agglomeration. The large quantities of ore that must be handled in metal extraction processes also means that the binder must be inexpensive and useful at low dosages to be economical. The acid-resistant binders and agglomeration procedures developed in this project will also be adapted for use in improving the energy efficiency and performance of a broad range of mineral agglomeration applications, particularly heap leaching. The active involvement of our industrial partners will help to ensure rapid commercialization of any agglomeration technologies developed by this project.


    S.K. Kawatra; T.C. Eisele; J.A. Gurtler; C.A. Hardison; K. Lewandowski


    Many metal extraction operations, such as leaching of copper, leaching of precious metals, and reduction of metal oxides to metal in high-temperature furnaces, require agglomeration of ore to ensure that reactive liquids or gases are evenly distributed throughout the ore being processed. Agglomeration of ore into coarse, porous masses achieves this even distribution of fluids by preventing fine particles from migrating and clogging the spaces and channels between the larger ore particles. Binders are critically necessary to produce agglomerates that will not break down during processing. However, for many important metal extraction processes there are no binders known that will work satisfactorily. Primary examples of this are copper heap leaching, where there are no binders that will work in the acidic environment encountered in this process, and advanced ironmaking processes, where binders must function satisfactorily over an extraordinarily large range of temperatures (from room temperature up to over 1200 C). As a result, operators of many facilities see a large loss of process efficiency due to their inability to take advantage of agglomeration. The large quantities of ore that must be handled in metal extraction processes also means that the binder must be inexpensive and useful at low dosages to be economical. The acid-resistant binders and agglomeration procedures developed in this project will also be adapted for use in improving the energy efficiency and performance of a broad range of mineral agglomeration applications, particularly heap leaching and advanced primary ironmaking.

  4. Agribusiness geothermal energy utilization potential of Klamath and Western Snake River Basins, Oregon. Final report

    Lienau, P.J.


    Resource assessment and methods of direct utilization for existing and prospective food processing plants have been determined in two geothermal resource areas in Oregon. Ore-Ida Foods, Inc. and Amalgamated Sugar Company in the Snake River Basin; Western Polymer Corporation (potato starch extraction) and three prospective industries--vegetable dehydration, alfalfa drying and greenhouses--in the Klamath Basin have been analyzed for direct utilization of geothermal fluids. Existing geologic knowledge has been integrated to indicate locations, depth, quality, and estimated productivity of the geothermal reservoirs. Energy-economic needs and balances, along with cost and energy savings associated with field development, delivery systems, in-plant applications and fluid disposal have been calculated for interested industrial representatives.

  5. Microwave enhanced processing of ores

    Kobusheshe, Joseph


    Recent research developments have suggested that microwave assisted comminution could provide a step change in ore processing. This is based on the fact that microwave-absorbent phases within a multi-mineral ore can be selectively heated by microwave energy hence inducing internal stresses that create fracture. A detailed review of existing literature revealed that little or no information is available which relates and examines the influence of hydrated minerals on microwave assisted fr...

  6. Uranium from phosphate ores

    Phosphate rock, the major raw material for phosphate fertilizers, contains uranium that can be recovered when the rock is processed. This makes it possible to produce uranium in a country that has no uranium ore deposits. The author briefly describes the way that phosphate fertilizers are made, how uranium is recovered in the phosphate industry, and how to detect uranium recovery operations in a phosphate plant. Uranium recovery from the wet-process phosphoric acid involves three unit operations: (1) pretreatment to prepare the acid; (2) solvent extraction to concentrate the uranium; (3) post treatment to insure that the acid returning to the acid plant will not be harmful downstream. There are 3 extractants that are capable of extracting uranium from phosphoric acid. The pyro or OPPA process uses a pyrophosphoric acid that is prepared on site by reacting an organic alcohol (usually capryl alcohol) with phosphorous pentoxide. The DEPA-TOPO process uses a mixture of di(2-ethylhexyl)phosphoric acid (DEPA) and trioctyl phosphine oxide (TOPO). The components can be bought separately or as a mixture. The OPAP process uses octylphenyl acid phosphate, a commercially available mixture of mono- and dioctylphenyl phosphoric acids. All three extractants are dissolved in kerosene-type diluents for process use

  7. On the contact behavior analysis of the o-ring depending on the contact surface profiles

    Kim, Chung Kyun [Hongik Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    In this paper, the contact stress and strain distributions in elastomer O-ring seals have been analyzed using a non-linear finite element method. The stress behavior of PTFE materials is assumed as Odgen model because the sealing clearance between the flange and the surface of the O-ring is not small and the sealing pressure of working fluids covers from the atmospheric pressure to high pressure of 15MPa. The contact normal force and stress in wavy O-rings in which is developed for this analysis are uniformly distributed along the flange and the wall of the rectangular groove. And the normal sealing forces are also kept high compared to other contact sealing models such as the conventional O-ring and X-ring. Thus, the FEM computed results indicate that the sealing characteristic of wavy O-rings is good compared with other contact seals.

