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Max Arndt

PhD student

Contact details

Office location:
Room 411
Phone: +49-241-80-98438
Email: Max.Arndt@emr.rwth-aachen.de

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Current projects

 

  • Changes of fluid flow regimes in a calcite vein network (Natih Formation, Oman Mountains): Insights from Stable Isotopes (FracsDGMK project 718). Picture_151 - DGMK
  • Microstructures of calcite veins in Mesozoic Limestones of the Oman Mountains (Fracs - DGMK project 718). Picture_151 - DGMK
  • Microstructures of partially sealed veins in Zechstein Carbonates (Ca2 Stassfurt Carbonate, Lean Gas Area) in collaboration with ExxonMobil Production GermanyPicture_146 - exxon

Education

 
Since Oct 2010
PhD student at GED - Geologie Endogene Dynamik, RWTH-Aachen.

Apr. 2006 - Sept. 2010
Graduate studies Geology at RWTH-Aachen University. Focussing disciplines: Structural Geology, Geology of Sedimentary Basins and Applied Geophysics.
Graduated with Diplom (MSc-equiv., with honors).

Oct. 2004 - Mar. 2006
Undergraduate studies Geology at RWTH-Aachen University. (Vordiplom)

Experience

 
Since Nov. 2010
Research assistant at GED as a member of the interdisciplinary "Fracs" group. Funded by DGMK project 718 "Dynamics of mineral veins".
Subproject VeinGrowth:
  • Microstructural and geochemical investigation of natural vein samples from the Jabal Akhdar High-pressure-cell, Oman Mountains. (ongoing)
  • Flow-path of aquaceous fluids precipitating calcite in vein networks from stable isotope measurements. (ongoing) In collaboration with Stephen Cox (Australian National University, Canberra)
  • Experimental crystal growth into porosity. How is the interlock between host rock and cement crystals controlled? (planned for 2013)
Mar. 2010 - Sept. 2010
Diplom student, working on the evolution of crack-seal calcite vein networks in the Oman Mountains integrating virtual outcrop methods with microstructural analysis and geochemistry.

Apr. 2006 - Mar. 2010
Research student at Geologie Endogene Dynamik, RWTH-Aachen University
tasks: stress&strain excel sheet enhancement; rock salt thin sections;
Lecture assistant for undergrad course: the principles of structural geology

2009 Jan-Mar
Geologist-intern at ExxonMobil Exploration Company, Houston, Texas. Unconventional Resources Group.
Project: Fracability of ShaleGas plays.
Mentors: Dr. Gary Gray, Dr. Jane Lock
Recommendations (April 14, 2009): “Max brought a very refreshing sense of curiosity to his assignment as a summer intern. He enthusiastically took on the challenge of testing some of the dogma around fracability in shale gas plays and the results of his work were quite insightful.” by Richard Chuchla, Unconventional and Gas Resources Manager , ExxonMobil Exploration Company.

Diplom Thesis

 
Evolution of a crack- seal calcite vein network in limestone: a high resolution structural, microstructural and geochemical study from the Jebel Akhdar high pressure cell, Oman Mountains (2010)

Supervisors:
Please download a copy of the thesis here: RWTH-Aachen Library.

This is the crack-seal calcite vein network than has been captured on the western flank of Jabal Shams:



High resolution outcrop panorama of a dense crack-seal calcite vein network.
Top surface of Natih A formation (Turonian). Western flank of Jabal Shams, Oman Mountains.
See the map to the right for the location.
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Diplom Mapping Thesis

 
High resolution structural mapping of an area on the southern flanks of Jabal Shams, Oman Mountains (2010)

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Above: Artificial 3D view of Southern Jabal Shams and Wadi Nakhr, Central Oman Mountains. A High resolution Quickbird satellite image
has been draped on a 30m resolution Aster DEM. Note the red rectangle being the mapped area.
Below: Geological map of the area indicated in the figure above.

