Genesis and role of bitumen in fracture development during early catagenesis
Bitumen-bearing fractures and vugs were investigated in the highly organic-rich Jordan Oil Shale (JOS) of Late Cretaceous to Eocene age, which has potential as a highly fractured, unconventional hydrocarbon play. Bitumen is present as macroscopically visible deposits and as inclusions in the cement of abundant natural fractures and adjacent vugs. The frequency of bitumen occurrence in fractures closely correlates with Total Organic Carbon (TOC) and burial depth. Petrographic and organic-geoch...Expand abstract
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- This is the accepted manuscript version of the article. The final version is available online from the Geological Society at: https://doi.org/10.1144/petgeo2018-179
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