  8. Geochemical characteristics of the fluid inclusions in the Gangxi Fault Belt, Huanghua Depression, Bohai Bay Basin, China

    DING Wei-wei; DAI Jin-xing; CHU Feng-you; HAN Xi-qiu


    We studied the geochemical characteristics of the fluid inclusions in the Ordovician carbonates and the Oligocene Shahejie Formation sandstones from 15 wells in the Gangxi Fault Belt, Huanghua Depression. The fluid inclusions are all secondary with gas/liquid ratio of 5%~10%. Base on Raman they are mainly composed of H2O, CO2 and CH4. The homogenization temperatures, combined with burial and geothermal history of the host rock, indicate that the fluid flows in the Shahejie Formation and the Ordovician carbonates were trapped in Neocene. Using a VG5400 mass spectrometer, the helium isotopic compositions were analyzed. Interpretation of results suggested a significant amount of mantle-derived helium mainly accumulating in the intersections of the NWW trending Xuzhuangzi and NE trending Gangxi faults. The maturity of hydrocarbon decreases from the intersection to the outside pointing out that the fluid related to the NWW trending Xuzhuangzi and NE trending Gangxi faults.These factors implied the fluid inclusions have a close relationship to the local tectonic setting. Gangxi Fault Belt experienced intensive Neo-tectonic activities in Cenozoic. Widespread faulted-depressions and strong volcanic eruptions manifested its tectonic status of extensional stress field. Mantle uplift caused the movement of magma that carried mantle-derived gases and deep heat flows, the deep-rooted tension faults provided the passages for the gases and heat flows to shallow crust levels.

  9. Underground leaching of uranium ores

    Large amounts of low-grade U ore, not worth processing by conventional methods, are to be found at many sites in mine pillars, walls, and backfilling. Many proven deposits are not being mined because the geological conditions are difficult or the U ore is of relatively low grade. Factors such as radioactive emission, radon emanation, and the formation of radioactive dust give rise to health hazards. When U ores are treated above ground, enormous quantities of solid and liquid radioactive waste and mining spoil accumulate. The underground leaching of U is a fundamentally different kind of process. It is based on the selective dissolving of U at the place where it occurs by a chemical reagent; all that reaches the ground surface is a solution containing U, and after extraction of the U by sorption the reagent is used again. The main difficult and dangerous operations associated with conventional methods (excavation; extraction and crushing of the ore; storage of wastes) are avoided. Before underground leaching the ore formation has to be fractured and large ore bodies broken down into blocks by shrinkage stopping. These operations are carried out by advanced machinery and require the presence underground of only a few workers. If the ore is in seams, the only mining operation is the drilling of boreholes. The chemical reagent is introduced under pressure through one set of boreholes, while the U bearing solution is pumped out from another set. The process is monitored with the help of control boreholes. After extraction of the U by sorption, the reagent is ready to be used again. Very few operations are involved and insignificant amounts of dissolved U escape into the surrounding rock formations. Experience has shown that underground leaching reduces the final cost of the U metal, increases productivity, reduces capital expenditure, and radically improves working conditions

  10. The distribution and evolution of fluid pressure and its influence on natural gas accumulation in the Upper Paleozoic of Shenmu-Yulin area, Ordos Basin

