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Heterogeneity-enhanced gas phase formation in shallow aquifers during leakage of CO2-saturated water from geologic sequestration sites  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

primary concern for geologic carbon storage is the potential for leakage of stored carbon dioxide (CO2) into the shallow subsurface where it could degrade the quality of groundwater and surface water. In order to predict and mitigate the potentially negative impacts of CO2 leakage, it is important to understand the physical processes that CO2 will undergo as it moves through naturally heterogeneous porous media formations. Previous studies have shown that heterogeneity can enhance the evolution of gas phase CO2 in some cases, but the conditions under which this occurs have not yet been quantitatively defined, nor tested through laboratory experiments. This study quantitatively investigates the effects of geologic heterogeneity on the process of gas phase CO2 evolution in shallow aquifers through an extensive set of experiments conducted in a column that was packed with layers of various test sands. Soil moisture sensors were utilized to observe the formation of gas phase near the porous media interfaces. Results indicate that the conditions under which heterogeneity controls gas phase evolution can be successfully predicted through analysis of simple parameters, including the dissolved CO2 concentration in the flowing water, the distance between the heterogeneity and the leakage location, and some fundamental properties of the porous media. Results also show that interfaces where a less permeable material overlies a more permeable material affect gas phase evolution more significantly than interfaces with the opposite layering.

Plampin, Michael R.; Lassen, Rune N.; Sakaki, Toshihiro; Porter, Mark L.; Pawar, Rajesh J.; Jensen, Karsten H.; Illangasekare, Tissa H.

2014-12-01

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Dynamic effective properties of heterogeneous geological formations with spherical inclusions under periodic time variations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In unsteady groundwater flow (or similar processes of heat/electrical conduction), the heterogeneous medium structure is characterized by two random properties, the conductivity K and the specific storativity S. The average head field ?H ?and the associated effective properties Kef, Sef are determined for a layer with a periodic head drop between boundaries, such that H is periodic in time, and a medium made up of a matrix with a dilute concentration of spherical inclusions. In the common quasi-steady approximation, Kef is equal to the classical steady solution while Sef = SA, the arithmetic mean. We derive expressions for the frequency dependent Kef, Sef, which are generally complex, i.e., dynamic. The main result is the delineation of the ranges of the parameters: dimensionless frequency (?) and contrasts of conductivity (?) and storativity (s) between the matrix and the inclusions, for which dynamic effects are significant.

Rabinovich, A.; Dagan, G.; Miloh, T.

2013-04-01

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Formation evaluation: Geological procedures  

SciTech Connect

This volume goes beyond a discussion of petroleum geology and the techniques of hydrocarbon (oil and gas) logging as a reservoir evaluation tool. It provides the logging geologist with a review of geological techniques and classification systems that will ensure the maximum development of communicable geological information. Contents include: 1. Introduction--cuttings recovery, cutting sampling, core sampling, rock classification; 2. Detrital rocks--classification, description; 3. Carbonate rocks--classification, description; 4. Chemical rocks-introduction, siliceous rocks, ferruginous rocks, aluminous rocks, phosphatic rocks, aluminous rocks, carbonaceous rocks; 5. Igneous and metamorpbic rocks; Appendix; References and Index.

Whittaker, A.

1985-01-01

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Method of fracturing a geological formation  

DOEpatents

An improved method of fracturing a geological formation surrounding a well bore is disclosed. A relatively small explosive charge is emplaced in a well bore and the bore is subsequently hydraulically pressurized to a pressure less than the formation breakdown pressure and preferably greater than the fracture propagation pressure of the formation. The charge is denoted while the bore is so pressurized, resulting in the formation of multiple fractures in the surrounding formation with little or no accompanying formation damage. Subsequent hydraulic pressurization can be used to propagate and extend the fractures in a conventional manner. The method is useful for stimulating production of oil, gas and possibly water from suitable geologic formations.

Johnson, James O. (2679-B Walnut, Los Alamos, NM 87544)

1990-01-01

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Simulation of Seismic Tunnel Detection Experiments in Heterogeneous Geological Media  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Detecting covert tunnels and other underground openings is an important yet challenging problem for geophysicists, especially where geological heterogeneity is pronounced. A number of geophysical methods have been employed to solve this problem, each with varying degrees of success. We focus on the near-surface seismic techniques of surface wave backscattering, surface wave attenuation tomography, body wave diffraction imaging, and resonant imaging. We use the elastodynamic wave propagation code E3D to simulate tunnel detection experiments completed at this site for a range of synthetic fractal velocity models. The Black Diamond mine, located near Pittsburg California, is used for the field test of our analysis. Our results show that for the relatively low-frequency surface wave attenuation and backscattering methods, the maximum detectable tunnel depth in a homogenous medium is approximately equal to the wavelength of the probing Rayleigh wave. The higher-frequency body wave diffraction and resonant imaging techniques are able to locate tunnels at greater depths, but require more sophisticated analysis and are prone to greater attenuation losses. As is expected, for large values of heterogeneity amplitude, ?, the percent standard deviation from the mean velocity model, the average observed surface wave attenuation signal decreases and the maximum detectable tunnel depth decreases. However, for moderate values of heterogeneity amplitude (? < 3%), the average surface wave attenuation signal increases and the maximum detectable tunnel depth increases. For the body wave diffraction and resonant imaging experiments, as ? increases the complexity of the observed signal increases, resulting in more difficult processing and interpretation. The additional scattering attenuation tends to degrade the signals significantly due to their reliance on lower amplitude and higher frequency waves.

Sherman, C. S.; Glaser, S. D.; Rector, J.

2013-12-01

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Geologic Study of the Coso Formation  

SciTech Connect

There have been great advances in the last 20 years in understanding the volcanic, structural, geophysical, and petrologic development of the Coso Range and Coso geothermal field. These studies have provided a wealth of knowledge concerning the geology of the area, including general structural characteristics and kinematic history. One element missing from this dataset was an understanding of the sedimentology and stratigraphy of well-exposed Cenozoic sedimentary strata - the Coso Formation. A detailed sedimentation and tectonics study of the Coso Formation was undertaken to provide a more complete picture of the development of the Basin and Range province in this area. Detailed mapping and depositional analysis distinguishes separate northern and southern depocenters, each with its own accommodation and depositional history. While strata in both depocenters is disrupted by faults, these faults show modest displacement, and the intensity and magnitude of faulting does no t record significant extension. For this reason, the extension between the Sierran and Coso blocks is interpreted as minor in comparison to range bounding faults in adjacent areas of the Basin and Range.

D. L. Kamola; J. D. Walker

1999-12-01

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Constructing Hydraulic Barriers in Deep Geologic Formations  

SciTech Connect

Many construction methods have been developed to create hydraulic barriers to depths of 30 to 50 meters, but few have been proposed for depths on the order of 500 meters. For these deep hydraulic barriers, most methods are potentially feasible for soil but not for hard rock. In the course of researching methods of isolating large subterranean blocks of oil shale, the authors have developed a wax thermal permeation method for constructing hydraulic barriers in rock to depths of over 500 meters in competent or even fractured rock as well as soil. The technology is similar to freeze wall methods, but produces a permanent barrier; and is potentially applicable in both dry and water saturated formations. Like freeze wall barriers, the wax thermal permeation method utilizes a large number of vertical or horizontal boreholes around the perimeter to be contained. However, instead of cooling the boreholes, they are heated. After heating these boreholes, a specially formulated molten wax based grout is pumped into the boreholes where it seals fractures and also permeates radially outward to form a series of columns of wax-impregnated rock. Rows of overlapping columns can then form a durable hydraulic barrier. These barriers can also be angled above a geologic repository to help prevent influx of water due to atypical rainfall events. Applications of the technique to constructing containment structures around existing shallow waste burial sites and water shutoff for mining are also described. (authors)

Carter, E.E.; Carter, P.E. [Technologies Co, Texas (United States); Cooper, D.C. [Ph.D. Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

2008-07-01

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Are geological media homogeneous or heterogeneous for neutron investigations?  

