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Petrographic, SEM, and chemical analyses of closely spaced samples from a core of sandstone and shale (Oligocene Frio Formation, Brazoria County, Texas) reveal a mechanism for secondary porosity development. Maturation of organic and inorganic materials in the shale produced a solvent solution which, upon expulsion, resulted in zoned reservoir quality in the adjacent sandstone. Framework grain dissolution (secondary porosity) originated at the sandstone/shale contact zone (near the solvent source). Aluminum in this zone was not conserved by the process but instead was removed by mobile, shale-derived organic complexers. The production of these complexers (ligands) appears to be essential to...

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