Orgin of Carbonate Mud in a modern land-attached Carbonate Platform Lagoon

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Project Description

The origin of carbonate mud and the distribution in carbonate platform lagoons has been intensively discussed during recent decades. Previous studies indicate as main sources the disintegration of codiacean algae (e.g. Halimeda, Pandina), breakdown of skeletal grains, abrasion carbonate particles, and inorganic precipitation. In order to investigate the origin of carbonate mud in Al Wajh lagoon, around 120 samples will be analyzed via SEM imaging, XRD analysis and carbon/oxygen isotopes We are looking for an ambitious student with a carbonate sedimentological background, who is interested in laboratory and field work along the Red Sea coast.
Program - Earth Science and Engineering
Division - Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Center Affiliation - Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center
Field of Study - Carbonate sedimentology, Carbonate geochemistry

About the
Researcher

Volker C. Vahrenkamp

Professor, Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering

Volker C. Vahrenkamp
​Professor Vahrenkamp's research aims at securing future energy supply with three main thrusts:
  1. Refine the understanding of modern and ancient carbonate depositional environments and associated diagenesis for improved perception of reservoir heterogeneities on multiple scales,
  2. Advance the quantification of the complex pore networks of Arabian carbonate reservoirs and its impact on reservoir performance,
  3. Explore and develop geothermal energy in Arabian countries with special focus on desalination and cooling applications and suitable drilling techniques.

Desired Project Deliverables

- Characterization of carbonate mud samples via SEM imaging, XRD, carbon/oxygen isotopes - Development of a carbonate mud type atlas - Distribution map of carbonate mud types

RECOMMENDED STUDENT ACADEMIC & RESEARCH BACKGROUND

Carbonate Sedimentology
Carbonate Sedimentology
Geochemistry
Geochemistry