PubMed

The thermal neutron absorption cross section of a heterogeneous material is lower than that of the corresponding homogeneous one which contains the same components. When rock materials are investigated the sample usually contains grains which create heterogeneity. The heterogeneity effect depends on the mass contribution of highly and low-absorbing centers, on the ratio of their absorption cross sections, and on their sizes. An influence of the granulation of silicon and diabase samples on the absorption cross section measured with Czubek's method has been experimentally investigated. A 20% underestimation of the absorption cross section has been observed for diabase grains of sizes from 6.3 to 12.8 mm. PMID:12485675

Wo?nicka, U; Drozdowicz, K; Gaba?ska, B; Krynicka, E; Igielski, A

2003-01-01

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Multi-Scale Characterization of an Heterogeneous Aquifer Through the Integration of Geological,  

E-print Network

. A static characterization of the reservoir was then undertaken from geophysical surveys and especially fromMulti-Scale Characterization of an Heterogeneous Aquifer Through the Integration of Geological productivité de chacun des puits et leurs connexions hydrauliques. Abstract -- Multi-Scale Characterization

Sailhac, Pascal

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Applying Seismic Methods to National Security Problems: Matched Field Processing With Geological Heterogeneity  

Microsoft Academic Search

Seismic imaging and tracking methods have intelligence and monitoring applications. Current systems, however, do not adequately calibrate or model the unknown geological heterogeneity. Current systems are also not designed for rapid data acquisition and analysis in the field. This project seeks to build the core technological capabilities coupled with innovative deployment, processing, and analysis methodologies to allow seismic methods to

S Myers; S Larsen; J Wagoner; B Henderer; D McCallen; J Trebes; P Harben; D Harris

2003-01-01

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Geologic/stochastic mapping of heterogeneity in a carbonate reservoir  

SciTech Connect

Two major problems in estimating interwell porosity and permeability patterns are estimating permeability profiles in uncored wells and interpolating wellbore information between wells. This paper reports on a technique combining core analysis, rock fabrics, and wireline logs used to estimate permeability values at 1-ft intervals in 32 wells in Section 15 of the Dune field. Stochastic geologic interpolation was generated with a geostatistical method known as conditional simulation. Simulation of water-flooding showed that the stochastic realizations with a low degree of continuity gave the most realistic results. Infill drilling to achieve an average well spacing of 2.5 acres increased recovery by 27 to 32%.

Lucia, F.J. (California Univ., Davis, CA (USA). Dept. of Land, Air, and Water Resources); Fogg, G.E. (Texas Univ., Austin, TX (USA). Bureau of Economic Geology)

1990-10-01

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Coalition Formation with Uncertain Heterogeneous Information*  

E-print Network

Bar-Ilan Univ. Ramat-Gan, 52900 Israel and Univ. of Maryland College Park, MD sarit@cs.biu.ac.il Onn Shehory IBM Research Lab in Haifa Haifa University Mount Carmel, Haifa 31905 ISRAEL onn@il.ibm.com Gilad Taase Dept. of CS Bar-Ilan Univ. Ramat-Gan, 52900 Israel ABSTRACT Coalition formation methods allow

Kraus, Sarit

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DISPOSAL METHODS: LANDFILLS, GEOLOGIC FORMATIONS, CHEMICAL STABILIZATION, AND CHEMICAL TREATMENT  

EPA Science Inventory

The section will deal with four hazardous waste disposal options, i.e., landfills, geologic formations, chemical stabilization, and chemical treatment. Landfilling has been the traditional method of disposing of hazardous waste. Improper land disposal has led to numerous cases of...

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Combining geologic-process models and geostatistics for conditional simulation of 3-D subsurface heterogeneity  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The goal of simulation of aquifer heterogeneity is to produce a spatial model of the subsurface that represents a system such that it can be used to understand or predict flow and transport processes. Spatial simulation requires incorporation of data and geologic knowledge, as well as representation of uncertainty. Classical geostatistical techniques allow for the conditioning of data and uncertainty assessment, but models often lack geologic realism. Simulation of physical geologic processes of sedimentary deposition and erosion (process-based modeling) produces detailed, geologically realistic models, but conditioning to local data is limited at best. We present an aquifer modeling methodology that combines geologic-process models with object-based, multiple-point, and variogram-based geostatistics to produce geologically realistic realizations that incorporate geostatistical uncertainty and can be conditioned to data. First, the geologic features of grain size, or facies, distributions simulated by a process-based model are analyzed, and the statistics of feature geometry are extracted. Second, the statistics are used to generate multiple realizations of reduced-dimensional features using an object-based technique. Third, these realizations are used as multiple alternative training images in multiple-point geostatistical simulation, a step that can incorporate local data. Last, a variogram-based geostatistical technique is used to produce conditioned maps of depositional thickness and erosion. Successive realizations of individual strata are generated in depositional order, each dependent on previously simulated geometry, and stacked to produce a fully conditioned three-dimensional facies model that mimics the architecture of the process-based model. We demonstrate the approach for a typical subsea depositional complex.

Michael, H. A.; Li, H.; Boucher, A.; Sun, T.; Caers, J.; Gorelick, S. M.

2010-05-01

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Geological pattern formation by growth and dissolution in aqueous systems  

SciTech Connect

Although many geological processes take place on time scales that are very long compared with the human experience, essentially all geological processes, fast or slow, are far from equilibrium processes. Surprisingly often, geological processes lead to the formation of quite simple and distinctive patterns, which hint at an underlying simplicity in many complex geological systems.. The ability to predict the seasons was critically important to early human society, and Halley’s prediction of the return of the comet that bears his name is still considered to be a scientific milestone. Spatial patterns have also attracted attention because of their aesthetic appeal, which depends in subtle ways on a combination of regularity and irregularity. In recent decades, rapid growth in the capabilities of digital computers has facilitated the simulation of pattern formation processes, and computer simulations have become an important tool for evaluating theoretical concepts and for scientific discovery. Computer technology in combination with other technologies such as high resolution digital cameras, scanning microprobes (atomic force microscopy AFM), confocal microscopy, and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), for example) has facilitated the quantitative characterization of patterns over a wide range of scales and has enabled rapid advances in our ability to understand the links between large scale pattern formation and microscopic processes. The ability to quantitatively characterize patterns is important because it enables a more rigorous comparison between the predictions of computer models and real world patterns and their formation.In some cases, the idea that patterns with a high degree of regularity have simple origins appears to be justified, but in other cases, such as the formation of almost perfectly circular stone rings due to freeze-thaw cycles simple patterns appear to be the consequence of quite complex processes. In other cases, it has been shown that very simple non-linear processes can lead to extremely complicated patterns, and that some apparently complex disordered systems can be described quantitatively in terms of simple fractal models.

Paul Meakin

2010-03-01

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Vertical stratification of subsurface microbial community composition across geological formations at the Hanford Site  

SciTech Connect

The microbial diversity in subsurface sediments at the Hanford Site's 300 Area in southeastern Washington State was investigated by analyzing 21 samples recovered from depths that ranged from 9 to 52 m. Approximately 8000 non-chimeric Bacterial and Archaeal 16S rRNA gene sequences were analyzed across geological strata that contain a natural redox transition zone. These strata included the oxic coarse-grained Hanford formation, fine-grained oxic and anoxic Ringold Formation sediments, and the weathered basalt group. We detected 1233 and 120 unique bacterial and archaeal OTUs (Operational Taxonomic Units, defined at the 97% identity level). Microbial community structure and richness varied substantially across the different geological strata. Bacterial OTU richness (based upon Chao1 estimator) was highest (>700) in the upper Hanford formation, and declined to about 120 at the bottom of the Hanford formation. Just above the Ringold oxic-anoxic transition zone, richness was about 325 and declined to less than 50 in the deeper reduced zones. The Bacterial community in the oxic Hanford and Ringold Formations contained members of 9 major well-recognized phyla as well 30 as unusually high proportions of 3 candidate divisions (GAL15, NC10, and SPAM). The deeper Ringold strata were characterized by low OTU richness and a very high preponderance (ca. 90%) of Proteobacteria. The study has greatly expanded the intralineage phylogenetic diversity within some major divisions. These subsurface sediments have been shown to contain a large number of phylogenetically novel microbes, with substantial heterogeneities between sediment samples from the same geological formation.

Lin, Xueju; Kennedy, David W.; Fredrickson, Jim K.; Bjornstad, Bruce N.; Konopka, Allan

2012-02-01

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Cirrus cloud formation and the role of heterogeneous ice nuclei  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Composition, size, and phase are key properties that define the ability of an aerosol particle to initiate ice in cirrus clouds. Properties of cirrus ice nuclei (IN) have not been well constrained due to a lack of systematic measurements in the upper troposphere. We have analyzed the size and composition of sublimated cirrus particles sampled from a high altitude research aircraft using both in situ and offline techniques. Mineral dust and metallic particles are the most enhanced residue types relative to background aerosol. Using a combination of cirrus residue composition, relative humidity, and cirrus particle concentration measurements, we infer that heterogeneous nucleation is a dominant cirrus formation mechanism for the mid-latitude, subtropical, and tropical regions under study. Other proposed heterogeneous IN including biomass burning particles, elemental carbon, and biological material were not abundant in cirrus residuals.

