Sample records for arenites

  1. Fe-oxide grain coatings support bacterial Fe-reducing metabolisms in 1.7-2.0 km-deep subsurface quartz arenite sandstone reservoirs of the Illinois Basin (USA

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    Yiran eDong


    Full Text Available The Cambrian-age Mt. Simon Sandstone, deeply buried within the Illinois Basin of the midcontinent of North America, contains quartz sand grains ubiquitously encrusted with iron-oxide cements and dissolved ferrous iron in pore-water. Although microbial iron reduction has previously been documented in the deep terrestrial subsurface, the potential for diagenetic mineral cementation to drive microbial activity has not been well studied. In this study, two subsurface formation water samples were collected at 1.72 and 2.02 km, respectively, from the Mt. Simon Sandstone in Decatur, Illinois. Low-diversity microbial communities were detected from both horizons and were dominated by Halanaerobiales of Phylum Firmicutes. Iron-reducing enrichment cultures fed with ferric citrate were successfully established using the formation water. Phylogenetic classification identified the enriched species to be related to Vulcanibacillus from the 1.72 km depth sample, while Orenia dominated the communities at 2.02 km of burial depth. Species-specific quantitative analyses of the enriched organisms in the microbial communities suggest that they are indigenous to the Mt. Simon Sandstone. Optimal iron reduction by the 1.72 km enrichment culture occurred at a temperature of 40oC (range 20 to 60oC and a salinity of 25 parts per thousand (range 25-75 ppt. This culture also mediated fermentation and nitrate reduction. In contrast, the 2.02 km enrichment culture exclusively utilized hydrogen and pyruvate as the electron donors for iron reduction, tolerated a wider range of salinities (25-200 ppt, and exhibited only minimal nitrate- and sulfate-reduction. In addition, the 2.02 km depth community actively reduces the more crystalline ferric iron minerals goethite and hematite. The results suggest evolutionary adaptation of the autochthonous microbial communities to the Mt. Simon Sandstone and carries potentially important implications for future utilization of this reservoir for CO2 injection.

  2. Fe-oxide grain coatings support bacterial Fe-reducing metabolisms in 1.7-2.0 km-deep subsurface quartz arenite sandstone reservoirs of the Illinois Basin (USA). (United States)

    Dong, Yiran; Sanford, Robert A; Locke, Randall A; Cann, Isaac K; Mackie, Roderick I; Fouke, Bruce W


    The Cambrian-age Mt. Simon Sandstone, deeply buried within the Illinois Basin of the midcontinent of North America, contains quartz sand grains ubiquitously encrusted with iron-oxide cements and dissolved ferrous iron in pore-water. Although microbial iron reduction has previously been documented in the deep terrestrial subsurface, the potential for diagenetic mineral cementation to drive microbial activity has not been well studied. In this study, two subsurface formation water samples were collected at 1.72 and 2.02 km, respectively, from the Mt. Simon Sandstone in Decatur, Illinois. Low-diversity microbial communities were detected from both horizons and were dominated by Halanaerobiales of Phylum Firmicutes. Iron-reducing enrichment cultures fed with ferric citrate were successfully established using the formation water. Phylogenetic classification identified the enriched species to be related to Vulcanibacillus from the 1.72 km depth sample, while Orenia dominated the communities at 2.02 km of burial depth. Species-specific quantitative analyses of the enriched organisms in the microbial communities suggest that they are indigenous to the Mt. Simon Sandstone. Optimal iron reduction by the 1.72 km enrichment culture occurred at a temperature of 40°C (range 20-60°C) and a salinity of 25 parts per thousand (range 25-75 ppt). This culture also mediated fermentation and nitrate reduction. In contrast, the 2.02 km enrichment culture exclusively utilized hydrogen and pyruvate as the electron donors for iron reduction, tolerated a wider range of salinities (25-200 ppt), and exhibited only minimal nitrate- and sulfate-reduction. In addition, the 2.02 km depth community actively reduces the more crystalline ferric iron minerals goethite and hematite. The results suggest evolutionary adaptation of the autochthonous microbial communities to the Mt. Simon Sandstone and carries potentially important implications for future utilization of this reservoir for CO2 injection.

  3. Sandstone caves on Venezuelan tepuis: Return to pseudokarst? (United States)

    Aubrecht, R.; Lánczos, T.; Gregor, M.; Schlögl, J.; Šmída, B.; Liščák, P.; Brewer-Carías, Ch.; Vlček, L.


    Venezuelan table mountains (tepuis) host the largest arenite caves in the world. The most frequently used explanation of their origin so far was the "arenization" theory, involving dissolution of quartz cement around the sand grains and subsequent removing of the released grains by water. New research in the two largest arenite cave systems - Churi-Tepui System in Chimanta Massif and Ojos de Cristal System in Roraima Tepui showed that quartz dissolution plays only a minor role in their speleogenesis. Arenites forming the tepuis are not only quartzites but they display a wide range of lithification and breakdown, including also loose sands and sandstones. Speleogenetic processes are mostly concentrated on the beds of unlithified sands which escaped from diagenesis by being sealed by the surrounding perfectly lithified quartzites. Only the so-called "finger-flow" pillars testify to confined diagenetic fluids which flowed in narrow channels, leaving the surrounding arenite uncemented. Another factor which influenced the cave-forming processes by about 30% was lateritization. It affects beds formed of arkosic sandstones and greywackes which show strong dissolution of micas, feldspars and clay minerals, turning then to laterite ("Barro Rojo"). The main prerequisite to rank caves among karst phenomena is dissolution. As the dissolution of silicate minerals other than quartz appears to play not only a volumetrically important role but even a trigger role, these arenitic caves may be ranked as karst.

  4. Petrographic of Northwestern Sudan

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    Nafi M; Abdullatif O M


    The sedimentology of the Northwestern Sudan consists of lower, middle and upper cycles.The lower and upper cycles are composed of intercalated fluvial and shallow marine facies, whereas the middle cycle consists entirely of fluvial and glaciofluvial facies. The petrographic analysis shows that the lower and upper cycles consist of quartz and lithic arenite sandstones, whereas the middle cycle consists of arkosic and lithic arenite sandstones. The lower and upper cycle sandstones reflect derivation mainly from recycled orogens with minor contribution from craton interior provenances. However, the middle cycle sandstones indicate derivation from basement uplift, transitional and mainly recycled orogens provenances.

  5. Clay minerals assemblage in the Neogene fluvial succession of the Pishin Belt, Pakistan

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    Kasi, Aimal Khan; Kassi, Akhtar Muhammad; Friis, Henrik;


    The Neogene siliciclastic succession of the Pishin Belt comprises the newly proposed Middle to Upper Miocene Dasht Murgha group, Miocene-Pliocene Malthanai formation and Pleistocene Bostan Formation. Sandstones of the succession have been classified as lithic arenites and their detrital modes ind...

  6. Late Cretaceous stratigraphy of the Upper Magdalena Basin in the Payandé-Chaparral segment (western Girardot Sub-Basin), Colombia (United States)

    Barrio, C. A.; Coffield, D. Q.


    The Cretaceous section on the western margin of the Girardot Sub-Basin, Upper Magdalena Valley, is composed of the Lower Sandstone (Hauterivian-Barremian?), Tetuán Limestone (pre-Aptian?), and Bambuca Shale (pre-Aptian?), and the following formations: Caballos (Aptian-Albian), Villeta (Albian-Campanian), Monserrate (Campanian-Maastrichtian), and Guaduas (Maastrichtian-Paleocene). The Lower Sandstone is composed of quartz arenites with abundant calcareous cement; the Tetuúan Limestone is a succession of fossiliferous limestones and calcareous shales; the the Bambuca Shale is composed of black shales that grade upward to micritic limestones and calcarenites. The Caballos Formation comprises three members: a lower member of quartz arenites, a middle member of black shales and limestones, and an upper member of crossbedded, coarsening-upward quartz arenites. The Villeta Formation is a sequence of shales intercalated with micritic limestones and calcarenites. Two levels of chert (Upper and Lower Chert) are differentiated within the Villeta Formation throughout the study area, with a sandstone unit (El Cobre Sandstone) to the north. The Monserrate Formation is composed of quartz arenites, with abundant crossbedding, and locally of limestone breccias and coarse-grained fossiliferous packstones. The Guaduas Formation is a monotonous succession of red shales and lithic sandstones. Our data suggest three major transgressive-regressive cycles in the Girardot Sub-Basin. The first cycle (Hauterivian?-lower Aptian) is represented by the Lower Sandstone-Tetuán-Bambuca-lower Caballos succession, the second cycle (Aptian-Albian) by the middle-upper Caballos members, and the third cycle (Albian-Paleocene) by the lower Villeta-Monserrate-Guaduas succession. Previous studies proposed a eustatic control during deposition of the Upper Cretaceous in the Upper Magdalena Valley. The lowermost transgressive-regressive cycle was not previously differentiated in the study area, and this

  7. Connaissances stratigraphiques sur la base du Mésozoique portugais


    Palain, C.


    In Portugal, the Mesozoic lower part is principally composed of conglomeratic, arenitic and pelitic deposits, which are here and there associated with carbonates rocks and evaporites. The Germanic Triassic succession is not observed. The Muschelkalk facies do not exist. Carbonates formation, and some thick evaporites deposits (Keuper facies) are of early Jurassic in age. The thick red beds accumulations deposited in a continental environment are Triassic. In Coimbra area the oldest paly...

  8. The Cambrian-Ordovician siliciclastic platform of the Balcarce Formation (Tandilia System, Argentina): Facies, trace fossils, palaeoenvironments and sequence stratigraphy


    Poiré, D.G.; Spalletti, L.A.; Valle, A. del


    The Lower Palaeozoic sedimentary cover of the Tandilia (Balcarce Formation) is made up of thick quartz arenite beds together with kaolinitic claystones and thin fine-grained conglomerates. The Balcarce Formation was formed in the nearshore and inner shelf environments of a tide-dominated and storm influenced open platform. It shows many features suggesting tidal sedimentation. Coarse-grained facies were formed by sand bar migration and accretion. Heterolithic packages are interpreted as inter...

  9. Modal analysis and geochemistry of two sandstones of the Bhander Group (Late Neoproterozoic) in parts of the Central Indian Vindhyan basin and their bearing on the provenance and tectonics

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    Apurba Banerjee; D M Banerjee


    The Neoproterozoic Bhander Group in the Son Valley, central India conformably overlying the Rewa Group, is the uppermost subdivision of the Vindhyan Supergroup dominantly composed of arenites, carbonates and shales. In Maihar –Nagod area, a thick pile of unmetamorphosed clastic sedimentary rocks of Bhander Group is exposed, which provides a unique opportunity to study Neoproterozoic basin development through provenance and tectonic interpretations. The provenance discrimination and tectonic setting interpretations are based on modal analysis and whole rock geochemistry. The average framework composition of the detrital sediments composed of quartz and sedimentary lithic fragments are classified as quartz arenite to sublitharenite. The sandstone geochemically re flects high SiO2 moderate Al2O3 and low CaO and Na2O type arenite. The high concentration of HFSE such as Zr, Hf , and Th/Sc, Th/U ratios in these sandstones indicate a mixed provenance. The chondrite normalized REE pattern shows moderate to strong negative Eu anomaly which suggests that major part of the sediments were derived from the granitic source area. The sandstone tectonic discrimination diagrams and various geochemical plots suggest that the provenance of the lower and upper Bhander sandstone formations was continental interior to recycled orogen.

  10. Depositional environments of the early cretaceous Kurnub (Hathira) sandstones, North Jordan (United States)

    Abed, Abdulkader M.


    The Kurnub (Hathira) sandstones in north Jordan, which are most probably of Early Cretaceous age, are about 300 m thick varicoloured, friable quartz-arenitic sandstones. Based on grain-size analysis, sedimentary structures, palaeocurrent, fossil content and petrography, these sandstones are postulated to be dominantly of fluvial origin with a few interfingering shallow marine horizons. A southward displacement of Jordan by at least 100 km would bring these sandstones opposite to similar rocks west of the Jordan-Araba rift, with Jordan being higher during the EArly Cretaceous.

  11. Comparaison de diverses méthodes de dosage des argiles d'un sable de gisement. Dosage des argiles Comparison of Different Methods of Determining Clays in a Reservoir Sand. Quantitative Analysis of Clays

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    Yvon J.


    Full Text Available Les argiles d'un sable de gisement, concentrées dans la fraction de diamètre Phi Oil, gas and geothermal reservoirs all contain clayey fractions no matter how small they may be. This has been blamed whenever operating or producing problems arise. It may be revealed by phenomena of mechanical resistance, permeability or interfacial properties (ion exchange, adsorption, etc. . Tests to understand such phenomena then go via the quantitative mineralogical analysis of the clays present. This analysis must also be looked at in terms of methods. It is subjected to constraints of cost, instrumentation, competence or deadlines. This article proposes:(a A so-called conventional route (Dejou et al, 1977 based on chemical and weighted analyses. (b An overall assessment method of the clay phase by difference (determination of two nonclay species. (c A method based on the statistical processing of microanalytic data obtained by an electronic microprobe. The material examined was a quartzose arenite made up mainly of quartz, jarosite, orthoclase, plagioclases, calcite, dolomite, muscovite, kaolinite, illite, montmorillonite, interstratified illite-montmorillionite, iron oxyhydroxides and accessory minerals such as rutile, zircon, garnet, tourmaline and hydroxylapatite. The arenite was subjected to an ultrasonic treatment (Letelier, 1986 to recover pellicular or weakly cemented clays. After this treatment, all the free clays were found in the < 40 m fraction which were used for the measurements. The so-called conventionalmethod is based on the associating of multiple techniques that are normally used for analyzing clays. They include X-ray diffraction, TDA, TGA, selective dissolution, CEC, adsorption of various reagents and gravimetric separations. They have been reviewed by Dejou et al (1977. The results they give depend on the grain size, chrystallochemistry, presence of amorphous elements and especially the typical chemical compositions assigned to the


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    Full Text Available The study of palynomorphs and calcareous nannofossils recovered from the volcano-arenitic succession outcropping at Troina and Cerami (Sicily documents Rupelian assemblages comparable to those published for the Tusa Tuffite. This new evidence, combined with petrographic, geochemical and sedimentological affinities documented in the literature, eventually proves the genetic relationships between these units. Accordingly, the new name Troina-Tusa Formation is proposed to include all these lower Oligocene volcano-sedimentary units and to replace inappropriate names formerly used. The Troina-Tusa Formation conformably lies on a mixed siliciclastic-carbonate turbidite succession, lacking volcanic detritus, reported in the literature with different names (Polizzi Formation, Varicoloured Shales, Troina-Tusa Flysch and different ages (ranging from Eocene to Early Miocene. Palynomorphs and nannofossils recovered from its uppermost part, indicate an earliest Oligocene age. The denomination Polizzi Formation is recommended for this unit that includes also the Varicoloured Shales (Eocene-basal Oligocene. The appearance of conglomerates and volcano-arenites in the basal portion of the Troina-Tusa Formation, immediately above the top of the Polizzi Formation, marks a sudden reorganization of the Rupelian depositional systems related to the rise and erosion of a volcanic belt. Apparently, no biostratigraphically detectable hiatus is associated to this boundary. Differences in the composition of sandstones, sedimentary features and relationships with the substratum do exist between the ‘internal’ Reitano Flysch, outcropping in the type-area on the northern slope of the Nebrodi Mountains, and the volcano-arenitic successions of Cerami and Troina, reported by some authors as ‘external’ Reitano Flysch. These differences are widely documented in the literature, where the ‘internal’ Reitano Flysch is shown to lack volcanic detritus and to rest

  13. Effect Of Hot Water Injection On Sandstone Permeability

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    Rosenbrand, Esther; Fabricius, Ida Lykke


    of published results regarding the effect of temperature on sandstone permeability. These tests are performed with mineral oil, nitrogen gas, distilled water and solutions of NaCl, KCl, CaCl2 as well as brines that contain a mixture of salts. Thirteen sandstone formations, ranging from quartz arenites....... Heating causes thermal expansion, which results in porosity reduction if the sandstone is confined. The maximum effect of porosity reduction as a result of thermal expansion on permeability is modelled and compared the change in specific surface that is computed from the reported data. This does...... not account for all the permeability reductions observed. Permeablity reduction occurs both when distilled water is the saturating fluid as well as in tests with NaCl, KCl or CaCl2 solutions, however, this is not the case in tests with mineral oil or nitrogen gas. The formation of a filter cake or influx...

  14. Relation between grain size and modal composition in deep-sea gravity-flow deposits. Example from the Voirons Flysch (Gurnigel nappe, Chablais Prealps, France) (United States)

    Ragusa, Jérémy; Kindler, Pascal


    categorized following Mutti's turbiditic facies scheme. Cluster analysis on the composition of major grains discriminated 10 clusters which are merged into seven petrofacies (P1 - P7) following optical observations under the microscope: P1: poorly cemented porous arenite; P2: all porosity are filled by calcitic cement; P3: well-cemented volcano-clastic arenite; P4: red algae-rich highly cemented arenite to calcarenite; P5: highly cemented arenite; P6: globigerina-rich laminated calcarenite and P7: glauconitic quartzarenite. Grain-size distribution is grouped following the petrofacies. They provide a homogeneous distribution within each petrofacies with a gradual fining and progressively increasing sorting from P1 to P7. Moreover, Mutti's facies distribution indicates a progressive change towards more distal environments: from channel facies (F2 to F5) in P1-P3 to lobe facies (F8 to F9) in P4-P6. The washed composition of the P7 petrofacies is interpreted as distal turbidites that were reworked by bottom currents. The results presented here reveal a link between sand composition, grain size and gravity-flow facies. They highlight that composition of gravity flows is modified during their basinward transport. Consequently, coarse proximal deposits are more siliciclastic with limited filling of voids due to low carbonate contents. On the contrary, carbonate content increases significantly in the fine-grained calcarenites of the distal petrofacies. In distal settings, the segregation of light and porous foraminifera from the heavier siliciclastic fraction occurs under the increasing importance of traction currents.

