The geochemical facies of Hungarian thermal waters were the object of this study. Samples were separated into groups by relative ages (δ18O values). Mature and immature subgroups were formed on the basis of dissolved (semi)volatile organic compounds. The oldest (connate) waters form one group with a small number of samples. The subgroups containing different small molecular-sized soluble aromatics differ sharply in their chemical features (sodium, hydrogen carbonate, iodine, ammonium etc. content). The origin of the organic matter may differ in the subgroups as inferred by their different δ18O values and ten times greater halogen contents.
Our results show that the decomposition of organic matter produces small molecular-sized aromatic compounds and also influences the amounts of inorganic components in thermal waters, through the increase of feldspar hydrolysis and carbonate dissolution.
This study is intended to clarify the depositional environment of a 180-m-thick, immature, limy Middle Miocene oil source rock interval, cored in the Zala Basin, western Hungary. For this purpose, a highly interdisciplinary approach was applied combining simple, standard micropaleontological, isotopic, and organic geochemical methods, rarely applied together. Foraminifera were studied for estimating bottom oxygenation and water depth, while nannoplankton biostratigraphy permitted for estimating the rate of sedimentation. The studied source rocks were deposited in a rather shallow sea, below well-oxygenated bottom water. The abundant epiphytic foraminiferal fauna proves that the bottom was densely inhabited by benthic algae, while the high δ13Corg (>–22‰) clearly indicates massive benthic algal contribution to the kerogen. Mass accumulation rate of the limy upper part of the NN5 nannoplankton biozone, the oil source interval included, was very high (551 t/m2/Ma). In spite of moderate productivity and good oxygenation of the bottom, rapid accumulation of carbonate, produced partly by benthic algae, assured both the great relative weight of the marine organic components and their good preservation. Our results provide the first proof for the possibility of a major contribution of benthic algae to oil-prone kerogen.