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Radke, L.C., 2013. Seabed environments and shallow geology of the Vlaming sub-basin, Western Australia: Bulk organic carbon and nitrogen isotopes and concentrations in seabed sediments.. Geoscience Australia, Canberra.

Abstract

Geoscience Australia undertook a marine survey of the Vlaming Sub-basin in March and April 2012 to provide seabed and shallow geological information to support an assessment of the CO2 storage potential of this sedimentary basin. The survey was undertaken under the Australian Government's National CO2 Infrastructure Plan (NCIP) to help identify sites suitable for the long term storage of CO2 within reasonable distances of major sources of CO2 emissions. The Vlaming Sub-basin is located offshore from Perth, Western Australia, and was previously identified by the Carbon Storage Taskforce (2009) as potentially highly suitable for CO2 storage. The principal aim of the Vlaming Sub-basin marine survey (GA survey number GA334) was to look for evidence of any past or current gas or fluid seepage at the seabed, and to determine whether these features are related to structures (e.g. faults) in the Vlaming Sub-basin that may extend up to the seabed. The survey also mapped seabed habitats and biota in the areas of interest to provide information on communities and biophysical features that may be associated with seepage. This research addresses key questions on the potential for containment of CO2 in the Early Cretaceous Gage Sandstone (the basin's proposed CO2 storage unit) and the regional integrity of the South Perth Shale (the seal unit that overlies the Gage Sandstone). This dataset comprises bulk organic carbon and nitrogen isotopes and concentrations from seabed sediments (0-2 cm).
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Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence

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Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia)

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Date (publication)

2013

Product Type

dataset

Topic Category

oceans

Keywords

Marine Data
seabed
continental shelf
geochemistry
marine environmental baselines
marine
Marine Geoscience

Resource Language

English

Resource Character Set

utf8

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North bound
-31.837511
East bound
115.461006
West bound
115.297386
South bound
-32.298055

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Bottom sediments were collected using a Shipel grab. Surface sediments (~0-2 cm) within the grab were spooned into falcon vials and the porewaters were removed by centrifugation. The samples were then frozen for transport to the laboratories at Geoscience Australia where they were freeze-dried, ground in a tungsten carbide mill and decarbonated. The decarbonated powders were sent to Environmental Isotopes Pty Ltd (Sydney) for isotopic analysis by mass spectrometry. Samples were back-corrected to account for the carbonate removal, used carbonate concentrations derived from the bomb method. Error estimates for the C and N isotope values are ±0.15. The carbonate measurements (used to back correct) were better than 1%. Thanks to the crew of the RV Southern Supported for help with sample collection and Anita Andrews of Environmental Isotopes Pty Ltd., for the isotopic analyses.

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2013-12-02

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