Froyd, Karl D.; Cziczo, Daniel J.; Hoose, Corinna; Jensen, Eric J.; Diao, Minghui; Zondlo, Mark A.; Smith, Jessica B.; Twohy, Cynthia H.; Murphy, Daniel M.

2013-05-01

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Dispersion measurement as a method of quantifying geologic characterization and defining reservoir heterogeneity. Final report  

SciTech Connect

The main objective of this research project is to investigate dispersion as a method of quantifying geological characterization and defining reservoir heterogeneity in order to enhance crude oil recovery. The dispersion of flow of a reservoir rock (dispersion coefficient and dispersivity) was identified as one of the physical properties of a reservoir rock by measuring the mixing of two miscible fluids, one displacing the other in a porous medium. A rock was 100% saturated with a resident fluid and displaced by a miscible fluid of equal viscosity and equal density. Some specific experiments were performed with unequal densities. Produced fluid was analyzed by refractometer, nuclear reaction, electrical conductivity and X-ray scan. Several physical and flow characteristics were measured on the sand rock sample in order to establish correlations with the measured dispersion property. Absolute permeability, effective porosity, relative permeability, capillary pressure, the heterogeneity factor and electrical conductivity were used to better understand the flow system. Linear, transverse, 2-D and 3-D dispersions were measured and used to characterize the rock heterogeneity of the flow system. A new system of measuring dispersion was developed using a gas displacing gas system in a porous medium. An attempt was also made to determine the dispersion property of an actual reservoir from present day well log data on a producing well. 275 refs., 102 figs., 17 tabs.

Menzie, D.E.

1995-05-01

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Role of particulate metals in heterogenous secondary sulfate formation  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A series of field sampling and controlled laboratory experiments were undertaken to quantify the role of trace metals found in ambient fine particulate matter and metal-rich primary sources in the heterogenous catalytic conversion of SO2 gas into sulfate particulate matter (PM) in the atmosphere. Analysis produced source profiles of three primary source materials, fluidized-bed catalytic cracking catalyst, coal-fired combustion fly ash, and paved road dust, featuring 33 elements including rare earth metals, which are not commonly reported in the literature. Subsequently three sets of experiments were conducted exposing 1) source materials, 2) ambient PM, and 3) ambient PM augmented with approximately an equal amount of source material to SO2 gas and measuring sulfate formation. Source material experiments revealed that the greatest extent of reaction was on the surface of coal fly ash with sulfate formation of 19 ± 5 mg sulfate g-1 material. Ambient fine particulate matter (PM) experiments showed sulfate formation ranging from negligible amounts to 180 ± 10 mg sulfate g-1 PM. It was much more difficult to quantify the sulfate formation on ambient filters augmented with the source materials. In these experiments, sulfate formation ranged from negligible amounts to 40 ± 8 mg sulfate g-1 of particles (ambient + augmented material). These three sets of experiments shows that heterogenous sulfate formation is often negligible but, under some conditions can contribute 10% or more to the total sulfate concentrations when exposed to high SO2 concentrations such as those found in plumes. Factor analysis of the source material experiments grouped metals into two categories, crustal components and anthropogenically emitted metals representative of catalyst material, with the former showing the strongest correlation with sulfate formation. Subsequent analysis of data collected from the ambient PM experiments showed a much weaker correlation of sulfate formation with the crustal components, including iron and titanium, remaining clustered with sulfate formation. Independent research has been previously reported in the literature establishing mechanisms for the iron and titanium catalyzed conversion of S(IV) to S(VI) suggesting there may be other metals within these crustal type metal components that behave similarly. Additional experiments spanning a wider range of variables including more sources, SO2 concentrations and exposure times, ambient PM locations, as well as more individual samples may be necessary to obtain more conclusive evidence into the role of various metals in catalyzing the conversion of S(IV) to S(VI).

Clements, Andrea L.; Buzcu-Guven, Birnur; Fraser, Matthew P.; Kulkarni, Pranav; Chellam, Shankararaman

2013-08-01

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Geologic Maps Geology 200  

E-print Network

Geologic Maps Geology 200 Geology for Environmental Scientists #12;Geologic Map of the US #12;Symbols found on geologic maps #12;Horizontal Strata #12;Geologic map of part of the Grand Canyon. Each color represents a different formation. #12;Inclined Strata #12;Dome #12;Geologic map of the Black Hills

Kammer, Thomas

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Scales of geological heterogeneity of a deep-water sand giant oil field  

SciTech Connect

To understand the levels of accuracy that can be placed upon different scales of reservoir description, turbidite intervals in part of the giant Wilmington oil field, California, have been numerically described at four scales of heterogeneity. The degree of accuracy of the description, in terms of real geologic variability, is found to diminish with increasing scale. At the microscale (grains and pores) and mesoscale (near well bore), the following flow units, listed in order of decreasing reservoir quality, were defined by relating various geologic and petrophysical properties: thick-bedded sand, thin-bedded sand, and shale. Mutual relationships among the geologic and petrophysical properties are a result of primary depositional processes. At the macroscale (interwell), shale beds are laterally continuous over long distances and probably isolate individual sands by acting as vertical permeability barriers. Petrophysical properties, such as permeability, vary between wells within an order of magnitude of measured values. The relationships among petrophysical properties and geologic properties established at the single-well scale are sometimes but not always predictable between wells. At the megascale (field wide), the turbidites were placed within the context of Vail's integrated sequence stratigraphy model, Walker's progradational submarine fan model, and Mutti's turbidite systems model to illustrate that there is not a unique interpretation when the overall size of a depositional system is larger than that of the data grid. At this scale, petrophysical properties are averaged over a large stratigraphic interval so that there is very little interwell predictability; however, the primary depositional control on gross petrophysical properties is maintained.

Slatt, R.M. (ARCO Oil and Gas Co., Plano, TX (USA)); Phillips, S. (ARCO Alaska, Inc., Anchorage (USA)); Boak, J.M. (Dept. of Energy, Washington, DC (USA)); Lagoe, M.B. (Univ. of Texas, Austin (USA))

1990-05-01

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Geologically based model of heterogeneous hydraulic conductivity in an alluvial setting  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Information on sediment texture and spatial continuity are inherent to sedimentary depositional facies descriptions, which are therefore potentially good predictors of spatially varying hydraulic conductivity (K). Analysis of complex alluvial heterogeneity in Livermore Valley, California, USA, using relatively abundant core descriptions and field pumping-test data, demonstrates a depositional-facies approach to characterization of subsurface heterogeneity. Conventional textural classifications of the core show a poor correlation with K; however, further refinement of the textural classifications into channel, levee, debris-flow, and flood-plain depositional facies reveals a systematic framework for spatial modeling of K. This geologic framework shows that most of the system is composed of very low-K flood-plain materials, and that the K measurements predominantly represent the other, higher-K facies. Joint interpretation of both the K and geologic data shows that spatial distribution of K in this system could not be adequately modeled without geologic data and analysis. Furthermore, it appears that K should not be assumed to be log-normally distributed, except perhaps within each facies. Markov chain modeling of transition probability, representing spatial correlation within and among the facies, captures the relevant geologic features while highlighting a new approach for statistical characterization of hydrofacies spatial variability. The presence of fining-upward facies sequences, cross correlation between facies, as well as other geologic attributes captured by the Markov chains provoke questions about the suitability of conventional geostatistical approaches based on variograms or covariances for modeling geologic heterogeneity. Résumé Les informations sur la texture des sédiments et leur continuité spatiale font partie des descriptions de faciès sédimentaires de dépôt. Par conséquent, ces descriptions sont d'excellents prédicteurs potentiels des variations spatiales de la conductivité hydraulique (K). L'analyse de l'hétérogénéité des alluvions complexes de la vallée de Livermore (Californie, États-Unis), sur la base de descriptions de carottes relativement nombreuses et de données d'essais de pompage, montre que l'hétérogénéité souterraine peut être caractérisée par une approche des faciès de dépôt. Des classifications conventionnelles de la texture de la carotte montrent une corrélation médiocre avec K; toutefois, une amélioration ultérieure des classifications de texture en faciès de dépôt de chenal, de levée d'inondation, de coulée boueuse et de plaine d'inondation a fourni un cadre systématique pour une modélisation spatiale de K. Ce cadre géologique montre que le système est composé pour l'essentiel par des matériaux d'inondation à très faible perméabilité ceci laisse envisager qu'on ne peut pas supposer que K suit une distribution log-normal, sauf peut-être à l'intérieur de chaque faciès. Une modélisation par chaîne de Markov de la probabilité de passage, représentant la corrélation spatiale dans les faciès et entre eux, prend en compte les faits géologiques intéressants tout en fournissant une approche nouvelle pour une caractérisation statistique de la variabilité spatiale des faciès. La présence de séquences à faciès tronqués vers le haut, d'une corrélation croisée entre faciès, ainsi que d'autres caractères géologiques pris en compte par les chaînes de Markov conduisent à se poser des questions sur l'adéquation des approches géostatistiques conventionnelles utilisant les variogrammes ou les covariances pour modéliser l'hétérogénéité géologique. Resumen La información respecto a la textura de los sedimentos y la continuidad espacial es inherente a las descripciones de las facies deposicionales sedimentarias. De este modo, estas descripciones se convierten en excelentes predictores potenciales de las variaciones espaciales de la conductividad hidráulica (K). El análisis de la heterogeneidad en un aluvial en el Valle de L

Fogg, Graham E.; Noyes, Charles D.; Carle, Steven F.