  15. Unusually well preserved casts of halite crystals: A case from the Upper Frasnian of northern Lithuania (United States)

    Rychliński, Tomasz; Jaglarz, Piotr; Uchman, Alfred; Vainorius, Julius


    Upper Frasnian carbonate-siliciclastics of the Stipinai Formation (northern Lithuania) comprise a bed of calcareous silty arenite with casts of halite crystals, including hopper crystals. Unusually well-preserved casts occur on the lower surface of the bed, while poorly-preserved casts are present on the upper bedding surface. The casts originated as the result of the dissolution of halite crystals which grew in the sediment. The dissolution took place during early stages of diagenesis, when host sediment was soft. Unstable cavities after crystal dissolution were filled by overlying sediment forming their casts. The collapsing sediment form sink-hole deformation structures which disturb wave-ripple cross lamination from the upper part of the bed. Dewatering pipe structures are also present. The casts and accompanying sink-hole and dewatering pipes are classified as the postdepositional deformation structures caused by haloturbation.

  16. The geological setting of tourmalinite at Rum Jungle, N.T., Australia — genetic and economic implications (United States)

    Bone, Yvonne


    Tourmalinite is a common rock type associated with Proterozoic strata-bound mineral deposits. Although common, it is often difficult to recognise in the field, leading to misidentification. It occurs as a conformable banded quartz-tourmaline lithological unit comprising at least 15% and as much as 50% of the rock. At Rum Jungle, tourmalinite occurs within the oldest sediments (arenites and magnesites) as distinct lenses, as facies equivalents of quartz-magnetite units and mafic schists (tuffs?) and distal equivalents of polymetallic sulfides. Distinct layering, slump folding, rip-up clasts and the association with diagenetic pyrite suggest a sedimentary environment. Enechelon fracturing of the fine-grained, light green tourmaline crystals spectacularly supports pre-deformation formation. The crystals are optically and chemically zoned parallel to the c axis, with irregular growth lamellae width — which supports a pre-regional metamorphic origin. Analyses show the tourmaline to be the Mg-rich variety “dravite”. Most tourmalinites are interpreted as subaqueous marine deposits. It is more likely that they form in lacustrine, shallow water, evaporitic environments, particularly continental rifts. Suitable B-bearing fluids can be generated by hotspring activity and mobilized by CO2-rich fluids. Association with chemical sediments suggests tourmalinites also have a chemical sediment precursor. Ample evidence at Rum Jungle supports the notion of a continental rift environment, which was the site of deposition of fluvial arenites and alkaline, evaporitic lake sediments. Localised hot-spring activity contributed B-bearing fluids which precipitated chemical sediments according to the pertaining pH, temperature etc. Diagenetic alteration produced the tourmalinite now present. These tourmalinites are comparable to those of similar age elsewhere e.g. Sullivan, Broken Hill. They can be genetically modelled upon Recent borate concentrations, all of which occur in

  17. Differential Hydrogeological Effects of Draining Tunnels Through the Northern Apennines, Italy (United States)

    Vincenzi, Valentina; Gargini, Alessandro; Goldscheider, Nico; Piccinini, Leonardo


    Water inflows are a major challenge in tunnelling and particularly difficult to predict in geological settings consisting of heterogeneous sedimentary rock formations with complex tectonic structure. For a high-speed railway line between Bologna and Florence (Italy), a series of seven railway tunnels was drilled through turbiditic formations, ranging from pelitic rocks with thin arenitic layers over sequences including thick-bedded sandstone to calcareous rocks showing chemical dissolution phenomena (karstification). The tunnels were built as draining tunnels and caused significant impacts, such as drying of springs and base-flow losses at mountain streams. A comprehensive hydrological monitoring programme and four multi-tracer test were done, focusing on four sections of the tunnel system. The tracer tests delivered unprecedented data on groundwater flow and transport in turbiditic aquifers and made it possible to better characterize the differential impacts of tunnel drainage along a geological gradient. The impact radius is 200 m in the thin-bedded sequences but reaches 2.3-4.0 km in calcareous and thick-bedded arenitic turbidites. Linear flow velocities, as determined from the peaks of the tracer breakthrough curves, range from 3.6 m/day in the thin-bedded turbidites to 39 m/day in the calcareous rocks (average values from the four test sites). At several places, discrete fault zones were identified as main hydraulic pathways between impacted streams and draining tunnels. This case shows that ignoring the hydrogeological conditions in construction projects can cause terrible damage, and the study presents an approach to better predict hydraulic impacts of draining tunnels in complex sedimentary rock settings.

  18. Paleocurrent and lithological facies control of uranium and gold mineralisation in the Witwatersrand Carbon Leader Placer, Carletonville Goldfield, South Africa

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    The Carbon Leader placer in the Carletonville goldfield is a pebbly quartz-arenite that occupies numerous low-sinuosity channelways which trend down a southerly paleoslope. The placer sediment is distinctively grey and siliceous in comparison with the bounding lithologies both above and below the orebody. The most common facies sequence established by Markov analysis consists of an irregular scoured base overlain by oligomictic lag conglomerates, which grade upward into quartz-arenites, quartz-wackes, and finally into shales. The sites of uranium and gold concentration correlate well with each other and are associated with linear zones of thick placer accumulations in channelways. Mineral concentrations associated with thin placer accumulations indicate areas where higher stream-power prevailed. Besides being geographically separate, various channels may have been active at different times when conditions affecting mineral supply and concentration were not the same. The differences noted indicate that deeper, more active channels, probably occupied by perennial streams, deposited more, coarser, and better mineralised placer sediment down the eastern part of the detailed study area. In contrast to this, channelways down the western part of the detailed study area were probably occupied by more ephemeral streams that deposited less gravel, more sand, and more immature, poorly mineralised, sediment. The same conclusion is reached by analysing the uranium-gold ratio pattern across the detailed study area. In this instance, ratios exceeding 12 demarcate the immature western part of this area. High ratios also define distal facies and these clearly indicate that the data in the southwestern part of the detailed study area are on the margin of a distal environment in which the uranium content will be higher than that encountered further upslope. Such positive correlation between sedimentary and mineralisation trends clearly illustrates the detrital nature of the deposit

  19. Provenance, diagenesis, tectonic setting and geochemistry of Rudies sandstone (Lower Miocene), Warda Field, Gulf of Suez, Egypt (United States)

    Zaid, Samir M.


    The Lower Miocene Rudies sandstones are important oil reservoirs in the southeastern part, Gulf of Suez basin, Egypt. However, their provenance and diagenesis and their impact in reservoir quality, are virtually unknown. Samples from the Warda field, representing the Lower and Middle Rudies, were studied using a combination of petrographic, mineralogical and geochemical techniques. The Lower Rudies sandstones have an average framework composition of Q85F7.2R7.8, and 83% of the quartz grains are monocrystalline. By contrast, the Middle Rudies sandstones are only slightly more quartzose with an average framework composition of Q90F7R3 and 86% of the quartz grains are monocrystalline. Rudies sandstones are mostly quartz arenite with subordinate subarkose and sublithic arenites and their bulk-rock geochemistry support the petrographic results. The modal analysis data of studied samples suggest influence of granitic and metamorphic terrains as the main source rock with a subordinate quartzose recycled sedimentary rocks. The geochemical data interpretation on the basis of discriminate function diagrams reveal the source material was deposited on a passive margin. Textural attributes possibly suggest long-distance transport of grains from the source region and indicates a cratonic or a recycled source. Tectonic setting of Rudies Formation reveals that the lower Rudies sandstones are typically rift sandstone and their deposition constrained the beginning of the faulting, while the middle Rudies sandstones were transported from the far along the rift. Diagenetic features include compaction; dolomite, silica and anhydrite cementation with minor iron-oxide, illite, kaolinite and pyrite cements; dissolution of feldspars, rock fragments. Silica dissolution, grain replacement and carbonate dissolution greatly enhance the petrophysical properties of many sandstone samples.

  20. Geochemical and Mineralogical Composition of Bima Sandstone Deposit, Yola Area, NE Nigeria

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    D.M. Orazulike


    Full Text Available The aim of this study is to determine the geochemical and mineralogical composition of Bima Sandstone deposite of northeastern Nigeria. A total number of sixteen (16 sandstone samples were collected in Yola area inorder to classify the deposit of the Bima Sandstone exposed in this area on the basis of its chemical and mineralogical make-up. All the samples were selected randomly and subjected to both geochemical and petrographic studies. Relative concentration of the major oxide groups such as silica and alumina alkali oxides, iron oxide and magnesia has been used to classify the deposit. The results of the log of ratio of the m ajor oxide groups indicate that Bima Sandstone of the study area can be classified as greywackes, arkoses and lithic arenites including sub-greywackes and protoquartzites. The abundant alkali values as shown by the relatively high log K2O/Na2O ratio in most of the samples indicated immature sandstones whereas low alkali values in sam ples F, H and M revealed mature sandstones. The enrichment of silica (quartz over Al2O3 (log SiO2/Al2O3<1.5 indicate that Bima Sandstone has undergone long period of transportation and have been subjected to intense weathering resulting in the destruction of other minerals especially plagioclase and potassium feldspars during transportation. Microscopic examination of about sixteen slides (16 of Bima Sandstone under both plane and cross polars revealed the following average mineralogical composition: quartz (65% feldspars (14%, mica (9%, iron oxide (5%, calcite (3% further confirms quartz/lithic arenites and greywackes as some of the predominant sedimentary rocks in the study area.

  1. Provenance of the Lower Paleozoic Balcarce Formation (Tandilia System, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina): Implications for paleogeographic reconstructions of SW Gondwana (United States)

    Zimmermann, Udo; Spalletti, Luis A.


    Lower Paleozoic moderately sorted quartz-arenites from the Balcarce Formation deposited in eastern Argentina (Tandilia System) comprise mainly detrital material derived from old upper crustal material. The sources were magmatic, sedimentary, and subordinated felsic metamorphic terranes. High concentrations of tourmaline and Ti-rich heavy minerals, including zircon and nearly euhedral chromite, are common. Trace element concentrations (Nb, Cr) on rutile indicate pelitic and metabasaltic sources, respectively. Major element analyses on chromites indicate a basic volcanic protolith of mid-oceanic ridge origin, which was exposed close to the depositional basin. The delivery of chromite may be associated with convergent tectonics causing the consumption and obduction of oceanic crust during pre-Upper Ordovician times. The oblique/orthogonal collision of the Precordillera Terrane with the western border of the Rio de la Plata Craton, west of the Balcarce Basin or source further to the east from a Lower Palaeozoic extensional basin are possibilities. Geochemical and petrographic data exclude the underlying Precambrian and Cambrian sedimentary rocks as dominant sources, and favour the basement of the Río de La Plata Craton, including Cambrian rift-related granites of South Africa and the Sierras Australes (eastern Argentina), as main suppliers of detritus. Trace element geochemistry of recycled pyroclastic material, associated with the quartz-arenites, also suggests volcanic arc sources. The provenance of the pyroclastic material may either be the Puna-Famatina arc, located in north and central Argentina, or a hypothetical active margin further to the south. These ash layers are equivalent in age to volcanic zircons found in the Devonian Bokkeveld Group in western South Africa. The deposition of a glacial diamictite of Hirnantian age (Sierra del Volcán Diamictite) is interpreted as a member of the Balcarce Formation. Based on the stratigraphic re-location of the glacial


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    Vedran Sudar


    Full Text Available Six samples of Gröden sandstones (Middle Permian were analysed: Five of them were from Pikovac Creek valley (in the vicinity of Brušane village at Velebit Mts., Croatia and one was from the locus typicus Gröden/Val Gardena (Italy. Based on the micropetrographical characteristics of sandstones, as well as on the modal composition and heavy mineral association, origin of material, weathering index of source rocks, climate and relief in the period of deposition have been supposed. Four samples from Pikovac Creek were petrographicaly determined as lithic greywackes, one as densely packed lithic arenite, while a specimen from Gröden locus typicus represents feldspar greywacke. Lithic greywackes/arenites imply very low maturity and suggest a close proximity of source rocks as well as the active tectonics in the hinterland of the depositional basin. Heavy mineral association in the samples from Pikovac Creek valley, with a large amount of fairly rounded stable grains (zircon, tourmaline and rutile, indicate that clastic material was derived from recycled orogen, and probably from reworked sedimentary rocks. The presence of kyanite and chlorite in the heavy mineral assemblage suggest their origin is from metamorphic rocks. This data assumes that Gröden sandstones from Pikovac Creek were possibly deposited in the fan delta or braided delta depositional environment as a part of a rift system (recycled orogen. The composition of the sample Gröden s. locus typicus (light and heavy mineral fractions suggests the vicinity of magmatic rocks in the source area. All analysed samples are red coloured and have a large amount of limonitized grains in the heavy mineral assemblage, that point to the arid climate at the time of deposition. A weathering index diagram for Pikovac sandstones implies an arid/semiarid climate and high relief of the source area where metamorphic or sedimentary rocks dominate, while an arid/semiarid climate and high relief with

  3. Camadas de tempestito grosso (coarse grained storm beds: exemplos do Permiano da bacia do Paraná

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    Joel C. de Castro


    Full Text Available Tempestitos grossos constituem camadas delgadas de conglomerado gradando a arenito, com estratificação cruzada seguida de laminação ondulada truncante a simétrica e de drape/flaser de siltito/folhelho. Cinco exemplos extraídos do Permiano da bacia do Paraná ilustram esse tipo de depósito: três deles são de rochas siliciclásticas, contendo bioclastos de bivalves e vertebrados (Formação Rio Bonito-Membro Triunfo e Formação Palermo, enquanto os outros dois são de rochas carbonática e fosfática (respectivamente, formações Teresina e Corumbataí do Grupo Passa Dois. O componente tracional da base do tempestito grosso apresenta-se como arenite quartzoso/lítico ou grainstone oolítico com cimento calcífero preenchendo poros (casos das formações Palermo e Teresina. Em sua maioria, os tempestitos grossos constituem pavimentos transgressivos intercalados em folhelhos ou tempestitos finos (arenitos muito finos a folhelhos com estratificação ondulada truncante-hummocky. Em outro caso, extraído de subsuperfície, o pavimento transgressivo ocorre na base de uma sucessão progradante de barra de plataforma. O tempestito grosso da Formação Teresina constitui um evento transgressivo sobreposto a depósitos de barra de plataforma.Coarse-grained storm beds are formed by cross-bedded to symmetrically-rippled conglomerate and sandstone, followed by drape or flaser of siltstone/shale. Five examples from the Permian of Paraná Basin illustrate this type of deposit: three of them are bioclast-bearing siliciclastic rocks of Rio Bonito (Triunfo Member and Palermo formations, while the other two are carbonate and phosphate rocks of Teresina and Corumbataí formations. The traction component at the base of coarse-grained storm beds is represented by quartzose arenite or oolitic grainstone with cavity-filling calcite cement (Palermo and Teresina formations. Most of the coarse-grained storm beds are transgressive lags intercalated in shales and

  4. Petroleum systems of the Upper Magdalena Valley, Colombia

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    Sarmiento, L.F.; Rangel, A. [Instituto Colombiano del Petroleo, Bucaramanga (Colombia). ECOPETROL


    In the Upper Magdalena Valley, Colombia, four petroleum systems were identified. Two petroleum systems are located in the Girardot sub-basin and the other two in the Neiva sub- basin. Limestones laterally changing to shales of the lower part of the Villeta Gp, deposited during Albian and Turonian marine flooding events, constitutes the main source rocks of the oil families. These rocks contain 1-4% TOC and type II kerogen. The littoral quartz arenites of the Caballos (Albian) and Monserrate (Maastrichtian) Fms. are the main reservoir rocks. Seal rocks are Cretaceous and Paleocene shales. Overburden includes the Cretaceous rocks and the Tertiary molasse deposited simultaneously with development of two opposite verging thrust systems during Cenozoic time. These deformation events were responsible for trap creation. Except for the Villarrica area, where the source rock reached maturity during the Paleocene, generation occurred during Miocene. Two oil families are identified, each in both sub-basins: One derived from a clay-rich source and the second from a carbonate-rich source rock lithofacies of the lower part of Villeta Gp. Geochemical source-rock to oil correlations are demonstrated for the three of the petroleum systems. Up-dip lateral migration distances are relatively short and faults served as vertical migration pathways. A huge amount of oil was probably degraded at surface, as a result of Miocene deformation and erosion. (author)

  5. Geotechnical Characterization and Stability of a Slope in the Marnoso-Arenacea Formation for the Realization of an Underground Car Park in Urbino (Italy) (United States)

    Gori, Umberto; Polidori, Ennio; Tonelli, Gianluigi; Veneri, Francesco

    The plan of an underground car park located near the historical centre of Urbino town, has required characterizing the Marnoso-Arenacea Formation (Tortonian), from a geomechanical point of view. The project implies that the intervention will be insert inside the flank of the hill, in order to mitigate the effect of the environmental impact. It also involves an excavation front 42 m high and 100 m large. To analyze the mechanical behaviour of the soils, many samples both from the Marnoso-Arenacea Formation and from the cover, have been tested in laboratory. The anisotropy index evaluated by point load test in natural water conditions shows a higher value of the arenitic levels in comparison with the marls. On the contrary, the marls level tested in dry condition provides greater anisotropy index data. In the mono-axial compression test the arenaceous sediments show higher results. The stability analysis carried out with distinct element method shows the opportunity to retain the upper part of the cut with anchored bulkhead.

