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Characterization of diagenesis and porosity in the Mount Simon Sandstone in the Illinois Basin: Implications for a regional CO2 sequestration reservoir

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dc.contributor.author Ochoa, R.
dc.contributor.author Bowen, B. B.
dc.contributor.author Rupp, J. A.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-03T19:27:59Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-03T19:27:59Z
dc.date.issued 2009-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2022/3616
dc.description This poster was presented at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) meeting, June 7-10, 2009, Denver, Colorado. en
dc.description.abstract The Cambrian Mount Simon Sandstone has been targeted as an important geologic reservoir for carbon dioxide sequestration in the Illinois Basin and throughout the Midwest region. Given its presumed reservoir quality, proximity to underlying Precambrian crystalline basement, and the suitability of the overlying Eau Claire Formation as a confining unit, the Mount Simon may serve as a high capacity, spatially extensive reservoir that is ideal for long term sequestration of injected CO2. However, details of the controls on spatial changes in petrophysical characteristics of this reservoir including the nature of the porosity and authigenic mineralogy are not well understood. These factors have important implications on the effectiveness of the storate capacity, injectivity, and security of the Mount Simon as a sequestration reservoir. Previous studies have suggested an exponential decrease in porosity from over 40% near the surface to less than 1% at the maximum depths of 15,000 ft. However, at mid-level depths, where carbon dioxide injection is most plausible, porosity varies over nearly that entire range, suggesting more complex controls beyond simple compaction on porosity. The loss and formation of porosity in the Mount Simon is a result of a complex history of both physical and chemical digenesis that varies with depositional facies and subsequent groundwater chemistries. Mount Simon core samples representative of varying formation thicknesses and depths in the Illinois Basin were examined petrographically and mineralogically to characterize authigenic minerals and diagenetic textures, with special emplasis on quantifying the amount and character of porosity. Image analysis software of digital micrographs was used to quantify the porosity percentage and identify classes of pores. Characterization of porosity and diagenetic facies will better constrain the factors influencing heterogeneity within this complex and significant reservoir. en
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dc.subject Indiana Geological Survey en
dc.subject Indiana en
dc.subject Mount Simon Sandstone en
dc.subject CO2 reservoir en
dc.subject carbon sequestration en
dc.subject CO2 sequestration en
dc.subject regional capacity en
dc.subject Upper Cambrian en
dc.title Characterization of diagenesis and porosity in the Mount Simon Sandstone in the Illinois Basin: Implications for a regional CO2 sequestration reservoir en
dc.type Presentation en


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This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, 543 Howard Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, 543 Howard Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA.

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