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Estimation of hydrologic properties of heterogeneous geologic media with an inverse method based on iterated function systems  

SciTech Connect

The hydrologic properties of heterogeneous geologic media are estimated by simultaneously inverting multiple observations from well-test data. A set of pressure transients observed during one or more interference tests is compared to the corresponding values obtained by numerically simulating the tests using a mathematical model. The parameters of the mathematical model are varied and the simulation repeated until a satisfactory match to the observed pressure transients is obtained, at which point the model parameters are accepted as providing a possible representation of the hydrologic property distribution. Restricting the search to parameters that represent fractal hydrologic property distributions can improve the inversion process. Far fewer parameters are needed to describe heterogeneity with a fractal geometry, improving the efficiency and robustness of the inversion. Additionally, each parameter set produces a hydrologic property distribution with a hierarchical structure, which mimics the multiple scales of heterogeneity often seen in natural geological media. Application of the IFS inverse method to synthetic interference-test data shows that the method reproduces the synthetic heterogeneity successfully for idealized heterogeneities, for geologically-realistic heterogeneities, and when the pressure data includes noise.

Doughty, C.A.

1996-05-01

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Photoacoustic Signal Formation in Heterogeneous Multilayer Systems with Piezoelectric Detection  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A new efficient model describing photoacoustic (PA) signal formation with piezoelectric detection is reported. Multilayer sandwich-like systems: heterogeneous studied structure—buffer layer—piezoelectric transducers are considered. In these systems, the buffer layer is used for spatial redistribution of thermoelastic force moments generated in the investigated structure. Thus, mechanical properties of this layer play a crucial role to ensure perfect control of the detected voltage formed on a piezoelectric transducer by contribution of different regions of the studied structure. In particular, formation of the voltage signal strongly depends on the point at which the thermoelastic source is applied. Therefore, use of relatively simple linear Green's functions introduced in frames of the Kirchhoff-Love theory is chosen as an efficient approach for the PA signal description. Moreover, excellent agreement between the theoretical model and measured results obtained on a heterogeneous "porous silicon-bulk Si substrate" structure is stated. Furthermore, resolving of the inverse problem with fitting of the experimental curves by the developed model allows reliable evaluation of the thermal conductivity of the nanostructured porous silicon layer.

Isaiev, Mykola; Andrusenko, Dmytro; Tytarenko, Alona; Kuzmich, Andrey; Lysenko, Vladimir; Burbelo, Roman

2014-12-01

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Geology of the Biwabik Iron Formation and Duluth Complex  

USGS Publications Warehouse

The Biwabik Iron Formation is a ???1.9 billion year-old sequence of iron-rich sedimentary rocks that was metamorphosed at its eastern-most extent by ???1.1 billion year-old intrusions of the Duluth Complex. The metamorphic recrystallization of iron-formation locally produced iron-rich amphiboles and other fibrous iron-silicate minerals. The presence of these minerals in iron-formation along the eastern part of what is known as the Mesabi Iron Range, and their potential liberation by iron mining has raised environmental health concerns. We describe here the geologic setting and mineralogic composition of the Biwabik Iron Formation in and adjacent to the contact metamorphic aureole of the Duluth Complex. The effects of metamorphism are most pronounced within a few kilometers of the contact, and decrease progressively away from it. The contact aureole has been divided into four metamorphic zones-each characterized by the composition and crystal structure of the metamorphic minerals it contains. The recrystallization of iron-formation to iron-rich amphibole minerals (grunerite and cummingtonite) and iron-pyroxene minerals (hedenbergite and ferrohypersthene) is best developed in zones that are most proximal to the Duluth Complex contact. ?? 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Jirsa, M.A.; Miller, J.D., Jr.; Morey, G.B.

2008-01-01

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Geology of the Biwabik Iron Formation and Duluth Complex.  

PubMed

The Biwabik Iron Formation is a approximately 1.9 billion year-old sequence of iron-rich sedimentary rocks that was metamorphosed at its eastern-most extent by approximately 1.1 billion year-old intrusions of the Duluth Complex. The metamorphic recrystallization of iron-formation locally produced iron-rich amphiboles and other fibrous iron-silicate minerals. The presence of these minerals in iron-formation along the eastern part of what is known as the Mesabi Iron Range, and their potential liberation by iron mining has raised environmental health concerns. We describe here the geologic setting and mineralogic composition of the Biwabik Iron Formation in and adjacent to the contact metamorphic aureole of the Duluth Complex. The effects of metamorphism are most pronounced within a few kilometers of the contact, and decrease progressively away from it. The contact aureole has been divided into four metamorphic zones-each characterized by the composition and crystal structure of the metamorphic minerals it contains. The recrystallization of iron-formation to iron-rich amphibole minerals (grunerite and cummingtonite) and iron-pyroxene minerals (hedenbergite and ferrohypersthene) is best developed in zones that are most proximal to the Duluth Complex contact. PMID:17997209

Jirsa, Mark A; Miller, James D; Morey, G B

2008-10-01

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Modeling fine-scale geological heterogeneity--examples of sand lenses in tills.  

PubMed

Sand lenses at various spatial scales are recognized to add heterogeneity to glacial sediments. They have high hydraulic conductivities relative to the surrounding till matrix and may affect the advective transport of water and contaminants in clayey till settings. Sand lenses were investigated on till outcrops producing binary images of geological cross-sections capturing the size, shape and distribution of individual features. Sand lenses occur as elongated, anisotropic geobodies that vary in size and extent. Besides, sand lenses show strong non-stationary patterns on section images that hamper subsequent simulation. Transition probability (TP) and multiple-point statistics (MPS) were employed to simulate sand lens heterogeneity. We used one cross-section to parameterize the spatial correlation and a second, parallel section as a reference: it allowed testing the quality of the simulations as a function of the amount of conditioning data under realistic conditions. The performance of the simulations was evaluated on the faithful reproduction of the specific geological structure caused by sand lenses. Multiple-point statistics offer a better reproduction of sand lens geometry. However, two-dimensional training images acquired by outcrop mapping are of limited use to generate three-dimensional realizations with MPS. One can use a technique that consists in splitting the 3D domain into a set of slices in various directions that are sequentially simulated and reassembled into a 3D block. The identification of flow paths through a network of elongated sand lenses and the impact on the equivalent permeability in tills are essential to perform solute transport modeling in the low-permeability sediments. PMID:23252428

Kessler, Timo Christian; Comunian, Alessandro; Oriani, Fabio; Renard, Philippe; Nilsson, Bertel; Klint, Knud Erik; Bjerg, Poul Løgstrup

2013-01-01

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Sulfuric Acid Monohydrate: Formation and Heterogeneous Chemistry in the Stratosphere  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

We have investigated some thermodynamic properties (i.e., freezing/melting points) and heterogeneous chemistry of sulfuric acid monohydrate (SAM, H2SO4.H2O), using a fast flow reactor coupled to a quadrupole mass spectrometer. The freezing point observations of thin liquid sulfuric acid films show that for acid contents between 75 and 85 wt % the monohydrate crystallizes readily at temperatures between 220 and 240 K on a glass substrate. Once formed, SAM can be thermodynamically stable in the H2O partial pressure range of (1-4) x 10(exp -4) torr and in the temperature range of 220-240 K. For a constant H2O partial pressure, lowering the temperature causes SAM to melt when the temperature and water partial pressure conditions are out of its stability regime. The reaction probability measurements indicate that the hydrolysis of N2O5 is significantly suppressed owing to the formation of crystalline SAM: The reaction probability on water-rich SAM (with higher relative humidity, or RH) is of the order of 10(exp -3) at 210 K and decreases by more than an order of magnitude for the acid-rich form (with lower RH). The hydrolysis rate of ClONO2 on water-rich SAM is even smaller, of the order of 10(exp -4) at 195 K. These reported values on crystalline SAM are much smaller than those on liquid solutions. No enhancement of these reactions is observed in the presence of HCl vapor at the stratospheric concentrations. In addition, Brunauer, Emmett, and Teller analysis of gas adsorption isotherms and photomicrography have been performed to characterize the surface roughness and porosities of the SAM substrate. The results suggest the possible formation of SAM in some regions of the middle- or low-latitude stratosphere and, consequently, much slower heterogeneous reactions on the frozen aerosols.

