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TSR Action and Genesis Mechanism of Antimony Deposit: Evidence From Aromatic Hydrocarbon Geochemistry of Bitumen in Paleo-Oil Reservoir Near Qinglong Ore Field, Southwestern Guizhou Depression, China

Version 1 : Received: 10 August 2022 / Approved: 11 August 2022 / Online: 11 August 2022 (11:53:43 CEST)

How to cite: Cheng, Y.; Hu, Y.; Xu, S.; Wang, D. TSR Action and Genesis Mechanism of Antimony Deposit: Evidence From Aromatic Hydrocarbon Geochemistry of Bitumen in Paleo-Oil Reservoir Near Qinglong Ore Field, Southwestern Guizhou Depression, China. Preprints 2022, 2022080221 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202208.0221.v1). Cheng, Y.; Hu, Y.; Xu, S.; Wang, D. TSR Action and Genesis Mechanism of Antimony Deposit: Evidence From Aromatic Hydrocarbon Geochemistry of Bitumen in Paleo-Oil Reservoir Near Qinglong Ore Field, Southwestern Guizhou Depression, China. Preprints 2022, 2022080221 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202208.0221.v1).

Abstract

In Qinglong ore field, paleo-oil reservoir is found to be associated with antimony deposits, and they have close genetic relationship. In this study, aromatics geochemistry of paleo-oil reservoir bitumen was studied to further discuss the thermochemical sulfate reduction (TSR) reaction and the mechanism of antimony mineralization. A total of 124 aromatic compounds were identified by Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC–MS) analysis in bitumen samples, including abundant phenanthrene series, dibenzothiophene series, fluoranthene series, chrysene series, and a small number of fluorene series, naphthalene series, dibenzofuran series, biphenyl series, triaromatic steroid series. Aromatic parameters such as trimethylnaphthalene index (TMNr), methylphenanthrene index (MPI), methylphenanthrene distribution fraction (MPDF, F1 and F2), methyldibenzothiophene parameter (MDR), C28TAS-20S/(20R+20S), and benzofluoranthene/benzo[e]pyrene indicate Qinglong paleo-oil reservoir is in over maturity level. The abundance of phenanthrene and chrysene aromatic compounds and a small amount of naphthalene series, benzofluoranthene, fluoranthene, pyrene, anthracene, retene, perylene and biphenyl suggest that the parent material of the paleo-oil reservoir was mainly low aquatic organisms, mixed with a small amount of higher plant. The detected a certain number of compounds, such as retene, triaromatic steroid series and perylene, the ternary diagram of DBF–DBT–F and binary plot of Pr/Ph–DBT/P, DBT/(F+DBT)–DBF/(F+DBF) and Pr/Ph–DBT/DBF reveal that the source rock of the paleo-oil reservoir was formed in the marine environment of weak oxidation and weak reduction. The comprehensive analysis shows that the Qinglong paleo-oil reservoir originated from Devonian source rocks, just like other paleo-oil reservoirs and natural gas reservoirs in the Nanpanjiang basin. Abundant dibenzothiophene series were detected, indicating that the paleo-oil reservoir underwent a certain degree of TSR reaction. We believe that the paleo-gas reservoir formed by the evolution of paleo-oil reservoir participated in antimony mineralization, that is, hydrocarbon organic matter acted as reducing agent and transformed SO42− in oilfield brine into H2S through TSR, providing reduced sulfur and creating environmental conditions for mineralization.

Keywords

palaeo-oil reservoir; aromatic hydrocarbons; thermochemical sulphate reduction (TSR); Qinglong antimony deposit; Nanpanjiang basin

Subject

EARTH SCIENCES, Geology

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