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Origin of Nama Basin bitumen seeps: Petroleum derived from a Permian lacustrine source rock traversing southwestern Gondwana

Summons, R E; Hope, Janet; Swart, Roger; Walter, Malcolm R.


Biodegraded bitumens associated with quartz and calcite veins in the Cambrian Fish River Subgroup sediments of the Nama Group of southern Namibia have a geochemical signature diagnostic for organic matter that was deposited in a saline lacustrine palaeoenvironment. In particular, they contain abundant gammacerane, β-carotane and 3β-methylhopanes while 24-isopropyl cholestanes and dinosteroids are not detectable. Sealed tube hydrous pyrolysis of asphaltene and polar fractions yielded saturated...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Organic Geochemistry
DOI: 10.1016/j.orggeochem.2007.12.002


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