  6. Provenance of Gebel El-Zeit sandstones, gulf of Suez, Egypt (United States)

    Abdel-Wahab, Antar A.


    The Paleozoic elastic succession at Gebel Zeit chiefly consists of fine- to medium-grained quartz arenite, locally containing well-rounded quartz pebbles. The marine Araba Formation (Early Cambrian) was deposited during transgression over a Precambrian granite. The overlying Naqus Formation (Late Cambrian) is fluvial, except for the uppermost few meters. Paleocurrent data for the Araba and Naqus formations indicate derivation from the north-northeast and south-southwest respectively. Quartz typology, other morphologic features of quartz, and mineral inclusions in quartz, as well as the study of heavy minerals were used to determine the provenance of the sandstones. Quartz typology successfully identified a granitic source for the Araba Formation. A combination of parameters indicates that the Naqus Formation was derived chiefly from a metamorphic terrain. Two ratios, polycrystalline/monocrystalline quartz and undulose/non-undulose quartz, successfully distinguish sandstones of the Araba Formation from those of the Naqus Formation. These values are 0.14 and 0.25 for Araba sandstones and 0.26 and 0.46 for Naqus sandstones, respectively. These differences either reflect different source rocks, or have resulted from selective abrasion loss of polycrystalline quartz in the rigorous surf zone during the marine transgression that deposited the Araba Formation.

  7. Microrrelieve costero vs. icnitas humanas en la localidad El Caracolero (Claromecó, Argentina

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    Mariano Bonomo


    Full Text Available The aim of this paper is to discuss the origin of a series of cavities from an area of the Atlantic coast in the Pampean Region known as the Caracolero from Claromecó (Tres Arroyos County, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina which, have been interpreted as human footprints. They are located on a rock that outcrops on the littoral abrasion platform. The discovery of the footprints and their ascription of a high antiquity ca. 30.000 years 14C BP was initially disclosed to the media, where they first had an impact. The lithological studies carried out allowed to establish that the features of rocky substratum consist of an arenite with carbonate cement linked to deposits from the Pleistocene transgression dating back to 120.000 years BP. The morphological features of the abrasion platform’s cavities match those produced by natural carbonate dissolution and are mainly defined as “pans” and “pits” in the geological literature. Finally, according to the available information, it is concluded that the cavities from Claromecó do not have a clear anthropic origin. Therefore, they cannot be taken into account in the archaeological debate about the early peopling of the Americas.

  8. Faunistic survey of sandstone caves from Altinópolis region, São Paulo State, Brazil

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    Douglas Zeppelini Filho


    Full Text Available The fauna of eight sandstone caves of the region of Altinópolis, (Serra Geral Arenitic Speleological province, São Paulo State, Southeastern Brazil was surveyed. Our results improve the previous faunistic knowledge of the region, recording 15 new occurrences for Brazilian caves and 26 for Brazilian sandstone caves. The fauna is characterized by a large number of detritivores/omnivores such as crickets and cockroaches, and several predators like spiders and heteropterans in bat guano.A fauna de oito cavernas areníticas da região de Altinópolis (província espeleológica arenítica da Serra Geral, Estado de São Paulo, Sudeste do Brasil foi amostrada. Nossos resultados aumentaram o conhecimento faunístico prévio da região, com o registro de 15 novas ocorrências para cavernas brasileiras e 26 para cavernas brasileiras em arenito. A fauna é caracterizada por um grande número de detritívoros/carnívoros tais como grilos e baratas, diversos predadores tais como aranhas e heterópteros no guano de morcego.

  9. Late Pleistocene cryogenic calcite spherolites from the Malachitdom Cave (NE Rhenish Slate Mountains, Germany: Origin, unusual internal structure and stable C-O isotope composition.

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    Detlev Konrad Richter


    Full Text Available Cryogenic calcites yielded U-series ages in the range from 15.61±0.20 ka to 14.48±0.12 ka, which is the youngest age obtained so far for this type of cryogenic cave carbonates in Europe. Most of these particles of the Malachitdom Cave (NE Brilon, Sauerland, North Rhine-Westphalia are complex spherolites usually smaller than 1 cm. They show δ13C-values between –1 and –5 ‰ VPDB and δ18O-values ranging from –7 to –16 ‰ VPDB, the δ13C-values increase and the δ18O-values decrease from centre to border. The complex spherolites are interpreted to be formed in slowly freezing pools of residual water on ice, a situation that repeatedly occurred during the change of glacial to interglacial periods in the periglacial areas of Central Europe. After the melting of the cave-ice, the complex spherolites make up one type of cryogenic calcite particles in the arenitic to ruditic sediment.

  10. Early Cambrian wave-formed shoreline deposits: the Hardeberga Formation, Bornholm, Denmark (United States)

    Clemmensen, Lars B.; Glad, Aslaug C.; Pedersen, Gunver K.


    During the early Cambrian, the Danish island Bornholm was situated on the northern edge of the continent Baltica with palaeolatitudes of about 35°S. An early Cambrian (Terreneuvian) transgression inundated large areas of Baltica including Bornholm creating shallow marine and coastline environments. During this period, wave-formed shoreline sediments (the Vik Member, Hardeberga Formation) were deposited on Bornholm and are presently exposed at Strøby quarry. The sediments consist of fine- and medium-grained quartz-cemented arenites in association with a few silt-rich mudstones. The presence of well-preserved subaqueous dunes and wave ripples indicates deposition in a wave-dominated upper shoreface (littoral zone) environment, and the presence of interference ripples indicates that the littoral zone environment experienced water level fluctuations due to tides and/or changing meteorological conditions. Discoidal structures (medusoids) are present in the quarry, but due to the relative poor preservation of their fine-scale structures it is difficult to determine if the discoids represent true medusae imprints or inorganic structures. The preservation of the shallow-water bedforms as well as the possible medusae imprints is related to either the formation of thin mud layers, formed during a period of calm water when winds blew offshore for a longer period, or to the growth of bacterial mats. The orientation of the wave-formed bedforms indicates a local palaeoshoreline trending NE-SW and facing a large ocean to the north.

  11. Sedimentary and petrofacies analyses of the Amasiri Sandstone, southern Benue Trough, Nigeria: Implications for depositional environment and tectonic provenance (United States)

    Okoro, A. U.; Igwe, E. O.; Nwajide, C. S.


    This study was undertaken to determine the depositional environment, provenance and tectonic setting for the Turonian Amasiri Sandstone, southern Benue Trough, Nigeria, using lithofacies analysis and re-appraisal of petrography of the sandstones. Local stratigraphy and field relationships show a thick succession of shales alternating with elongate/parallel sandstone ridges extending eastwards from Akpoha to Amasiri through Itigidi and Ugep to Apiapum areas. Lithofacies analysis reveals 9 lithofacies suggestive of storm (mass flow) and tidal shelf processes. These include dark grey to black laminated shale/silty mudstones, bioturbated mudstones, coquinoid limestones, very fine-grained bioturbated sandstones with shell hash/debris in places and limestone rip-up clasts, massive and chaotic sandy conglomerate with rip - up clasts, fine to medium-grained, parallel laminated sandstone, hummocky cross-stratified, massive, medium to coarse-grained sandstones, medium to very coarse-grained, planar cross-bedded sandstone, with clay-draped foresets and Ophiomorpha burrows, and coarse-grained trough cross-bedded sandstone. Petrofacies analysis identifies the sandstones as feldspathic and arkosic arenites. Ternary plot of framework mineralogy indicates derivation from an uplifted continental block related to the nearby Oban Massif and Cameroon Basement Complex.

  12. Impact of depositional facies on the distribution of diagenetic alterations in the Devonian shoreface sandstone reservoirs, Southern Ghadamis Basin, Libya (United States)

    Khalifa, Muftah Ahmid; Morad, Sadoon


    The middle Devonian, shoreface quartz arenites (present-day burial depths 2833-2786 m) are important oil and gas reservoirs in the Ghadamis Basin, western Libya. This integrated petrographic and geochemical study aims to unravel the impact of depositional facies on distribution of diagenetic alterations and, consequently, related reservoir quality and heterogeneity of the sandstones. Eogenetic alterations include the formation of kaolinite, pseudomatrix, and pyrite. The mesogenetic alterations include cementation by quartz overgrowths, Fe-dolomite/ankerite, and illite, transformation of kaolinite to dickite, illitization of smectite, intergranular quartz dissolution, and stylolitization, and albitization of feldspar. The higher energy of deposition of the coarser-grained upper shoreface sandstones combined with less extensive chemical compaction and smaller amounts of quartz overgrowths account for their better primary reservoir quality compared to the finer-grained, middle-lower shoreface sandstones. The formation of kaolin in the upper and middle shoreface sandstones is attributed to a greater flux of meteoric water. More abundant quartz overgrowths in the middle and lower shoreface is attributed to a greater extent of stylolitization, which was promoted by more abundant illitic clays. This study demonstrated that linking the distribution of diagenetic alterations to depositional facies of shoreface sandstones leads to a better understanding of the impact of these alterations on the spatial and temporal variation in quality and heterogeneity of the reservoirs.

  13. Weathering behavior investigations and treatment of Kom Ombo temple sandstone, Egypt - Based on their sedimentological and petrogaphical information (United States)

    Temraz, Mostafa Gouda; Khallaf, Mohamed K.


    The Temple of Kom Ombo is a huge ancient Egyptian temple in Upper Egypt. It was built by Ptolemy VI Philometor (180-145 BC) and added to by subsequent Ptolemys. The structure of the temple is built of local sandstone attributed to the Quseir Formation of "Nubian Sandstone" group at Gebel el-Silsila. Sandstone samples from Kom Ombo temple were taken to verify the source rock of the quarried material. Optical Polarizing Microscope (OPM) and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) were used to determine the microstructure and physical properties of the sandstone. X-Ray diffraction (XRD) was carried out for the Sandstone samples to identify its mineralogical composition. The sandstone samples were treated with six polymeric products to determine changes in their physical and mechanical properties after penetration, consolidation of polymers within them. This sandstone is composed mainly of three quartz arenite microfacies (feldspathic, sublithic and calcareous) that are interpreted to have been deposited in fluvial to fluvial-marine environment. Silane polymers is showing a good penetration and filling pores between grains and recommended for treatment and conservation of the sandstone. Acrylic polymer shows random penetration of polymer and formation of a film of polymer on the surface of sandstone. Silo11 gave the best result in consolidation of sandstone samples then primal AC33. Wacker BS29 gave the best result in isolating process of sandstone samples, then wacker BS 290.

  14. Halomonas sulfidaeris-dominated microbial community inhabits a 1.8 km-deep subsurface Cambrian Sandstone reservoir. (United States)

    Dong, Yiran; Kumar, Charu Gupta; Chia, Nicholas; Kim, Pan-Jun; Miller, Philip A; Price, Nathan D; Cann, Isaac K O; Flynn, Theodore M; Sanford, Robert A; Krapac, Ivan G; Locke, Randall A; Hong, Pei-Ying; Tamaki, Hideyuki; Liu, Wen-Tso; Mackie, Roderick I; Hernandez, Alvaro G; Wright, Chris L; Mikel, Mark A; Walker, Jared L; Sivaguru, Mayandi; Fried, Glenn; Yannarell, Anthony C; Fouke, Bruce W


    A low-diversity microbial community, dominated by the γ-proteobacterium Halomonas sulfidaeris, was detected in samples of warm saline formation porewater collected from the Cambrian Mt. Simon Sandstone in the Illinois Basin of the North American Midcontinent (1.8 km/5872 ft burial depth, 50°C, pH 8, 181 bars pressure). These highly porous and permeable quartz arenite sandstones are directly analogous to reservoirs around the world targeted for large-scale hydrocarbon extraction, as well as subsurface gas and carbon storage. A new downhole low-contamination subsurface sampling probe was used to collect in situ formation water samples for microbial environmental metagenomic analyses. Multiple lines of evidence suggest that this H. sulfidaeris-dominated subsurface microbial community is indigenous and not derived from drilling mud microbial contamination. Data to support this includes V1-V3 pyrosequencing of formation water and drilling mud, as well as comparison with previously published microbial analyses of drilling muds in other sites. Metabolic pathway reconstruction, constrained by the geology, geochemistry and present-day environmental conditions of the Mt. Simon Sandstone, implies that H. sulfidaeris-dominated subsurface microbial community may utilize iron and nitrogen metabolisms and extensively recycle indigenous nutrients and substrates. The presence of aromatic compound metabolic pathways suggests this microbial community can readily adapt to and survive subsurface hydrocarbon migration.

  15. Diagenesis, provenance and reservoir quality of Triassic TAGI sandstones from Ourhoud field, Berkine (Ghadames) Basin, Algeria

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    Rossi, C.; Arribas, J.; Tortosa, A. [Universidad Complutense de Madrid, (Spain). Departamento de Petrologia y Geoquimica; Kalin, O. [Universidad Complutense, Madrid (Spain). Departamento de Paleontologia


    The Triassic TAGI (Trias Argilo-Greseux Inferieur) fluvial sandstones are the main oil reservoirs in the Berkine Basin, Algeria. Nonetheless, their provenance and diagenesis, and their impact on reservoir quality, are virtually unknown. Samples from the Ourhoud field, representing the Lower, Middle and Upper TAGI subunits, were studied using a combination of petrographic, mineralogical and geochemical techniques. The Lower TAGI sandstones have an average framework composition of Q{sub 98.3}F{sub 0.6}R{sub 1.1} and 95% of the quartz grains are monocrystalline. By contrast, the Middle-Upper TAGI sandstones have an average framework composition of Q{sub 88.3}F{sub 9.8}R{sub 1.9} and 79% of the quartz grains are monocrystalline. The Lower TAGI quartz arenites derived from Paleozoic siliclastic rocks, whereas the Middle-Upper TAGI subarkoses originated mainly from metamorphic terrains. This change in provenance is a potential criterion for correlation within the TAGI. Also, this change has contributed to the significantly different diagenetic paths followed by the Lower TAGI quartz arenites and the Middle-Upper TAGI subarkoses. Grain-coating illitic clays are abundant in the Lower TAGI, where they exert a critical control on reservoir quality. These clays are interpreted as pedogenic and/or infiltrated in origin and to have had, in part, smectitic precursors. Shallow burial Fe-dolomite cementation was favored in the downthrown block of the field-bounding fault, where it contributed to the poor reservoir quality. Magnesite-siderite cements are multiphase. The earliest generation is composed of Fe-rich magnesite that precipitated during shallow burial from hypersaline fluids with high Mg/Ca ratios, probably refluxed residual brines associated with the Liassic evaporites. Later magnesite-siderite generations precipitated during deeper burial from waters with progressively higher Fe/Mg ratios. Authigenic vermicular kaolin largely consists of dickite that replaced previously

  16. Quantifying the Micromechanical Effects of Variable Cement in Granular Porous Media

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    Goodwin, Laurel B.; Boutt David F.


    The mechanical and hydrologic behavior of clastic rocks and sediments is fundamentally controlled by variables such as grain size and shape, sorting, grain and cement mineralogy, porosity, and %cement - parameters that are not used directly in field-scale models of coupled flow and deformation. To improve our understanding of the relationship between these micromechanical properties and bulk behavior we focused on (1) relating detailed, quantitative characterization of the grain-pore systems to both hydrologic and mechanical properties of a suite of variably quartz-cemented quartz arenite samples and (2) the use of a combination of discrete element method (DEM) and poroelastic models parameterized by data from the natural samples to isolate and compare the influence of changes in the mechanical and hydrologic properties of granular porous media due to changes in degree of cementation. Quartz overgrowths, the most common form of authigenic cements in sandstones, are responsible for significant porosity and permeability reduction. The distribution of quartz overgrowths is controlled by available pore space and the crystallographic orientations of individual quartz grains. Study of the St. Peter Sandstone allowed evaluation of the relative effects of quartz cementation and compaction on final grain and pore morphology, showing that progressive quartz cementation modifies the grain framework in consistent, predictable ways. Detailed microstructural characterization and multiple regression analyses show that with progressive diagenesis, the number and length of grain contacts increases as the number of pores increases, the number of large, well-connected pores decreases, and pores become rounder. These changes cause a decrease in pore size variability that leads to a decrease in bulk permeability and both stiffening and strengthening of the grain framework. The consistent nature of these changes allows us to predict variations in hydrologic and mechanical properties

  17. Cryptic indicators of provenance from the geochemistry of the Okavango Delta sediments, Botswana (United States)

    Huntsman-Mapila, P.; Kampunzu, A. B.; Vink, B.; Ringrose, S.


    The siliciclastic sediments of the Okavango inland Delta of northwest Botswana have a modal composition of quartz arenites and result from a complex history, including transport by river and deposition in a nascent rift basin located in a desert environment with input of aeolian sands. The geochemical composition of sediments from the Okavango Delta was determined in order to constrain the role of weathering at the source and the composition of the source rocks. The chemical analyses and the interelement ratios show a broad compositional range usually encompassing the PAAS composition. The chemical index of alteration (CIA) values and the A-CN-K diagram define an evolution trend which can be interpreted using a mixing model involving a strongly weathered component which corresponds to the sedimentary fraction transported by the Okavango River and a relatively immature component which corresponds to the aeolian sand component of the Okavango sediments. Field geological data supported by geochemical ratios involving elements with affinity for mafic-ultramafic and felsic rocks such as Th/Cr, Th/Sc, La/Sc, La/Co and Eu/Eu* support a source area including mafic-ultramafic and felsic rocks, with or without intermediate rocks. The relationships between certain elements (Cr-Ni, Na 2O-Al 2O 3, K 2O-Al 2O 3) refine the interpretation by pointing to the existence of at least three source rock end-members, including a felsic rock source and pyroxene-rich and olivine-rich mafic-ultramafic source rocks. Proterozoic granitoid-gabbro and related volcanic and ortho-metamorphic rock complexes exposed in NW Botswana and adjacent Angola and Namibia are the source rocks of the sediment component which was mixed with aeolian sand and interacted with a variable proportion of diagenetic carbonates to produce the Okavango sediments.