    WANG; ZhenLiang; CHEN; HeLi


    On the basis of measuring the pressure distribution and analyzing its origin in the Carboniferous and Permian of Shenmu-Yulin area, the evolution history of ancient pressure is restored mainly by means of the basin numerical simulation technique, in which the paleo-pressure has been constrained by the compaction restoration and the examination of fluid inclusion temperature and pressure. Then the development and evolution history of abnormal pressure and its effect on gas migration and accumulation are investigated. Studies show that the pressure in southeastern and northwestern parts of studied area is near to hydrostatic pressure, whereas in the remainder vast area the pressure is lower than the hydrostatic pressure, which is caused by difficulty to measure pressure accurately in tight reservoir bed, the calculating error caused by in-coordinate between topography relief and surface of water potential, pressure lessening due to formation arising and erosion. There are geological factors beneficial to forming abnormal high pressure in the Upper Palaeozoic. On the distraction of measured pressure, paleo-pressure data from compaction restoration and fluid inclusion temperature and pressure exa- mining, the evolution history of ancient pressure is restored by the basin numerical simulation technique. It is pointed out that there are at least two high peaks of overpressure in which the highest value of excess pressure could be 5 to 25 MPa. Major gas accumulated in main producing bed of Shanxi Fm (P1s) and lower Shihezi Fm (P2x), because of two-fold control from capillary barrier and overpressure seal in upper Shihezi Fm (P2s). In the middle and southern districts, the two periods of Later Jurassic to the middle of Early Cretaceous, and middle of Later Cretaceous to Palaeocene are main periods of gas migration and accumulation, while they belong to readjustment period of gas reservoirs after middle of Neocene.

  11. Petrophysical analysis of regional-scale thermal properties for improved simulations of geothermal installations and basin-scale heat and fluid flow

    Hartmann, Andreas; Clauser, Christoph


    Development of geothermal energy and basin-scale simulations of fluid and heat flow both suffer from uncertain physical rock properties at depth. Therefore, building better prognostic models are required. We analysed hydraulic and thermal properties of the major rock types in the Molasse Basin in Southern Germany. On about 400 samples thermal conductivity, density, porosity, and sonic velocity were measured. Here, we propose a three-step procedure with increasing complexity for analysis of the data set: First, univariate descriptive statistics provides a general understanding of the data structure, possibly still with large uncertainty. Examples show that the remaining uncertainty can be as high as 0.8 W/(m K) or as low as 0.1 W/(m K). This depends on the possibility to subdivide the geologic units into data sets that are also petrophysically similar. Then, based on all measurements, cross-plot and quick-look methods are used to gain more insight into petrophysical relationships and to refine the analysis. Be...

  12. Characteristics of the ore-forming fluid of typical gold deposits in Xiaoshan area of Henan and their enlightenment to further prospecting works%河南省崤山地区典型金矿床的成矿流体特征及其对进一步找矿工作的启示

    徐文超; 王通; 常云真; 周奇明; 贾慧敏; 赵留升


    Xiaoshan area is located inside the middle-west part of Xiaoqinling-Xiaoshan-Xiong’ershan-Waifang-shan Au-Ag-Mo polymetallic metallogenic belt in western Henan.However,the measured reserves of gold ores is far less than that of Xiaoqinling area and eastern Xiong’ershan area.Therefore,the prospecting po-tential in Xiaoshan area attracts great attention of related industrial sectors.Combined with previous work, this paper put forth the theory that the gold ores in the area were predominated by fracture zone alteration rock type and quartz vein type.According to the analysis of typical deposits,the paper concluded that the mineralization of gold ores could be divided into four stages from early to late:(1)quartz-pyrite (arsenopy-rite)stage,(2)pyrite-quartz stage,(3)quartz-polymetallic sulfide stage,and (4)quartz-carbonate stage. Among the four stages,stage (2)and (3)are the main stages of mineralization.The author conducted analy-sis on the content,homogenization temperature and S-H-O-Pb isotope composition of the fluid inclusions in the quartz crystals in each ore-forming stage.It indicates that the fluid was CO 2-rich aqueous fluid with nu-merous dissolved Na+ and Ca2 + ions.The homogenization temperature of fluid inclusions ranges from 243℃to 285℃,and it suggests that the gold deposits in Xiaoshan area are mainly intermediate temperate hydro-thermal deposits being short of fluid inclusions of high temperature stage.The δ34 S value of metal sulfide ranges from -0.5‰ to 5.4‰ and it shows the characteristics of deep source sulfur.And its δ1 8 O H2 O value ranges from 0.1‰ to 9.4‰ and δ1 8 D value ranges from - 134.9‰ to 24.3‰,and it shows that the ore-forming fluid occurs mainly as magmatic water with lesser atmospheric precipitation and metamorphic water. Based on the comparison between outcrop area of granitic intrusive rocks in Xiaoshan area and that in Xiao-qinling area,it appears that the unsatisfactory prospecting results in Xiaoshan area

  13. Evidence for participation of microbial mats in the deposition of the siliciclastic ‘ore formation’ in the Copperbelt of Zambia

    Porada, H.; Druschel, G.


