Arthur Smith Woodward: His Life and Influence on Modern Vertebrate Palaeontology, Edited by Z. Johanson, P.M. Barrett, M. Richter and M. Smith. Geological Society, London, Special Publication 430, 2016. No. of pages: 362. Price: UK£110‐00. ISBN 978‐1‐86239‐741‐5 (hardback).

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Monograph on the Reptilia of the Kimmeridge Clay and Portland Stone with a Monograph of the British Fossil Cetacea from the Red Crag by Richard Owen. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2015. No. of pages: 116. Price: UK£17.99. ISBN 978‐1‐108‐08436‐9 (paperback).

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Sedimentary response to ignimbrite emplacement across a fluvial–shallow‐marine transition: Ordovician Mweelrea Formation, South Mayo Trough, Western Ireland

The Ordovician Mweelrea Formation is part of the basin fill of the South Mayo Trough in western Ireland and records progradation of alluvial facies northwestward across shallow‐ and marginal‐marine Mweelrea ‘passage beds’ to marine Glenummera Formation facies. Early in Mweelrea Formation sedimentation, the first of a series of ignimbrites was emplaced, causing a disruption in this progradation. The preserved thickness of the ignimbrite is up to ca. 12 m, and the sedimentary response varied depending on the environment that was affected. Eastern exposures of the Mweelrea Formation are coarse grained and represent fluvial facies. Emplacement of the ignimbrite caused overlying sediment to become richer in feldspar as well as coarser grained; heavy‐mineral laminations are common here and in many supra‐ignimbrite exposures, but the depositional style was unchanged. The ignimbrite overlies decreasing thickness of fluvial sandstone towards the west to where it directly overlies shoreline and shallow‐marine passage beds. Here, sandstone that overlies the ignimbrite is fluvial, indicating that emplacement of the ignimbrite brought about an abrupt progradation. At the westernmost outcrops of Mweelrea Formation, the ignimbrite lies at the contact with the underlying marine Glenummera Formation. Marine sedimentation continued after emplacement of the ignimbrite, although a coarse conglomerate horizon immediately overlying the ignimbrite together with development of a delta suggests that sediment input was vastly increased. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Source rock characteristics of Permian Lucaogou Formation in the Jimusar Sag, Junggar Basin, northwest China, and its significance on tight oil source and occurrence

Significant progress has recently been made in tight oil exploration within the Permian Lucaogou (P2l) Formation of the Jimusar Sag. However, current tight oil exploration deployment of the P2l Formation is mainly based on reservoir prediction, which is high risk for tight oil exploration. In this study, the geological and geochemical characteristics of the P2l Formation source rocks, including the distribution, sedimentary environment, organic matter abundance, kerogen types and thermal maturity were investigated. Hydrocarbon generation and expulsion intensity were evaluated through an improved hydrocarbon generation potential methodology, and the significance of source rocks in tight oil source and occurrence was systematically investigated. Results indicate that P2l Formation source rocks with total organic carbon >1.0 wt% occur widely (an area up to 1500 km2), are thick (up to 160 m), were deposited in a lacustrine weakly reducing sedimentary environment with relatively low salinity, have a high total organic content with a mean value of 3.12 wt%, are dominated by type II kerogen and have reached the early mature to mature stage. Modelling results indicate that the source rocks reached the hydrocarbon generation threshold and hydrocarbon expulsion threshold at 0.48% and 0.86% vitrinite reflectance, respectively. The comprehensive hydrocarbon expulsion efficiency was approximately 30%, and the maxima of hydrocarbon generation and expulsion intensities for P2l Formation source rocks are 1200 × 104 and 425 × 104 t/km2. The tight oil is sourced from adjacent source rocks that are interbedded with, or are close to, the reservoirs. The migration of oil generated from the source rocks occurs over very short distances. The oil filling degree index (oil bearing thickness/P2l Formation thickness) is higher at a closer proximity to the source rocks, and where it is higher the hydrocarbon generation intensity of the source rocks is also elevated. In addition, the greater the hydrocarbon expulsion intensity of the source rocks, the higher the daily oil production values (ton/day) from prospect wells. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Cenozoic tectonic evolution of the Tibetan Plateau – the Nepal Himalaya and the provenance of their foreland basins