  18. Structural pattern in the Precambrian rocks of Sonua-Lotapahar region, North Singhbhum, eastern India (United States)

    Mukhopadhyay, Dhruba; Bhattacharya, Tapas; Chakraborty, Tapan; Dey, Arun Kanti


    In the western part of the North Singhbhum fold belt near Lotapahar and Sonua the remobilized basement block of Chakradharpur Gneiss is overlain by a metasedimentary assemblage consisting of quartz arenite, conglomerate, slate-phyllite, greywacke with volcanogenic material, volcaniclastic rocks and chert. The rock assemblage suggests an association of volcanism, turbidite deposition and debris flow in the basin. The grade of metamorphism is very low, the common metamorphic minerals being muscovite, chlorite, biotite and stilpnomelane. Three phases of deformation have affected the rocks. The principal D1 structure is a penetrative planar fabric, parallel to or at low angle to bedding. No D1 major fold is observed and the regional importance of this deformation is uncertain. The D2 deformation has given rise to a number of northerly plunging major folds on E-W axial planes. These have nearly reclined geometry and the L 2lineation is mostly downdip on the S 2surface, though some variation in pitch is observed. The morphology of D2 planar fabric varies from slaty cleavage/schistosity to crenulation cleavage and solution cleavage. D3 deformation is weak and has given rise to puckers and broad warps on schistosity and bedding. The D2 major folds south of Lotapahar are second order folds in the core of the Ongarbira syncline whose easterly closure is exposed east of the mapped area. Photogeological study suggests that the easterly and westerly closing folds together form a large synclinal sheath fold. There is a continuity of structures from north to south and no mylonite belt is present, though there is attenuation and disruption along the fold limbs. Therefore, the Singhbhum shear zone cannot be extended westwards in the present area. There is no evidence that in this area a discontinuity surface separates two orogenic belts of Archaean and Proterozoic age.

  19. Paleoproterozoic mojaveprovince in northwestern Mexico? Isotopic and U-Pb zircon geochronologic studies of precambrian and Cambrian crystalline and sedimentary rocks, Caborca, Sonora (United States)

    Lang, Farmer G.; Bowring, S.A.; Matzel, J.; Maldonado, G.E.; Fedo, C.; Wooden, J.


    Whole-rock Nd isotopic data and U-Pb zircon geochronology from Precambrian crystalline rocks in the Caborca area, northern Sonora, reveal that these rocks are most likely a segment of the Paleoproterozoic Mojave province. Supporting this conclusion are the observations that paragneiss from the ??? 1.75 Ga Bamori Complex has a 2.4 Ga Nd model age and contains detrital zircons ranging in age from Paleo- proterozoic (1.75 Ga) to Archean (3.2 Ga). Paragneisses with similar age and isotopic characteristics occur in the Mojave province in southern California. In addition, "A-type" granite exposed at the southern end of Cerro Rajon has ca 2.0 Ga Nd model age and a U-Pb zircon age of 1.71 Ga, which are similar to those of Paleoproterozoic granites in the Mojave province. Unlike the U.S. Mojave province, the Caborcan crust contains ca. 1.1 Ga granite (Aibo Granite), which our new Nd isotopic data suggest is largely the product of anatexis of the local Precambrian basement. Detrital zircons from Neoproterozoic to early Cambrian miogeoclinal arenites at Caborca show dominant populations ca. 1.7 Ga, ca. 1.4 Ga, and ca. 1.1 Ga, with subordinate Early Cambrian and Archean zircons. These zircons were likely derived predominately from North American crust to the east and northeast, and not from the underlying Caborcan basement. The general age and isotopic similarities between Mojave province basement and overlying miogeoclinal sedimentary rocks in Sonora and southern California is necessary, but not sufficient, proof of the hypothesis that Sonoran crust is allochthonous and was transported to its current position during the Mesozoic along the proposed Mojave-Sonora megashear. One viable alternative model is that the Caborcan Precambrian crust is an isolated, autochthonous segment of Mojave province crust that shares a similar, but not identical, Proterozoic geological history with Mojave province crust found in the southwest United States ?? 2005 Geological Society of America.

  20. Provenance and U-Pb geochronology of the Upper Cretaceous El Chanate Group, northwest Sonora, Mexico, and its tectonic significance (United States)

    Jacques-Ayala, C.; Barth, A.P.; Wooden, J.L.; Jacobson, C.E.


    The Upper Cretaceous El Chanate Group, northwest Sonora, Mexico, is a 2.8km thick clastic sedimentary sequence deposited in a continental basin closely related to volcanic activity. It consists of three formations: the Pozo Duro (oldest), the Anita, and the Escalante (youngest). Petrographic study, conglomerate pebble counts, and U-Pb geochronology of detrital zircons were performed to determine the source and age of this sequence, and to interpret its tectonic setting. In the sandstones of all three formations, the most abundant grains are those of volcanic composition (Q38F22L 40, Q35F19L46, and Q 31F22L47, respectively). The Pozo Duro Formation includes well-rounded quartz-arenite clast conglomerates, whereas conglomerates of the two upper units have clasts predominantly of andesitic and rhyolitic composition. The most likely source for these sediments was the Jurassic volcanic arc exposed in northern Sonora and southern Arizona. Zircons from five sandstone samples define two main age groups, Proterozoic and Mesozoic. The first ranges mostly from 1000 to 1800Ma, which suggests the influence of a cratonic source. This zircon suite is interpreted to be recycled and derived from the same source area as the quartz-rich sandstone clasts in the basal part of the section. Mesozoic zircons range from Triassic to Late Cretaceous, which confirms the proposed Late Cretaceous age for the sequence, and also corroborates Jurassic felsic source rocks. Another possible source was the Alisitos volcanic arc, exposed along the western margin of the Baja California Peninsula. Of regional significance is the great similarity between the El Chanate Group and the McCoy Mountains Formation of southeastern California and southwestern Arizona. Both are Cretaceous, were deposited in continental environments, and have similar zircon-age patterns. Also, both exhibit intense deformation and locally display penetrative foliation. These features strongly suggest that both units underwent

  1. Water pollution in relation to mineral exploration: a case study from Alayi-Ovim area of southeastern Nigeria. (United States)

    Ibe, Kalu K; Akaolisa, Casmir C Zanders


    Water samples from rivers, streams, springs, and shallow wells in Alayi-Ovim area of southeast Nigeria have been analyzed for Pb, Ca, Mg, Fe, Mg, PO(4), NO(3), CO(3), SO(4), Cl, and pH. The analyses were carried out using atomic absorption spectrometer and Hach Direct Reading Equipment. Results of the analyses from the area conform to the WHO (1995) standards for drinking water. However, the results show relative enrichment of Ca, pH, Mg, CO(3), and Cl. Low values were obtained for Fe, SO(4), and NO(3). While the Cl and Pb enrichment in the area north of Alayi-Ovim axis is attributed to proximity to the lead-zinc and chloride-rich formations of the Turonian Eze-Aku and the Albian Asu River; the Ca, Mg, SO(4), and CO(3) enrichment in Southern part of Alayi-Ovim is due to the limestone-bearing Late Maastrichtian Nsukka Formation. Furthermore, the very low values of less than 5 ppm for these characters in water in the central region correlate well with the relatively clean Maastrichtian quartz arenite Ajali Sandstone Formation. The Pb-Zn and Cl incursions into the water system from the Older Albian Asu River/Turonian Eze-Aku Formations in the northern part of Alayi-Ovim area and the leaching of Mg, and Ca into the water system in the Maastrichtian limestone area in the south thus constitute geochemical indices for chemical pollution and mineral exploration for brine and dolomitic limestone in the area. PMID:21713493

  2. Electric field effects in RUS measurements. (United States)

    Darling, Timothy W; Allured, Bradley; Tencate, James A; Carpenter, Michael A


    Much of the power of the Resonant Ultrasound Spectroscopy (RUS) technique is the ability to make mechanical resonance measurements while the environment of the sample is changed. Temperature and magnetic field are important examples. Due to the common use of piezoelectric transducers near the sample, applied electric fields introduce complications, but many materials have technologically interesting responses to applied static and RF electric fields. Non-contact optical, buffered, or shielded transducers permit the application of charge and externally applied electric fields while making RUS measurements. For conducting samples, in vacuum, charging produces a small negative pressure in the volume of the material--a state rarely explored. At very high charges we influence the electron density near the surface so the propagation of surface waves and their resonances may give us a handle on the relationship of electron density to bond strength and elasticity. Our preliminary results indicate a charge sign dependent effect, but we are studying a number of possible other effects induced by charging. In dielectric materials, external electric fields influence the strain response, particularly in ferroelectrics. Experiments to study this connection at phase transformations are planned. The fact that many geological samples contain single crystal quartz suggests a possible use of the piezoelectric response to drive vibrations using applied RF fields. In polycrystals, averaging of strains in randomly oriented crystals implies using the "statistical residual" strain as the drive. The ability to excite vibrations in quartzite polycrystals and arenites is explored. We present results of experimental and theoretical approaches to electric field effects using RUS methods. PMID:19850314

  3. Petrographic and geochemical characteristics of the ignimbritic units containing uranium mineralization of the Sierra Pena Blanca, Mexico

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    The Sierra Pena Blanca, which is characterized by Miocene-Plioquaternary Basin and Range tectonics, is a mountain range 70 km long oriented NNW-SSE and located 50 km to the north of the city of Chihuahua. This range is divided into two parts: a southern one with outcrops of old Palaeozoic and Mesozoic series and a northern one in which the Eocene ignimbritic sequence lies in unconformity over the folded Mesozoic series. The Eocene volcanic sequence consists of five cooling units locally separated by levels of calcareous breccias, conglomerates or arenites; the first two units were deposited at 43.5+-1 MA and the other three at 37.8+-0.5 MA. The uranium mineralization is found in the oldest ignimbritic units with the exception of the El Nopal I deposit which is of the breccia pipe type and is situated in the second cooling unit (Nopal ''rhyolite'' - Escuadra ''rhyolite''); the El Nopal deposit is either on the border between the lava flows (El Nopal III) or is well disseminated (El Puerto III and Las Margaritas). The Nopal and Escuadra ''rhyolites'', which are rich in silicon (75+-0.5%) and in alkalines (>8%) are noted for their K2O contents of above 6%; this is a primary characteristic confirmed by the composition of the vitreous inclusions of quartz phenocrysts (Na2O+K2O>10%-K2O=6.3+-0.1%) predating post-depositional processes which, on the other hand, have influenced the percentage of Na2O, causing the chemical compositions to move in the direction of hyperaluminosity. Developed rhyolites are enriched in Th (35 ppm) and U (10 ppm); this continuous background is sufficient to permit in situ remobilization as a result of the circulation of fluids linked with the escape of gases

  4. Neoproterozoic to Lower Palaeozoic successions of the Tandilia System in Argentina: implication for the palaeotectonic framework of southwest Gondwana (United States)

    Zimmermann, Udo; Poiré, Daniel G.; Peral, Lucía Gómez


    The Cryogenian to Uppermost Ediacaran successions of the Tandilia System (Sierras Bayas Group and Cerro Negro Formation) in central-eastern Argentina is exceptional because of its unmetamorphosed and nearly undeformed character, its sediment provenance trend and the absence of any identified glacial deposit and the deposition of warm water carbonates. We decipher a dramatic change in the basin evolution from small-scale depositional areas during the Neoproterozoic to a larger basin related to an active continental margin throughout the Uppermost Ediacaran. The base of the succession is represented by immature detritus of alkaline composition (Villa Mónica Formation), but towards the top of this formation, the material is sorted and reworked, nonetheless still reflecting in its detritus the local rocks. The clastic deposition is interrupted by diagenetic overprinted dolomites. The unconformable overlying quartz-arenitic Ediacaran Cerro Largo Formation reworked the Cryogenian Villa Mónica Formation and contains mainly felsic granitic and metamorphic basement material of slightly wider variety, while the dominant alkaline geochemical signature in rocks of the Villa Mónica Formation disappears. Based on diagenetic, petrographic and sedimentological data, we can interpret the unconformity representing a longer time of erosion. The Cerro Largo Formation shows a transition to mudstones and the heterolithic facies of the Olavarría Formation. The top of the Sierras Bayas Group is represented by limestones (Loma Negra Formation), which are discordantly overlain by the Uppermost Ediacaran Cerro Negro Formation. The latter displays detrital material derived from a continental arc, mafic and felsic sources. Several arc-related geochemical proxies (Th/Sc 20) are recorded in the sediment detritus, as are syn-depositional pyroclastites. The absence of volcanic material in the underlying rocks allows proposing that the Cerro Negro Formation is related to an active continental

  5. Copper-bearing encrustations: a tool for age dating and constraining the physical-chemical regime during the late Quaternary in the Wadi Araba, southern Jordan (United States)

    Dill, H. G.; Techmer, A.; Botz, R.


    The alluvial-fluvial drainage system in the Wadi Araba, southern Jordan, incised into Cambrian clastic sedimentary and felsic igneous rocks giving rise to a disseminated Cu-(Mn) mineralization of diagenetic and epigenetic origin along the southern branch of the Dead Sea Transform Fault (=DSTF). During the Late Pleistocene and Holocene, the primary Cu sulfides were replaced by secondary minerals giving rise to hypogene to supergene encrustations, bearing Cu silicates, Cu carbonates, Cu oxychlorides and cupriferous vanadates. They occur in fissures, coat walls and developed even-rim/meniscus and blocky cements in the arenites near the surface. The first generation cement has been interpreted in terms of freshwater vadose hydraulic conditions, while the second-generation blocky cement of chrysocolla and malachite evolved as late cement. The Cu-Si-C fluid system within the Wadi Araba drainage system is the on-shore or subaerial facies of a regressive lacustrine regime called the "Lake Lisan Stage", a precursor of the present-day Dead Sea. Radiocarbon dating (younger than 27,740 ± 1,570 years), oxygen-isotope-based temperature determination (hot brine-related mineralization at 60-80 °C, climate-driven mineralization at 25-30 °C) and thermodynamical calculations let to the subdivision of this secondary Cu mineralization into four stages, whose chemical and mineralogical composition was controlled by the variation of the anion complexes of silica and carbonate and the chlorine contents. The acidity of the pore water positively correlates with the degree of oxidation. The highest aridity and most intensive evaporation deduced from the thermodynamical calculations were achieved during stage 3, which is coeval with late Lake Lisan. Geogene processes causing Cu-enriched encrustations overlap with man-made manganiferous slags. The smelter feed has been derived mainly from Cu ore which developed during Late Pleistocene in the region.

  6. Lithologic characteristics and diagenesis of the Devonian Jauf sandstone at Ghawar Field, Eastern Saudi Arabia

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    Al Ramadan, K.A.; Hussain, M. [King Fahd Univ. of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran (Saudi Arabia). Dept. of Earth Sciences; Imam, B. [Dhaka Univ. (Bangladesh). Dept. of Geology; Saner, S. [King Fahd Univ. of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran (Saudi Arabia). Research Inst.


    The Lower Devonian Jauf Formation in Saudi Arabia is an important hydrocarbon reservoir. However, in spite of its importance as a reservoir, published studies on the Jauf Formation more specifically on the reservoir quality (including diagenesis), are very few. This study, which is based on core samples from two wells in the Ghawar Field, northeastern Saudi Arabia, reports the lithologic and diagenetic characteristics of this reservoir. The Jauf reservoir is a fine to medium-grained, moderate to well-sorted quartz arenite. The diagenetic processes recognized include compaction, cementation (calcite, clay minerals, quartz overgrowths, and a minor amount of pyrite), and dissolution of the calcite cements and of feldspar grains. The widespread occurrences of early calcite cement suggest that the Jauf reservoir lost a significant amount of primary porosity at a very early stage of its diagenetic history. Early calcite cement, however, prevented the later compaction of the sandstone, thus preserving an unfilled part of the primary porosity. Based on the framework grain-cement relationships, precipitation of the early calcite cement was either accompanied or followed by the development of part of the pore-lining and pore-bridging clay cement. Secondary porosity development occurred due to partial to complete dissolution of early calcite cements and feldspar. Late calcite cement occurs as isolated patches, and has little impact on reservoir quality of the sandstones. In addition to calcite, several different clay minerals including illite and chlorite occur as pore-filling and pore-lining cements. While the pore-filling illite and chlorite resulted in a considerable loss of porosity, the pore-lining chlorite may have helped in retaining the porosity by preventing the precipitation of syntaxial quartz overgrowths. Illite, which largely occurs as hair-like rims around the grains and bridges on the pore throats, caused a substantial deterioration to permeability of the

  7. Palaeomagnetic constraints on formation of the Mianwali reentrant, Trans-Indus and western Salt Range, Pakistan (United States)

    Klootwijk, Chris T.; Nazirullah, Russell; de Jong, Kees A.


    Successions of Lower to lower Middle Cambrian, Upper Permian to Upper Triassic and Lower Tertiary carbonates and arenites have been sampled in five sections, representative of the three main segments of the Mianwali reentrant in the (Trans-Indus) Salt Range (northern Pakistan), i.e.: the southern Khisor Range, the northern Surghar Range and the western Salt Range. Comparison of primary and secondary magnetization directions with the Indian APWP demonstrates the secondary origin of the Mianwali reentrant and shows a pattern of rotations which varies in sense and magnitude along the reentrant with the main structural trends. Data from the Trans-Indus and western Salt Range and published Early Cambrian, Early Permian and Late Tertiary palaeomagnetic results from the southern Salt Range and the Potwar Plateau show that the Hazara Arc underwent a 20-45° counterclockwise rotation relative to the Indian Shield. A contrasting clockwise rotation over about 45° has recently been established for thrust sheets in the opposing eastern limb of the Western Himalayan Syntaxis, i.e. for the Panjal Nappe [1] and the Riasi thrust sheet [2]. These palaeomagnetically established rotations conform with the about 75° azimuthal change in structural trend along the Syntaxis, and support Crawford's [3] suggestion that the Salt Range was originally in line with the northwestern Himalaya. The Salt Range front prograded and moved southwards as part of the Hazara Arc thrust sheet, detached from basement along the evaporitic Salt Range Formation. The Mianwali reentrant originated through obstruction of the southwards advancing thrust sheet by moulding around basement topography of the northwest oriented Sarghoda Ridge.