    The Copperbelt of Zambia is the world's largest sediment-hosted stratiform copper province, hosted in siliciclastic sediments of the Roan Group, which forms the basal part of the Neoproterozoic-Paleozoic Katanga Supergroup. Much of the ore deposition occurred between 880 Ma and 780 Ma, on a rimmed platform consisting of a carbonate barrier, a lagoonal basin and tidal flats grading into sabkhas in the hinterland. Various sedimentary structures developed in the ore formation at the Mindola Open Pit mine, are herein considered to be microbially induced and are identified as microbial shrinkage cracks, wrinkle structures, mat deformation structures, petees, concentric microfaults, and microbial mat chips. The occurrence of these structures in all ore formation units at the Mindola Mine suggests microbial mats grew on the paleo-sediment surface throughout deposition of the cupriferous succession. As these structures require cohesive layers, the mats were likely of the cyanobacterial type, that grew in the well aerated intertidal to lower supratidal zones. Cyanobacterial mats typically consist of a surface layer of filamentous cyanobacteria underlain by anaerobic, heterotrophic sulfate reducing bacteria (SRB). A distinct sulfide mineral zonation, developed in all major deposits of the Copperbelt, ranges from barren supratidal (sabkha) sediments, through chalcocite in the lower supratidal zone, to bornite followed by chalcopyrite in the intertidal zone, and pyrite in the subtidal zone and anoxic lagoonal depotcentre. This sequence of minerals can be modelled as a paragenetic sequence of mineralization resulting from the progressive reduction of a source fluid, indicating that geochemical conditions of ore formation, at least, are produced by the activity of SRB.

  14. Novel Binders and Methods for Agglomeration of Ore

    S. K. Kawatra; T. C. Eisele; K. A. Lewandowski; J. A. Gurtler


    Many metal extraction operations, such as leaching of copper, leaching of precious metals, and reduction of metal oxides to metal in high-temperature furnaces, require agglomeration of ore to ensure that reactive liquids or gases are evenly distributed throughout the ore being processed. Agglomeration of ore into coarse, porous masses achieves this even distribution of fluids by preventing fine particles from migrating and clogging the spaces and channels between the larger ore particles. Binders are critically necessary to produce agglomerates that will not break down during processing. However, for many important metal extraction processes there are no binders known that will work satisfactorily. Primary examples of this are copper heap leaching, where there are no binders that will work in the acidic environment encountered in this process, and advanced ironmaking processes, where binders must function satisfactorily over an extraordinarily large range of temperatures (from room temperature up to over 1200 C). As a result, operators of many facilities see a large loss of process efficiency due to their inability to take advantage of agglomeration. The large quantities of ore that must be handled in metal extraction processes also means that the binder must be inexpensive and useful at low dosages to be economical. The acid-resistant binders and agglomeration procedures developed in this project will also be adapted for use in improving the energy efficiency and performance of a broad range of mineral agglomeration applications, particularly heap leaching and advanced primary ironmaking. This project has identified several acid-resistant binders and agglomeration procedures that can be used for improving the energy efficiency of heap leaching, by preventing the ''ponding'' and ''channeling'' effects that currently cause reduced recovery and extended leaching cycle times. Methods have also been developed for iron ore

  15. Implication for horizontally-elongated fluid flow inferred from heat flow measurements in the Iheya-North hydrothermal field, Okinawa Trough back-arc basin

    Masaki, Yuka; Kinoshita, Masataka; Kawada, Yoshifumi


    The Okinawa Trough is a back-arc basin located in the southwestern part of Japan. It is considered to be in the initial stage of rifting of continental crust, and the activity generates volcanic edifices in this area, accompanied by hydrothermal circulation. The Iheya-North is one of the most active hydrothermal fields among them. As a proposed drilling site for the Integrated ocean Drilling Program, extensive geophysical surveys have been carried out including single-channel seismic imaging, and precise side-scan sonar imaging by using autonomous underwater vehicle 'Urashima' of Japan Agency for Marine-Science and Technology. In the recent few years, we have measured heat flow in and around the Iheya-North hydrothermal field to understand the spatial of hydrothermal circulation in detail. 78 measurements show that heat flow is higher than 10 W/m2 with in 0.5 km of the hydrothermal vent complex, that it gradually decrease eastward to vs. ~a few hundreds meters vertical). We performed numerical calculations of fluid flow and heat transportation to give constraints on the depth of hydrothermal circulation, the magnitude of darcy velocity, and the permeability at depth. The simulated results will be compared with measured heat flow distribution and will be checked for the larger or smaller circulation scale proposed from heat flow or fluid geochemistry data.