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Max's Publications

 

Theses

Simon Virgo, Max Arndt
Evolution of a crack-seal calcite vein network in limestone : a high resolution structural, microstructural and geochemical study from the Jebel Akhdar high pressure cell, Oman Mountains. MSc-thesis, Geologie - Endogene Dynamik, RWTH Aachen University. (2010)
 

Nonreviewed

Max Arndt, Simon Virgo, Zoe Soebisch, Marc Holland, Christoph Hilgers, Janos Urai
A World-class Exposure of a Fossil High Pressure Cell on the Southern Flank of Jabal Shams in the Oman Mountains. Al Hajar , FEB2010 (16), 3-7. (2010)
 

Papers

Max Arndt, Simon Virgo, S. F. Cox, Janos Urai
Changes in fluid pathways in a calcite vein mesh (Natih Formation, Oman Mountains): Insights from stable isotopes. Geofluids Volume 14, Issue 4, pages 391–418. Article first published online: 29 JUL 2014. DOI: 10.1111/gfl.12083 (2014)
 
E. Gomez-Rivas, Paul D. Bons, D. Koehn, Janos Urai, Max Arndt, Simon Virgo, Ben Laurich, Conny Zeeb, L. Stark, P. Blum
The Jabal Akhdar Dome in the Oman Mountains: evolution of a dynamic fracture system. American Journal of Science Vol. 314 pp. 1104-1139. doi 10.2475/07.2014.02 (2014)
 
Simon Virgo, Max Arndt, Zoé Sobisch, Janos Urai
Development of fault and vein networks in a carbonate sequence near Hayl al Shaz, Oman Mountains. GeoArabia [Manama]. Vol. 18, nb. 2, 2013 (2013)
 

Abstracts

D. Koehn, Anna Vass, Irfan Ghani, Renaud Toussaint, Paul Bons, E. Gomez-Rivas, Janos Urai, Max Arndt, Frank Wendler, P. Blum
Can vein patterns be used to estimate rock permeabilities? EGU European Geosciences Union General Assembly, 27th April – 02nd May, 2014, Vienna (Austria). (2014)
 
Janos Urai, Marc Holland, Werner Kraus, Rainer Telle, Max Arndt, Simon Virgo
How good is the glue? An integrated investigation of the mechanical properties of rocks undergoing crack-seal processes, using field, experimental and numerical methods. DEFORMATION MECHANISMS, RHEOLOGY & TECTONICS, KU Leuven 16-18 September 2013, Leuven, Belgium. (2013)
 
Max Arndt, Simon Virgo, S. F. Cox, Janos Urai
Fracture controlled fluid pathways in a limestone high-pressure cell (Natih Formation, Oman Mountains): Insights from Stable Isotopes. DEFORMATION MECHANISMS, RHEOLOGY & TECTONICS, KU Leuven 16-18 September 2013, Leuven, Belgium (2013)
 
P. Stenhouse, S. F. Cox, Simon Virgo, Max Arndt, Janos Urai
Reactive transport modeling of fault-controlled fluid flow during growth of a normal fault network, Jebel Akhdar Dome, Oman. TSG Annual Meeting 03 - 05 January 2013. Leeds, UK. (2013)
 
Max Arndt, Simon Virgo, S. F. Cox, Janos Urai
Changes of fluid flow regimes in a complex calcite vein network (Natih Formation, Oman Mountains): Insights from Stable Isotope Analysis. Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 14, EGU2012-12097, 2012 EGU General Assembly 2012 (2012)
 
P. Stenhouse, S. F. Cox, Simon Virgo, Max Arndt, Janos Urai
Localisation of fault-controlled fluid flow during growth of a normal fault network, Jebel Akhdar Dome, Oman. SGTSG 2012 (Waratah Bay, Victoria, Australia). Geological Society of Australia (Abstracts) 102(1), 134pp. Sydney, N.S.W., Australia. (2012)
 
Max Arndt, Simon Virgo, Zoé Sobisch, Marc Holland, Janos Urai
Field observations and interpretation of remote sensing data from an exhumed high pressure carbonate reservoir, Jebel Shams, Oman Mountains. EGU General Assembly. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 13, pp. EGU2011-3655. Room 28 / Mon, 04 Apr, 14:15-14:30, oral (2011)
 
Max Arndt, Simon Virgo, E. Gomez-Rivas, Paul Bons, Daniel Koehn, Janos Urai
The Structural Evolution of the Jabal Akhdar Dome, Oman Mountains. New Insights from High-Resolution Studies and Field Observations. DGMK/GEW Veranstaltung Frühjahrstagung, pp. Poster. Montag, 11. April 2011. (2011)
 