Zhang, Renyi; Leu, Ming-Taun; Keyser, Leon F.

1995-01-01

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Comparison of Publically Available Methodologies for Development of Geologic Storage Estimates for Carbon Dioxide in Saline Formations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

High-level estimates of CO2 storage potential at the national, regional, and basin scale are required to assess the potential for carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technologies to reduce CO2 emissions for application to saline formations. Both private and public entities worldwide rely on CO2 storage potential estimates for broad energy-related government policy and business decisions. High-level estimates of CO2 geologic storage potential, however, have a high degree of uncertainty because the assessments rely on simplifying assumptions due to the deficiency or absence of data from the subsurface associated with areas of potential storage in saline formations and the natural heterogeneity of geologic formations in general, resulting in undefined rock properties. As site characterization progresses to individual CO2 storage sites, additional site-specific data will likely be collected and analyzed that will allow for the refinement of high-level CO2 storage resource estimates and development of CO2 storage capacities. Until such detailed characterization can be documented, dependable high-level CO2 storage estimates are essential to ensure successful widespread deployment of CCUS technologies. Initiatives for assessing CO2 geologic storage potential have been conducted since 1993. Although dependable high-level CO2 storage estimates are essential to ensure successful deployment of CCUS technologies, it is difficult to assess the uncertainty of these estimates without knowing how the current methodologies targeted at high-level CO2 storage resource estimates for saline formations compare to one another. In this study, we compare high-level CO2 methodologies for development of geologic storage estimates for CO2 in saline formations to assess the uncertainty associated with various methodologies. The methodologies applied are listed as follows: (1) U.S. DOE Methodology: Development of Geologic Storage Potential for Carbon Dioxide at the National and Regional Scale, (2) Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum: CO2 Storage Capacity Estimation: Methodology and Gaps, (3) U.S. Geologic Survey: A Probabilistic Assessment Methodology for the Evaluation of Geologic Carbon Dioxide Storage, (4) Szulczewski, M., MacMinn, C.W., Herzog, H.J., Juanes, R., 2012 Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci.: Lifetime of carbon capture and storage as a climate-change mitigation technology, and (5) Zhou, Q., Birkholzer, J.T., Tsang, C.-F., Rutqvist, J., 2008 Int. J. of Greenhouse Gas Control 2, 626-639: A method for quick assessment of CO2 storage capacity in closed and semi-closed saline formation. The methodologies are applied to formations throughout the United States.

Goodman, A.; Strazisar, B. R.; Guthrie, G. D.; Bromhal, G.

2012-12-01

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Field geologist's training guide: An introduction to oilfield geology, mud logging and formation evaluation  

Microsoft Academic Search

This handbook presents a basic overview of and introduction to petroleum geology, oilfield terminolgy and formation evaluation procedures. The chapters introduce many key concepts. Petroleum geology, oilfield fluids, rig types and their components, wellsite equipment and the environment in which field geologists work are presented in detail. Drilling and completing a well and formation evaluation procedures are examined from the

1985-01-01

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Stochastic inversion of pneumatic cross-hole tests and barometric pressure fluctuations in heterogeneous unsaturated formations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The distributions of permeability and porosity are key factors that control airflow and gas phase transport in unsaturated formations. To understand the behavior of flow and transport in such formations, characterization procedure is a typical approach that has been widely applied to laboratories and fields. As is recognized by most investigations, this approach relies on accurate measurements, and more importantly, an adequate tool to interpret those measurements from experiments. This study presents a pneumatic inverse model that is capable to estimate the distributions of permeability ( k) and porosity ( ?) with high resolution in heterogeneous unsaturated formations. Based on the concept of sequential successive linear estimator (SSLE), the developed model accounts for compressibility and density of air and estimates the geologic parameters using air pressure measurements from sequential cross-hole pneumatic pumping or injection tests. Four synthetic examples, including a one-dimensional well-posed, a horizontally two-dimensional, and two three-dimensional problems, are used to evaluate the developed model in estimating the distributions of permeability and porosity in unsaturated formations. Results of the numerical experiments are promising. The developed pneumatic inverse model can reconstruct the property (i.e., permeability and porosity) fields if the well-defined conditions are met. With a relatively small number of available measurements, the proposed model can accurately capture the patterns and the magnitudes of estimated properties for unsaturated formations. Results of two complex three-dimensional examples show that the proposed model can map the fracture connectivity using a small number of subsurface pressure measurements and estimate k and ? in shallow soil layers using spatial variations of barometric pressure.

Ni, Chuen-Fa; Yeh, Tian-Chyi Jim

2008-12-01

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Stochastic Inversion of Pneumatic Cross-hole Tests and Barometric Pressure Fluctuations in Heterogeneous Unsaturated Formations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The distributions of permeability and porosity are key factors that control airflow and gas phase transport in unsaturated formations. To understand the behavior of flow and transport in such formations, characterization procedure is a typical approach that has been widely applied to laboratories and fields. As is recognized by most investigations, this approach relies on accurate measurements, and more importantly, an adequate tool to interpret those measurements from experiments. This study presents a pneumatic inverse model that is capable to estimate the distributions of permeability (Ka) and porosity (n) with high resolution in heterogeneous unsaturated formations. Based on the concept of sequential successive linear estimator (SSLE), the developed model accounts for compressibility and density of air and estimates the geologic parameters using air pressure measurements from sequential cross-hole pneumatic pumping or injection tests. Four synthetic examples, including a one-dimensional well-posed, a horizontally two-dimensional, and two three-dimensional problems, are used to evaluate the developed model in estimating the distributions of permeability and porosity in unsaturated formations. Results of the numerical experiments are promising. The developed pneumatic inverse model can reconstruct the property (i.e., permeability and porosity) fields if the well-defined conditions are met. With relatively small number of available measurements, the proposed model can accurately capture the patterns and the magnitudes of estimated properties for unsaturated formations. Results of two complex three-dimensional examples show that the proposed model can map the fracture connectivity using relatively small number of subsurface pressure measurements and estimate and in shallow soil layers using spatial variations of barometric pressure.

Ni, C.-F.; Yeh, T.-C. J.; Hsu, H.-H.; Deng, Y.-T.

2009-04-01

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Geology  

SciTech Connect

This chapter summarizes the geology of the single-shell tank (SST) farms in the context of the region’s geologic history. This chapter is based on the information in the geology data package for the SST waste management areas and SST RFI Appendix E, which builds upon previous reports on the tank farm geology and Integrated Disposal Facility geology with information available after those reports were published.

Reidel, Stephen P.

2008-01-17

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A Formative Assessment of Geologic Time for High School Earth Science Students  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Earth science courses typically include the concept of geological time. The authors of this study attempt to move past traditional assessment practices and develop a formative assessment of students' understanding of the construction of the geologic time scale and how it is interpreted. Through this approach students are challenged to conceptualize the geologic time scale by comparing it to a student-produced time scale for an older adult's life. This formative assessment allows the teacher to alter instruction based on students' feedback in order to maximize student understanding of geologic time.

