Spectrum of pore types and networks in mudrocks and a descriptive classification for matrix-related mudrock pores

  title={Spectrum of pore types and networks in mudrocks and a descriptive classification for matrix-related mudrock pores},
  author={Robert G. Loucks and Robert Michael Reed and Stephen C. Ruppel and Ursula Hammes},
  journal={AAPG Bulletin},
Matrix-related pore networks in mudrocks are composed of nanometer- to micrometer-size pores. In shale-gas systems, these pores, along with natural fractures, form the flow-path (permeability) network that allows flow of gas from the mudrock to induced fractures during production. A pore classification consisting of three major matrix-related pore types is presented that can be used to quantify matrix-related pores and relate them to pore networks. Two pore types are associated with the mineral… 

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