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1. Introduction

The Songliao Basin is one of the largest Cretaceous continental basins in the world, and contains abundant oil and gas resources [1-4]. The Upper Cretaceous Qingshankou and Nenjiang formations are the most important source rocks [5], constituting 59% of total oil shale resources in China [6-7]. Previous studies have shown that the Songliao Basin contains mainly low- to medium-quality oil shale [6, 8]. However, new exploration has revealed the existence of oil shale layers with high total organic carbon (TOC) content (18.3-19.9 wt%) and oil yield (12.7-16.4 wt%) in the lowermost member of the Qingshankou Formation ([K.sub.2][qn.sup.1]) [9], providing an exciting opportunity for oil shale development.

The Qingshankou Formation has attracted attention because of its excellent oil and gas production potential. Previous studies have mainly focused on this hydrocarbon potential [10, 11], as well as depositional environments [12-14], conditions of organic matter (OM) accumulation [5, 15-18], and oil shale resource evaluation [6, 19]. Biomarkers such as hopanes and steranes have received some attention, due to their usefulness as indicators of organic matter type and quality, depositional conditions (e.g. salinity, redox conditions, etc.), OM maturity level and the extent of bio-degradation [20-22]. However, a detailed study of environmental change and the evolution of OM sources during the deposition of oil shales of different qualities is not yet available.

The aim of this study is to compare the geochemical characteristics of different grades of oil shale in the southeastern Songliao Basin, to shed light on salinity, redox conditions, and the sources of organic matter during oil shale deposition. This study will improve our understanding of the key factors controlling the formation of oil shales of different qualities, and determine next steps for oil shale exploration in the Songliao Basin.

2. Geological setting

The Songliao Basin is located in northeastern China with an area of approximately 260,000 [km.sup.2]. It is a Meso-Cenozoic composite sedimentary basin, with a dual fault-depression structure [5, 10, 17, 23]. Based on the basement geometry and the geological characteristics of the sedimentary succession, the Songliao Basin can be divided into six first-order structural units [1] (Fig. 1a). Oil shale is distributed mainly in the central depression, as well as the southeastern and northeastern uplift zones [17, 24].

The Songliao Basin contains an approximately 10-km-thick succession of Jurassic through Cenozoic siliciclastic deposits [1, 25]. Lower Cretaceous strata consist of the Huoshiling, Shahezi, Yingcheng, Denglouku and Quantou formations. The Upper Cretaceous is divided into the Qingshankou, Yaojia, Nenjiang, Sifangtai and Mingshui formations, which are predominantly composed of terrigenous clastic rocks deposited in fluvial and lacustrine environments (Fig. 1b). A major target layer for hydrocarbon exploration is [K.sub.2]qn which is subdivided into three members, by lithology: [K.sub.2][qn.sup.1], [K.sub.2][qn.sup.2] and [K.sub.2][qn.sup.3]. The oil shale succession occurs in the lowermost member ([K.sub.2][qn.sup.1]), which was deposited in a semi-deep to deep lake environment (Fig. 1b), and is composed of dark gray to gray-black mudstone, shale and oil shale [5, 9, 19].

3. Material and methods

A total of sixty-nine drill core samples were collected from the southeast uplift area of the Songliao Basin. Fifty-seven samples were collected at depths between 759.1 and 818.4 m from well ZS3; twelve more samples were collected at depths between 234.3 and 245.3 m from well SY9 (Fig. 1a). Each sample represented a composite of a 1-m-thick interval of core. All samples were analyzed for TOC (wt%), total sulfur (S, wt%), Fischer assay oil yield (FA, wt%), and Rock-Eval parameters. Based on these results, ten oil shale samples with different oil yields were selected for biomarker analysis. In addition, nine subsamples were selected from samples SY 8, SY 9 and SY 10 for petrographic analysis.

Each sample (< 250 [micro]m) was pretreated with concentrated HCI to remove carbonate, allowing us to determine TOC and sulfur content on a Leco CS-230 elemental analyzer. Pyrolysis measurements were carried out using a Rock-Eval 6 instrument. The quantity of the pyrolyzate generated from kerogen during gradual heating in a helium stream was normalized to TOC, to give the hydrogen index (HI = [S.sub.2] x 100/TOC, mg HC/g TOC). The temperature of maximum hydrocarbon generation ([T.sub.max]) served as an indicator of maturity. FA oil yield, determined by low temperature carbonization (about 520 [degrees]C) of 1-m-long core intervals, was measured using the Fischer assay method with a Chinese Fushun retort.