2004-05-01

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Approaches to identifying reservoir heterogeneity and reserve growth opportunities from subsurface data: The Oficina Formation, Budare field, Venezuela  

SciTech Connect

We applied an integrated geologic, geophysical, and engineering approach devised to identify heterogeneities in the subsurface that might lead to reserve growth opportunities in our analysis of the Oficina Formation at Budare field, Venezuela. The approach involves 4 key steps: (1) Determine geologic reservoir architecture; (2) Investigate trends in reservoir fluid flow; (3) Integrate fluid flow trends with reservoir architecture; and (4) Estimate original oil-in-place, residual oil saturation, and remaining mobile oil, to identify opportunities for reserve growth. There are three main oil-producing reservoirs in the Oficina Formation that were deposited in a bed-load fluvial system, an incised valley-fill, and a barrier-strandplain system. Reservoir continuity is complex because, in addition to lateral facies variability, the major Oficina depositional systems were internally subdivided by high-frequency stratigraphic surfaces. These surfaces define times of intermittent lacustrine and marine flooding events that punctuated the fluvial and marginal marine sedimentation, respectively. Syn and post depositional faulting further disrupted reservoir continuity. Trends in fluid flow established from initial fluid levels, response to recompletion workovers, and pressure depletion data demonstrated barriers to lateral and vertical fluid flow caused by a combination of reservoir facies pinchout, flooding shale markers, and the faults. Considerable reserve growth potential exists at Budare field because the reservoir units are highly compartment by the depositional heterogeneity and structural complexity. Numerous reserve growth opportunities were identified in attics updip of existing production, in untapped or incompletely drained compartments, and in field extensions.

Hamilton, D.S.; Raeuchle, S.K.; Holtz, M.H. [Bureau of Economic Geology, Austin, TX (United States)] [and others

1997-08-01

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The geologic mapping of Venus using C-1 format: Sheets 75N254, 60N263  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The results of geologic mapping of Venus, produced on the base of Magellan images, are presented. We submit two C-1 format geologic maps with the appropriate legend. The mapping territory was taken from Venera 15 and 16 missions and geologic maps were composed. Magellan images allow us to divide some types of the plains units to determine the lava flow direction and to map with better accuracy.

Shalimov, I. V.

1992-01-01

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Nitrate reduction in geologically heterogeneous catchments--a framework for assessing the scale of predictive capability of hydrological models.  

PubMed

In order to fulfil the requirements of the EU Water Framework Directive nitrate load from agricultural areas to surface water in Denmark needs to be reduced by about 40%. The regulations imposed until now have been uniform, i.e. the same restrictions for all areas independent of the subsurface conditions. Studies have shown that on a national basis about 2/3 of the nitrate leaching from the root zone is reduced naturally, through denitrification, in the subsurface before reaching the streams. Therefore, it is more cost-effective to identify robust areas, where nitrate leaching through the root zone is reduced in the saturated zone before reaching the streams, and vulnerable areas, where no subsurface reduction takes place, and then only impose regulations/restrictions on the vulnerable areas. Distributed hydrological models can make predictions at grid scale, i.e. at much smaller scale than the entire catchment. However, as distributed models often do not include local scale hydrogeological heterogeneities, they are typically not able to make accurate predictions at scales smaller than they are calibrated. We present a framework for assessing nitrate reduction in the subsurface and for assessing at which spatial scales modelling tools have predictive capabilities. A new instrument has been developed for airborne geophysical measurements, Mini-SkyTEM, dedicated to identifying geological structures and heterogeneities with horizontal and lateral resolutions of 30-50 m and 2m, respectively, in the upper 30 m. The geological heterogeneity and uncertainty are further analysed by use of the geostatistical software TProGS by generating stochastic geological realisations that are soft conditioned against the geophysical data. Finally, the flow paths within the catchment are simulated by use of the MIKE SHE hydrological modelling system for each of the geological models generated by TProGS and the prediction uncertainty is characterised by the variance between the predictions of the different models. PMID:23953482

Refsgaard, Jens Christian; Auken, Esben; Bamberg, Charlotte A; Christensen, Britt S B; Clausen, Thomas; Dalgaard, Esben; Effersø, Flemming; Ernstsen, Vibeke; Gertz, Flemming; Hansen, Anne Lausten; He, Xin; Jacobsen, Brian H; Jensen, Karsten Høgh; Jørgensen, Flemming; Jørgensen, Lisbeth Flindt; Koch, Julian; Nilsson, Bertel; Petersen, Christian; De Schepper, Guillaume; Schamper, Cyril; Sørensen, Kurt I; Therrien, Rene; Thirup, Christian; Viezzoli, Andrea

2014-01-15

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Geologic factors controlling CO 2 storage capacity and permanence: case studies based on experience with heterogeneity in oil and gas reservoirs applied to CO 2 storage  

Microsoft Academic Search

A variety of structural and stratigraphic factors control geological heterogeneity, inferred to influence both sequestration\\u000a capacity and effectiveness, as well as seal capacity. Structural heterogeneity factors include faults, folds, and fracture\\u000a intensity. Stratigraphic heterogeneity is primarily controlled by the geometry of depositional facies and sandbody continuity,\\u000a which controls permeability structure. The permeability structure, in turn, has implications for CO2 injectivity

W. A. Ambrose; S. Lakshminarasimhan; M. H. Holtz; V. Núñez-López; S. D. Hovorka; I. Duncan

2008-01-01

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2006 Proc. Annu. Conf. SEAFWA Geologic Analyses for EvaluatingWatershed Heterogeneity  

E-print Network

(Micropterus dolomieu) from the Maury and James rivers (Virginia). Cluster analysis of multivariate geologic of otolith chemistry in riverine smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) populations. Trace element concen

Harbor, David

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Modeling CO2 distribution in a heterogeneous sandstone reservoir: the Johansen Formation, northern North Sea  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The last few years there has been broad attention towards finding permanent storage options for CO2. The Norwegian continental margin holds great potential for storage in saline aquifers. Common for many of these reservoir candidates, however, is that geological data are sparse relative to thoroughly mapped hydrocarbon reservoirs in the region. Scenario modeling provides a method for estimating reservoir performances for potential CO2 storage sites and for testing injection strategies. This approach is particularly useful in the evaluation of uncertainties related to reservoir properties and geometry. In this study we have tested the effect of geological heterogeneities in the Johansen Formation, which is a laterally extensive sandstone and saline aquifer at burial depths of 2 - 4 km, proposed as a suitable candidate for CO2 storage by Norwegian authorities. The central parts of the Johansen Formation are underlying the operating hydrocarbon field Troll. In order not to interfere with ongoing gas production, a potential CO2 injection well should be located at a safe distance from the gas reservoir, which consequently implies areas presently without well control. From 3D seismic data, prediction of spatial extent of sandstone is possible to a certain degree, whereas intra-reservoir flow baffles such as draping mudstone beds and calcite cemented layers are below seismic resolution. The number and lateral extent of flow baffles, as well as porosity- and permeability distributions are dependent of sedimentary facies and diagenesis. The interpretation of depositional environment and burial history is thus of crucial importance. A suite of scenario models was established for a potential injection area south of the Troll field. The model grids where made in Petrel based on our interpretations of seismic data, wire line logs, core and cuttings samples. Using Eclipse 300 the distribution of CO2 is modeled for different geological settings; with and without the presence of pervasive low permeability draping mudstone layers, and with varying lateral extent of potential calcite cemented layers in 8 to 15 intra-reservoir depth levels. The modeled area covers 10 x 15.8 km, with a thickness of 110 m at the injection point. Simulations were run with an injection phase of 30 years plus 100 years of migration. The presence of meso-scale flow baffles causes a reduction in vertical permeability in addition to the facies related variation on the micro-scale. Scenarios including potential flow baffles as separate layers in the model grids were compared to scenarios in which the effect of flow baffles were included using harmonic mean average of vertical permeability. The subsequent differences in CO2 distribution are important in estimating the contact area between the plume front and reservoir brine. A heterogeneous reservoir with internal flow baffles is not necessarily a disadvantage as long as sufficient injectivity is maintained within individual sandstone bodies. In each scenario we aim to adapt a suitable injection strategy with respect to utilizing local effects such as the delimitation of gravitational flow, in order to increase reservoir sweep and maximize the effect of trapping mechanisms (i.e. residual, stratigraphic, mineral and dissolution).

