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Metals in Basinal Brines and Petroleum

Project Objectives

Chart of brine occurrences.The objectives of this study were to improve understanding of (1) the sources of metals and nutrients in sedimentary basins, (2) the controls on their incorporation into brine and petroleum, (3) their mechanisms of deposition on the sea floor, (4) their effects on aquatic life in the basins, (5) and their fate in the environment during mineral and petroleum resource exploitation. These goals were accomplished through the following integrated tasks; Task 1: Studies of ancient ore deposits, secondary minerals in oil reservoirs, and fluid inclusions; Task 2: Laboratory experiments on metal partitioning between rock, oil, water, and gas; Task 3: Chemical modeling; Task 4: Studies of modern basin brines, petroleum, and sea floor vents; and Task 5: Metals, fluid flow, petroleum, and microbes in sedimentary basins: Investigations of modern analogs.

Project Contact

Poul Emsbo
Phone: (303) 236-1113
pemsbo@usgs.gov

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Studies of ancient ore deposits, secondary minerals in oil reservoirs, and fluid inclusions

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Laboratory experiments on metal partitioning between rock, oil, water, and gas

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Chemical modeling

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Studies of modern basin brines, petroleum, and sea floor vents

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Metals, fluid flow, petroleum, and microbes in sedimentary basins: Investigations of modern analogs

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