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The dependence of sandstone reservoir quality on composition has been recognized in numerous empirical studies (e.g., Hayes and others, 1976; Nagtegaal, 1978; Selley, 1978; Seeman and Scherer, 1984; Scherer, 1987; Smosna, 1989) and in experimental studies (Pittman and Larese, 1991). The composition and relative abundance of detrital components in sands greatly influence both physical and chemical diagenesis and, thus, reservoir quality. The purpose of this chapter is to discuss some of the effects of detrital composition on porosity and permeability and then review evaluation of mineral composition of a potential reservoir prior to drilling.

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