Special Issue "Geochemistry and Geochronology of Organic-rich Sediments and Hydrocarbons"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Svetlana Tessalina

John de Laeter Centre, Curtin University, Perth WA 6845, Australia
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Interests: highly siderophile elements; Re-Os systematics; organic-rich sediments; geochronology; hydrocarbons; ore deposits

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The geochemistry of organic-rich sediments (e.g., black shales) may provide important information about temporal changes in ocean chemistry, including past climatic, evolutionary, and geodynamic events in the Earth’s history. The whole rock major and trace element geochemistry of shales has been used to determine provenance and redox depositional conditions during sedimentation. Various redox-sensitive and bio-essential trace metals can become enriched in black shales as a function of the nature of the environment in which they were deposited. Of particular interest are shales with high metal enrichment, as they may represent an important geochemical flux. In addition to archiving paleo-ocean and climatic conditions, black shales offer important economic targets for hydrocarbon and mineral exploration. Re and Os are both hydrophile and siderophile elements that can become enriched in organic matter. The 187Re-187Os geochronometer has proven to be useful to determine the depositional ages of organic-rich clastic sedimentary rocks, such as black shales, as well as provide timing constraints for key petroleum events, such as crude oil generation, thermochemical sulphate reduction, and thermal cracking. The Os isotopic ratios may also serve as source traces of the oil. As such, Re-Os studies on hydrocarbons and black shales have potentially a wide application in timescale calibration studies and basin analysis. In this volume, we invite contributions focused on studies of geochemistry and geochronology of hydrocarbons and organic-rich sediments.

Prof. Dr. Svetlana Tessalina
Guest Editor

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  • Re-Os systematics
  • black shales
  • organic-rich sediments
  • geochronology
  • hydrocarbons
  • trace elements

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