Special Issue "Geofluid–Rock Interactions and Petroleum Accumulation in Sedimentary Basins"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 263

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Guanghui Yuan
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Guest Editor
School of Geosciences, China University of Petroleum, Qingdao 266580, China
Interests: geofluid–rock interactions; genesis of deeply buried reservoirs
Prof. Dr. Yingchang Cao
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Guest Editor
School of Geosciences, China University of Petroleum, Qingdao 266580, China
Interests: geofluid–rock interactions; CCS; shale oil/gas
School of Geosciences, China University of Petroleum, Qingdao 266580, China
Interests: organic geochemistry; hydrocarbon source rock evaluation; theory of organic matter enrichment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Overall, 20% and 49% of oil and gas resources are stored in deeply buried layers in global sedimentary basins. In the last ten years, great success has been achieved in the exploration and development of the deeply buried hydrocarbons; thus, the deeply buried layers in sedimentary basins are attracting attention from geologists, particularly petroleum geologists.

Various geofluids (e.g., hydrocarbons, water, CO2) and geofluid–rock interactions are ubiquitous in shallow, intermediate, deep and ultra-deep burial layers in sedimentary basins. In the deeply buried layers with a high temperature and high pressure (HTHP), the properties of the geofluids change significantly from those in the shallow-intermediate systems with a low temperature, and affect mixtures of different fluids and also fluid–mineral contacts in porous rocks with various minerals. These changes may further lead to alterations in the reaction pathways of the various geofluid–rock interactions, and finally cause different impacts on reservoir quality evolution, hydrocarbon evolution processes, CO2 geological storage and mass circulation processes in sedimentary basins. However, we still do not know much about HTHP geofluids, geofluid–rock interactions, and the accumulation of valuable geo-fluids.

This Special Issue, which aims to improve our fundamental understanding of HTHP geofluids and geofluid–rock interactions, attempts to present up-to-date advances in this area. New progress on the evolution of deeply buried diagenetic systems, the occurrence states, sources and evolution of organic-inorganic geofluids, the transport of diagenetic materials, the genesis of hydrocarbon–water–rock interactions in HTHP conditions, and the genesis of deeply buried high-quality oil/gas reservoirs are welcome. The submission of the latest research on deeply buried geological cases and physical/numerical simulation experiments is also encouraged.

Prof. Dr. Guanghui Yuan
Prof. Dr. Yingchang Cao
Dr. Jinjun Xu
Guest Editors

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  • geofluid–rock interactions
  • deep layers
  • HTHP
  • hydrocarbon geochemistry
  • petroleum accumulation
  • CCS

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