  16. Tectonic ore-controlling in the middle southern segment of Da Hinggan Ling, Northeast China


    Studies on geotectonic evolution, regionally geological characteristics and ore-forming and ore-controlling structures have shown that since the Mesozoic the Da Hinggan Ling region has entered the typical intercontinental orogenic stage, which appears to be closely related to mantle plume activities. Da Hinggan Ling is a typical mantle branch structure and possesses obvious magmatic-metamorphic complexes in the core, detachment slip beds in the periphery and overlapped fault depression basins. Moreover, all these are the principal factors leading to ore formation and ore controlling in the region. This paper also further explores the mechanism of mineralization in the middle-southern segment of Da Hinggan Ling,summaries the rules of mineralization, puts forward the models of mineralization and points out the oresearch orientations in the future time.

  17. Geochemical element mobility during the history of a Paleo-proterozoic clastic sedimentary basin, the Athabasca Basin (Saskatchewan, Canada)

    In order to understand the mechanisms of migration and deposition of ore elements, it is essential to determine the timing, source, and destination of the geochemical element mass transfers and/or transportation on a scale encompassing the great sedimentary basins. The purpose of this study is to trace and to date the element migrations that occurred during the history of a Paleo-proterozoic clastic sedimentary basin, the Athabasca Basin, which hosts the world's largest and richest uranium deposits. As this geological environment was proved to be efficient to preserve high grade ore deposits for over more than one billion years, it provides an opportunity to study some natural analogues of deep geological nuclear waste storage. Five research topics were studied: 3D modelling of the distribution of normative minerals and trace elements on a basin-wide scale; U-Pb and Rb-Sr systematics; average chemical age estimation; thermodynamic modelling of the major mineralogical assemblages; U-Pb geochronology of uranium oxides. Some elements have remained immobile (Zr) since their initial sedimentary deposition, or were transferred from one phase to another (Al, Th). Other elements have been transported during fluid flow events that occurred: (1) on a basin wide scale during diagenesis (REE, Y, Sr, Fe), (2) at the unconformity and in the vicinity of the fault zones that represent preferential fluid flow pathways between the basement and the sandstone cover (U, Ni, As, B, Mg, K, Fe, Sr, REE), (3) during the late fault reactivation events associated with the basin uplift (U, Pb, Ni, S, Sr, REE). The successive tectonic events related to the geodynamical context that lead to the formation of these high-grade U concentrations (1460 Ma, 1335 Ma and 1275 Ma in the McArthur River deposit), did not however systematically occur in the whole basin (1275 Ma only at Shea Creek). The exceptionally high grade and tonnages of some deposits seem to be related to a larger number of U

  18. Morphologies, classification and genesis of pockmarks, mud volcanoes and associated fluid escape features in the northern Zhongjiannan Basin, South China Sea

    Chen, Jiangxin; Song, Haibin; Guan, Yongxian; Yang, Shengxiong; Pinheiro, Luis M.; Bai, Yang; Liu, Boran; Geng, Minghui


    Based on new high-resolution multi-beam bathymetry and multichannel seismic reflection data, two new groups of numerous pockmarks and mud volcanoes were discovered in the northern Zhongjiannan Basin at water depths between 600 and 1400 m. Individual pockmarks are circular, elliptical, crescent-shaped or elongated, with diameters ranging from several hundreds to thousands of meters and tens or hundreds of meters in depth, and they often form groups or strings. Crescent pockmarks, approximately 500-1500 m wide in cross-section and 50-150 m deep, occur widely in the southern study area, both as individual features and in groups or curvilinear chains, and they are more widespread and unique in this area than anywhere else in the world. Conical mud volcanoes, mostly with kilometer-wide diameters and ca. 100 m high, mainly develop in the northern study area as individual features or in groups. Seismic data show that the observed pockmarks are associated with different kinds of fluid escape structures and conduits, such as gas chimneys, diapirs, zones of acoustic blanking, acoustic turbidity and enhanced reflections, inclined faults, small fractures and polygonal faults. The mapped mud volcanoes appear to be fed from deep diapirs along two main conduit types: the conventional conduits with downward tapering cones and another other conduit type with a narrow conduit in the lower half and emanative leakage passages in the upper half. Various types of pockmarks are found and a comprehensive pockmark classification scheme is proposed, according to: (a) their shape in plan view, which includes circular, elliptical, crescent, comet-shape, elongated and irregular; (b) their magnitude, which includes small, normal, giant and mega-pockmarks; and (c) their composite pattern, which includes composite pockmarks, pockmark strings and pockmark groups. For the genesis of the crescent pockmark (strings), a 5-stage speculative formation model is proposed, implying possible controlling