Soluble organic matter was extracted for biomarker analysis using a Soxhlet apparatus with chlorofrom eluent. The solvent extract was separated into saturate, aromatic and resin fractions with a silica gel:alumina (3:1) column after the precipitation of asphaltenes. The saturate fractions were analyzed using an Agilent 6890 gas chromatograph equipped with a fused silica column (30 m * 0.32 mm ID * 0.2 [micro]m film). The oven was heated from 80 [degrees]C to 300 [degrees]C at a rate of 6 [degrees]C/min, and then held at 300 [degrees]C for 20 min. The injector was set at 310 [degrees]C in splitless mode, with hydrogen used as the carrier gas [26]. The gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) analysis (m/z 191, m/z 217, m/z 231) was performed using an Agilent 5973 N mass spectrometer with an HP-5MS fused silica column (30 m * 0.25 mm ID * 0.25 [micro]m film). The injector temperature was 300 [degrees]C, and the emission current was 200 [micro]A.

4. Results

4.1. Bulk geochemical parameters

Minimum, maximum and average values of oil yield, total organic carbon content, hydrogen index and temperature of maximum hydrocarbon generation from the [K.sub.2][qn.sup.1] oil shale are reported in Table 1, and the stratigraphic distributions of these values are shown in Figure 2.

TOC content and oil yields vary significantly between oil shale layers, as well as between their floor and roof rocks (Fig. 2a-b, e-f). Oil yield from oil shales from different layers varies between 3.6 and 16.4 wt%, with an average value of 5.4 wt%, indicating that middle- to high-quality oil shale developed in [K.sub.2][qn.sup.1]. Within the oil shale layers, TOC contents reach a maximum of 19.9 wt%, with the corresponding oil yield value reaching 16.4 wt% (layer 2; Fig. 2a-b). Cross-plots of TOC vs FA for all samples show a positive correlation ([R.sup.2] = 0.88), which indicates that samples with a TOC content > 4.4 wt% can be considered oil shale (FA > 3.5 wt%; Fig. 3a). TOC contents of mudstones (1.8-6.4 wt%) in [K.sub.2][qn.sup.1] are generally lower than those of oil shale layers, and the oil yields are consistently lower than 3.5 wt% (Table 1).

HI values in oil shale layers range from 620 to 1474 mg HC/g TOC (average 814 mg HC/g TOC); the maximum HI value is in layer 4 (Fig. 2c). Within mudstone layers, HI values are generally lower than those of oil shale layers, varying from 162 to 815 mg HC/g TOC, except for the 1-m-thick interval (793.4-794.4 m depth) in layer 4, with a maximum value of 1500 mg HC/g TOC (Fig. 2c). Most oil shale and mudstone samples plot inside the fields characteristic of type I kerogen (Fig. 4a-b), and only a few mudstone samples with type II kerogen are present (Fig. 4a, c). [T.sub.max] values vary between 439 and 449 [degrees]C, indicating that the samples are mostly of low thermal maturity. Sulfur content is low (0.4-2.0 wt%) in low-organic mudstones, but relatively high (0.6-4.1 wt%) in oil shale layers (Table 1). TOC/S ratios in most of the samples are also relatively low (< 10; Fig. 2d, h), with the highest TOC/S ratio occurring in the mudstone layer at a depth of 794.4-795.4 m (17.8; Fig. 2d). Within the oil shale layers, the highest TOC/S ratio occurs in those oil shales of layer 2 whose oil yields are the highest (11.2; Fig. 2d).

