This book contains useful reviews and recent research results on shale/mudstone properties, particularly in their relation to fluid flow and consequent impact on near-surface and sedimentary basin-scale phenomena. It should be of most use to academic and industrial research specialists working in a wide range of disciplines from environmental systems to subsurface fluid pressure development, petroleum migration and rock mechanics. The book is divided into thematic sections on physical properties, experimental studies and case studies. For physical properties, the topics include porosity, permeability, thermal conductivity and mechanical behaviour, as well as the impact of chemical diagenetic processes. The experimental studies...

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