  8. Evaluation of bacterial diversity recovered from petroleum samples using different physical matrices. (United States)

    Dellagnezze, Bruna Martins; Vasconcellos, Suzan Pantaroto de; Melo, Itamar Soares de; Santos Neto, Eugênio Vaz Dos; Oliveira, Valéria Maia de


    Unraveling the microbial diversity and its complexity in petroleum reservoir environments has been a challenge throughout the years. Despite the techniques developed in order to improve methodologies involving DNA extraction from crude oil, microbial enrichments using different culture conditions can be applied as a way to increase the recovery of DNA from environments with low cellular density for further microbiological analyses. This work aimed at the evaluation of different matrices (arenite, shale and polyurethane foam) as support materials for microbial growth and biofilm formation in enrichments using a biodegraded petroleum sample as inoculum in sulfate reducing condition. Subsequent microbial diversity characterization was carried out using Scanning Electronic Microscopy (SEM), Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (DGGE) and 16S rRNA gene libraries in order to compare the microbial biomass yield, DNA recovery efficiency and diversity among the enrichments. The DNA from microbial communities in petroleum enrichments was purified according to a protocol established in this work and used for 16S rRNA amplification with bacterial generic primers. The PCR products were cloned, and positive clones were screened by Amplified Ribosomal DNA Restriction Analysis (ARDRA). Sequencing and phylogenetic analyses revealed that the bacterial community was mostly represented by members of the genera Petrotoga, Bacillus, Pseudomonas, Geobacillus and Rahnella. The use of different support materials in the enrichments yielded an increase in microbial biomass and biofilm formation, indicating that these materials may be employed for efficient biomass recovery from petroleum reservoir samples. Nonetheless, the most diverse microbiota were recovered from the biodegraded petroleum sample using polyurethane foam cubes as support material. PMID:27282730

  9. Electric Field Effects in RUS Measurements

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    Darling, Timothy W [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Ten Cate, James A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Allured, Bradley [UNIV NEVADA, RENO; Carpenter, Michael A [CAMBRIDGE UNIV. UK


    Much of the power of the Resonant Ultrasound Spectroscopy (RUS) technique is the ability to make mechanical resonance measurements while the environment of the sample is changed. Temperature and magnetic field are important examples. Due to the common use of piezoelectric transducers near the sample, applied electric fields introduce complications, but many materials have technologically interesting responses to applied static and RF electric fields. Non-contact optical, buffered, or shielded transducers permit the application of charge and externally applied electric fields while making RUS measurements. For conducting samples, in vacuum, charging produces a small negative pressure in the volume of the material - a state rarely explored. At very high charges we influence the electron density near the surface so the propagation of surface waves and their resonances may give us a handle on the relationship of electron density to bond strength and elasticity. Our preliminary results indicate a charge sign dependent effect, but we are studying a number of possible other effects induced by charging. In dielectric materials, external electric fields influence the strain response, particularly in ferroelectrics. Experiments to study this connection at phase transformations are planned. The fact that many geological samples contain single crystal quartz suggests a possible use of the piezoelectric response to drive vibrations using applied RF fields. In polycrystals, averaging of strains in randomly oriented crystals implies using the 'statistical residual' strain as the drive. The ability to excite vibrations in quartzite polycrystals and arenites is explored. We present results of experimental and theoretical approaches to electric field effects using RUS methods.

  10. Sedimentological Characteristics and Geochemistry of Ajali Sandstone Exposed at Ofe-Jiji and Environs, Northern Anambra Basin, Nigeria

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    Full Text Available Textural, mineralogical and structural studies as well as outcrop mapping of sandstone in Ofe-Jiji and environs were carried out in order to interpret depositional environment of Ajali sandstone exposed at Ofe-Jiji and environs of the northern Anambra Basin. The sandstone is false bedded, medium-coarse grained (average of 1.13 mm in diameter, poorly sorted and strongly coarsely skewed with an average skewness value of -0.72. Chemical analysis indicates that the sandstone exhibits average SiO2 contents ranging from 59.12 to 60.20% with an average value of 59.80% while alumina (Al2O3 content range between 2.51 and 2.75% with an average of 2.63%. The mineralogical composition shows on the average 56.98 quartz, 6.30 feldspar, 31.78% rock fragment and 4.93% matrix and cement. The major framework composition is Q56 F6 L36 which classifies the sandstone as lithic arenite. The sub angular texture and the geochemical assay of 22.74 ratios (SiO2/Al2O3 and 3.36 ratios (Na2O/K2O indicate low chemically stable minerals in the sandstone and depict mineralogical immaturity. Also, the average ZTR% index of 52.36% with Tourmaline as the least abundant of ultra-stable minerals indicates sub-mature to immature mineralogy of the sandstone. The sandstone may be described as Fe-Sandstone based on Herron Classification Scheme. The dominance of Fe2O3 (26.57% in the sandstone renders it ferruginous and reflects oxidizing environment. Ophiomorpha burrow in the upper unit of the beds strongly suggests fluvial origin.

  11. Characteristics and genetic mechanism of deep-buried clastic eureservoir in China

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    Systematic researches to the clastic reservoirs in various types and various geological ages basins in China indicate that the present burial depth of deep buried clastic eureservoir ranges from 3000 to 6000 m,and its geological ages from Paleozoic,Mesozoic to Cenozoic. It mainly deposited in delta (including braid delta,fan delta,normal delta),river,also shore,shallow lake,gravity flow channel and turbidity fan facies. The quartzose sandstone is the main reservoir rock of deep-buried clastic eureservoir in the shore facies in Paleozoic,but the arenite and arkose sandstones are the main reservoir rock types in delta,river,shallow lake and gravity flow facies in Mesozoic and Cenozoic. The porosity of most of deep-buried clastic eureservoir is more than 10% and permeability more than 10×10?3 μm2. The forma-tion of the deep-buried eureservoir was related to the paleotectonics,paleotemperature,sedimentary environment,the deep dissolution caused by organic acid or carbonic acid,burial style,the abnormal high pore fluid pressure,early hydrocarbon charging,gyprock sealing,hot convective fluid flow and the mode of sand-mud interbedded,etc. The paleotectonics controls the burial style of sandstones,and the paleotemperature controls the diagenesis process. The sedimentary environment is the precondi-tion and foundation,the dissolution is the direct reason to generate the deep buried clastic eureservoir. The abnormal high pore fluid pressure,gyprock sealing,the mode of sand-mud interbedded,early hy-drocarbon charging and the structure fractures were the assistant factors of generating the deep buried clastic eureservoir.

  12. Geochemistry of a tropical lake (Lake Leopoldo) on pseudo-karst topography within the Roraima Group, Guayana Shield, Venezuela

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    A geochemical assessment was performed on Lake Leopoldo, a tropical lake located on the Guayana Shield, Venezuela. The lake water was characterized (Ca2+, Mg2+, Na+, K+, Cl-, NO3-, NO2-, SO42-, NH4+, Fe, and P), lacustrine setting the origin, transport and fate of sedimentary material in this highly unusual lacustrine setting. Lake sediments were analyzed for textural, mineralogical and chemical composition, including the rare earth element (REE) contents. In addition to %TOC, δ13C, δ15N and elemental C/N ratios, the molecular distributions of several biomarker compounds were determined and used to assess organic matter source and transport to the lake. Lake Leopoldo developed on a sequence of quartz arenites of the Precambrian Roraima Group. The area conforms to the definition of pseudo-karst morphology. The results show that the lake is oligotrophic where primary production seems to be limited by nutrients. In the sediments, organic matter shows an overwhelming higher plant-derived origin. Certain elements (K, V, Cu, Th, Ba, Hg, and LREE) displayed enrichments with organic matter, while others (Zr, Hf, Si, Sn, Pb, and Ta) displayed an association with the mineral fraction. The results obtained in this study suggest that the lake water characteristics and the affinities of trace elements for sediment organic fractions are controlled by biogeochemical processes within the surrounding forest soil environment, prior to the transport of the terrestrially-derived organic matter to the lake. The most significant geochemical finding is that organic matter can play an important role in the distribution of trace metals in such highly oligotrophic terrains of humid, tropical environments. vironments

  13. Petroliferous basin analysis in Taegu area (II)

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    Cheong, T.J.; Oh, J.H.; Son, J.D.; Bong, P.Y.; Lee, H.Y.; Ryu, B.J.; Son, B.K.; Kwon, Y.I.; Hwang, I.G.; Lee, Y.J.; Kim, H.J. [Korea Institute of Geology Mining and Materials, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)


    Sandstones of the Sindong and Hayang groups belong to the arkose-feldspar arenite. In the Sindong Group, sandstones are dominated by quartz. In the Hayang Group, however, feldspar and tuffaceous sandstones are abundant. Sand grains are subangular to subrounded and moderately-sorted, in which the sand grains show point- and long-contact. Primary pores are filled with diagenetic minerals such as calcite, silica and authigenic clay minerals. Replacement and dissolution of calcite, and alternation of feldspar form the minor secondary pores. Reservoir quality of the sandstones is poor with less than 5% of porosity. In the study area, illite crystallinity is strongly affected by the post depositional intrusion, regardless of stratigraphic position. The burial temperature of the study area could be estimated at about 150-180 deg.C based on illite crystallinity data. In the Sindong Group, vitrinite reflectance ranges from 2.51% to 3.85% Ro and Rock-Eval Tmax ranges from 613 deg. to 711 deg.C, indicating that thermal maturity of the organic matter reached at the last stage of dry gas generation. These data also indicate that all of the transformable organic matter has been transformed into hydrocarbon and that considerable hydrocarbons could have been generated. Geophysical study on the Jinju Formation suggests that P-wave velocity of the sediments is very high and high frequency seismic source should be used to identify main depositional units. In this case, some depositional units can not be recognized, using ordinary seismic data acquisition method. In summary, the Nakdong and Jinju formations contain abundant black shales, and thermal maturity of the organic matter reached at the final stage of dry gas generation. These formations also contain thick sandstones which can act as a petroleum reservoir. However, reservoir quality of the sandstones is poor (porosity: < 5%; permeability: < 0.001 md). In these sandstones, secondary pores such as dissolution pores and

  14. Silica Transport and Cementation in Quartz Aggregates (United States)

    Pebble, C.; Farver, J.; Onasch, C.; Winslow, D.


    Silica transport and cementation in quartz aggregates have been experimentally investigated. Starting materials include a natural quartz arenite (Pocono sandstone), sized clasts of synthetic quartz, and sized grains of disaggregated natural sandstones. Experimental charges consisted of amorphous silica powder (~25 mg), AlCl3 powder (~3 mg), 25 wt% NaCl brine solution (~20 mg), and the starting material (~150 mg). The charges were weld-sealed in gold capsules and run in cold-seal pressure vessels at 300°C to 600°C at 150 MPa confining pressure for up to 4 weeks. Detailed calibrations of the furnaces indicate the maximum temperature variation across the length of the sample charges (3-7mm) was vacuum impregnated with epoxy containing a blue dye and sawn in half along the long axis of the sample charge. The nature and amount of silica transport and cementation in the samples was determined by a combination of Cathodoluminescence (CL), Light Microscopy (LM), and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). Photomosaics of the samples were collected and the amount of cement, porosity, and average grain sizes were determined by point-counting. The cement was easily recognized from the quartz grains by the difference in luminescence. The experiments indicate that the presence of amorphous silica results in rapid silica cementation in quartz aggregates (e.g., up to 12% cement by volume in 4 weeks at 450°C). The amount of cementation is a function of substrate type, time, temperature, and ionic strength of the brine. The rate of silica transport through the length of the experimental charge appears to be limited by the silica solubility and its rapid depletion by cementation. Although most of the cement was derived from the amorphous silica, evidence for local dissolution-precipitation was observed. The experiments demonstrate that the mobility of silica, and consequent precipitation of cement, does not require a temperature or pressure gradient as is commonly assumed. Rather


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    Nichols, 2009, and Packstone (Dunham, 1962; inNichols, 2009. Carbonate sandstones predominantly feldspar and quartz minerals and the lihtology names areCarbonate quartz wackes (Pettijhon, 1975; in Nichols, 2009, and Carbonate feldspathic arenite (Pettijhon, 1975;in Nichols, 2009. There are three minerals type of cement showed in carbonate sandstones which are calcite,chlorite and pyrite cements.The results of this research indicate that the diagenesis stages of carbonate sandstones showed cementation,dissolution, replacement, bioturbation, and compaction processes, and the more stages of diagenesis that occurs incarbonate sandstones will result in reduced porosity and progressively up at for formation stratigraphy excelsiorsediment rock assess its porosity is equal to 1%, 5%, 7% and 15% respectively. The type of cement minerals in thecarbonate sandstone influence porosity, especially in carbonate sandstone which there are chlorite cement that havesmall porosity value of 1%, 5% and 7%. The environment of diagenesis in carbonate sandstones that is phreatic andburial experienced of eogenesis process, mesogenesis process and telogenesis process.

  16. Petrographic, mineralogical and geochemical characterization of the Serrinha coal waste pile (Douro Coalfield, Portugal) and the potential environmental impacts on soil, sediments and surface waters

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    Ribeiro, J. [Centro de Geologia, Faculdade de Ciencias, Universidade do Porto, Rua do Campo Alegre, 687, 4169-007 Porto (Portugal); Ferreira da Silva, E. [GeoBioTec, Geobiosciences, Geotechnologies and Geoengineering Research Center, Universidade de Aveiro, Campus de Santiago, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Li, Z.; Ward, C. [School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales. Sydney, NSW 2052 (Australia); Flores, D. [Departamento de Geociencias, Ambiente e Ordenamento do Territorio, Faculdade de Ciencias, Universidade do Porto, Rua do Campo Alegre, 687, 4169-007 Porto (Portugal)


    Serrinha is the largest coal waste pile resulting from mining activities in the Douro Coalfield, Portugal. The exploitation of anthracite in tens of small mines caused some environmental impacts, as is the case of the coal waste piles that exist in old mines and adjacent areas. The Serrinha waste pile is essentially made up of 2 million tonnes of shales and carbonaceous shales, deposited in a topographical depression over about 30 years. Despite the environmental restoration accomplished in the Serrinha waste pile, some environmental problems seem to persist. In this study a petrographic, mineralogical and geochemical characterization was done in order to recognize and understand these problems. The materials studied were coal waste, sediments and waters from the drainage system and decanting basins, soils from the surrounding areas, leachates from waste material and neoformed minerals formed at the bottom of the waste pile. The main lithologies (carbonaceous shale and lithic arenite) and coal from the Douro Coalfield were also analyzed. Petrographic analysis shows some evidence of weathering (on organic and inorganic matter) related to the time of exposure to the weathering agents and the easy access of air within the waste pile (due to both the poor compaction and the heterogeneity of the material). Mineralogically, the composition of coal waste material has contributions from both the coal and the associated lithologies. R-type cluster analysis of the waste pile material allows two distinct clusters to be identified. In the first cluster a sulfide fraction is represented by the association of As, Cd, Cu, Pb, Ni and Zn, while Fe clustered with Al, Co, and Ti indicates that some of the Fe and the other elements are likely associated with silicate minerals such as clays. The second cluster, represented by Cr, V, Zr, Rb, REE, Mn, Li and Ba, probably represent a silicate fraction, perhaps detrital accessory minerals. The waste pile material, leachates, soils

  17. Inferring tectonic provenance of siliciclastic rocks from their chemical compositions: A dissent (United States)

    Basu, Abhijit; Bickford, Marion E.; Deasy, Ryan


    Chemical compositions of siliciclastic sedimentary rocks are commonly used to infer their tectonic provenance. We have tested the universal applicability of the underlying principle in a small, but controlled study expecting 100% confirmation of the practice. A comparison is made between the chemical composition of the ~ 1480 Ma Butler Hill Granite in an uplifted cratonic block of the St. Francois Mountain Igneous Complex and that of a small ~ 1-m-thick regolith body, a weathered granite sample, and the basal quartz arenites of the ~ 520 Ma Lamotte Formation immediately above the regolith. The results show that in plots of K2O/Na2O vs. SiO2/Al2O3, the regolith and sandstone samples correctly plot in the Passive Margin field, although the weathered granite plots in the Arc field. In plots of Th-Sc-Zr/10 and La-Th-Sc, the results plot in the Passive and Active Continental Margins and their extensions. In other common plots to discriminate tectonic provenance (e.g., SiO2 vs. K2O/Na2O, Fe2O3 + MgO vs. Al2O3/SiO2, Fe2O3 + MgO vs. TiO2, Sc/Cr vs. La/Y) a few points plot in the Passive Margin field but scatter into and outside of other fields of tectonic provenances. The chondrite-normalized REE distributions show variable degrees of negative Eu anomalies, with flat HREE, conforming to a felsic source. The LREE distributions show both positive and negative Ce anomalies that can be ascribed to the variability of redox conditions during weathering and diagenesis of the original siliciclastic sediments. The variability of the Eu anomaly was likely affected by post-erosion processes in addition to whatever was inherited from the parent rocks. We conclude that chemical compositions can provide good clues, but are neither strong indicators nor unique identifiers of their tectonic provenance. Rather, they indicate a dominantly felsic or dominantly mafic, or a mixed set of source rocks.

