Porosity And Permeability In Volcanic Rocks- A Case Study On The Serie Tobifera, South Patagonia, Argentina

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Journal Article: Porosity And Permeability In Volcanic Rocks- A Case Study On The Serie Tobifera, South Patagonia, Argentina

Abstract
The Middle to Late Jurassic Serie Tobifera belongs to the Chon-Aike Province and extends all over Patagonia and the Antarctic Peninsula. It consists largely of ignimbrites, epiclastics and rhyolitic lavas and was considered only a minor reservoir rock for oil with fracture permeability. Petrographic and petrophysical data in selected core samples from the Austral Basin were collected to determine the processes controlling the porosity and permeability of these volcanic rocks. The sequence of processes occurring during cooling and in the post-cooling stages can modify, sometimes substantially, their original petrophysic characteristics. The results show that the highest porosity and permeability occur in rocks with quench fractured glasses and in non-welded ignimbrites with gas-pipe structures, followed by autobrecciated rhyolites. Welded ignimbrites, massive glasses and fresh rhyolites have the lowest permeabilities. The new data indicate that tectonic fracturing is not as significant as was considered before and application of these concepts are relevant in the assesment of volcanic reservoir quality.

Authors 
P. Sruoga, N. Rubinstein and G. Hinterwimmer






Published Journal 
Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 2004



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Citation

P. Sruoga,N. Rubinstein,G. Hinterwimmer. 2004. Porosity And Permeability In Volcanic Rocks- A Case Study On The Serie Tobifera, South Patagonia, Argentina. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. (!) .