  19. Microthermometric measurement of fluid inclusions and its constraints on genesis of PGE-polymetallic deposits in Lower Cambrian black rock series, southern China

    WANG Min; SUN Xiaoming; MA Mingyang


    Systematic microthermometric measurements of fluid inclusions in the PGE-polymetallic deposits hosted in the Lower Cambrian black rock series in southern China were performed, and the results suggest: (1) there exist two types of fluid inclusions. TypeⅠis of NaCl-H2O system with low-medium salinity, and its homogenization temperatures (Th) and salinities are 106.9- 286.4℃ and ( 0.8- 21.8) wt%NaCl eq. respectively; TypeⅡ is of CaCl2-NaCl-H2O system with medium-high salinities, and its homogenization temperatures and salinities range from 120.1℃ to 269.6℃ and ( 11.4- 31.4) wt%NaCl eq., respectively. The typeⅡ fluid inclusions have been discovered for the first time in this kind of deposits; (2) two generations of ore-forming fluids were recognized. Characteristics of fluid inclusions in the PGE-polymetallic ores and carbonate-quartz stockworks in the underlying phosphorites are almost of no difference, they may represent ore-forming fluids at the main metallogenic stage. The peak value of homogenization temperature of those fluid inclusions is about 170℃, while their salinities possess a remarkable bimodal distribution pattern with two peak values of (27-31) wt%NaCl eq. and (4-6) wt%NaCl eq. On the contrary, fluid inclusions in the carbonate-quartz veins in the hanging wall may represent ore-forming fluids at the post-metallogenetic stage. The homogenization temperatures and the peak values of salinities are mostly 130-170℃ and (12-14) wt%NaCl eq., respectively; (3) nobel gas isotopic composition analyses in combination with the microthermometric measurements of fluid inclusions suggest that the ore-forming fluids at the main metallogenetic stage were probably derived from mixing of basinal hot brines with the CaCl2-NaCl-H2O system and seawater with the NaCl-H2O system; (4) in the Early Cambrian, the basinal hot brines were trapped in the Caledonian basins, which were distributed along the southern margin of the Yangtze Craton, and where giant thick

  20. Research on Magnesite Ore Purification

    Berisha, K.


    Full Text Available Magnesite ore, consisting mainly of magnesite, MgCO3 is a chief mineral source for production of high quality refractory materials based on highly pure MgO. However, the presence of calcium and silicium mineral impurities in the ore adversely affect refractoriness. The removal of silicate minerals is now a routine process but it is not so for calcium minerals impurities. In this work, the new method for the removal of calcium mineral impurities from magnesite ore has been investigated. It is based on extraction of calcium hydroxide from the calcined hydrated ore with the solution of magnesium nitrate. The results show that it is possible to remove up to 65–83 % of calcium oxide (CaO within five minutes, and up to 88–95 % within an hour. The process itself is complex, but mainly under mass transfer control. It is possible to use waste materials produced as fertilizer in agriculture thus helping in environmental protection.

  1. Processing Gold Quarry refractory ores

    Hausen, D. M.


    The Gold Quarry deposit is the largest sediment-hosted gold deposit yet discovered on the Carlin trend in northern Nevada. However, despite the locale's vast reserves, the gold is difficult to extract from portions of the deposit. Detailed, ongoing mineralogical analyses assure proper treatment of the ore.

  2. Uranium Ore and Concentrate Sampling

    The Grand Junction Office of the United States Atomic Energy Commission has been responsible for procuring large quantities of natural uranium in both ores and concentrates. The techniques used for sampling ores are necessarily different from those used for concentrates. Each step in the overall measurement and sampling systems for both ores and concentrates is discussed, giving particular attention to the accuracy and precision of that step. During the years 1948-1964, a total of 58 million tons of ore was sampled in about 40 different mechanical sampling plants in the western United States. All plants have been required to weigh, sample and analyse ore in accordance with practices satisfactory to the USAEC. The ordinary principles of ore sampling, as used for years in the mining industry, have been followed. However, sufficient check sampling and other tests were performed to ensure that the uranium content of the variety of ores sampled was as accurately determined as economically feasible. Concentrates containing about 129 000 t of U3O8 were purchased from domestic producers during the last 17 years. This uranium was contained in approximately 10 000 lots, each of which was weighed, sampled, and analysed in accordance with carefully controlled procedures. These lots were received at USAEC-owned sampling facilities at Grand Junction or Weldon Spring, Missouri, both of which are contractor operated. The average lot consists of about 50 drums (55-gallon size) and weighs approximately 35 000 lb. Because concentrate varies so much in both physical and chemical characteristics, it is necessary to sample each drum. Through the years, various sampling systems were used, such as pipes, open auger, enclosed augers, and falling stream sampling. Falling stream sampling is the most accurate, provided precautions are taken to prevent changes in weight due to exposure to the atmosphere. Because of the tendency of concentrates to sorb or desorb moisture, depending upon the

