Helium and carbon gas geochemistry of pore fluids from the sediment-rich hydrothermal system in Escanaba Trough

Jun Ichiro Ishibashi, Masanori Sato, Yuji Sano, Hiroshi Wakita, Toshitaka Gamo, Wayne C. Shanks

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Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Leg 169, which was conducted in 1996 provided an opportunity to study the gas geochemistry in the deeper part of the sediment-rich hydrothermal system in Escanaba Trough. Gas void samples obtained from the core liner were analyzed and their results were compared with analytical data of vent fluid samples collected by a submersible dive program in 1988. The gas geochemistry of the pore fluids consisted mostly of a hydrothermal component and was basically the same as that of the vent fluids. The He isotope ratios (R/RA = 5.6-6.6) indicated a significant mantle He contribution and the C isotopic compositions of the hydrocarbons [δ13C(CH4) = -43‰, δ13C(C2H6) = -20‰] were characterized as a thermogenic origin caused by hydrothermal activity. On the other hand, the pore fluids in sedimentary layers away from the hydrothermal fields showed profiles which reflected lateral migration of the hydrothermal hydrocarbons and abundant biogenic CH4. Helium and C isotope systematics were shown to represent a hydrothermal component and useful as indicators for their distribution beneath the seafloor. Similarities in He and hydrocarbon signatures to that of the Escanaba Trough hydrothermal system were found in some terrestrial natural gases, which suggested that seafloor hydrothermal activity in sediment-rich environments would be one of the possible petroleum hydrocarbon generation scenarios in unconventional geological settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1457-1466
Number of pages10
JournalApplied Geochemistry
Volume17
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

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Sediments
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Carbon
Gases
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Vents
carbon
hydrothermal activity
hydrocarbon
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Isotopes
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  • Geochemistry and Petrology

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Helium and carbon gas geochemistry of pore fluids from the sediment-rich hydrothermal system in Escanaba Trough. / Ishibashi, Jun Ichiro; Sato, Masanori; Sano, Yuji; Wakita, Hiroshi; Gamo, Toshitaka; Shanks, Wayne C.

In: Applied Geochemistry, Vol. 17, No. 11, 01.11.2002, p. 1457-1466.

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Ishibashi, Jun Ichiro ; Sato, Masanori ; Sano, Yuji ; Wakita, Hiroshi ; Gamo, Toshitaka ; Shanks, Wayne C. / Helium and carbon gas geochemistry of pore fluids from the sediment-rich hydrothermal system in Escanaba Trough. In: Applied Geochemistry. 2002 ; Vol. 17, No. 11. pp. 1457-1466.
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