Contribution of logging tools to understanding helium porewater data across the Mesozoic sequence of the East of the Paris Basin

Abstract : Helium concentration measurements made on water and rock samples collected at various depths along a 2000 m depth borehole drilled in the eastern part of the Paris basin and reaching the Triassic conglomerates were used to establish a vertical profile of dissolved helium concentration throughout the entire Mesozoic sedimentary pile. Wireline logging tools were used to measure rock density, porosity and U and Th contents every 15 cm in the various formations. Samples from the deepest Muschelkalk and Buntsandstein show a very good agreement between measured and calculated 4He porewater contents. Shallower levels show lower and lower 4He concentrations compared to calculated values when going upwards. The data set obtained by wireline logging measurements was used as inputs for numerical simulations of 1D He production/diffusion throughout the 2000 m profile. Several assumptions regarding the transport properties in the various sedimentary layers were tested and all were found to yield fairly good agreement between modeled and measured He concentrations. There is no need to invoke either a transient regime or a deep crustal He flux in this "quiet" (seismically inactive) part of the Paris basin. Moreover, the modeling results suggest that the Keuper massive halite level associated with the upper Muschelkalk pre-evaporitic series efficiently isolates the overlying layers from any input from deeper formations in the Meuse/Haute Marne area


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A. Battani, T. Smith, J.C. Robinet, J. Brulhet, B. Lavielle, et al.. Contribution of logging tools to understanding helium porewater data across the Mesozoic sequence of the East of the Paris Basin. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Elsevier, 2011, 75, pp.7566-7584. <10.1016/j.gca.2011.09.032>. <in2p3-00657211>

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