Stable and Noble Gas Isotopes in Putative Natural Gas Fields Project uri icon

DCO ID 11121/4540-1181-9107-8200-CC


  • The isotopic compositions of terrestrial fluids can identify the provenance of fluids in the Earth’s crust, and identify potential mechanisms for hydrocarbon production. We are constructing and populating a database of existing stable and noble gas isotope measurements of crustal fluids in order to interpret isotopic variability with respect to space and time. We are studying fluids from the Witwatersrand Mine district in South Africa, as well as the Kidd Creek mine in Canada, in order to understand how inorganic processes produce hydrogen and hydrocarbons that support subsurface microbial life.

date/time interval

  • April 2011 -