Articles | Volume 11, issue 6
Solid Earth, 11, 1987–2013, 2020

Special issue: Faults, fractures, and fluid flow in the shallow crust

Solid Earth, 11, 1987–2013, 2020

Research article 05 Nov 2020

Research article | 05 Nov 2020

Fault-controlled fluid circulation and diagenesis along basin-bounding fault systems in rifts – insights from the East Greenland rift system

Eric Salomon et al.

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This study focuses on the impact of major rift border faults on fluid circulation and hanging wall sediment diagenesis by investigating a well-exposed example in NE Greenland using field observations, U–Pb calcite dating, clumped isotope, and minor element analyses. We show that fault-proximal sediments became calcite cemented quickly after deposition to form a near-impermeable barrier along the fault, which has important implications for border fault zone evolution and reservoir assessments.