  3. 四川省牦牛坪稀土矿床成矿流体与碳酸岩-正长岩杂岩体成因联系评述%Genetic Relation of Ore-Forming Fluids and Carbonatite- Syenite Complex in Maoniuping REE Deposit, Sichuan Province, China:A Review

    许成; 黄智龙; 漆亮


    The Maoniuping REE deposit is the second largest primary light REE deposit in China.Fluorite is one of main gangue minerals in the orefield. Carbonatites and syenites are spatially and temporally associated with rare earth mineralization. Based on the previous geochemical studies of fluorite and carbonatite-syenite complex, we review the genetic relation of REE ore-forming fluids and carbonatite-syenite complex. It shows that carbonatites and syenites have similar REE distribution patterns, (87Sr/86Sr)0, (143Nd/144Nd)0, 206Pb/204Pb, 208Pb/204Pb ratios, and plot to the area between the mantle end-member EM1 and EM2. They were formed in orogenic setting. Fluorites associated with REE mineralization display different REE distribution patterns, but their Sr, Nd, Pb isotopic ratios are uniform, and are similar to those of carbonatites and syenites. This suggests that the different REE fluorites were products of the same source, and REE ore-forming fluids were related to carbonatite and syenite magmas.%四川省牦牛坪稀土矿床是中国第二大原生轻稀土矿床,萤石是矿区主要脉石矿物之一,碳酸岩和正长岩在空间和时间上与稀土成矿存在密切联系.在过去萤石和碳酸岩-正长岩杂岩体地球化学研究的基础上,评述了稀土成矿流体与碳酸岩-正长岩杂岩体的成因联系.矿区碳酸岩和正长岩具有相似的REE配分模式、(87Sr/86Sr)0,(143Nd/144Nd)0,206Pb/204Pb,208Pb/204Pb同位素比值,位于地幔端元EM1和EM2之间,它们是造山环境的产物.与稀土矿化共生的萤石显示不同的稀土配分模式,但是它们具有一致的Sr、Nd、Pb同位素比值,与碳酸岩和正长岩相似.这些表明不同稀土特征的萤石来自相同的源区,稀土成矿流体与碳酸岩和正长岩岩浆存在密切联系.

  4. Extraction of uranium from its ores

    The ore is ground and mixed with sulphuric acid to give a moist ore containing a sulphuric acid concentration of less than 4N without forming a continuous liquid phase. The moist ore is cured at from 500 to 1000 while passing an oxidising gas through it. Using this method it is possible to achieve uranium extractions of % or better in 24 hours or less. This invention provides an improved method for acid leaching of uranium from its ores and especially from those ores which contain uranium as a finely-diaseminated refractory material, such as brannerite or uraninite. (LL)

  5. Method of continuous pressure leaching of ores

    Ore leaching, especially suspensions of ground ore or fine ore fractions from physical treatment was divided into two operations. The former, i.e., ore mixing with technical grade concentrated sulfuric acid proceeded in a separate mixer. The mixture was then transported into an autoclave where the actual leaching proceeded for 2 to 4 hours. The extracted mixture was discharged through the autoclave bottom. The leaching autoclave used can be without any inner structures. The separation of mixing from the actual leaching allows processing ores with high levels of clay components, increasing operating reliability of the facility, reducing consumption of special structural materials and energy, and increasing process efficiency. (E.S.)

  6. Reactor vessel o-ring spring clip

    A reactor vessel O-ring spring clip is designed to hold a tubular metallic O-ring in the groove of a reactor vessel head flange, especially during vessel head lifting. The spring clip is designed such that the weight of the O-ring acts to increase the friction force between the spring clip and the, typically, threaded hole into which it is inserted. An end of the clip adapted to be inserted through a slot in the tubular O-ring for securement thereto, has a circular member thereon which prevents the spring clip from becoming disengaged from the O-ring during head lifting. (author)

  7. Numerical models of carbonate hosted gold mineralization, Great Basin Nevada

    Person, M.; Hofstra, A.; Gao, Y.; Sweetkind, D.; Banerjee, A.


