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Pilot study on provenance and depositional controls on clay mineral coatings in active fluvio-eolian systems, western USA

Busch, Benjamin ORCID iD icon 1
1 Institut für Angewandte Geowissenschaften (AGW), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


Understanding the distribution of grain coating minerals in sandstones may be crucial in evaluating the reservoir quality of deeply buried lithologies since they can inhibit syntaxial overgrowth cementation and thus preserve intergranular pore space. In unconsolidated sediments, the presence of clay mineral grain coatings and their coverage are often related to the depositional subenvironment, grain size, sorting, and skewness. These properties are interpreted to reflect the amount of clay minerals present to form coatings and relate to sediment transport and reworking. Samples from three active fluvio-eolian depositional systems in the USA (Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, near Stovepipe Wells, CA; Algodones Dunes, near Brawley, CA; and Coral Pink Sand Dunes, near Kanab, UT) were studied using petrography (transmitted light and SEM) and XRD analyses to test and apply the available correlations to fluvio-eolian sediment samples. The frequently used correlations to the depositional subenvironment, grain size, sorting, and skewness only show poor fits (R2 < 0.25). Highest grain coating coverages are present in fluvial channels near Algodones Dunes (81%). ... mehr

DOI: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2020.105721
Zitationen: 9
Zitationen: 10
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Angewandte Geowissenschaften (AGW)
KIT-Zentrum Klima und Umwelt (ZKU)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsmonat/-jahr 08.2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 0037-0738
KITopen-ID: 1000121978
Erschienen in Sedimentary geology
Verlag Elsevier
Band 406
Seiten 105721
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 03.07.2020
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