Sundal, Anja; Miri, Rohaldin; Petter Nystuen, Johan; Dypvik, Henning; Aagaard, Per

2013-04-01

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Integration of geology, geostatistics, well logs and pressure data to model a heterogeneous supergiant field in Iran  

SciTech Connect

The geological reservoir study of the supergiant Ahwaz field significantly improved the history matching process in many aspects, particularly the development of a geostatistical model which allowed a sound basis for changes and by delivering much needed accurate estimates of grid block vertical permeabilities. The geostatistical reservoir evaluation was facilitated by using the Heresim package and litho-stratigraphic zonations for the entire field. For each of the geological zones, 3-dimensional electrolithofacies and petrophysical property distributions (realizations) were treated which captured the heterogeneities which significantly affected fluid flow. However, as this level of heterogeneity was at a significantly smaller scale than the flow simulation grid blocks, a scaling up effort was needed to derive the effective flow properties of the blocks (porosity, horizontal and vertical permeability, and water saturation). The properties relating to the static reservoir description were accurately derived by using stream tube techniques developed in-house whereas, the relative permeabilities of the grid block were derived by dynamic pseudo relative permeability techniques. The prediction of vertical and lateral communication and water encroachment was facilitated by a close integration of pressure, saturation data, geostatistical modelling and sedimentological studies of the depositional environments and paleocurrents. The nature of reservoir barriers and baffles varied both vertically and laterally in this heterogeneous reservoir. Maps showing differences in pressure between zones after years of production served as a guide to integrating the static geological studies to the dynamic behaviour of each of the 16 reservoir zones. The use of deep wells being drilled to a deeper reservoir provided data to better understand the sweep efficiency and the continuity of barriers and baffles.

Samimi, B.; Bagherpour, H.; Nioc, A. [and others

1995-08-01

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High Performance Simulation of Environmental Tracers in Heterogeneous Formations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Environmental tracers provide information on fluid flux, yielding important information for use in groundwater studies. Currently environmental tracer interpretation has been limited by computational expense. Here we use a scalable, massively parallel, flow and reactive transport code PFLOTRAN to simulate the concentrations of 3H, 3He, CFC-11, CFC-12, CFC-113, SF6, 39Ar, 81Kr , 4He and the mean groundwater age in 2D and 3D heterogeneous fields on grids with an excess of 10 million nodes. We utilize this computational platform to simulate the spatial distribution of environmental tracer concentration, tracer derived ages and modeled mean ground water age in heterogeneous aquifers. Modeled concentrations are then used to calculate tracer derived ages. The deviation of the tracer derived age distribution from the true groundwater age distribution increases with increasing heterogeneity of the system. The separation between the apparent age derived from different tracers also increases with increasing system heterogeneity. Age distributions in 3D aquifers differ significantly from 2D simulations with similar spatial statistics. The addition of the 3rd dimension increases connectivity, decreasing mean age and reducing age variability. High performance computation allows for investigation of tracer and groundwater age spatial distribution in unprecedented detail, providing a foundation for the next generation of environmental tracer interpretation.

Gardner, P.; Hammond, G. E.; Lichtner, P. C.; Arnold, B. W.

2013-12-01

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Fundamental Study on the Dynamics of Heterogeneity-Enhanced CO2 Gas Evolution in the Shallow Subsurface During Possible Leakage from Deep Geologic Storage Sites  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A concern for geologic carbon sequestration is the potential for CO2 stored in deep geologic formations to leak upward into shallow freshwater aquifers where it can have potentially detrimental impacts to the environment and human health. Understanding the mechanisms of CO2 exsolution, migration and accumulation (collectively referred to as 'gas evolution') in the shallow subsurface is critical to predict and mitigate the environmental impacts. During leakage, CO2 can move either as free-phase or as a dissolved component of formation brine. CO2 dissolved in brine may travel upward into shallow freshwater systems, and the gas may be released from solution. In the shallow aquifer, the exsolved gas may accumulate near interfaces between soil types, and/or create flow paths that allow the gas to escape through the vadose zone to the atmosphere. The process of gas evolution in the shallow subsurface is controlled by various factors, including temperature, dissolved CO2 concentration, water pressure, background water flow rate, and geologic heterogeneity. However, the conditions under which heterogeneity controls gas phase evolution have not yet been precisely defined and can therefore not yet be incorporated into models used for environmental risk assessment. The primary goal of this study is to conduct controlled laboratory experiments to help fill this knowledge gap. With this as a goal, a series of intermediate-scale laboratory experiments were conducted to observe CO2 gas evolution in porous media at multiple scales. Deionized water was saturated with dissolved CO2 gas under a specified pressure (the saturation pressure) before being injected at a constant volumetric flow rate into the bottom of a 1.7 meter-tall by 5.7 centimeter-diameter column or a 2.4 meter-tall by 40 centimeter-wide column that were both filled with sand in various heterogeneous packing configurations. Both test systems were initially saturated with fresh water and instrumented with soil moisture sensors to monitor the evolution of gas phase through time by measuring the average water content in small sampling volumes of soil. Tensiometers allowed for observation of water pressure through space and time in the test systems, and a computer-interfaced electronic scale continuously monitored the outflow of water from the top of the two test columns. Several packing configurations with five different types of sands were used in order to test the effects of various pore size contrasts and interface shapes on the evolution of the gas phase near soil texture transitions in the heterogeneous packings. Results indicate that: (1) heterogeneity affects gas phase evolution patterns within a predictable range of conditions quantified by the newly introduced term 'oversaturation,' (2) soil transition interfaces where less permeable material overlies more permeable material have a much more pronounced effect on gas evolution than interfaces with opposite orientations, and (3) anticlines (or stratigraphic traps) cause significantly greater gas accumulation than horizontal interfaces. Further work is underway to apply these findings to more realistic, two-dimensional scenarios, and to assess how well existing numerical models can capture these processes.

Plampin, M. R.; Lassen, R. N.; Sakaki, T.; Pawar, R.; Jensen, K.; Illangasekare, T. H.

2013-12-01

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Bacterial interactions and transport in geological formation of alumino-silica clays.  

PubMed

Bacterial transport in the subsurface is controlled by their interactions with the surrounding environment, which are determined by the surface properties of the geological formation and bacterial surfaces. In this research, surface thermodynamic properties of Escherichia coli and the geological formation of alumino-silica clays were characterized based on contact angle measurements, which were utilized to quantify the distance-dependent interactions between E. coli and the geological formation according to the traditional and extended Derjaguin, Landau, Verwey and Overbeek (DLVO) theory. E. coli attachment to alumino-silica clays was evaluated in laboratory columns under saturated and steady-state flow conditions. E. coli deposition coefficient and desorption coefficient were simulated using convection-dispersion transport models against E. coli breakthrough curves, which were then linked to interactions between E. coli and the geological formation. It was discovered that E. coli deposition was controlled by the long-ranged electrostatic interaction and E. coli desorption was attributed to the short-ranged Lifshitz-van der Waals and Lewis acid-base interactions. E. coli transport in three layers of different alumino-silica clays was further examined and the breakthrough curve was simulated using E. coli deposition coefficient and desorption coefficient obtained from their individual column experiments. The well-fitted simulation confirmed that E. coli transport observations were interaction-dependent phenomena between E. coli and the geological formation. PMID:25437062

Vu, Kien; Yang, Guang; Wang, Boya; Tawfiq, Kamal; Chen, Gang

2015-01-01

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A Standard-Driven Data Dictionary for Data Harmonization of Heterogeneous Datasets in Urban Geological Information Systems  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The 3D urban geological information system has been a major part of the national urban geological survey project of China Geological Survey in recent years. Large amount of multi-source and multi-subject data are to be stored in the urban geological databases. There are various models and vocabularies drafted and applied by industrial companies in urban geological data. The issues such as duplicate and ambiguous definition of terms and different coding structure increase the difficulty of information sharing and data integration. To solve this problem, we proposed a national standard-driven information classification and coding method to effectively store and integrate urban geological data, and we applied the data dictionary technology to achieve structural and standard data storage. The overall purpose of this work is to set up a common data platform to provide information sharing service. Research progresses are as follows: (1) A unified classification and coding method for multi-source data based on national standards. Underlying national standards include GB 9649-88 for geology and GB/T 13923-2006 for geography. Current industrial models are compared with national standards to build a mapping table. The attributes of various urban geological data entity models are reduced to several categories according to their application phases and domains. Then a logical data model is set up as a standard format to design data file structures for a relational database. (2) A multi-level data dictionary for data standardization constraint. Three levels of data dictionary are designed: model data dictionary is used to manage system database files and enhance maintenance of the whole database system; attribute dictionary organizes fields used in database tables; term and code dictionary is applied to provide a standard for urban information system by adopting appropriate classification and coding methods; comprehensive data dictionary manages system operation and security. (3) An extension to system data management function based on data dictionary. Data item constraint input function is making use of the standard term and code dictionary to get standard input result. Attribute dictionary organizes all the fields of an urban geological information database to ensure the consistency of term use for fields. Model dictionary is used to generate a database operation interface automatically with standard semantic content via term and code dictionary. The above method and technology have been applied to the construction of Fuzhou Urban Geological Information System, South-East China with satisfactory results.

