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Muds & Mudstones: Physical and Fluid-Flow Properties

Product Code: SP158
Series: GSL Special Publications
Author/Editor: A. C. Aplin, A. J. Fleet and J. H. S. Macquaker
Publication Date: 31 August 1999
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Muds and mudstones are the prime control on fluid flow in sedimentary basins and near surface environments. As the world’s most common sediment type, they act as aquitards in sedimentary basins, restricting water flow and influencing the development of overpressure. In petroleum systems they act as source rocks for nearly all oil and much gas, determine migration directions between source and trap in most settings, and act as seals to many reservoirs. In near surface environments they not only control natural flow but have been commonly used to restrict leakage from waste disposal sites. This volume focuses on the poorly described physical properties of muds and mudstones in both near-surface and deep basinal settings. Amongst its contents are reviews of compaction, permeability, thermal conductivity and mechanical properties of mudstones, experimental studies of transport properties and case studies of the importance of fluid flow in both hydrogeological and petroleum systems. A unique collection of papers concerning the physical and fluid flow properties of muds and mudstones, covering shallow and deep burial environments. Readership: Petroleum Geoscientists, Waste Disposal Geoscientists, Engineers. Engineering Geologists, Hydrogeologists and Geotechnical Engineers. Principle Authors F. J. Pearson, Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland. D. N. Dewhurst, Imperial College, UK. K. Midttome, NTNU, Tronheim. D. N. Petley, University of Portsmouth, UK. K. Bjorlykke, University of Oslo, Norway. M. B. Clennell, University of Leeds, UK. M. B. Peters, University of Wales Aberystwyth, UK. J. F. Harrington, British Geological Survey, UK. G. M. Ingram, Shell Development, Australia. T. Skar, Vrije Universiteit.J. Dorsch, University of St. Louis, USA. K. Walraevens, University of Gent.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-86239-044-4
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-044-7
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 200
Weight: 0.75 kg

Contents

Muds and Mudstones: physical and fluid-flow properties. Physical properties: What is the porosity of a mudrock? Permeability and fluid flow in natural mudstones. Thermal conductivity of sedimentary rocks: uncertainties in measurement and modelling. Failure envelopes of mudrocks at high confining pressures. Principal aspects of compaction and fluid flow in mudstones. Experimental studies: Permeability anisotrophy of consolidated clays. Insights into the hydraulic performance of landfill-lining clays during deformation. Gas transport properties of clays and mudrocks. Case studies: Top-seal leakage through faults and fractures: the role of mudrock properties. Origin of overpressures on the Halten Terrace, offshore mid-Norway: the potential role of mechanical compaction, pressure transfer and stress. Porosity characteristics of Cambrian mudrocks (Oak Ridge, East Tennessee, USA) and their implications for contaminant transport. Preferential pathways in an Eocene clay: hydrogeological and hydrogeochemical evidence. Index

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