4.2. Organic petrology and vitrinite reflectance

Nine oil shale and mudstone samples from [K.sub.2][qn.sup.1] in the southeastern Songlio Basin were selected for maceral analysis. All samples were characterized by high sapropelitic content (95%; Table 2), and minor vitrinite and minor inertinite. Because the thin sections were processed using the kerogen enrichment method, amorphous sapropelic OM is the main maceral in the sapropelitic group. Bechtel et al. [5] proposed that organic matter in oil shale samples is dominated by lamalginite and telalginite. Type indices (TI) of all samples are greater than 80 (87-93; Table 2), indicating that oil shale and mudstone layers are composed of type I kerogen. Vitrinite reflectance was measured on six samples, and ranges from 0.5 to 0.66% (Table 2). These values are consistent with [T.sub.max] data, and indicate that the oil shale and mudstone layers in [K.sub.2][qn.sup.1] are immature to poorly mature.

4.3. Molecular composition of hydrocarbons

Within the studied oil shales, the chloroform bitumen "A" content ranges from 0.224 to 1.125 wt% (Table 3), and has a moderately positive correlation with TOC (Fig. 3b). The proportion of hydrocarbons in the oil shale layers is very high, ranging from 60 to 82%, indicating low-maturity OM, which is in agreement with Ro values of 0.5-0.66%. Saturated hydrocarbons (avg 59% of extracted organic matter (EOM)) dominate the aromatic fractions (avg 13% of EOM), which dominates the EOM pool. EOM also contains resins (avg 25% of EOM) and asphaltenes (avg 3% of EOM).

4.3.1. Straight-chain alkanes

Total ion chromatograms (TIC) of saturated hydrocarbons of representative samples of different oil shale qualities are shown in Figure 5. The concentrations and ratios of compounds and compound groups in the various hydrocarbon fractions are given in Table 4.

Different distributions of n-alkanes are observed in different grades of oil shale. The high-quality oil shales (FA > 10%) display a high proportion of short-chain (n-[C.sub.15-19]) (avg 32%) and intermediate-chain (n-[C.sub.21-25]) (avg 32%) n-alkanes, with an odd-number predominance (CPI = 1.21; carbon preference index according to Bray and Evans [29]). The medium- (FA 5-10%) and poor-quality (FA 3.5-5%) oil shales are dominated by n-alkanes of intermediate (n-[C.sub.21-25]) (avg 35%) and long-chain (n-[C.sub.27-31]) length, with variable odd-number predominance (CPI 1.13-1.88) (Table 4). In comparison, the proportion of long-chain compounds in poor-quality oil shales (avg 24%) is slightly higher than in medium-quality oil shales (avg 21%).

Generally, the low molecular weight n-alkanes are found in algae and microorganisms [30]. Alkanes of intermediate molecular weight have been reported to originate from sphagnum or aquatic macrophytes [31]. Long-chain alkanes are characteristic biomarkers for terrestrial plants, as they are the main components of leaf waxes [32]. The n-alkane distribution in [K.sub.2][qn.sup.1] oil shale may reflect the primary role of algae and aquatic macrophytes in OM contribution to high-quality oil shale formation, and the role of aquatic macrophytes and land plants in OM contribution to the formation of medium- and poor-quality oil shales.

4.3.2. Acyclic isoprenoids

The isoprenoids pristane (Pr) and phytane (Ph) are abundant in all oil shale samples (Fig. 5). The Pr/Ph ratio has been used extensively as an indicator of redox conditions in the depositional environment [33], though it may also be affected by maturation [20], and by differences in the precursors of acyclic isoprenoids (e.g., bacterial origin [34, 35]). Generally, Pr/Ph ratios < 1.0 suggest anaerobic conditions during early diagenesis; values between 1.0 and 3.0 suggest dysaerobic conditions. The influence of different organic matter sources on Pr/Ph ratios in the present study can be ruled out, as most oil shale samples are dominated by phytane. The Pr/Ph ratio of high-quality oil shale is 0.83. The Pr/Ph ratio in the poor- and medium-quality oil shales ranges from 0.75 to 0.87 (avg 0.81) and from 0.74 to 1.42 (avg 0.97), respectively (Table 4). These data suggest that oil shales were deposited under anoxic to dysoxic conditions, this interpretation being supported by cross plotting Pr/n-[C.sub.17] vs Ph/n-[C.sub.18] (Fig. 6, [36]).

