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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 also cooperate closely with the Institute Tectonics and Geodynamics at the RWTH Aachen in Germany. After completing my undergraduate degree in Earth Sciences at the University of Lille (France), I completed a master’s degree in Exploration and Reservoir Geology at the University of Montpellier (France). I also made it to the Imperial Barrel Awards finalist round for the European area of the AAPG’s Imperial Barrel Awards

Structural geology, geometric and kinematic modeling, simulations, sedimentology and seismic interpretation have been some of my key research interests during my master’s degree program. Hence, my master’s thesis was completed at TOTAL’s Structural and Sedimentary Interpretation department under the supervision of Dr. Christopher AJ Wibberley (TotalEnergies, France).

About the project

For some reason, the structural geology of quartz veins was not learned a lot until now. There are some studies conducted by few scientists in this field. In addition, as well-known, in terms of the formation of orogenic structure, the collision between Euramerica (Laurussia) and Gondwana to form the supercontinent of Pangaea – Variscan orogeny or Hercynian orogeny has an important place for structural geologists. Due to the occurrence of this orogeny, many basins, as well as the Avelonian foreland basin was formed north of the Variscan mountain chain in the central western Europe. This basin (Avelonian) was folded during the Variscan Orogeny. In the slates of the Rheno-hercynicum veining is well studied and fluid pressure estimates are well constrained. The water from which the basins were crystallized is likely to be derived from compaction of marine sediments during diagenesis related to folding in the basin. The time range over which this occurred is unknown, and can be potentially constrained by direct dating of the fluid phase in the fluid inclusions.

As a young geologist, the Variscan orogeny paid my attention too. During this project, my objectives are to constrain fluid provenance in compaction and tectonically driven veining in the Variscan foreland basin of Avalonia, NW Europe. Moreover, to obtain time constraints on the timing of vein development characterization and absolute dating of the fluid inclusions in the vein minerals quartz, and adularia. Understand the kinematics and structural architecture of different type of vein growth during the tectonic process by doing virtual simulations. Characterize the fluid inclusions in different type of veins, and obtain the absolute age of veins using by geochronology methods.


Institution  : Earth Sciences Department, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081HV Amsterdam

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