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Fluid Inclusion Microthermometry

January 01, 1994


The determination of temperatures of phase changes within fluid inclusions during heating and cooling of samples is termed microthermometry. The technique is invaluable for discovering the temperatures at which minerals form, the thermal history a rock has experienced, and the compositions of the fluids that traversed a rock in its history. The fundamental principles upon which microthermometry is based are the principles of phase equilibria introduced in Chapter 3. And, as explained in Chapter 6, it is best to first spend a considerable amount of time and effort to characterize the fluid inclusion petrography prior to attempting microthermometry. This chapter elucidates useful philosophical approaches and important practical procedures that, if learned and employed, will ensure successful and efficient microthermometric studies. Also, phase changes for some simple but potentially applicable fluid systems common in the diagenetic realm will be described.

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Systematics of Fluid Inclusions in Diagenetic Minerals

Robert H. Goldstein
Robert H. Goldstein
The University of Kansas Department of Geology 120 Lindley Hall Lawrence, KS 66045 USA
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T. James Reynolds
T. James Reynolds
Fluid Inc. P.O. BOX 6873 Denver, CO 80206 USA
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SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology
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January 01, 1994




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