4.3.3. Steroids

Steroids are abundant in all oil shale samples from the southeastern Songliao Basin. Based on m/z 217 chromatograms (Fig. 7), 5[alpha], 14[alpha] and 17[alpha](H) steranes are present in the [C.sub.27]-[C.sub.29] range. They are dominated by the 5[alpha], 14[beta], and 17[beta](H) isomers, which is consistent with the low maturity of the samples. Diasteranes and pregnane are also present in low abundances.

The carbon number distributions of regular steranes ([C.sub.27]-[C.sub.29]) in different oil shale layers show different characteristics; the carbon number distribution is [C.sub.27] > [C.sub.29] > [C.sub.28] (normal "L"-type) in layer 2 oil shales, and is dominated by [C.sub.27] steranes (Fig. 7a-b). The carbon number distribution is [C.sub.29] > [C.sub.27] > [C.sub.28] (reverse "L"-type) in layer 3 and 4 oil shales, which are dominated by [C.sub.29] steranes (Fig. 7c-d). The distribution of regular steranes is [C.sub.29] [approximately equal to] [C.sub.27] > [C.sub.28] or [C.sub.27] > [C.sub.29] > [C.sub.28] ("V"-type) in oil shales from layers 5 and 6 (Fig. 7e-f). Algae have been proposed to be the leading primary producer of [C.sub.27] sterols, while land plants are associated with [C.sub.29] sterols [37]. In contrast, [C.sub.28] steranes are believed to have been derived from a variety of sources [38-41]. Based on a ternary diagram plotting the relative proportions of [C.sub.27], [C.sub.28] and [C.sub.29] steranes (Fig. 8), we suggest that algal and mixed planktonic-bacterial OM sources dominate the lower oil shale layers (layers 1 to 3), whereas mixed plankton and land plant sources dominate the upper oil shale layers (layers 4 to 6).

High concentrations of [C.sub.28], [C.sub.29] and [C.sub.30] 4-methylsteranes are detected in all oil shale samples; however, the 4-methylsterane content is variable between oil shale layers. This is indicative of different organic matter sources. 4-methylsteranes are more abundant in the lower oil shale unit than in the upper oil shale unit. The lower unit is dominated by [C.sub.29] and [C.sub.30] 4-methylsteranes, whereas the upper unit is dominated by [C.sub.29] 4-methylsteranes. Within layer 2, high-quality oil shales have a higher 4-methylsterane content compared to lower-quality oil shales.

4.3.4. Terpenoids

Terpenoids are the most widely distributed biomarker compounds in the sediment. Chromatograms (m/z 191; Fig. 9) show that terpenoids, including pentacyclictriterpanes, tricyclic terpanes, gammacerane, and a small quantity of tetracyclic terpanes, are detected in all oil shale samples. Hopanoids are important non-aromatic cyclic triterpenoid constituents of oil shale in the southeastern Songliao Basin. The hopanoid distribution is characterized by 17[alpha], 21[beta] and 17[beta], 21[alpha] hopanes from [C.sub.27] to [C.sub.35], with no [C.sub.28] hopanes present. The predominant hopanoid is 17[alpha], 21[beta] [C.sub.30] hopane; [C.sub.35] hopanes are not detected in layers 5 and 6. [C.sub.31-][C.sub.35] homohopanes gradually decrease in abundance with increasing carbon number as follows: [C.sub.31] > [C.sub.32] > [C.sub.33] > [C.sub.34] > [C.sub.35].

The ratio of the 22S to 22S + 22R isomers of 17[alpha], 21[beta](H)-[C.sub.31] hopanes in the studied oil shale samples ranges from 0.41 and 0.52, lower than the end member value of 0.6 [43]. The ratio of [beta][alpha]h[C.sub.30] hopane (moretane) to [alpha][beta]t[C.sub.30] hopane ranges from 0.15 to 0.20 (Table 4), with little variability between the samples.

4.3.5. Indicators of paleosalinity (gammacerane)

The abundance of gammacerane is often associated with OM deposition in hypersaline environments [44] and may record input from bacterivorous ciliates living at or below the chemocline in stratified lakes [45]. Gammacerane is present in variable amounts in all oil shale layers. The gammacerane index (GI = gammacerane/(gammacerane + [alpha][beta]-[C.sub.30] hopane)) is a good indicator of salinity stratification of the water column in many lacustrine and marine sediments [22, 45, 46]. The GI values of oil shales in the Songliao Basin range from 0.18 to 0.66, and show a negative relationship with the Pr/Ph ratio (Fig. 10). The observed upward decrease in GI, which is accompanied by an upward increase in Pr/Ph ratios (Fig. 11c-d), indicates variable water column stratification associated with changes in salinity.