  18. The Jurassic of Denmark and Greenland: The use of spectral natural gamma-ray analysis in reservoir evaluation of siliciclastic sediments: a case study from the Middle Jurassic of the Harald Field, Danish Central Graben

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    Fabricius, Ida L.


    Full Text Available A cored sandstone interval from the Middle Jurassic Harald Field of the Danish North Sea was chosen for an investigation of the mineralogical sources for the gamma-ray activity, and with the purpose of determining how the Spectral Natural Gamma (SNG log could be used as an indicator of reservoir quality. Core intervals of quartz arenites and quartz wackes were selected. Although no linear relationship was found between clay content and potassium (K, thorium (Th, or uranium (U, the K content characterises three discrete lithofacies. Lithofacies I has a grain-supported texture, with a predominance of quartz grains; only minor fine-grained matrix is present. Sandstones of lithofacies I have a low K content and most of the K is hosted in feldspar. Porosity varies between 23% and 28% and permeability is in the range 200-2000 mD. Lithofacies II sandstones have a grain-supported texture, with a predominance of quartz grains; fine-grained matrix fills the intergranular volume. Sandstones of lithofacies II have an intermediate K content, with K-feldspar, mica, and illite as the main sources. Porosity varies between 11% and 17% and permeability is in the range 0.4-25 mD. Lithofacies III has a matrix-supported texture with quartz grains floating in a clay-rich matrix. Samples from lithofacies III have the highest K signal. Illite and illitised kaolinite are roughly equal in importance as sources of K. Porosity is up to 11% and permeability up to 0.5 mD. The Th and U content of all lithofacies is governed primarily by the presence of heavy minerals; no apparent general relationship between U and Total Organic Carbon (TOC was found. Comparisons between the core measurements of K, Th, and U, and the SNG log disclosed a discrepancy between the calibrations of laboratory and borehole measurements. For U the discrepancy contains an erratic element, whereas the difference for K and Th can be eliminated by correction factors. Thus, the conclusions based on

  19. Open-System Alkaline Magmatism in the Caledonides of North-Central Norway (United States)

    Barnes, C. G.; Prestvik, T.; Barnes, M. A.


    The Caledonian-age Hortavaer intrusion is exposed on small islands and skerries off the coast of north-central Norway. It was emplaced into a range of host rocks that includes calcitic and dolomitic marble to migmatitic gneiss to quartz-rich meta-arenite. The intrusion is unusual relative to Caledonian plutons on the mainland because of its alkaline nature and its possible circa 460-470 Ma age (based on imprecise Sr and Nd isochrones). The intrusion is broadly zoned, with central diorite and outer syenite. Dike-like bodies of monzonite and syenite are also present and are elongate in a NNE-SSW direction. Each lithologic unit is characterized by evidence for magma mingling, particularly by synplutonic dikes and enclaves. In the syenitic zone, mingled magmas ranged from monzonitic (syenitic) to dioritic. In the diorite zone, mingling was dominated by diorite-in-diorite, but composite diorite-syenite dikes are present. The contact between the syenite and diorite units is marked by an approximately 500-m-wide zone of sheeted diorite/syenite dikes that are mutually intrusive. In addition to magma mingling, the complex shows a variety of types of interaction with screens of its host rocks, which are typically subparallel to foliation in the pluton. Some screens were apparently unreactive with the surrounding magma, whereas others resulted in intense reaction and formation of garnet melasyenite, pyroxene-rich monzodiorite, and rare nepheline-bearing rocks. A trend toward Fe enrichment among the dioritic rocks, the low Mg/(Mg+Fe) and Sr contents of the evolved syenites, and curvilinear composition trends for many elements in the suite suggest fractional crystallization was a major control on magma evolution. However, low epsilon Nd (465 Ma) (-3 to -10), moderate initial 87Sr/86Sr (0.705 to 0.710), and high delta18O (+8.3 to +14.0 %) suggest either a crustal source or intense contamination. The presence of primary calcite with delta13C typical of host carbonate rocks

  20. Acoustic Emission and Ultrasonic Characterization of Jurassic Navajo Formation Deformation During Axisymmetric Compression Testing (United States)

    Rinehart, A. J.; Dewers, T. A.; Holcomb, D. J.; Broome, S. T.


    Linking continuum-scale and microscale brittle damage in rock remains a challenge impacting CO2 sequestration, secondary recovery, structural monitoring, and other geotechnical engineering applications. We examine if the mode of micromechanical failure scales directly up to continuum-scale damage-induced velocity anisotropy. Axisymmetric drained lab-dry compression experiments are performed on facies of moderately cemented finely laminated quartz arenite from the Jurassic Navajo Formation, a target reservoir rock for CO2 sequestration in Utah. The tests are 1 unconfined uniaxial compression test, 1 hydrostatic compression test, and 3 triaxial compression tests. Microscale damage is monitored using acoustic emissions (AE) and continuum scale damage is monitored with ultrasonic velocity scans. During the non-hydrostatic tests, three to five unload loops are performed pre-failure, with one unload loop performed post-failure. While stresses are increasing, AEs are monitored continuously using 1.6-mm diameter, 0.5-mm thick PZT-5A pins attached circumferentially around the cylindrical sample, and with 6-mm diameter, 2-mm thick PZT-5A discs at the ends of the sample. Before and after each unload loop, the test is paused and the AE transducers sequentially emit an ultrasonic pulse to measure wave speeds. The resulting elastic wave is detected by the other AE transducers. Post-test, the changing anisotropic velocity structure of the rock during compression and failure is compared to the locations, frequency, and relative moment tensors of the AEs measured between ultrasonic scans. Pre- and post-test visual and x-ray CT scan observations of the sample are compared to the acoustic metrics. These tiered observations of rock damage will further elucidate the scaling of microscale brittle failure to the continuum-scale This work was supported as part of the Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of

  1. Paleoclimate controls on late paleozoic sedimentation and peat formation in the central appalachian basin (U.S.A.) (United States)

    Cecil, C.B.; Stanton, R.W.; Neuzil, S.G.; Dulong, F.T.; Ruppert, L.F.; Pierce, B.S.


    In the central Appalachian basin, at least two major climate changes affected sedimentation during the late Paleozoic. Stratigraphically, these two changes are indicated by the distribution of coal beds, the variation in coal quality, and the variation in rock lithologies. In latest Mississippian or earliest Pennsylvanian time, the climate changed from dry-seasonal tropical to ever-wet (equable) tropical. The equable climate prevailed into the Middle Pennsylvanian, influencing the morphology and geochemistry in peat-forming environments. Many of the peat deposits, which formed under the equable climate, were probably domed (raised bogs); low concentrations of dissolved solids in peat formation water resulted in low buffering capacity. Organic acids caused acidic (pH antiseptic conditions that resulted in intense leaching of mineral matter, minimal degradation of organic matter, and low-ash and low-sulfur peat deposits; the resulting coal beds are also low in ash and sulfur. Associated rocks are noncalcareous and consist of sequences of interbedded shale, siltstone, and sandstone including quartz arenite. Another climate change occurred in late Middle Pennsylvanian time when evapopation periodically exceeded rainfall resulting in an increase of both dissolved solids and pH (4 to ??? 7) in surface and near-surface water. Throughout the remainder of the Pennsylvanian, the surfaces of peat deposits were probably planar (not domed); water in peat-forming and other depositional environments became more nearly neutral. The coal beds derived from these peats are highly variable in both ash and sulfur contents. Drier or more seasonal climates are also indicated by sequences of (1) calcareous sandstone and shale, (2) nonmarine limestone that shows shallow-water and subaerial exposure features, and (3) calcareous paleosols that have caliche characteristics. Our data and observations indicate that physical depositional environment models for the origin of coal do not

  2. Rare Campanian Echinoids from Höver and Misburg (Hannover Area, Lower Saxony, Germany

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    Full Text Available Amongst the rich and fairly diverse echinoid faunas from the Campanian marl/marly limestone facies as exposed at the large quarries of the cement industry near Höver and Misburg (east of Hannover, northern Germany, there are a few rare taxa, most of which have not been recorded previously from the Lower Saxony Basin. These include Echinogalerus peltiformis (Wahlenberg, 1821, Conulus (C. matesovi Poslavskaia & Moskvin in Moskvin 1959, Hagenowia blackmorei Wright & Wright, 1949, Diplodetus sp., and Peroniaster cotteaui Gauthier in Peron 1887. New material of another rare species, Hemiaster gr. aquisgranensis Schlüter, 1899, is here described. The palaeoecological significance of the rarity of these is briefly discussed. Of particular note, in a palaeobiogeographic context, are E. peltiformis and C. matesovi. The former is well known from Lower and Upper Campanian arenitic facies in southern Sweden, while the latter was held to be confined to the Lower Campanian of the Caucasus and Kazakhstan. These two species may have immigrated into the Lower Saxony Basin following transgressive pulses or within transgressive systems tracts. Die reiche und vergleichsweise diverse Echinidenfauna der Mergel/Mergelkalk-Rhythmite des Campans von Misburg und Höver bei Hannover enthält einige seltene Taxa, die bisher aus dem Niedersächsischen Becken nicht bekannt waren. Dazu gehören Echinogalerus peltiformis (Wahlenberg, 1821, Conulus (C. matesovi Poslavskaia & Moskvin in Moskvin 1959, Hagenowia blackmorei Wright & Wright, 1949, Diplodetus sp. und Peroniaster cotteaui Gauthier in Peron 1887. Für eine weitere Art, Hemiaster gr. aquisgranensis Schlüter, 1899, werden neue Funde beschrieben. Die paläoökologische Bedeutung der Seltenheit der vorliegenden Taxa wird diskutiert. Als besonders bedeutsam erweisen sich dabei die Vorkommen von E. peltiformis und C. matesovi. Ersterer war bisher ausschließlich aus den küstennahen Kalkareniten Südschwedens bekannt

  3. Petrographic, mineralogical and geochemical characterization of the Serrinha coal waste pile (Douro Coalfield, Portugal) and the potential environmental impacts on soil, sediments and surface waters

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    Serrinha is the largest coal waste pile resulting from mining activities in the Douro Coalfield, Portugal. The exploitation of anthracite in tens of small mines caused some environmental impacts, as is the case of the coal waste piles that exist in old mines and adjacent areas. The Serrinha waste pile is essentially made up of 2 million tonnes of shales and carbonaceous shales, deposited in a topographical depression over about 30 years. Despite the environmental restoration accomplished in the Serrinha waste pile, some environmental problems seem to persist. In this study a petrographic, mineralogical and geochemical characterization was done in order to recognize and understand these problems. The materials studied were coal waste, sediments and waters from the drainage system and decanting basins, soils from the surrounding areas, leachates from waste material and neoformed minerals formed at the bottom of the waste pile. The main lithologies (carbonaceous shale and lithic arenite) and coal from the Douro Coalfield were also analyzed. Petrographic analysis shows some evidence of weathering (on organic and inorganic matter) related to the time of exposure to the weathering agents and the easy access of air within the waste pile (due to both the poor compaction and the heterogeneity of the material). Mineralogically, the composition of coal waste material has contributions from both the coal and the associated lithologies. R-type cluster analysis of the waste pile material allows two distinct clusters to be identified. In the first cluster a sulfide fraction is represented by the association of As, Cd, Cu, Pb, Ni and Zn, while Fe clustered with Al, Co, and Ti indicates that some of the Fe and the other elements are likely associated with silicate minerals such as clays. The second cluster, represented by Cr, V, Zr, Rb, REE, Mn, Li and Ba, probably represent a silicate fraction, perhaps detrital accessory minerals. The waste pile material, leachates, soils

  4. Characteristics and Mechanism of Permian Shanxi Tight Reservoir of Changbei Gas Field,Ordos Basin%鄂尔多斯盆地长北气田山西组二段低孔低渗储层特征及形成机理

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    孙海涛; 钟大康; 张湘宁; 柳慧林


    Changbei gas field is located in Yishan Slope of the northern center of the Ordos Basin,China.The main pay zone reservoir is Upper Paleozoic Lower Permian Shanxi P1S2 quartz arenite,which deposited in distributary channel of delta plain.The reservoir is low porosity low permeability tight reservoir with average porosity of 5.2% and average permeability of 0.7×10-3 μm2 in a current depth of 2 700~2 950 m.Integrated study on depositional environment,lithology,diagenesis and tectonic background has been conducted.The reasons cause this low porosity low permeability tight reservoir features are considered as the following two factors.(1) On one hand,the reservoir was deposited in a coaly bearing acid environment of deltaic distributary channel,the original pore water is acid water with non saturated calcium carbonate,which can not form earlier cementation within the sandstone reservoir.However,compaction has significantly reduce the original pore and pore volume.On the other hand,this acid diagenesis environment cause large amounts of secondary quartz cementation fill the pores left out during compaction of sandstone reservoir.This is the main reasons cause the low porosity low permeability tight reservoir features in the region.Observation from thin section indicate that calcium carbonate cementation is not developed in the pore of sandstone reservoir especially in the earlier stage,the average component of calcium carbonate cementation is 1%~3%,authigenic kaolinite cementation is well developed with an average component of 7%~10%,illite segmentation is also less developed 3%,secondary quartz cementation well develop,mostly reach Ⅱ—Ⅲ level with an average component of 5%~10%,some layer can reach 10%~18% and maximum is 23%,this phenomenon indicated the acid diagenesis environment of P1S2 quartz arenite reservoir in Changbei gas field.(2) Tectonic study indicated that Changbei gas field is located in Ordos Basin tectonically stable at the time

  5. The Magmatic and Genetic Evolution of Early Cretaceous Granitoids in Eastern Guangdong Province%粤东地区早白垩世花岗质岩浆作用及其成因演化

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    赵希林; 余明刚; 刘凯; 毛建仁; 叶海敏; 邢光福


    Granitoids in the Eastern Guangdong encompass three main rock types; the Dapu biotite-granites, the Dapu bitite-K-spar granites and the Jiexi bitite-K-spar granites. Zircon LA-ICP-MS U-Pb dating of the Dapu biotite-granites and the Jiexi bitite-K-spar granites indicates similar ages of emplacement of 136. 3 ?0. 6Ma and 134.9 ?.4Ma Respectively, which belongs to Early Cretaceous but not Late Jurassic; All of these three types of rocks are rich in Si, Al, medium in alkali content, but poor in Fe, Mg, Ca, Ti and P, belong to a high-K calc-alkaline series, as well as a weakly peraluminous granite series. The Dapu biotite-granites has8Eu mid-negative anomaly, slightly right-inclined REE distribution pattern, forming by the partial-melting of Proterozoic arenitic metasediments. The Dapu bitite-K-spar granites and the Jiexi bitite-K-spar granites have strongly 8Eu negative anomaly, seagull-like REE pattern. The Dapu bitite-K-spar granites and the Jiexi bitite-K-spar granites are coexist closely, forming in the same time, and shows continuous variation trend in geochemistry, have similar isotopic composition, may be formed by partial melting of Proterozoic pelitic metamorphic sedimentary rocks, are the results of different evolution stage of the same magma.%粤东地区出露有大埔黑云母花岗岩、大埔黑云母钾长花岗岩和揭西黑云母钾长花岗岩3种岩石类型,大埔黑云母花岗岩和揭西黑云母钾长花岗岩的LA-ICP-MS锆石U-Pb年龄分别为136.3±0.6Ma和134.9±0.4Ma,属于晚中生代早白垩世,而非前人认为的晚侏罗世;3种岩石在主量元素上总体具有富硅、铝,碱含量中等,贫铁、镁、钙、钛、磷的特征,属于高钾钙碱性的弱过铝质岩石;大埔黑云母花岗岩的δEu负异常中等,具略向右倾的轻稀土富集模式,可能是由时代相当于元古宙的富砂屑岩部分熔融形成的;大埔黑云母钾长花岗岩、揭西黑云母钾长花岗岩具有中等—强的δEu负异

  6. New quantitative, in-situ characterization of weathering in geomaterials. (United States)

    Scrivano, Simona; Gaggero, Laura; Gisbert Aguilar, Josep; Yus Gonzalez, Adrian


    The mineralogical and microtextural analyses of weathered rocks and mortars are the main diagnostic tools to address the materials exposed under different environmental conditions in order to enucleate and mitigate the decay factors. The characterization of weathering intensity is mostly descriptive and non-quantitative (ICOMOS Glossary, 2008); the Fitzner indexes in arenites (Fitzner et al., 2002) and more recently applied to marbles (Scrivano et al., 2013) provide an operator dependent method. The current diagnostic of decay (Drdàcky & Slìzkovà, 2014) based on a scotch tape tearing off the surface was improved by a specifically adapted pocket penetrometer, and a joint gravimetric + minero-chemical analysis under SEM of ablational decay products. The steps are the following: i) Preparation of stubs for SEM with adherent conductive carbon tape (surface area 1.3 cm2) ii) Weighing of stub + tape + its plastic envelope at 0.001 g precision iii) Connecting the stub to a pocket penetrometer iv) Non invasive sampling of the incoherent dust applying a constant pressure of 2 kgf for 1 minute, and then packing away the stub without loosing grains v) Weighing of stub + tape + weathering products + their plastic envelope at 0.001 g precision vi) Recast the weight of removed material vii) Addressing the weathering products to SEM - EDS. Our quantitative peeling test was applied on a 96m long cladded wall in the Staglieno Monumental Cemetery in Genoa. The wall shows weathering gradients due to a neighbouring interred stream and to different insulation. Slabs of ophicalcite marble were tested from three different areas (5 samples were collected to the E, 5 samples at the centre, 5 samples to the W). The results highlighted capillary rise up to 2 meters height and a more weathered central area. On the whole, our protocol allows a delicate, virtually not impacting and reproducible factual sampling. Moreover, if carried out on a statistically significant population, the decay

