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The hydrodynamics of the Big Horn Basin: a study of the role of faults

American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin

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Abstract

A three-dimensional mathematical model simulates groundwater flow in the Big Horn basin, Wyoming. The hydraulic head at depth over much of the Big Horn basin is near the land surface elevation, a condition usually defined as hydrostatic. This condition indicates a high, regional-scale, vertical conductivity for the sediments in the basin. Our hypothesis to explain the high conductivity is that the faults act as vertical conduits for fluid flow. These same faults can act as either horizontal barriers to flow or nonbarriers, depending upon whether the fault zones are more permeable or less permeable than the adjoining aquifers. -from Authors

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
The hydrodynamics of the Big Horn Basin: a study of the role of faults
Series title:
American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin
Volume
76
Issue:
4
Year Published:
1992
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
530
Last page:
546
Number of Pages:
17