Diagenetic Variations between Upper Cretaceous Outcrop and Deeply Buried Reservoir Chalks of the North Sea Area

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In the central North Sea Basin hydrocarbon-bearing chalks are deeply buried (2-3 km) whereas chalks in the rim areas are cropping out in the surrounding countries. The differing diagenetic histories between buried and outcrop chalk result in different rock properties, which is of great importance when simulating reservoir conditions using outcrop chalks as models.
In general deeply buried reservoir chalks show significant overgrowth as witnessed by reshaping of particles together with strengthening of particle contacts. Most outcrop chalks are moderately affected with looser inter-particle connections and less altered particle shapes. The non-carbonate mineralogy of outcrop chalks is dominated by quartz, occasionally opal-CT and clinoptilolite, and the clay mineral smectite. In offshore chalks quartz still dominates, opal-CT has recrystallized into submicron-size quartz crystals and smectite has been replaced by kaolinite. These diagenetic variations are explained by higher temperatures and pressures in the deeply buried reservoir chalks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAAPG Annual convention & Exhibition
Number of pages6
Place of PublicationTulsa, OK
PublisherAmerican Association of Petroleum Geologists
Publication date2007
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventAAPG 2007 Annual Convention & Exhibition - Long Beach, CA, United States
Duration: 1 Apr 20074 Apr 2007


ConferenceAAPG 2007 Annual Convention & Exhibition
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLong Beach, CA
Internet address


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