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Multifractal Analysis of Mercury Inclusions in Quartz by X-ray Computed Tomography : Volume 1, Issue 2 (14/08/2014)

By Shibata, T.

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Title: Multifractal Analysis of Mercury Inclusions in Quartz by X-ray Computed Tomography : Volume 1, Issue 2 (14/08/2014)  
Author: Shibata, T.
Volume: Vol. 1, Issue 2
Language: English
Subject: Science, Nonlinear, Processes
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection (Contemporary), Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
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Description: Geological Survey of Hokkaido, Hokkaido Research Organization, N19 W12, Kita-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0819, Japan. In order to refine our understanding how fluid inclusions were trapped in the host minerals, we non-destructively observed mercury inclusions (liquid Hg0) in quartz samples using X-ray computed tomography (CT) technique. The X-ray CT apparatus can observe internal structures of the samples and give cross-sectional images from the transmission of the X-rays through the samples. From the cross-sectional images, we obtained three-dimensional spatial distributions of mercury inclusions, and quantitatively analyzed them using fractal and multifractal methods. Although the samples were from different mines, the resultant fractal dimensions were about 1.7 for the samples. The fractal dimensions were also close to those predicted by diffusion-limited aggregation models and percolation theory, which are controlled by the irreversible kinetics. Then, the mercury-bearing fluids were not primary fluid inclusions, but migrated into the pre-existing cracks of quartz crystals by diffusion processes.

Multifractal analysis of mercury inclusions in quartz by X-ray computed tomography

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