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Fractures and Fracture Networks : Theory and Applications of Transport in Porous Media - Pierre M. Adler

Fractures and Fracture Networks

Theory and Applications of Transport in Porous Media

Hardcover Published: 31st March 1999
ISBN: 9780792356479
Number Of Pages: 431

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Both the beauty and interest of fractures and fracture networks are easy to grasp, since they are abundant in nature. An example is the road from Digne to Nice in the south of France, with an impressive number and variety of such structures: the road for the most part, goes through narrow valleys with fast running streams penetrating the rock faces; erosion is favored by the Mediterranean climate, so that rocks are barely covered by meager vegetation. In this inhospitable and sterile landscape, the visitor can im­ mediately discover innumerable fractures in great masses which have been distorted by slow, yet powerful movements. This phenomenon can be seen for about 100 kilometers; all kinds of shapes and combinations are repre­ sented and can be observed either in the mountain itself or in the man-made cliffs and excavations, resulting from improvements made to the road. In the same region, close to the Turini Pass, a real large scale hydrody­ namic experiment is taking place -a source which is situated on the flank on the mountain, has been equiped with a tap; if the tap is open, water flows through the tap only, but when it is closed, then the side of the mountain releases water in a matter of seconds. Other outlets are also influenced by this tap, such as a water basin situated a few hundred meters away.

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`....However, it would be a useful book to have for an Environmental Geoscience or Geo-engineering degree programm, as a supplement to a more general course text. At the graduate level, and beyond, it would be valuable to have in the library for those involved in fracture and fluid-flow studies.....I would recommend the purchase.'
John Spray, The Canadian Mineralogist, 38 (2000).

Introductionp. 1
Analysis and generation of random objectsp. 15
Transport and mechanical propertiesp. 67
A single fracture: generation, characterizationp. 103
Geometry of fracture networksp. 163
Elementary transport in single fracturesp. 223
Elementary transport in fracture networksp. 305
Bond networksp. 306
Networks of three-dimensional discrete fracturesp. 344
Fractured porous mediap. 377
Coupled processes in a single fracturep. 391
Indexp. 425
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ISBN: 9780792356479
ISBN-10: 0792356470
Series: Theory and Applications of Transport in Porous Media
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 431
Published: 31st March 1999
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.81