Articles | Volume 12, issue 10
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-12-2439-2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-12-2439-2021
Research article
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28 Oct 2021
Research article |  | 28 Oct 2021

What makes seep carbonates ignore self-sealing and grow vertically: the role of burrowing decapod crustaceans

Jean-Philippe Blouet, Patrice Imbert, Sutieng Ho, Andreas Wetzel, and Anneleen Foubert

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Biochemical reactions related to hydrocarbon seepage are known to induce carbonates in marine sediments. Seep carbonates may act as seals and force lateral deviations of rising hydrocarbons. However, crustacean burrows may act as efficient vertical fluid channels allowing hydrocarbons to pass through upward, thereby allowing the vertical growth of carbonate stacks over time. This mechanism may explain the origin of carbonate columns in marine sediments throughout hydrocarbon provinces worldwide.