Role of microbes in the smectite-to-illite reaction.

  title={Role of microbes in the smectite-to-illite reaction.},
  author={Jinwook Kim and Hailiang Dong and Jennifer Seabaugh and Steven W Newell and Dennis D. Eberl},
  volume={303 5659},
Temperature, pressure, and time have been thought to control the smectite-to-illite (S-I) reaction, an important diagenetic process used for petroleum exploration. We demonstrated that microorganisms can promote the S-I reaction by dissolving smectite through reduction of structural Fe(III) at room temperature and 1 atmosphere within 14 days. This reaction typically requires conditions of 300 degrees to 350 degrees C, 100 megapascals, and 4 to 5 months in the absence of microbial activity… CONTINUE READING
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