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TitreChlorite diagenesis in reservoir sandstones of the Lower Missisauga Formation, offshore Nova Scotia
AuteurGould, K; Pe-Piper, G; Piper, D J W
SourceAtlantic Geoscience Society Abstracts: 2008 Colloquium & Annual General Meeting; Atlantic Geology vol. 44, 2008 p. 14
LiensOnline - En ligne
Séries alt.Secteur des sciences de la Terre, Contribution externe 20080073
RéunionAtlantic Geoscience Society 34th Colloquium and Annual General Meeting; Dartmouth, NS; CA; février 1-2, 2008
Documentpublication en série
Mediapapier; en ligne; numérique
ProvinceRégion extracotière de l'est
Sujetsroches sédimentaires; grès; diagenèse; faciès sédimentaires; faciès à chlorite; chlorite; sedimentation; milieu sédimentaire; Formation de Lower Missisauga ; sédimentologie; géologie marine
Résumé(disponible en anglais seulement)
Diagenetic chlorite rims on quartz grains preserve porosity by preventing the formation of secondary, pore-filling quartz overgrowths in wells from the Venture and Thebaud fields. Elsewhere, in the Norwegian Sea and the US Gulf Coast, such chlorite rims have been interpreted as an early burial diagenetic feature related to the input of iron from rivers or volcanic activity, or to later diagenesis by basinal fluids. The purpose of this study is to evaluate which hypothesis is applicable to the Scotian Basin.
A set of 45 sandstone samples from conventional cores were analyzed for mineralogy in thin section, mineral composition by electron microprobe, whole-rock chemistry, and X-ray diffraction. From analytical data, it can be argued that a precursor iron-rich clay has diagenetically altered to form chlorite rims during early burial diagenesis, before widespread precipitation of pore-filling kaolinite and quartz overgrowths. The depositional environment, including the degree of bioturbation, may influence formation of early Fe-rich clay
coatings. The quality of the final chlorite rim depends on the sea floor diagenetic environment, apparent from the correlation between the quality of chlorite rims and phosphorus. The conditions that favour precipitation of phosphate must also result in Fe-rich clay coatings and may also make some coatings a better precursor than others for the conversion to chlorite during burial diagenesis. The presence of other Fe-rich minerals may also indicate an abundant supply of iron in the early diagenetic environment.