Structural diagenesis

Laubach, S.E.1, Eichhubl, P.1, Hilgers, C.2, Lander, R.H.3

1Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, 10100 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78758
2 Department of Reservoir-Petrology, RWTH Aachen University, 52056 Aachen, Germany
3Geocosm LLC, 3311 San Mateo Drive, Austin, TX 78738


Structural diagenesis is the study of the relationships between deformation or deformational structures and chemical changes to sediments. The alliance of structural geology and metamorphic petrology is essential to an understanding of high-temperature deformation. But no such alliance supports research on the increasingly important structural and diagenetic phenomena in sedimentary basins. As papers in this theme section and in recent literature show, such an allianceestructural diagenesisecan help unlock scientific knowledge about the low-temperature realm of sedimentary basins that is of great intrinsic and practical interest.