The Tibetan Plateau and the Himalayan region formed after 55–50 Ma, as a result of the intracontinental collision of the Indian and Eurasian plates, occupying the east–west trending, high‐altitude Himalaya and Karakorum ranges in the south and the vast Tibetan Plateau to the north of central Asia. The tectonic evolution of Tibet began between the late Palaeozoic and the Cenozoic, and the Himalayan mountain system evolved in a series of stages beginning 50–35 Ma and is still active.
Active tectonics significantly affect upheaval and the rate of erosion in the Himalaya. Therefore, different foreland basins of the Tibetan Plateau (e.g. the Lhasa terrane, the Hoh Xil Basin, the Qaidam Basin, and the Jiuquan Basin) and the Himalayan foreland basins (e.g. Gondwanaland Basin and the Siwalik and Quaternary basin) experience direct effects in terms of tectonic and sedimentary evolution. For the tectonic evolution and provenance analysis of foreland basins in the Tibetan Plateau and the Nepal Himalaya, researchers have adopted various techniques in past studies: This paper discusses petrography, U–Pb geochronology, and seismic reflection.
Provenance analyses have illustrated that the sediments of the Southern Tibetan foreland basin (i.e. the Lhasa terrane) derive from the Qiangtang, Tethys Himalaya, and southwest Australia. Similarly, the sediments of the Central Tibetan basin derive from the Qilian, Kunlun‐Qimantagh, and the Altyn Mountains; the sediments of northern side of the Tibetan foreland basin, from Qilian Shan Mountain; and the sediments of the Nepal Himalayan foreland basin, from the Tethys, Higher, and Lesser Himalaya. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Stratigraphic correlations and occurrence patterns of two sets of Lower Cretaceous black shales in coastal southeastern China and geological implications: insights from zircon U–Pb ages

Lower Cretaceous black shales in coastal southeastern China are of significance to the geological study of the Pacific tectonic domains. However, the stratigraphic correlations and occurrence patterns of the shales have not been well constrained so far. To address these limitations, 131 new zircon U–Pb dates were obtained from the tuff layers, which were interlayered with the shales from four outcrops. In combination with previously reported geochronological data, the stratigraphic correlations and occurrence patterns of the black shales were discussed. Results show that the black shales in the Shuidishan Formation (~145 Ma) in the Dayawan section, northern Guangdong, are older than those in the lower part of the Bantou Formation (~132 Ma) in the northward Yong’an section, southern Fujian, whereas they are roughly isochronous to the base of the Bantou Formation (~144 Ma). In contrast, the black shales in the upper part of the Bantou Formation (~117 Ma) from the Yong’an section in northwestern Fujian and the black shales in the Shixi Formation (~117 Ma) from the Yiyang section in northeastern Jiangxi can be isochronously correlated with the black shales in the Bantou Formation (~117 Ma) from the Chong’an section in northwestern Fujian, and they are slightly older than those in the Guantou Formation (~113 Ma) from the Shangzhang and Xiahuyuan sections in western Zhejiang. Black shales in Units I and II of the Shipu Group (~113–109 Ma) in northeastern Zhejiang can be isochronously correlated with those in the Guantou Formation (~113–106 Ma) in western Zhejiang. These new stratigraphic correlations indicate that the Lower Cretaceous black shales in coastal southeastern China can be divided into two regional‐scale sets. The first set was deposited during the early Early Cretaceous (Berriasian–Hauterivian) and is diachronous (i.e. 144 ± 2 Ma in the Dayawan section and 132 ± 2 Ma in the Yong’an section). The second set of black shales was deposited during the later Early Cretaceous and was roughly isochronous (~117 Ma). These results imply that the processes of the Pacific plate subduction in coastal southeastern China during the Early Cretaceous varied in two distinct stages that are identified by two volcanic–black shale cycles (i.e. ~145–120 and ~120–100 Ma). The distribution of the first set of black shales may extend to offshore basins in the South China Sea, whereas the second set may extend to the Taiwan Strait. Both sets are likely to be potential petroleum prospects. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Mineralogy and geochemistry of sands along the Manzanillo and El Carrizal beach areas, southern Mexico: implications for palaeoweathering, provenance and tectonic setting