  7. A detrital zircon provenance study of the Lower Carboniferous sequences in the East Fife section of the Midland Valley of Scotland (United States)

    Murchie, Sean; Robinson, Ruth, ,, Dr; Lancaster, Penelope, ,, Dr


    Detrital zircons from the Lower Carboniferous clastic rocks of the Midland Valley of Scotland have been dated using U-Pb laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICPMS) to determine which source areas contributed sediment to the basin during its development, and to investigate whether provenance changed during deposition of these units. Specific provenance detection using U/Pb dating of zircons has never been attempted in these rocks, and there are uncertainties remaining about the regional paleogeographic setting for the Midland Valley. Four samples from the Dinantian Strathclyde Group have been analysed, and the units are locally known as the Fife Ness, Anstruther, Pittenweem, Sandy Craig, and Pathhead formations. The formations are composed of shallow marine, deltaic, fluvial and floodplain deposits and these predominantly siliciclastic sedimentary rocks are interbedded with thin fossiliferous carbonate bands. The samples are quartz arenitic, sub-arkosic and lithic arkosic medium-grained sandstones, predominantly from a fluvial origin. The British Geological Survey developed a lithostratigraphy which is the most used framework for the Strathclyde Group (Browne et al., 1997), but a different biostratigraphical framework based on palynology has been proposed by Owens et al. (2005). In addition to identifying provenance, the zircon age populations for each formation are compared to test which stratigraphic framework is correct. More broadly, the provenance data provides a way to improve the regional palaeogeographic setting for the Midland Valley. Zircon ages in the Strathclyde Group are dominated by Late Mesoproterozoic to Late Palaeoproterozoic (0.9 - 2.0 Ga) and Early Palaeozoic (350 - 450 Ma) ages which reflect Caledonide (Laurentian-Baltica margin including Scotland, Scandinavia, Greenland, Newfoundland), Grampian and internal Midland Valley source areas. Notable peaks occur at 400 Ma, 1.0 --1.1 Ga, 1.3 Ga, 1.6 - 1.7 Ga, and 2.7 Ga, and

  8. On the formation, growth, and shapes of solution pipes - insights from numerical modeling (United States)

    Szymczak, Piotr; Tredak, Hanna; Upadhyay, Virat; Kondratiuk, Paweł; Ladd, Anthony J. C.


    distances between the pipes as well as their growth rates. The most interesting result is the existence of two different regimes of the piped growth, depending on the flow rate. At high flow rates, well-separated, cyllindrical shafts are formed, of a nearly uniform diameter all along their lengths. They advance quickly into the matrix, with velocities several times larger than that of a unperturbed, planar dissolution front. Conversely, for small flow rates, the pipes are funnel-shaped with parabolic tips and their advancement velocity is of the same order as that of a planar front. The transition between the two forms is abrupt, with no intermediate forms observed. The simulation results are compared with field evidence from limestone quarries in Smerdyna, Poland, where several hundred of solution pipes have been exposed. Interestingly, both forms (shaft-like and tunnel-like) are found in the field, sometimes in close proximity to each other. [1] P. Walsh and I. Morawiecka-Zacharz, A dissolution pipe palaeokarst of mid-Pleistocene age preserved in Miocene limestones near Staszow, Poland, Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimatol. Palaeoecol., 174 (2001), pp. 327-350. [2] K. G. Grimes, Solution pipes and pinnacles in syngenetic karst. In: Gines A., Knez M., Slabe T., Dreybrodt W. (Eds.), Karst Rock Features: Karren Sculpturing. Ljubljana, ZRC Publishing, (2009), pp. 513-523. [3] J. De Waele, S. E. Lauritzen and M. Parise On the formation of dissolution pipes in Quaternary coastal calcareous arenites in Mediterranean settings. Earth. Surf. Proc. Land" 36, (2011), pp. 143-157.

  9. Migmatites and migmatite-like rocks of Olkiluoto

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    Kaerki, A. [Kivitieto Oy, Oulu (Finland)


    Bedrock of the Olkiluoto Island in the western end of the Palaeoproterozoic Svecofennian Accretionary Arc Complex, SW Finland is composed of high-grade metamorphic pelites, arenites and intermediate, arc type metavolcanic rocks intruded by granodioritic to tonalitic plutonic rocks. Regional metamorphism culminated with voluminous migmatization in the temperature of 660 - 700 deg C and relatively low pressure of about 3.5 - 4 kbar. The end result of polyphase metamorphism and deformation is a metamorphic rock succession composed of diverse migmatite rocks, metatexites and diatexites. Metatexites are migmatites in which several, discrete components can be detected, and in which the paleosome with some pre-partial-melting textures is identifiable. Diatexites are more advanced migmatites in which the pre-migmatization structures are often totally destroyed and the rock is dominated by different neosome components meaning leucosome, melanosome or mesosome. Based on the migmatite structures the metatexites of Olkiluoto have been classified into six subgroups. Dike-structured metatexites are composed of well preserved paleosome intruded by one single set of narrow, subparallel leucosome dikes which cover ca. 5 - 10 % of the whole rock volume. Net-structure is composed of a network of narrow leucosome dikes which show a reticulated structure in a plane section and cover less than 30 % of the whole rock volume. Breccia-structure is composed of angular or rounded paleosome blocks surrounded by moderate amount of leucosome. Patch-structure is composed of irregular leucosome patches which intruded the well preserved paleosome and compose typically 20 - 70 % of the rock volume. Layer-structure is characterized by more or less regular leucosome dikes sub-parallel to the foliation of the well preserved paleosome. Vein-structured metatexites and also diatexites include a set of pipe-like, longish leucosome veins most probably generated by synchronous melting and deformation

  10. Mineralogía de arenas y limos en suelos, sedimentos fluviales y eólicos actuales del sector austral de la cuenca Chacoparanense: Regionalización y áreas de aporte Sands and clay mineralogy in soils, fluvial and eolian Present sediments in the southern sector of the Chacoparanense basin: Different regions and source areas

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    M. C. Etchichury


    Corrientes provinces allowed to define two zones characterized by two genetically different mineralogical associations. Minerals of volcanic - pyroclastic origin (heavy: green, basaltic and brown hornblende, hypersthene, enstatite, augite, magnetite, hematite, ilmenite, leucoxene, epidote, zoicite, and light: plagioclase, volcanic fragments, pumice and glass shards, quartz, orthoclase are observed over a broad area including whole Buenos Aires and Cordoba provinces, northwestern regions of La Pampa, central and southern Santa Fe and southern Entre Ríos. The provenence of these minerals included the pampean and post-pampean sediments and scarce contribution from volcanic Mesozoic rocks of north Patagonia, Sierras Pampeanas and also Quaternary pyroclastic eruptions. Conversely, a heavy suite of metamorphic provenence (staurolite, kyanite, sillimanite, andalusite, hornblende, epidote, opaques and a light association composed of igneous and metamorphic clast (monocrystalline and polycrystalline quartz, orthoclase,microcline, schists and others of sedimentary origin (quartz arenites is recorded in Corrientes and northern Santa Fe and Entre Ríos provinces. These minerals are coming from older basement rocks outcropping in Brazil and Uruguay and the younger overlain sedimentary succession. The peculiar material distribution is related to the drainage systems and wind pattern. Quartz 30% frecuency isoplet points out the limit between both mineralogical associations.

  11. Análise multivariada de atributos pedológicos e fitossociológicos aplicada na caracterização de ambientes de cerrado no norte de Minas Gerais Multivariate analysis of pedological and phytosociogical attributes applied to characterization of cerrado environments in north of Minas Gerais State, Brazil

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    , in order to correlate the spatial distribution of groups of species with soil attributes. The results showed the classification of the environments into two groups, based on the nature of parent materials: arenitic-quartzitic and sandy-clayey and clayey sediments. The selection of variables using the multivariate analysis was able to discriminate the environments represented in the phytosociological plots. The patterns identified by the local farmers corresponded, in general, to the variations in the floristic and phytosociological parameters and edaphic attributes. The absolute density, basal area, Shannon index and the granulometric fractions were the determinant parameters in the differentiation of the environments.

  12. The oldest sediments of Greece revealed by detrital zircon LA-ICP-MS U-Pb dating: Cambro-Ordovician sandstones from northern Gondwana in the External Hellenides - implications on the evolution of the eastern Mediterranean (United States)

    Kydonakis, Konstantinos; Kostopoulos, Dimitrios; Poujol, Marc; Brun, Jean-Pierre; Papanikolaou, Dimitrios; Paquette, Jean-Louis


    Detrital zircon U-Pb ages of a quartzite from the Feneos locality of Peloponnesus, S. Greece, were determined by LA-ICPMS. The rock classifies as a mature quartz arenite and belongs to an original shale-sandstone succession now metamorphosed into a phyllite-quartzite unit. The latter chiefly represents the External Blueschist Belt of the Hellenides widely known as the Arna or Phyllite - Quartzite (PQ) Unit. Zircon age clusters at 0.5-0.75, 0.85, 0.95-1.1, 1.75-2 and 2.4-3 Ga point at the Saharan Metacraton and the Transgondwanan Supermountain as contributing sources; the youngest concordant grain is 522 Ma old. Based on great similarities in lithology, zircon age-distribution patterns and depositional setting between the Feneos quartzite and intact Cambro-Ordovician sandstone-shale sequences of Libya (Murzuq and Kufrah basins) we propose that the protolith of the former was deposited in an epeiric sea north of Libya during the Cambro-Ordovician. Feneos, as part of the Cimmerian block, had become detached from the NE Gondwanan margin during Late Carboniferous - Early Permian times and drifted northward. In central Crete, similar-looking sequences (Galinos beds) were originally deposited in an accretionary/fore-arc complex outboard of the south Laurussian active margin (Pelagonia) between ~297-230 Ma. The southern Pelagonian margin eventually collided (mild docking) with the northward drifting Cimmerian block signaling the closure of Palaeotethys by early Late Triassic. The Gondwanan affinity of the Feneos quartzite strongly contrasts the European one of the Galinos beds; the suture of Palaeotethys can thus be traced in S. Greece within the pre-Triassic sedimentary sequences of Peloponnesus and Crete. In the eastern Mediterranean realm, rocks with similar age clusters crop out in Greece (Peloponnesus, this study; eastern Crete, Sfaka locality; north-central Macedonia, Vertiskos terrane), NW Turkey (central Sakarya terrane), Libya (Murzuq and Kufrah basins), Israel

  13. Geology of the Blue Mountains region of Oregon, Idaho, and Washington; stratigraphy, physiography, and mineral resources of the Blue Mountains region (United States)

    Vallier, T. L., (Edited By); Brooks, H.C.


    island-arc terrane. PART 2: Mesozoic rocks exposed along the Snake River in the northern Wallowa terrane represent a volcanic island and its associated sedimentary basins within the Blue Mountains island arc of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. In the northern part of the Wallowa terrane, rock units include the Wild Sheep Creek, Doyle Creek, and Coon Hollow Formations, the (informal) Imnaha intrusion, and the (informal) Dry Creek stock. The volcanic rocks of the Ladinian to Karnian Wild Sheep Creek Formation show two stages of evolution-an early dacitic phase Gower volcanic faciesY and a late mafic phase (upper volcanic facies). The two volcanic facies are separated by eruption-generated turbidites of siliceous argillites and arkosic arenites (argillitesandstone facies). The two magmatic phases of the Wild Sheep Creek Formation may be recorded by the compositional zoning from older quartz diorite and diorite to younger gabbro in the Imnaha intrusion. Although the Late Triassic Imnaha intrusion is in fault contact with the Wild Sheep Creek Formation, it may be a subduction-related pluton and was the likely magma source for the Wild Sheep Creek Formation. Interbedded with the upper volcanic facies are eruption-generated turbidite and debris flow deposits (sandstone-breccia facies) and thick carbonate units (limestone facies). The limestone facies consists of two marker units, which may represent carbonate platform environments. Clast imbrication, fossil orientation, and cross-stratification in the Wild Sheep Creek Formation indicate a shoaling to subaerial volcanic island to the south and southeast; sediment was transported to the north and northwest. The Karnian Doyle Creek Formation consists largely of epiclastic conglomerate, sandstone, and shale that were deposited in welloxygenated basins. Vitric tuffs interbedded with these sediments suggest shallow or subaerial pyroclastic eruptions. Quartz diorite clasts in this formation may indicate uplift

  14. The Siuna Serpentinite Melange: An Early Cretaceous Subduction/Accretion of a Jurassic Arc (United States)

    Flores, K.; Baumgartner, P. O.; Skora, S.; Baumgartner, L.; Muntener, O.; Cosca, M.; Cruz, D.


    The Siuna Serpentinite Mélange (SSM), located in northeastern Nicaragua, is a small tectonic window of a large assemblage, the Mesquito Oceanic Terranes (MOT). The SSM was subducted during the Early Cretaceous at the border of continental Chortis Block (sensu stricto). The occurrence of the SSM is in conflict with the current plate tectonic schemes. The pre-Albian, N-S striking subduction-related mélange of SSM zone is exposed SW of the town of Siuna. It consists of metamorphosed, Ca-depleted ultramafic rocks. Relict Cr-rich spinel (Cr # 0.57-0.79) in serpentinites and chromite pods indicates a high degree of melting. The serpentinite matrix contains blocks of sedimentary and igneous origin. Late Bajocian-early Bathonian (169-167 Ma) red- ribbon-bedded radiolarites are in sedimentary contact with greenstones (calc-alkaline metandesites) and volcanic arenites. Middle Oxfordian to late Kimmeridgian/early Tithonian (159-151/148 Ma) black radiolarian-rich cherts, minor shales and siliceous mudstones blocks were found, as well as quartzites, metasandstones and riebeckite-rich metaturbidites. Furthermore, various metamafic rocks including gabbros can be found. This indicates an oceanic setting for the mélange blocks. The metamafic rocks of the mélange exhibit assemblages corresponding to different metamorphic conditions. They range from typical greenschist and amphibolite facies assemblages to high pressure barroisite bearing greenschists. Possible blueschist to eclogite facies conditions are indicated by mica schist with silica rich phengites yielding 139.2 ± 0.4 Ma 40 Ar/39Ar geochronology and blocks containing garnet with inclusions of aegirine/omphacite. Hence, the SSM resembles typical subduction zone mélanges (e.g. Franciscan, Motagua). It exposes parts of a major zone of oceanic terranes of pacific origin, the MOT, that are placed between the Chortis Block and the Caribbean Large Igneous Province (CLIP). The overlap sequence documents Aptian/Albian deep

  15. Characteristics and main controlling factors of porous carbonate reservoirs: A case from the Jia 5 Member of the Jialingjiang Formation, southwest Sichuan Basin%孔隙型碳酸盐岩储集层特征及主控因素——以川西南嘉陵江组嘉5段为例

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    刘宏; 谭秀成; 李凌; 罗冰; 马昌林; 杨立根


    With the help of core observation, conventional and cast slices, physical property analysis and mercury penetration, this paper studies the reservoir characteristics and main controlling factors of the Jia 5 Member, Triassic Jialingjiang Formation, and identifies two types of reservoir rocks, silt-sized crystalline dolomite and calcarenite, which are different in forming environment, reservoir space,poroperm characteristics, and pore throat structure. The silt-sized crystalline dolomite reservoir developed in the dolomite-flat microfacies has a good pore/throat configuration with intercrystalline pores and dissolved pores as reservoir space. It has excellent permeability and is the best reservoir in thc region of interest. The calcarenite reservoir developed in the microfacies of arenite bank has the reservoir space of isolated intragranular dissolved pores and moldic pores; the mesoporosity and micro-throat configuration makes the reservoir characterized by high porosity and low permeability. Research on the main controlling factors of the reservoirs indicated that they are typically facies-controlled reservoirs. Microreliefs inside the carbonate platform lead to high heterogeneity of the reservoirs.Dolomitization and the leaching of syngenesis meteoric water are the key factors for forming good porous carbonate reservoirs.%利用岩心、常规及铸体薄片、物性分析、压汞等资料研究四川盆地西南部三叠系嘉陵江组嘉段储集层基本特征及主控因素.识别出两种不同类型的储集层:粉晶云岩储集层和砂屑灰岩储集层,两类储集层的形成环境、储集空间、孔渗性能、孔喉结构等均不相同.云坪微相内发育的粉晶云岩储集层以晶间孔和晶间溶孔为主要储集空间,具有良好的孔喉配置关系,储渗性能极好,为本区最优质储集层;砂屑滩微相内发育的砂屑灰岩储集层主要储集空间为较孤立的粒内溶孔及铸模孔,中孔微喉的配置关系导致

  16. Investigations on alluvial deposits through borehole stratigraphy, radiocarbon dating and passive seismic technique (Carnic Alps, NE Italy) (United States)

    Viero, Alessia; Marchi, Lorenzo; Cavalli, Marco; Crema, Stefano; Fontana, Alessandro; Mozzi, Paolo; Venturini, Corrado


    Alluvial sediment investigations provide fundamental tools to infer the processes that control geomorphological evolution of mountain environments. By analyzing sediment stratigraphy in depth, it is possible to retrieve the source, the geology, the time of deposition, the relative distance travelled by material as well as to distinguish among different type of transport (i.e., gravitational, fluvial or glacial). In this work, we present a combination of log stratigraphy, radiocarbon dating and geophysical surveys carried out on the valley floor of the But River (Carnic Alps, North East Italy). The But River basin drains an area of 326 km2 with a range in elevation from 2769 to 323 m a.s.l.; the bedrock mainly consists of carbonates and quartz arenites with minor inclusions of effusive rocks. After Pleistocene the gravitational deposits from mountain slopes have impounded the But River several times. In particular, we analyzed a sector of the upper portion of the But valley close to the confluence of the Moscardo Torrent, frequently affected by debris flows. A borehole was drilled in the But River floodplain, at the intersection with the Moscardo Torrent alluvial fan, down to a depth of 80 m. The analysis of the core samples allowed discerning three sedimentary levels rich in clay and organic materials, which testify the presence of small dam lakes, originated from the Moscardo debris-flow deposits. Three samples of wood and plant debris were collected from 13, 14 and 23 m of depth, respectively. They were analyzed through radiocarbon dating in order to determine the age of the lakes and, thus, to infer the activity of the debris flows building the Moscardo cone. The calibrated ages of the 3 samples are close to the younger limit of the radiocarbon method indicating a fast aggradation of the valley floor, starting from a period ranging between 1450 - 1632 AD. Historical maps and documents confirm the presence of the lakes until 19th century and they permit to assess

  17. Tectono-metamorphic evolution and magmatic processes in the thermo-metamorphic aureole of the Monte Capanne pluton (Elba Island, Northern Tyrrhenian Sea, Italy). (United States)

    Morelli, M.; Pandeli, E.; Principi, G.


