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Diagenesis: A Quantitative Perspective : Implications for Basin Modelling and Rock Property Prediction - Melvyn R. Giles

Diagenesis: A Quantitative Perspective

Implications for Basin Modelling and Rock Property Prediction

Hardcover Published: 31st October 1997
ISBN: 9780792348146
Number Of Pages: 526

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This advanced text treats the transformation of sediment into rock, a fundamental process which directly determines the storage and transmissibility properties of reservoirs and seals in hydrocarbon and groundwater systems and in strata-bound mineralization.
Attention is paid to diagenetic data from classical petrography and geochemistry and the statistical techniques required to establish its significance and assist in its interpretation. Historically under-used methodologies such as mass balance calculations and the study of modern aquifer systems for understanding rock properties below ancient unconformities are also emphasised.
New ground is broken by discussing physico-chemical processes and controls against a background of geological and hydrological evolution of sedimentary basins. In particular, this reconciles the importance of chemical kinetics in shallow, low temperature environments with that of equilibrium thermodynamics in deep, high temperature environments for the evolution of diagenetic products. It also allows detailed treatment of the economically important topic of the loss of porosity with depth.
Throughout, the emphasis is on the quantitative description and evaluation of the time-variant parameters controlling heat, fluid and mass transport in porous rock, and upon their integration using mathematics. A full mathematical background is provided and all the basic equations are rigorously derived.
Audience: This book will prove essential reading for postgraduate academics and industrial professionals whose work involves predicting rock properties for basin evaluation, and is expected to stimulate new diagenetic research.

Industry Reviews

`Overall I enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend it. The writing style is lucid, and the author makes his personal interpretations clear. The basic principles outlined here can be applied to a broad range of diagenetic problems.' The Canadian Mineralogist, 36 (1998) `... this book succeeds splendidly... should be required reading for anyone working on diagenetic problems, even if the rather advanced mathematical modeling is beyond their ability.' Episodes, 23:2 (2000)

Introductionp. 1
Starting Materialsp. 5
Petrographic Observationsp. 17
Modern Aquifersp. 29
Data Analysisp. 43
Statistical Analysisp. 45
Mass Balancesp. 61
Chemical Modellingp. 73
Equilibrium Thermodynamicsp. 75
Chemical Kineticsp. 121
Kinetics Versus Thermodynamics for Diagenetic Applicationsp. 141
Diagenesis in Its Totality, Linked Heat-Fluid-Mass Transport Modellingp. 145
Porosity Loss Curves: So-Called "Compaction Curves"p. 147
Thermal Historyp. 235
Fluid Flowp. 271
Mass Transportp. 325
Linked Systemsp. 347
Diagenesis in the Deep Subsurfacep. 371
Concluding Remarksp. 395
Referencesp. 399
Acknowledgement of Copyright/Sources of Figuresp. 417
App. 1: List of Symbolsp. 421
Derivation of Basic Equationsp. 437
Mathematical Backgroundp. 493
Indexp. 511
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ISBN: 9780792348146
ISBN-10: 0792348141
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 526
Published: 31st October 1997
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.15  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.11