5. Discussion

5.1. Hydrocarbon potential and oil shale quality

Upper Cretaceous lacustrine sediments are widespread in the Songliao Basin, especially in the Qingshankou Formation (Member 1; [K.sub.2][qn.sup.1]). Figure 12 shows the hydrocarbon generation potential of [K.sub.2][qn.sup.1] source rocks in the southeastern Songliao Basin. All oil shale and mudstone samples that contain type I-II kerogen plot in the good to very good source rock region, indicating excellent hydrocarbon potential. Although the maturity of the studied samples (immature to marginally mature) is not high enough to generate and expel large amounts of hydrocarbons, thousands of productive wells from Daqing and Jilin Oil Field of PetroChina Company Limited confirm that oil is abundant in the central depression where the source rocks are of higher maturity.

The oil shales located in the southeastern uplift area of the Songliao Basin were not buried deep, and contain a large amount of immature OM. According to Meng et al. [8] and Liu et al. [7], the industrial grade of oil shale is of medium quality, with medium to high ash yields and low gross calorific values. Compared with the Huadian oil shale in northeastern China (3.6-19.8 wt%; avg 7.0 wt%) [15, 48], the oil yield of Songliao oil shale is relatively low (3.6-16.4 wt%; avg 5.4 wt%). However, the Songliao oil shale has a high shale oil conversion rate (oil yield/TOC ratio 0.7-1.5), while the Huadian oil shale has a low oil conversion rate, 0.3-0.7. The difference in oil yield and shale oil conversion rate may be related to the abundance and type of organic matter.

The relatively low oil yield of Songliao oil shale may be the result of low organic matter content in the very large Songliao lake basin, compared to the small, coal-bearing Huadian lake basin. The Songliao Basin is a large depression, covering an area of 26 * [10.sup.4] [km.sup.2], and the organic matter is represented by lamalginite algae, plankton and bacteria (kerogen type I; Fig. 4b). In contrast, the Huadian Basin is a small, elongated, fault-controlled basin covering an area of 26 [km.sup.2], and the organic matter represents various kerogen types II2 and III) [15, 48]. The type I kerogen and high shale oil conversion rate of Songliao oil shale indicate that the type of OM is suitable for oil conversion and oil shale utilization.

5.2. Depositional environments and their implications for oil shale formation

The upper and lower oil shale units both accumulated in a relatively deep lacustrine environment. Geochemical and biomarker data from oil shale layers are summarized in Figures 2 and 11. Changes in HI, n-alkanes and steranes in oil shale samples indicate that organic matter from different sources is present in different oil shale layers. Furthermore, the salinity and redox conditions can be evaluated based on the Pr/Ph ratio and gammacerane index. Differences in OM sources and environmental conditions (i.e. water column stratification and redox) may have controlled the quality and thickness of oil shales within the Qingshankou Formation.

5.2.1. Lower oil shale units (layers 1-3)

The oil shale units of deeper burial in the basin are characterized by a high TOC content (3.4-19.9 wt%) and medium to high oil yield (3.6-16.4 wt%) (Fig. 2a-b, e-f). Oil shale layers 1-3 are relatively thick and have moderate HI values (620-845 mg HC/g TOC; Fig. 2c, g). Maceral and biomarker data show that the OM pool is dominated by algal, planktonic and bacterial OM (Fig. 8; Fig. 11a-b). Terrestrial organic matter is abundant only in oil shale layer 3, resulting in a low oil yield (Fig. 7c). Low TOC/S ratios and high GI values, associated with low Pr/Ph values, indicate a stratified water column and saline, anoxic conditions in the bottom water (Fig. 13a).

