Comparison of Darcian flow in corresponding flat and folded surfaces

Water Resources Research



Folds of aquifers are rarely accounted for in models of groundwater flow. To account for aquifer folds in groundwater flow models, the equation describing Darcian flow in a general surface is derived. The equation is used to calculate steady state hydraulic head distributions for corresponding folded and flat surfaces. Each flat surface has the same hydraulic conductivity distribution and boundary condition as the corresponding folded surface. The folded surfaces have folds similar to the folds of selected aquifers and have folds that have much larger changes in slope. The largest difference in hydraulic head caused by all folding is only about 0.5% of the largest difference in hydraulic head across each surface. Because of the smaller areal extent and the fact that the effect of a sequence of folds is not cumulative, the minor folds do not generate substantially larger hydraulic head differences than the major folds.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Comparison of Darcian flow in corresponding flat and folded surfaces
Series title Water Resources Research
DOI 10.1029/WR026i008p01775
Volume 26
Issue 8
Year Published 1990
Language English
Publisher American Geophysical Union
Description 11 p.
First page 1775
Last page 1785
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