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Diagenetic reactions are characterized by mineral dissolution and precipitation. Both can occur separately or simultaneously and can involve one or more minerals. The process, either dissolution or precipitation, can vary over many orders of magnitude, from sub-millimeter to kilometer scale. The dominant scale for diagenetic purposes, however, would seem to be from millimeters (mm) to meters (m), with the mm scale more common in fine grained rocks such as shales and siltstones, and the meter scale more common in sandstones. Megascale phenomena (kilometers) appear to be related to fluid movement along faults and fractures and are associated with tectonic...

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