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Akbar Huseynov – ESR 8.

Timescales of fluid migration in orogenic foreland basin

Akbar Huseynov

Hosted by : Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam), the Netherlands

Primary supervisor: prof. Klaudia Kuiper & dr. Jeroen van der Lubbe

Country of origin: Azerbaijan

Languages : Azerbaijani, Turkish, French, English

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About me

As a member of the Earth Sciences department at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands, I work closely with the Institute of Tectonics and Geodynamics at the RWTH Aachen in Germany. After getting my bachelor’s degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Lille in France, I went to the University of Montpellier to get my master’s degree in Exploration and Reservoir Geology (France). I also made it to the finalist round of the AAPG’s Imperial Barrel Awards for the European area.

During my master’s program, my main research interests were in structural geology, geometric and kinematic modeling, simulations, sedimentology, and seismic interpretation. So, I worked on my master’s thesis at TOTAL ‘s Structural and Sedimentary Interpretation department (Pau, France).

About the project

Collision between Eurasia (Laurussia) and Gondwana, which made the supercontinent Pangaea (Variscan orogeny or Hercynian orogeny), was an important part of the formation of orogenic structure. This orogeny caused some basins to form, including the Avelonian foreland basin, which is north of the Variscan mountain chain in the middle of western Europe. In the Rheno-hercynicum slates, veining has been studied a considerably, and estimates of fluid pressure have been made with a lot of accuracy. The water that turned into crystals in the basins probably came from marine sediments that were pressed together during a process called diagenesis that was caused by folding in the basin. We don’t know how long this took, but we might be able to narrow it down by directly dating the fluid phase in the fluid inclusions.

During my project, I want to figure out where the water came from in the veining and compaction in the Variscan foreland basin of Avalonia, NW Europe. Also, to get a better idea of when the veins formed, the fluid inclusions in the vein minerals quartz were characterized and dated to be sure. By doing virtual simulations, we can learn about how different types of veins grow during the tectonic process and how their structures are built. Characterize the fluid inclusions in the different types of veins and use geochronology to find out the exact age of the veins.


Institution  : H-360 : W-N Building, Earth Sciences Department, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081HV Amsterdam

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