Abnormal composition of carbon isotopes in underground alkaline waters of Kuzbass

S. L. Shvartsev, O. E. Lepokurova, V. A. Ponomarchuk, E. V. Domrocheva, D. A. Sizikov

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The first data on abnormally high δ13С values in hydrocarbonates (НСО 3 -) dissolved in underground waters of coal deposits of Kuzbass (up to +30.9‰) are reported. It is shown that such an unusual isotope composition of waters results from the long, strictly directed interaction in the water–rock–gas–organic material system occurring under the conditions of hindered water exchange. Extensive fractionation of C isotopes is the result of the evolution of the water–rock–gas–coal system after penetration of infiltration waters into the coal deposits and their long interaction with all these components, rather than metamorphism of organic material upon its transformation into coal. With respect to such an approach, the isotope composition of dissolved C may indicate the duration of the evolution in the water–rock–gas–organic material system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)877-881
Number of pages5
JournalDoklady Earth Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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