5.2.2. Upper oil shale units (layers 4-6)

Oil shale layers 4-6 are thin and are characterized by a moderate TOC content (2.6-6.6 wt%), low to medium oil yield (3.6-5.4 wt%) (Fig. 2 a-b), and very high HI values (755-1474 mg HC/g TOC) (Fig. 2c). High concentrations of land plant-derived biomarkers attest to a significant component of terrestrial organic matter in layers 4 and 5, which likely explains the low oil yield from those layers. The percentage of terrestrial and planktonic organic matter gradually decreases from layer 4 to 6, while the percentage of algal material increases (Fig. 12a-b; Fig. 3b). Low TOC/S ratios and gammacerane index values also indicate water column salinity stratification, albeit to a lesser degree than in the lower oil shale units (Fig. 2d; Fig. 11d).

High Pr/Ph values (0.87-1.42) suggest the bottom water was dyserobic

(Fig. 11c).

6. Conclusions

1. Based on total organic carbon and Rock-Eval pyrolysis data, the oil shales and organic-rich mudstones of the Upper Cretaceous Qingshankou Formation in the southeastern Songliao Basin are excellent source rocks for oil, containing type I, immature to low-maturity organic matter.

2. The high organic matter content of the Songliao [K.sub.2][qn.sup.1] oil shale controls the high shale oil conversion rate, and points toward potential success in the development and utilization of Songliao oil shale.

3. Changes in n-alkanes, steranes and hopanoids in [K.sub.2][qn.sup.1]oil shale indicate that organic matter from various sources is present in the oil shales of different qualities. High-quality oil shale is dominated by phytoplanktonic/algal and bacterial organic matter, whereas low-quality oil shale is dominated from planktonic organic matter with a minor contribution from land plants.

4. Oxygen-deficient bottom water conditions, related to salinity stratification, are evidenced by biomarker data in certain oil shale layers. We propose that strong salinity stratification of the water column and persistent anoxic conditions accompanied the deposition of high-quality oil shale.

5. Over the scale of the southeastern Songliao Basin, the origin of organic matter and the depositional redox conditions and water salinity were the key factors controlling the quality and thickness of oil shales. Algal and microbial-derived organic matter, strong salinity stratification and anoxic conditions promoted the accumulation of high-quality oil shale.


We would like to thank Mr. Junlin He, Senior Engineer in the Jilin Oil Field of PetroChina Company Limited, for providing access to core material. This study was supported by the Jilin Oil Field of PetroChina Company Limited (JLYT-JS13-W23-FW-11-79).


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(a) College of Earth Sciences, Jilin University, 130061Changchun, China

(b) Key Laboratory of Oil Shale and Coexistent Energy Minerals of Jilin Province, 130061 Changchun, China

(c) School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Manchester, M13 9PL Manchester, UK

(*) Corresponding author: e-mail

Presented by S. Li

Received November 30, 2017

Table 1. Minimum, maximum and average values of oil yield, TOC, sulfur,
HI, [T.sub.max] and TOC/S in different layers of oil shale and mudstone
from [K.sub.2][qn.sup.1]

Formation               Sample           Oil yield (FA), wt%
                                         Min.-max.    Average

                                layer 6  --           5.1
                                layer 5  3.6-4.6    4,1
[K.sub.2][qn.sup.1]  Oil        layer 4  3.6-5.4      4.5
                     shale      layer 3  3.6-6.7      5
                                layer 2  3.6-16.4     6.5
                                layer 1  4.7-7.0      5.8
                        Mudstone         1.3-3.3      2.3

Formation               TOC, wt%               Sulfur, wt%
                     Min.-max.    Average  Min.-max.  Average

                     --         6.6        --         1.0
                     4.4-5.7    5.1        0.9-1.2    1.0
[K.sub.2][qn.sup.1]  2.6-6.2    4.1        0.6-1.1    0.9
                     3.9-7.3    5.5        0.9-4.1    1.7
                     3.4-19.9   8.1        0.9-2.4    1.7
                     6.5-7.3    6.9        1.4-1.7    1.5
                     1.8-6.4    3.1        0.4-2.0    1.0

Formation               Sample            HI, mg HC/g TOC
                                         Min.--max.  Average

                                layer 6   --         757
                                layer 5  782-783     782.5
                     Oil        layer 4  755-1474   1053
[K.sub.2][qn.sup.1]  shale      layer 3  757-845     799
                                layer 2  620-818     742
                                layer 1  727-769     748
                       Mudstone         162-815     646

Formation             [T.sub.max] [degrees]C         TOC/S
                      Min.--max.   Average    Min.--max.  Average

                       --            442       --            7
                      443-446        445        3.7-6.5      5.1
                      447-449        448        3.2-8.2      4.9
[K.sub.2][qn.sup.1]   443-449        446        0.9-6.0      4.3
                      441-448        445        2.9-11.2     4.6
                      439-445        442        3.8-5.2      4.5
                      439-448        444        1.2-17.8     3.7

Note: "--" represents no data.

