Direct Radiometric Dating of Hydrocarbon Deposits Using Rhenium-Osmium Isotopes

  title={Direct Radiometric Dating of Hydrocarbon Deposits Using Rhenium-Osmium Isotopes},
  author={David Selby and Robert A. Creaser},
  pages={1293 - 1295}
Rhenium-osmium (Re-Os) data from migrated hydrocarbons establish the timing of petroleum emplacement for the giant oil sand deposits of Alberta, Canada, at 112 ± 5.3 million years ago. This date does not support models that invoke oil generation and migration for these deposits in the Late Cretaceous. Most Re-Os data from a variety of deposits within the giant hydrocarbon system show similar characteristics, supporting the notion of a single source for these hydrocarbons. The Re-Os data… 

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