The provenance of sands from the Manzanillo (MN) and El Carrizal (CAR) beach areas along the Mexican Pacific coast (southern Mexico) was investigated based on their modal composition, mineralogy and geochemical data. The average quartz, feldspar and lithic fragment (QFL) ratios revealed that the proportion of quartz is higher in CAR sands than in MN sands. In comparison with MN, the CAR sands are enriched in SiO2 content with higher SiO2/Al2O3 ratio indicating that sediment recycling is greatest for the CAR sands. The variation in K2O/Al2O3 and Na2O/K2O ratios between the MN and CAR sands specified a difference in the relative proportion of plagioclase. The chemical index of alteration (CIA) and Plagioclase Index of Alteration (PIA) values revealed a moderate weathering intensity in the source areas. The MN sands are characterized by a low degree of rare earth element (REE) fractionation (LaCN/YbCN = ~6–7), whereas the CAR sands define fractionated REE patterns (LaCN/YbCN = ~8.8–16.8). The fractionated REE pattern with elevated total low REE (∑LREE) content of the CAR sands suggested that sediment sorting is higher for the CAR than MN sands. Small negative and positive Eu anomalies (Eu/Eu* = ~0.91–1.23) of MN sands indicated the derivation of sediments from felsic‐intermediate source rocks. The CAR sands showed higher concentration of ∑LREE than total heavy REE (∑HREE) and characterized by a significant negative Eu anomaly (Eu/Eu* = ~0.46–0.78), suggested that the source rock is felsic type. The result obtained by the comparison of REE patterns of the beach sands to the probable source rocks is also consistent with this observation. The compositional differences identified between the MN and CAR beach areas suggested that longshore current in the mixing and homogenization of sands is not significant. The new tectonic discriminant‐function‐based multidimensional diagrams showed an arc setting (active) for the MN sands and a rift setting (passive) for the CAR sands, which is consistent with the regional geology of southern Mexico. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Vesicle distribution in acidic lava flow units in the rift basins of NE China: implications for petroleum reservoir exploration

Acidic lava flows comprise a large proportion of the total volcanic succession in the rift basins of northeast China. The objective of this study was to explore the vesicle distribution in the acidic lava flows in those basins. Two representative areas with acidic lava flow outcrops in NE China were selected for study. These lava flows share similar magma sources and chemistries. The types and inner structures of the acidic lava flows were determined in detail by measuring the shape of the flows (thickness and lateral extent) and the vertical sequences in the outcrops and shallow coring well Y1D1 in the two outcrop areas. Furthermore, the interpretation of deep borehole data and 3D seismic data from the Changling Graben of the Songliao Basin provided additional thickness and geometry data as a robust complement to the outcrop data. This study revealed that the shapes of the acidic lava flows transition from dome to tabular to braided with decreasing size. Furthermore, the vertical sequences can be classified into three zones: the upper vesicle zone, the massive core zone and the basal zone. The borehole thickness data indicate a trend in the maximum proportions occupied by the upper vesicle zone: thick flows have a relatively low proportion occupied by upper vesicle zones, whereas thin flows display a wide range in the proportion represented by upper vesicle zones. Therefore, braided acidic lava flows are more likely to have a high proportion of upper vesicle zones. Upper vesicle zones usually have high porosity and permeability and represent the primary effective gas reservoir system. The greatest lateral extents of gas reservoirs are usually in the tabular acidic lava flows, but the largest proportions occupied by gas reservoirs are usually in stacked braided lava flows. This study can help us to better understand the distribution of volcanic petroleum reservoirs in acidic lava successions where hydrocarbons are encountered but borehole data are limited. Furthermore, this study is useful for interpreting acidic lava flows in logs and seismic data from basins. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