Table 2. Organic maceral and vitrinite reflectance of oil shale and
mudstone samples from [K.sub.2][qn.sup.1]

Borehole  Sample  Depth,  Lithology  Oil     Sapropelic  Liptinite
                  m                  yield,  group (a),  (b1+b2),
                                     %       %           %

          SY-53   172.94  Oil        6.6     95.0        --
SY-10     SY-57   183.4   shale      4.66    96.7        --
          SY-60   195.12             2.38    96.7        --
          SY-85   127.98             1.88    95.0        --
SY-8      SY-87   144.85  Mudstone   1.7     95.0        --
          SY-88   156.7              1.12    95.0        --
          SY-92   173.25             0.32    95.0        --
          SY-93   233.62             1.48    93.3        --
SY-9      SY-96   244.62  Oil        4.48    93.3        --

Borehole  Vitrinite  Inertinite  TI  Type     Ro%
          (c),       (d),            of
          %          %               kerogen
          Collinite  Fusinite

          1.7        3.3         90  I        0.66
SY-10     --         3.3         93  I        0.65
          --         3.3         93  I        -
          1.7        3.3         90  I        0.5
SY-8      1.7        3.3         90  I        -
          1.7        3.3         90  I        0.51
          1.7        3.3         90  I        -
          1.7        5.0         87  I        0.54
SY-9      1.7        5.0         87  I        0.55

Note: "--" represents no data.

Table 3. Bulk organic geochemical data about oil shales of different
qualities from [K.sub.2][qn.sup.1]

Oil shale  Sample  Top       Bottom    Quality of  Oil yield,  TOC, wt%
layer              depth, m  depth, m  oil shale   wt%

Layer 6    ZS3-9   767.60    768.60    Medium       5.14        6.64
Layer 5    ZS3-22  783.60    784.60    Poor         4.63        5.69
Layer 4    ZS3-29  790.40    791.40    Medium       5.38        6.15
Layer 3    ZS3-41  802.40    803.40    Medium       6.67        7.31
Layer 2    ZS3-50  811.40    812.40    Poor         4.27        4.86
           ZS3-51  812.40    813.40    Medium       7.34        8.73
           ZS3-53  814.40    815.40    Poor         3.59        5.14
           SY9-5   240.32    241.32    Medium       6.06        7.55
           SY9-7   238.32    239.32    High        16.37       19.90
           SY9-8   237.32    238.32    Medium       7.20       10.10

Oil shale  Chloroform   Saturates,  Aromatics,  Resins,   Asphaltenes,
layer      bitumen "A"   wt% EOM    wt%, EOM    wt%, EOM  wt%, EOM
           (a), wt%

Layer 6      0.32       49.39       11.63       36.24     2.74
Layer 5      0.35       61.40       11.41       23.05     4.14
Layer 4      0.22       63.72       18.74       15.73     1.81
Layer 3      0.60       59.63       14.30       23.97     2.10
Layer 2      0.56       49.23       10.95       31.59     8.22
             0.80       55.54       15.53       24.71     4.22
             0.46       55.72       15.18       24.10     5.00
             0.49       69.69        9.20       19.90     1.22
             1.08       55.10       17.68       26.43     0.80
             1.12       67.71       10.40       20.64     1.26

(a) Chloroform bitumen = mass percentage of extracted organic matter
and samples; EOM--extracted organic matter.