    The Great Basin, Nevada contains many modern hydrothermal system and world class gold deposits hosted within Paleozoic carbonate rocks. Temperature profiles, fluid inclusion studies, and isotopic evidence suggest that modern geothermal and fossil hydrothermal systems associated with gold mineralization share many common features including the absence of a clear magmatic source, flow restricted to fault zones, and remarkably high temperatures at shallow depth. While the plumbing of these systems is not well understood, geochemical and isotopic data suggest that fluid circulation along fault zones is relatively deep (greater than 5 km) and comprised of relatively unexchanged Pleistocene meteoric water with small (less than 2.5 per mill) shifts from the MWL. Many fossil ore-forming systems were also dominated by meteoric water, but are usually exhibit shifts of 5 to 15 per mill from the MWL. Here we present two-dimensional numerical models to reconstruct the plumbing of modern geothermal and Tertiary hydrothermal systems in the Great Basin. Multiple tracers are used in our models, including O- and C-isotopic compositions of fluids/rocks, silica transport/ precipitation, and temperature anomalies, to constrain the plumbing of these systems. Our results suggest that both fossil hydrothermal and modern geothermal systems were probably driven by natural convection cells associated with localized high basal heating. We conclude that the fault controlled flow systems responsible for the genesis of Carlin gold mineralization and modern geothermal systems had to be transient in nature. Permeability changes within the carbonate reservoir was probably associated with extensional tectonic events.

  8. Manganese deposits in northeastern European Russia and the Urals: Isotope geochemistry, genesis, and evolution of ore formation

    Kuleshov, V. N.; Brusnitsyn, A. I.; Starikova, E. V.


    Based on new data on the lithology, mineralogy, chemistry, and isotopic composition of manganese carbonate ores and rocks at the deposits and occurrences in the Novaya Zemlya Archipelago, the Pai-Khoi, and the Urals, as well as using data from the literature, the main Phanerozoic basins of manganese deposition have been established in the geological history of Laurasia, Pangea, and Siberian paleocontinents. The formation conditions of manganese ore gradually changed from hydrothermal-sedimentary in the Middle Paleozoic to sedimentary-diagenetic in Mesozoic and Cenozoic. The ore was also formed under catagenetic conditions. Carbon of oxidized organic matter plays a substantial role in the formation of manganese carbonates.

  9. Ore-turbidity gamma densimeter GTM-200

    The device is designed for measuring ore turbidity through the pipe walls, without any contact with the measured fluid. The measuring principle is based on the attenuation of gamma beam intensity across a homogeneous medium. The facility consists of a measuring block, mounted on the pipe carrying the fluid whose density is to be measured and a display block which gives the measured density in g/cm3. The measuring block is made up of an emitter equipped with a Cs 137 radiation source and a receiver. The operational and technical features and components of the system are: - Leaden emitter; - Radioactive source: Cs-137; - Measuring range: 1 - 2.1g/cm3; - Maximum admitted error across measuring range: ±1.5% of real conventional value; - Average response time: 30 seconds; - Power supply: 220 V ac±10%; 50 Hz; - Ambient temperature: - 10 deg. C to + 40 deg. C; - Pipe diameter: 80 mm - 200 mm; - Receiver shielding level: IP 65; - Display-transmitter shielding level: IP 54; - Display-transmitter output signal: 4 - 20 mA for a preset measuring sub-range; - Receiver to display-transmitter wire length: 30 m. (authors)

  10. Analysis on metallogenic conditions of leaching sandstone-type uranium ore and prospect forecast in Gaolihan depression

    The Gaolihan depression is one of components of the Erlian basin Wunite down-warping,. Which which is comprised by dispersing small basin lake (remittance fee basin) with growth history and having similarity structure. Its structures are complicated, the characteristics of strong divison property, many of depression slot with multi-sedimentation center, big rock nature change are displayed in this paper. The characteristics of the Gaolihan depression, as structure characteristic, structure characteristic, deposition characteristic, rock sex develop becoming conditional of ore, are analysed. And obtained that Gaolihan depression has the fine uranium mine looking for a prospect an ore. Thus the conculsion that looking for direction of ore area is put forward in the paper that has certain reference significance. (authors)