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Frontiers in Geofluids

Bruce W. D. Yardley (Editor), Craig Manning (Editor), Grant Garven (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-39489-4 March 2011 Wiley-Blackwell 328 Pages


Frontiers in Geofluids is a collection of invited papers chosen to highlight recent developments in our understanding of geological fluids in different parts of the Earth, and published to mark the first ten years of publication of the journal Geofluids. The scope of the volume ranges from the fundamental properties of fluids and the phase relationships of fluids encountered in nature, to case studies of the role of fluids in natural processes. New developments in analytical and theoretical approaches to understanding fluid compositions, fluid properties, and geological fluid dynamics across a wide range of environments are included. A recurrent theme of research published in Geofluids is the way in which similar approaches can be applied to geological fluids in very different settings and this is reflected in the diverse range of applications of fluid studies that are included here. They include deep groundwater flow, hydrocarbons in faulted sedimentary basins, hydrothermal ores, and multiphase flow in mid-ocean ridge systems. Other topics covered are geothermal waters, crustal metamorphism, and fluids in magmatic systems.

The book will be of great interest to researchers and students interested in crustal and mantle fluids of all sorts.

List of Contributors.

Frontiers in geofluids: introduction (G. Garven, C. E. Manning and B. W. D. Yardley).

Aqueous fluids at elevated pressure and temperature (A. Liebscher).

Thermodynamic model for mineral solubility in aqueous fluids: theory, calibration and application to model fluid-flow systems (D. Dolejš and C. E. Manning).

Metal complexation and ion association in hydrothermal fluids: insights from quantum chemistry and molecular dynamics (D. M. Sherman).

Role of saline fluids in deep-crustal and upper-mantle metasomatism: insights from experimental studies (R. C. Newton and C. E. Manning).

Potential of palaeofluid analysis for understanding oil charge history (J. Parnell).

Spatial variations in the salinity of pore waters in northern deep water Gulf of Mexico sediments: implications for pathways and mechanisms of solute transport (J. S. Hanor and J. A. Mercer).

Faults and fault properties in hydrocarbon flow models (T. Manzocchi, C. Childs and J. J. Walsh).

Hydrostratigraphy as a control on subduction zone mechanics through its effects on drainage: an example from the Nankai Margin, SW Japan (D. M. Saffer).

The interplay of permeability and fluid properties as a first order control of heat transport, venting temperatures and venting salinities at mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal systems (T. Driesner).

Using seafloor heat flow as a tracer to map subseafloor fluid flow in the ocean crust (A. T. Fisher and R. N. Harris).

The potential for abiotic organic synthesis and biosynthesis at seafloor hydrothermal systems (E. Shock and P. Canovas).

Permeability of the continental crust: dynamic variations inferred from seismicity and metamorphism (S. E. Ingebritsen and C. E. Manning).

Hydrologic responses to earthquakes and a general metric (Chi-Yuen Wang and Michael Manga).

The application of failure mode diagrams for exploring the roles of fluid pressure and stress states in controlling styles of fracture-controlled permeability enhancement in faults and shear zones (S. F. Cox).

Rates of retrograde metamorphism and their implications for crustal rheology (B. W. D. Yardley, D. E. Harlov and W. Heinrich).

Fluids in the upper continental crust (Kurt Bucher and Ingrid Stober).

Fluid-induced processes: metasomatism and metamorphism (A. Putnis and H. Austrheim).

Fluid flows and metal deposition near basement ⁄cover unconformity: lessons and analogies from Pb–Zn–F–Ba systems for the understanding of Proterozoic U deposits (M.-C. Boiron, M. Cathelineau and A. Richard).

Magmatic fluids immiscible with silicate melts: examples from inclusions in phenocrysts and glasses, and implications for magma evolution and metal transport (Vadim S. Kamenetsky and Maya B. Kamenetsky).


“I advise anyone interested in gaining (or even refining) an incredible understanding of fluids in geologic systems to read this series of papers. Each is well written, they are logically assembled, and as a whole they do an excellent job of balancing material that is justifiably review with cutting-edge science.  Using this book to complement a course is a no brainer.”  (Pure and Applied Geophysics, 1 October 2013)

“I have already referred to this book several times in my graduate student seminar, and predict that it will be a valuable reference for many years to come.”  (American Mineralogist, 1 October 2013)

“However, for the researcher who is looking to keep abreast of recent developments in physical and chemical hydrogeology, particularly one who does not already subscribe to the journal Geofluids, and as a companion text for a graduate level hydrogeology course, Frontiers in Geofluids would make a valuable and convenient reference.”  (Hydrogeology Journal, 1 August 2013)