Table 4. Biomarker analysis data

                                       Straight-chain alkanes
Oil shale  Sample  Top     Bottom  n-[C.sub.15]  n-[C.sub.21]
layer              depth,  depth,  -[C.sub.19]   -[C.sub.25]
                   m        m      /n-alk, %     /n-alk, %

Layer 6    ZS3-9   767.60  768.60   24.73         27.68
Layer 5    ZS3-22  783.60  784.60   19.55         30.92
Layer 4    ZS3-29  790.40  791.40   18.65         35.85
Layer 3    ZS3-41  802.40  803.40   13.56         38.39
Layer 2    ZS3-50  811.40  812.40   13.04         41.08
           ZS3-51  812.40  813.40   16.40         33.47
           ZS3-53  814.40  815.40   11.78         30.90
Layer 2    SY9-5   240.32  241.32   16.33         41.03
           SY9-7   238.32  239.32   31.58         31.87
           SY9-8   237.32  238.32   26.95         33.25

           Straight-chain alkanes            Acyclic isoprenoids
Oil shale  n-[C.sub.27]  CPI (a)   Pr (b)    Pr/n         Ph/n
layer      -[C.sub.31]             /Ph (c)  [C.sub.17]  [C.sub.18]
           /n-alk, %

Layer 6    23.58         1.88      1.42     0.88         0.75
Layer 5    20.71         1.24      0.87     0.99         1.13
Layer 4    20.02         1.13      1.05     0.79         0.68
Layer 3    25.17         1.19      0.80     0.57         0.61
Layer 2    19.42         1.35      0.80     1.39         1.62
           22.07         1.35      0.84     1.39         1.74
           31.51         1.49      0.75     1.26         1.56
Layer 2    18.92         1.23      0.94     0.87         0.88
           13.98         1.21      0.83     0.34         0.44
           17.58         1.20      0.74     0.40         0.54

          Sample  Top      Bottom  5[alpha]-    5[alpha]-    5[alpha]-
                  depth,   depth,  [C.sub.27],  [C.sub.28],  [C.sub.29],
                   m        m          %              %          %

Layer 6   ZS3-9   767.60  768.60      38.01        25.77        36.22
Layer 5   ZS3-22  783.60  784.60      32.31        27.22        40.47
Layer 4   ZS3-29  790.40  791.40      25.57        30.46        43.98
Layer 3   ZS3-41  802.40  803.40      26.81        31.51        41.68
Layer 2   ZS3-50  811.40  812.40      37.80        27.80        34.40
          ZS3-51  812.40  813.40      45.42        24.67        29.91
          ZS3-53  814.40  815.40      52.19        14.80        33.01
Layer 2   SY9-5   240.32  241.32      44.87        23.53        31.59
          SY9-7   238.32  239.32      42.93        26.23        30.84
          SY9-8   237.32  238.32      46.82        24.96        28.22

            Sterane                               Terpenoids
          [SIGMA]([C.sub.27]   [SIGMA][C.sub.27]   [C.sub.29][alpha]
           +[C.sub.28])        /[SIGMA][C.sub.29]  [alpha][alpha]20S
           /[SIGMA][C.sub.29]                        /20(R + S)

Layer 6       1.76                1.05                   0.15
Layer 5       1.47                0.80                   0.13
Layer 4       1.27                0.58                   0.20
Layer 3       1.40                0.64                   0.14
Layer 2       1.91                1.10                   0.16
              2.34                1.52                   0.19
              2.03                1.58                   0.18
Layer 2       2.17                1.42                   0.14
              2.24                1.39                   0.13
              2.54                1.66                   0.14

           Ts (d)   22S/(22S + 22R)   GI (f)  Moretane/
           /Tm (e)  [C.sub.31]                17[alpha]21[beta]
                    hopanes                   [C.sub.30] hopanes

Layer 6    0.47     0.47             0.18     0.15
Layer 5    0.51     0.51             0.28     0.15
Layer 4    0.50     0.50             0.24     0.16
Layer 3    0.50     0.50             0.66     0.20
Layer 2    0.52     0.52             0.65     0.19
           0.51     0.51             0.45     0.18
           0.51     0.51             0.52     0.19
Layer 2    0.51     1                0.38     0.16
           0.43     3                0.63     0.20
           0.41     1                0.39     0.20

(a) Carbon preference index (according to [27])
(b) Pristane
(c) Phytane
(d) 17[alpha][C.sub.27] Hopane
(e) 17[beta][C.sub.27] Hopane
(f) Gammacerane index
The abbreviation used: alk--alkanes.
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