[ RadSafe ] Geology Type Question
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Tue Nov 22 07:36:01 CST 2016
Uranium has 2 common valence states in geologic media: +4 and +6; chemically reduced (+4) and oxidized (+6) which have 8 (or so) orders of magnitude differences in aqueous solubility. The reduced phase - commonly uraninite (UO2) - has far less aqueous solubility than the oxidized phase. Oil & gas deposits are, by definition, methanogenic and strongly reducing, thus little or no soluble uranium is present in connate waters.
Thorium has very little aqueous solubility.
So what ends-up on pipes as NORM are the decay products.
Dan W McCarn
108 Sherwood Blvd
Los Alamos, NM 87544 USA
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> On Nov 22, 2016, at 00:46, Cowie, Michael I <michael.cowie at aramco.com> wrote:
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> Looking for some assistance or pointing in the correct direction. I am interested to the reason/s why Uranium and Thorium are not seen in NORM associated with oil/gas production. Also K40 is it possible to enhance its concentrations by such processes that are used in oil/gas recovery?
> Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
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