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Hydrogen from Radiolysis of Aqueous Fluid Inclusions during Diagenesis

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School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB24 3UE, UK
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Department of Earth Sciences, Brock University, 500 Glenridge Avenue, St. Catharines, ON L2S 3A1, Canada
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Department of Earth Sciences, Western University, London, ON N6A 5B7, Canada
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Minerals 2017, 7(8), 130; https://doi.org/10.3390/min7080130
Received: 24 May 2017 / Revised: 6 July 2017 / Accepted: 19 July 2017 / Published: 25 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Fluid Inclusions: Study Methods, Applications and Case Histories)
A suite of Permian sylvite samples from Boulby potash mine, Yorkshire, UK, consistently yield traces of hydrogen upon analysis by a cold crush technique for liberating volatiles from entrapped fluid inclusions. In contrast, accompanying halite samples do not yield hydrogen. These data suggest the formation of hydrogen by radiolysis of water due to irradiation from potassium in the sylvite. The data indicate radiolysis as a mechanism for subsurface hydrogen generation, where it is available as an electron donor for a deep biosphere. View Full-Text
Keywords: fluid inclusions; hydrogen; sylvite; halite; boulby mine; deep biosphere; radiolysis fluid inclusions; hydrogen; sylvite; halite; boulby mine; deep biosphere; radiolysis
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Parnell, J.; Blamey, N. Hydrogen from Radiolysis of Aqueous Fluid Inclusions during Diagenesis. Minerals 2017, 7, 130. https://doi.org/10.3390/min7080130

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