Janos Urai, Werner Kraus, Steffen Abe, Max Arndt, Simon Virgo, Marc Holland, Rainer Telle, T. Tonnesen
How good is the glue? An experimental and numerical investigation of the mechanics of crack seal processes in vein networks. EGU General Assembly. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 13, pp. EGU2011-3603-1. Room 28 / Mon, 04 Apr, Room 28 / Mon, 04 Apr. (2011)
 
Ben Laurich, Max Arndt, Simon Virgo, Alexander Raith, Patrick Wuestefeld, Sebastian Thronberens, Janos Urai
Insights in dynamics of high-pressure cells based on high-resolution outcrop panoramas: A geometry database for calcite vein networks in the Oman Mountains. EGU General Assembly. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 13, pp. EGU2011-3612-3. Hall XL / Mon, 04 Apr, 08:00-19:30, Poster XL318 (2011)
 
Simon Virgo, Max Arndt, P. Stenhouse, Christoph Hilgers, S. F. Cox, Janos Urai
Evolution of a crack-seal calcite vein network in limestone : a high resolution structural, microstructural and geochemical study from the Jebel Akhdar high pressure cell, Oman Mountains. EGU General Assembly. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 13, pp. EGU2011-3573-1. Hall XL / Mon, 04 Apr, 08:00-19:30, Poster XL317 (2011)
 
Ben Laurich, Max Arndt, Simon Virgo, Alexander Raith, Patrick Wuestefeld, Sebastian Thronberens, Janos Urai
Insights in dynamics of high‐pressure cells based on high‐resolution outcrop panoramas: A geometry database for calcite vein networks in the Oman Mountains. EGU General Assembly 2011, Vienna, Austria. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 13. EGU2011‐3612‐3 (2011)
 
Alexander Raith, Sebastian Thronberens, Patrick Wuestefeld, Max Arndt, Simon Virgo, Ben Laurich, Janos Urai
How to take an outcrop home? A worldclass high density vein-network outcrop in the Oman Mountains. Geotag 2011, RWTH Aachen, University. (2011)
 
Ben Laurich, Max Arndt, Simon Virgo, Alexander Raith, Patrick Wuestefeld, Sebastian Thronberens, Janos Urai
Insights in dynamics of high-pressure cells based on high-resolution outcrop panoramas (A geometry database for calcite vein networks in the Oman Mountains). Geotag 2011, RWTH Aachen University. (2011)
 
Simon Virgo, Max Arndt, P. Stenhouse, S. F. Cox, Christoph Hilgers, Janos Urai
Evolution of a crack-seal calcite vein network in limestone (a high resolution structural, microstructural and geochemical study from the Jebel Akhdar high pressure cell, Oman Mountains). Geotag 2011, RWTH Aachen University. (2011)
 
P. Stenhouse, S. F. Cox, Simon Virgo, Max Arndt, Janos Urai
Localisation of Fault-controlled Fluid Flow During Growth of a Normal Fault Network, Jebel Akhdar Dome, Oman. IUGG Melbourne, Australia (28 June - 7 July 2011). Oral presentation. (2011)
 
Nadine Hoffmann, Klaus Reicherter, Thomas Fernandez-Steeger, Max Arndt
Tectonic Evolution of the Ohrid Basin (Macedonia/Albania): preliminary results for a future ICDP deep drilling site. EGU General Assembly 2009, Wien, Geophysical Research Abstracts, 11. (2009)
 
Max Arndt, Simon Virgo, Zoé Sobisch, Marc Holland, Janos Urai
Field observations and Interpretation of remote sensing data from an exhumed a high pressure carbonate reservoir, Jebel Shams, Oman Mountains. Geo 2008; International Conference and 106th annual meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften e (2008)
 
Simon Virgo, Zoé Sobisch, Max Arndt, Iwan De Lugt, Peter A. Kukla, Janos Urai
Deformation and hydrothermal alteration of radiolarites, Batain Coast, Eastern Oman. Geo 2008; International Conference and 106th annual meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften e. V. (DGG) and 98th annual meeting of the Geologische Vere (2008)
 

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