History of moisture change derived from slope sediments of the eastern Gonghe Basin (northeastern Qinghai–Tibetan Plateau) during the last 17 ka

The palaeosol–loess–aeolian sand sequence in the eastern Gonghe Basin, which is located at the convergence of the Asian summer monsoon, winter monsoon and the westerlies, reveals detailed moisture changes in the northeastern Qinghai–Tibetan Plateau (NETP) during the last 17 ka. Analysis of magnetic susceptibility (MS), total organic carbon, carbonate content, grain size and geochemical parameters indicate that the region was dominated by an extremely dry climate during ~17.0–15.82 ka, accompanying large‐scale desert expansion in the last glacial maximum (LGM). Subsequently, the climate became generally dry during 15.82–14.6 ka, an interval in which loess rapidly accumulated. Enhanced humidity occurred at 14.6 ka, probably associated with increased strength of the East Asian summer monsoon. The region experienced slightly decreased moisture at around 6.5 and 5.8 ka. After 2.7 ka, the climate became wetter. This interpretation correlates with climatic records from lacustrine and aeolian deposits in the NETP during the LGM, the last deglaciation and the early–middle Holocene. High climatic moisture in the Late Holocene facilitated the formation of a well‐developed palaeosol in the NETP. The effective moisture change in the Gonghe Basin is not simply ascribed to the influences of Asian summer monsoons; instead, it was possibly influenced by the interaction of evaporation and monsoonal precipitation forced by solar insolation variation. The balance between these variables was very influential on the effective moisture change in the closed inland basin of the NETP. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Facies controls on the distribution of diagenetic alterations in fan delta deposits: a case study from the Lower Cretaceous sandstone, Chagan Sag, Inner Mongolia, China

By integrating diagenesis and sedimentary facies, the distribution of diagenetic alterations and their impacts on reservoir quality were investigated within a lacustrine fan delta depositional environment in the Lower Cretaceous of the Western sub‐sag in the Chagan Sag, Yin‐E Basin, northern China. Core observation and analyses of petrography and geochemistry of the sandstones revealed that the eogenetic alterations display spatial and temporal distribution patterns associated with sedimentary facies, including distributary channels of a fan delta front (DC), distributary bays (DB) and sheet sands (SS) and mouth bar (MB) (SS and MB are collectively referred to as S). Percolation of meteoric waters occurring in high permeability DC sandstones resulted in leaching of feldspar, the formation of kaolinite, as well as mechanical infiltrated clays around detrital grains. Conversely, the DB deposits containing abundant ductile lithic fragments were subjected to mechanical compaction and thus the development of a pseudomatrix. During a long burial residence time (the Early Cretaceous period) in a lacustrine environment, abundant early carbonate cements were precipitated, especially in the distal S sandstones. The sandstones lacking eogenetic cements were subjected to stronger mechanical compaction. Additionally, eogenetic alterations have an important impact on the distribution of the mesogenetic alterations. Sandstones containing few eogenetic cements or thin or discontinuous infiltrated clay rims around the detrital grains were subjected to quartz cementation. However, during the hydrocarbon generation stage, the most efficient percolation of meteoric waters and organic acid dissolved feldspar minerals and carbonate cements, resulted in DC sandstones having more intragranular and intergranular porosity. Owing to high matrix contents and early calcite cement contents, the DB and S sandstones had lower permeability and were rarely dissolved. During the late mesogenetic stage, late carbonate cements occurred in all sedimentary facies and iron and magnesium ions were released from the transformation from kaolinite to illite or to chlorite. The results from this study show possible diagenetic evolutionary pathways in the reservoir sandstones within the fan delta depositional environment, which in turn provides some insights into the controls on reservoir potential. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.