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Natural analogue study using U, Th, REEs to identify the pragmatic hydrogeological structure in sedimentary rock at Horonobe area, Japan

Iwatsuki, Teruki  ; Honda, Teruyuki*; Murakami, Hiroaki  

U, Th and REEs abundances in sedimentary rocks were analyzed to understand the long-term mobility of these elements and to develop the evaluation method of the pragmatic solutes transport path at Horonobe area, Japan. The detail analysis of peculiar points such as fracture and fault as a possible solutes transport path shows the accumulation and leaching of U, Th and REEs at some faults with connection and continuousness at specific depth. The fault and accompanied alteration possibly facilitates to leach and move the heavy-REEs (HREEs) from primary rock. Then those elements seem to have a tendency to concentrate into carbonate mineral vein in the fracture. The some clay-rich fault parts enriches in U, Th and light to medium-REEs (LREE-MREEs) compared with background rock. From the viewpoint of solutes transport, remarkable transport path is fracture and fault (fracture media) rather than rock matrix (porous media) in sedimentary rocks at the area.

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