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This chapter demonstrates a nondestructive, multispectral approach to evaluating chemical and spatial heterogeneities within mudstone fabrics. A combination of laser scanning confocal microscopy (LSCM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to document nanometer- to millimeter-scale microtextures in mudstones. Additionally, micro-Fourier transform infrared (micro-FTIR) spectroscopy was used to identify both clay minerals and compositional structures, such as aromatic and aliphatic components in kerogen. A set of organic-rich mudstones with thermal maturities ranging from immature to oil prone were analyzed and used as examples to document the multispectral, multiscale approach. This work demonstrates the different spectral approaches and their applicability...

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