    Introduction In this work we present new structural and petrographic data collected in the thermo-metamorphic aureole of Monte Capanne (western Elba Island) and its metamorphic evolution. In the western Elba Island the Monte Capanne monzogranitic body (ca. 7 Ma) and its thermo-metamorphic aureole crop out. At least two different tectonic units can be distinguished: the Punta Le Tombe Unit, weak re-crystallized, and the Punta Nera Unit. In the latter one the re-crystallization is strong and a pre-intrusion tectono-metamorphic framework is evident (Morelli et al., 2002). The latter is mainly constituted by thermo-metamorphosed meta-ophiolites and meta-sedimentary successions previously correlated by Barberi et al. (1969) with the un-metamorphic ones (Complex IV and V of Trevisan, 1950) cropping out in the central-eastern Elba. According to Perrin (1975) and Reutter &Spohn (1982) a pre-intrusion tectono-metamorphic framework was recognized into such rocks. As suggested by Daniel &Jolivet (1995) complex relationships between metamorphic evolution and magmatic events are also recognizable. Geological Data The Punta Nera Unit crops out all around the Monte Capanne magmatic body and the primary contact with the underlying granitoid is somewhere preserved. This unit, strongly re-crystallized and locally crosscut by aplitic and porphyritic dikes, is represented by (Coli &Pandeli, 1997; Morelli, 2000) tectonized meta-serpentinites, meta-gabbros with rodingitic dikes, rare meta-basalts and meta-ophicalcites, meta-cherts, marbles, cherty meta-limestones, phyllites and meta-limestones with rare meta-arenites intercalations. A "pre-magmatic" tectono-metamorphic framework of this unit is well evident only in its meta-sedimentary portion. The meta-sediments are deformed by syn-metamorphic isoclinal folds caractherized by N-S trending axes, west dipping axial planes and easternward vergence. A later folding and flattening event clearly post-dated the above said folds and associated

  18. The geology of the northern tip of the Arabian-Nubian Shield (United States)

    Beyth, M.; Eyal, Y.; Garfunkel, Z.


    accompanied in ∼609 Ma by rhyolite, andesite and composite dykes. The last magmatic event in the Elat area is represented by the volcano-conglomeratic series comprising rhyolites, basalts, andesites, hypabyssal intrusions of monzonite and syenite and conglomerates. The conglomerates, dated to about 590 Ma, are the products of a major erosion phase in which about 12,000 m of the section were removed. These conglomerates were intruded by 585 Ma rhyolite, andesite and composite dykes. The Neoproterozoic basement is truncated by a peneplain whose age, post 532 Ma, is constrained by the age of the youngest eroded dolerite dykes. This Early Cambrian peneplain was associated with erosion of 2000 m of the section and by chemical weathering. Three major breaks in Neoproterozoic magmatic activity are recognized: the first, occurred in Cryogenian time, lasted ∼60 million years after the amphibolite facies metamorphism and before emplacement of the calc alkaline plutons, separating the first and the second orogenic phases; the second break between the orogenic and the extensional phases occurred in early Ediacaran time, encompassed ∼20 million years between the emplacement of the calc-alkaline and alkaline plutonic rocks and rhyolite, andesite and the composite dykes; and the third, ∼50 Ma break, occurred between the emplacement of the last felsic intrusions at ∼585 Ma and intrusion of the dolerite dykes in 532 Ma, before the Early Cambrian peneplain developed. The great lateral extension of the Cambrian to Eocene sedimentary rocks and their slow facies and thickness changes suggest a stable flat platform area at the northern tip of the ANS. Early Cambrian sedimentation began with fluviatile subarkoses of the Amudei Shlomo Formation. It was overlain by an Early to Middle Cambrian transgressive-regressive lagoonal cycle of dolostones, sandstones, and siltstones of the Timna Formation. Then Middle Cambrian subarkoses and siltstones of the Shehoret Formation and the quartz arenite

  19. Cat herding on a global scale - the challenge of building a vocabulary for the geology of Europe with compatibility to a global ontology (United States)

    Asch, Kristine


    The OneGeology Europe (1G-E) project is delivering a web accessible, semantically and technically interoperable geological dataset for the whole of Europe at a 1 : 1 million scale, and attempting to make as much progress as possible in harmonising that dataset. The initiative is based on the foundation of geological data held by each geological survey in Europe. These data differ considerably with respect to their content, description and geometry. To make these data interoperable is a substantial task and OneGeology-Europe Work Package 3 is delivering, as the essential foundation, the terms and classification system - the 1G-E Geology Data Specification (Asch et al., in preparation). This is going to include a vocabulary to describe lithology, age and genesis of the rocks and the tectonic structures and the term definitions and relations. This specification will be the base for the Geological Surveys participating in OneGeology-Europe to describe the geology of their country within the project. However, Europe is not an island, neither are the rocks of Europe unique, and the vocabulary is being developed on the base of the existing vocabulary of the global IUGS-CGI Concept Definition Task Group: a global group of experts which is developing a vocabulary for the GeoSciML model. As a result of scrutiny of the existing global base and examination of the needs of European geology, new terms were added, new concepts introduced, definitions altered and adapted. The outcome is that what is being developed to describe the geology of Europe is going to be a part of what can be used to describe geological units globally. However, the challenges in patricular regarding "Lithology" are considerable. An example for the terminology of sedimentary rock types would be the definition of "arenite: is it a "pure" sandstone with less than 10 % matrix or a type of clastic sedimentary rock with sand grain size and less than 10 or 15% matrix (depending on the reference). This then leads

  20. 苏北盆地金湖凹陷碳酸盐岩沉积特征及演化模式%Sedimentary characteristics and evolutionary patterns of carbonates in Jinhu depression, Subei Basin

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    邵先杰; 王彩凤; 黄伟; 钟思瑛; 刘金华; 廖光明; 陈军


    根据对大量薄片和岩心的观察,金湖凹陷西斜坡碳酸盐岩的颗粒类型主要有生物碎屑、鲕粒、球粒、藻叠层石和陆源砂.生物碎屑含量丰富,以蠕虫动物中的环节动物门龙介虫科(Serpulidae)含量最高,占生物碎屑颗粒的70%以上,其他也见藻类、介形虫腕足、腹足、硅藻、有孔虫、苔藓等化石.生物数量虽然比较多,但种属单调,耐盐度比较窄,为半咸水海洋生物组合.微量元素硼的质量分数平均为77.6×10-6,硼与镓的比值(B/Ga)平均为3.6,也显示为半咸水环境.结合沉积物特征、生物组合和特殊矿物分析,认为金湖凹陷在古新统阜宁组二段第Ⅱ油组(E1f22)沉积时期,发生了海侵或与海洋有通道沟通、具有半咸水溺湖环境特征.水体清澈,构造活动相对平静,湖盆沉降和沉积速率缓慢且补偿适中,因此在西斜坡沉积了一套厚度为10~20 m、分布广阔的碳酸盐岩.根据颗粒类型和沉积特征,划分出4种沉积相带,包括陆源碎屑-碳酸盐混合相、鲕粒滩相、生物碎屑滩相、泥晶灰岩相,各相带在纵向和横向出现有规律的交替分布.生物碎屑灰岩溶孔发育,含油气丰富,已作为产能接替区投入了开发,并取得了一定效果.%Based on observations of a large number of cast thin sections and rock cores,grain types of carbonates in the west slope of the Jinhu depression were identified to be mainly composed of bioclast,oolite,spherulite,algal stromatolite and arenite.Of which bioclast is abundant and predominated by Annelida Serpulidae of vermes,which account for over 70 percent of the bioclast.And the other bioclast consists of algal,ostracod,brachiopod,gastropod,diatom,foraminifera and moss fossils.Although the amount of organisms is large,their species,composed mainly of brackish halobios,are relatively monotonous with narrower salt tolerance.The mass fraction of boron in microelements averages 77.6 × 10-6 and the ratio

  1. The 3.26-3.24 Ga Barberton asteroid impact cluster: Tests of tectonic and magmatic consequences, Pilbara Craton, Western Australia (United States)

    Glikson, Andrew; Vickers, John


    Creek Group-GCG [R. M. Hill, Stratigraphy, structure and alteration of hanging wall sedimentary rocks at the Sulphur Springs volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) prospect, east Pilbara Craton, Western Australia. B.Sc Hon. Thesis, University of Western Australia (1997) 67 pp.; M.J. Van Kranendonk, A.H. Hickman, R.H. Smithies, D.R. Nelson, Geology and tectonic evolution of the Archaean north Pilbara terrain, Pilbara Craton, Western Australia, Econ. Geol. 97 (2002) 695-732; M.J. Van Kranendonk, Geology of the North Shaw 1 : 100 000 Sheet. Geological Survey Western Australia 1 : 100 000 Geological Series (2000) 86 pp., R. Buick, C.A.W. Brauhart, P. Morant, J.R. Thornett, J.G. Maniew, J.G. Archibald, M.G. Doepel, I.R. Fletcher, A.L. Pickard, J.B. Smith, M.B. Barley, N.J. McNaughton, D.I. Groves, Geochronology and stratigraphic relations of the Sulphur Springs Group and Strelley Granite: a temporally distinct igneous province in the Archaean Pilbara Craton, Australia, Precambrian Res. 114 (2002) 87-120]). The structure and scale of the olistostrome, not seen elsewhere in the Pilbara Craton, is interpreted in terms of intense faulting and rifting, supported by topographic relief represented by deep incision of overlying arenites (Corboy Formation) into underlying units [M.J. Van Kranendonk, Geology of the North Shaw 1 : 100 000 Sheet. Geological Survey Western Australia 1 : 100 000 Geological Series (2000) 86 pp.]. The age overlaps between (1) 3.255 ± 4-3.235 ± 3 Ga peak igneous activity represented by the SSG and the Cleland plutonic suite (Pilbara Craton) and the 3.258 ± 3 Ga S2 Barberton impact unit, and (2) 3.235 ± 3 Ga top SSG break and associated faulting and the 3.243 ± 4 S3-S4 Barberton impact units may not be accidental. Should correlations between the Barberton S2-S4 impact units and magmatic and tectonic events in the Pilbara Craton be confirmed, they would imply impact-triggered reactivation of mantle convection, crustal anatexis, faulting and strong vertical

  2. Efficacité comparée de divers procédés physiques de séparation des argiles d'un sable de gisement A Comparison of Different Physical Processes for the Recovery of Clays from an Unconsolidated Sandstone

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    Yvon J.


    Full Text Available Divers procédés physiques (mixage, attrition, vibration ultra-sonique ont été utilisés pour désagréger et disperser les argiles d'un sable de gisement. Le traitement aux ultra-sons s'est avéré le plus efficace : après 10 min de vibration on récupère environ 1,5 fois plus de particules fines ( The characterizing of clays is an essential operation for understanding many problems encountered in production. It goes via a preliminary phase in which species are separated quickly and effectively without altering their nature. Chemical processes disperse clays by solubilizing their cements, amorphous compounds and poorly crystallized oxyhydroxides. But they attack fragile species and lead to mistaken results. Therefore, we have chosen various physical processes (mixing, attrition, ultrasonic vibration and compared their efficacy with a reservoir sand. This sand was a quartzose arenite in which 96. 6 % of the grains were between 63 µm and 2 mm. The < 40 µm fine fraction, obtained by wet sieving, represented 2. 44 % of the unprocessed sand, and the clayey fraction (kaolinite, illite, montmorillonite, interstratified illite-montmorillonite was 1. 20%. Mixing was done with a bladed stirer. 40 g of sand and 100 cm³ of demineralized water were stirred for 3 min at a speed of 3000 rpm. Attrition was done by two devices :(1 For attrition by rotation, 400 g of sand and 0. 5 liter of demineralized water were placed in a porcelain jar rotating at a speed of 37 rpm. Tests were performed with water alone and with the adding of a dispersant (0. 3 % sodium hexametaphosphate and a surfactant (0. 6 mole/liter of sodium sulfonate paraoctylphenyl. (2 Attrition by a Turbula TC2 mixer, which gave the jar a complex rotation movement including shaking and rhythmic rocking. 500 g of sand were thus processed in 1 literof 3 % sodium hexametaphosphate solution for varying times. Ultrasonic processing was done with a Sonifer 830 device. The probe was plunged into a

  3. Solos do topo da Serra São José (Minas Gerais e suas relações com o paleoclima no Sudeste do Brasil Soils of the São José Hills (Minas Gerais State, Brazil and their relationship with palaeoclimate in Southeastern Brazil

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    A. C. Silva


    Full Text Available A diversidade de ecossistemas do sudeste do Brasil nem sempre pode ser relacionada com fatores edáficos, geomorfológicos ou hidrológicos. Topos de elevações, onde os solos são caracterizados pela unicidade de material de origem, podem constituir ambiente especial para estudos de gênese de solos e datações de eventos cíclicos relacionados com a dinâmica do clima regional. Depois de um levantamento detalhado de solos no topo da Serra São José (Prados - Minas Gerais, dois perfis de solo (P1 e P2, originados de metarenitos da Formação Tiradentes e caracterizados por deposições sucessivas de camadas arenosas alternadas com camadas arenosas enriquecidas com matéria orgânica, foram estudados, com intuito de encontrar testemunhos de paleoambientes. O pequeno platô localiza-se a 1.350 m acima do nível de mar e 350 m acima do nível topográfico regional dominante. No P1, foram identificadas trinta e três camadas enriquecidas com matéria orgânica, alternadas com camadas de areia. Três camadas no P1 (20-30, 70-80 e 100-110 cm, com conteúdo de C orgânico respectivamente de 0.5, 7 e 1 dag kg-1, apresentam idades radiocarbônicas The diversity of ecosystems in southeastern Brazil can not always be related to edaphic, geomorphologic, or hydrologic factors. Mountain summits, where soils are characterized by common parent material, offer a special environment for studies of soil genesis and dating of cyclic events related to regional climate dynamics. After a detailed investigation of soils from the São José Hills (Prados - Minas Gerais State, Brazil, two soil profiles (P1 and P2 originated from arenite of the Tiradentes Formation were studied. They are characterized by successive depositions of sandy layers alternated with layers of sand enriched with organic matter. The study site lies 1,350 m above sea level and 350 m above the dominant topographical level of the region. Thirty-three layers with organic matter, alternated with

  4. Sediment composition of big Chinese and Indochinese rivers reflects geology of their source, not tectonic setting of their sink. (United States)

    Garzanti, Eduardo; Andò, Sergio; Limonta, Mara; Nie, Junsheng; Resentini, Alberto; Vezzoli, Giovanni; Wang, Jiangang; Yang, Shouye


    continental areas sediment composition reveals the geological character of the orogenic source, rather than the passive-margin or back-arc-basin setting of the sink. The accurate reconstruction of such long and complex sediment-routing systems is thus required for a correct provenance analysis of many large ancient clastic wedges (e.g., Wang et al., 2016). CITED REFERENCES Dickinson W.R. 1985. Interpreting provenance relations from detrital modes of sandstones. In: Zuffa, G.G. (Ed.), Provenance of arenites. Reidel, Dordrecht, NATO ASI Series 148:333-361. Dickinson W.R. 1988. Provenance and sediment dispersal in relation to paleotectonics and paleogeography of sedimentary basins. In: Kleinspehn, K.L., Paola, C. (Eds.), New perspectives in basin analysis. Springer, 3-25. Franzinelli E., Potter P.E. 1983. Petrology, chemistry, and texture of modern river sands, Amazon River system. The Journal of Geology 91:23-39. Garzanti E., Limonta M., Resentini A., Bandopadhyay P. C., Najman Y., Andò S., Vezzoli G. 2013. Sediment recycling at convergent plate margins (Indo-Burman Ranges and Andaman-Nicobar Ridge). Earth-Science Reviews 123:113-132. Nie J., Stevens T., Rittner M., Stockli D., Garzanti E., Limonta M., Bird A., Andò S., Vermeesch P., Saylor J., Lu H., Breecker D., Hu X., Liu S., Resentini A., Vezzoli G., Peng W., Carter A., Ji S., Pan B. 2015. Loess Plateau storage of Northeastern Tibetan Plateau-derived Yellow River sediment. Nature Communications 6:10.1038/ncomms9511. Vezzoli G., Garzanti E., Limonta M., Andò S., Yang S. 2016. Erosion patterns in the Changjiang (Yangtze River) catchment revealed by bulk-sample versus single-mineral provenance budgets. Geomorphology, in review. Wang J.G., Wu F.Y., Garzanti E., Hu X.M., Ji, W.Q., Liu, Z.C., Liu X.C. 2016. Upper Triassic turbidites of the northern Tethyan Himalaya (Langjiexue Group): the terminal of a sediment-routing system sourced in the Gondwanide Orogen. Gondwana Research, in review.