Special Issue "Petrology, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Modeling and Mapping of Volcanic/Igneous Reservoirs and Analog Volcanoes"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 May 2023 | Viewed by 113

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Pujun Wang
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1. Key Laboratory for Evolution of Past Life and Environment in Northeast Asia, Jilin University, Ministry of Education, Changchun 130026, China
2. College of Earth Sciences, Jilin University, Changchun 130061, China
Interests: petrology; sedimentology; volcanology; geochemistry; tectonics; petroleum geology
Prof. Dr. Huafeng Tang
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College of Earth Sciences, Jilin University, Changchun 130061, China
Interests: petroleum geology; volcanology
Dr. Thian Lai Goh
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Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi 43600, Selangor, Malaysia
Interests: geophysics; rock physics; geomechanics; CO2 sequestration
Prof. Dr. Xuan Feng
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College of Geo-Exploration Science and Technology, Jilin University, Changchun 130026, China
Interests: geophysics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Igneous reservoirs are widely distributed globally and have been attractive targets for oil and gas exploration, especially in the deep successions of sedimentary basins. Generally speaking, all types of lithologies have the potential to contain oil and gas. However, the normal case in specific practice during petroleum exploration is that only a few of them have been proved to be effective reservoirs for oil and gas.

Igneous rocks including volcanic and intrusive ones commonly show significant differences in their reservoir characteristics. Volcanic rocks will generally develop primary pores such as vesicles and gas pipes because of degassing during eruption. Secondary pores of different origin are pervasive in igneous rocks, which can be formed during weathering, burial diagenesis, fluid alteration and structural deformation. Pore spaces are the results of rock forming and changing processes to which rock composition and structure are causally related. Facies architecture commonly controls the distribution pattern of reservoir spaces in igneous rocks. As typical allostrotigraphic units, igneous reservoir bodies are mainly massive or pseudostratified. They are significantly different from sedimentary ones. Special methods and techniques are needed in igneous reservoir delineation and exploration concerning petrological, geochemical and geophysical investigations.

Description of buried volcanoes can be well constrained by multiple borehole and seismic data in many cases in petroliferous sedimentary basins. On the other hand, volcanoes modern and ancient exposed on the ground can be viewed in three dimensions. Many of the volcanoes outcropped on a basin margin are actually counterparts of the buried ones in the basin. Volcanology study on the volcanoes related to petroliferous basins has proved to be an effective approach to igneous reservoir exploration. Great progress has been made in igneous oil and gas exploration in recent years in China and other countries. Valuable information and successful experience have been accumulated during this period. Sharing these experiences and lessons in a timely manner contributes to scientific and technological progress. In order to summarize the theoretical progress of igneous reservoirs based on the exploration practice, and point out further potential key research issues in the future. In this Special Issue, we seek contributions on (1) volcanic/igneous reservoirs; (2) analog volcanoes related to buried volcanoes in sedimentary basins; (3) method and technique in petrology, geochemistry and geophysics related to volcanic/igneous reservoirs.

The Special Issue is organized into three sections:

  • Section 1: volcanology of outcropping and buried volcanoes;
  • Section 2: petrology, geochemistry, and geophysics of volcanic/igneous reservoirs;
  • Section 3: volcanostratigraphy, modelling, and mapping.

Prof. Dr. Pujun Wang
Prof. Dr. Huafeng Tang
Dr. Thian Lai Goh
Prof. Dr. Xuan Feng
Guest Editors

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  • reservoir classification
  • reservoir characterization
  • reservoir exploration
  • reservoir inversion
  • reservoir space
  • facies architecture
  • petrophysics
  • volcanology
  • volcanostratigraphy
  • modelling
  • mapping

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