Liu, G.; Wu, C.; Li, X.; Song, P.

2013-12-01

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Numerical study on the impacts of heterogeneous reactions on ozone formation in the Beijing urban area  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The air quality model CMAQ-MADRID (Community Multiscale Air Quality-Model of Aerosol Dynamics, Reaction, Ionization and Dissolution) was employed to simulate summer O3 formation in Beijing China, in order to explore the impacts of four heterogeneous reactions on O3 formation in an urban area. The results showed that the impacts were obvious and exhibited the characteristics of a typical response of a VOC-limited regime in the urban area. For the four heterogeneous reactions considered, the NO2 and HO2 heterogeneous reactions have the most severe impacts on O3 formation. During the O3 formation period, the NO2 heterogeneous reaction increased new radical creation by 30%, raising the atmospheric activity as more NO?NO2 conversion occurred, thus causing the O3 to rise. The increase of O3 peak concentration reached a maximum value of 67 ppb in the urban area. In the morning hours, high NO titration reduced the effect of the photolysis of HONO, which was produced heterogeneously at night in the surface layer. The NO2 heterogeneous reaction in the daytime is likely one of the major reasons causing the O3 increase in the Beijing urban area. The HO2 heterogeneous reaction accelerated radical termination, resulting in a decrease of the radical concentration by 44% at the most. O3 peak concentration decreased by a maximum amount of 24 ppb in the urban area. The simulation results were improved when the heterogeneous reactions were included, with the O3 and HONO model results close to the observations.

Xu, Jun; Zhang, Yuanhang; Wang, Wei

2006-12-01

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An erbium-based bifuctional heterogeneous catalyst: a cooperative route towards C-C bond formation.  

PubMed

Heterogeneous bifuctional catalysts are multifunctional synthetic catalysts enabling efficient organic transformations by exploiting two opposite functionalities without mutual destruction. In this paper we report the first Er(III)-based metallorganic heterogeneous catalyst, synthesized by post-calcination MW-assisted grafting and modification of the natural aminoacid L-cysteine. The natural acid-base distance between sites was maintained to assure the cooperation. The applicability of this new bifunctional heterogeneous catalyst to C-C bond formation and the supposed mechanisms of action are discussed as well. PMID:25029070

Oliverio, Manuela; Costanzo, Paola; Macario, Anastasia; De Luca, Giuseppina; Nardi, Monica; Procopio, Antonio

2014-01-01

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Formation Buffering Potential Pertaining to Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

One promising strategy for decreasing CO2 emissions to the atmosphere is carbon capture and storage in deep saline formations. Modeling efforts and the experimental measurements that support these efforts are critical to determining the fate of injected CO2. The focus of this work is CO2-water-rock interactions as they pertain to formation buffering potential. PHREEQC was used to model pH evolution in siliciclastic and carbonate rocks after simulated injection of CO2. The initial mineral and formation water compositions were determined from analysis of core samples and brines from several formations in the Alberta sedimentary basin in western Canada. Simulation parameters correspond to injection conditions of 50°C, CO2 pressure of 100 bar and high ionic strength. Results indicate that the carbonate formations have a higher buffering potential relative to siliciclastic formations. Considerable variability of acid-catalyzed reactions among formations with similar mineralogical compositions was also observed. To assess the effect of grain coating by clay minerals, a comparative simulation was performed with kaolinite as the dominant mineral in contact with the pore fluids. Results from this simulation showed a pronounced retardation in pH buffering reaction kinetics. This emphasizes the importance for differentiating between mineral abundance and accessibility in model calculations when clay coatings may obscure contact between pore fluids and potentially reactive minerals.

Ellis, B. R.; Peters, C. A.; Buschkuehle, M.

2007-12-01

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Influence of substrate electric charge on heterogeneous ice phase formation in clouds  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The influence of substrate electric charge on heterogeneous phase transition water vapor to ice has been considered. This consideration has been conducted in the light of general investigation of the ice phase formation possible mechanisms in clouds under seeding operations for precipitation regulation purpose. The burning temperature of pyrotechnic mixtures reaches 3000 K. Reagent particles become thermoelectronic emission sources. A charges separation leads to the formation of charged particles in a cloudy medium. Water vapor molecules as multipole systems interact with the charged particle and increase their concentration at a particle surface. The action effect of the charged particle to heterogeneous crystallization is conditioned by the water vapor supersaturation increase at the particle surface. The action effect of the charged particle to heterogeneous crystallization is conditioned by the water vapor supersaturation increase at the particle surface, decrease of an ice embryo radius and accordingly the free energy of ice embryo formation. The heterogeneous ice formation at the charged particle in the cloudy medium must take place by more high temperatures and greater ice contact angles at the particle. The heterogeneous crystallization estimations have been performed on the basis of the classical nucleation theory.

Klingo, V. V.

2000-08-01

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River-aquifer interactions, geologic heterogeneity, and low-flow management  

USGS Publications Warehouse

Low river flows are commonly controlled by river-aquifer exchange, the magnitude of which is governed by hydraulic properties of both aquifer and aquitard materials beneath the river. Low flows are often important ecologically. Numerical simulations were used to assess how textural heterogeneity of an alluvial system influences river seepage and low flows. The Cosumnes River in California was used as a test case. Declining fall flows in the Cosumnes River have threatened Chinook salmon runs. A ground water-surface water model for the lower river basin was developed, which incorporates detailed geostatistical simulations of aquifer heterogeneity. Six different realizations of heterogeneity and a homogenous model were run for a 3-year period. Net annual seepage from the river was found to be similar among the models. However, spatial distribution of seepage along the channel, water table configuration and the level of local connection, and disconnection between the river and aquifer showed strong variations among the different heterogeneous models. Most importantly, the heterogeneous models suggest that river seepage losses can be reduced by local reconnections, even when the regional water table remains well below the riverbed. The percentage of river channel responsible for 50% of total river seepage ranged from 10% to 26% in the heterogeneous models as opposed to 23% in the homogeneous model. Differences in seepage between the models resulted in up to 13 d difference in the number of days the river was open for salmon migration during the critical fall months in one given year. Copyright ?? 2006 The Author(s).

Fleckenstein, J.H.; Niswonger, R.G.; Fogg, G.E.

2006-01-01

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Use and Features of Basalt Formations for Geologic Sequestration  

SciTech Connect

Extrusive lava flows of basalt are a potential host medium for geologic sequestration of anthropogenic CO2. Flood basalts and other large igneous provinces occur worldwide near population and power-producing centers and could securely sequester a significant fraction of global CO2 emissions. We describe the location, extent, and general physical and chemical characteristics of large igneous provinces that satisfy requirements as a good host medium for CO2 sequestration. Most lava flows have vesicular flow tops and bottoms as well as interflow zones that are porous and permeable and serve as regional aquifers. Additionally, basalt is iron-rich, and, under the proper conditions of groundwater pH, temperature, and pressure, injected CO2 will react with iron released from dissolution of primary minerals in the basalt to form stable ferrous carbonate minerals. Conversion of CO2 gas into a solid form was confirmed in laboratory experiments with supercritical CO2 in contact with basalt samples from Washington state.

McGrail, B. Peter; Ho, Anita M.; Reidel, Steve P.; Schaef, Herbert T.

2003-01-01

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Impact of the heterogeneous hydrolysis of N2O5 on chemistry and nitrate aerosol formation in the lower troposphere  

E-print Network

Impact of the heterogeneous hydrolysis of N2O5 on chemistry and nitrate aerosol formation] The impact of the heterogeneous hydrolysis of N2O5 on tropospheric gas phase and particle phase chemistry and deposition processes. The heterogeneous hydrolysis of N2O5 leads to a decrease of ozone under low

Riemer, Nicole

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A Neumann expansion approach to flow through heterogeneous formations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A stochastic approach is used for the study of flow through highly heterogeneous aquifers. The mathematical model is represented by a random partial differential equation in which the permeability and the porosity are considered to be random functions of position, defined by the average value, constant standard deviation and autocorrelation function characterized by the integral scale. The Laplace transform of the solution of the random partial differential equation is first written as a solution of a stochastic integral equation. This integral equation is solved using a Neumann series expansion. Conditions of convergence of this series are investigated and compared with the convergence of the perturbation series. For mean square convergence, the Neumann expansion method may converge for a larger range of variability in permeability and porosity than the classic perturbation method. Formal expressions for the average and for the correlation moments of the pressure are obtained. The influence of the variability of the permeability and porosity on pressure is analyzed for radial flow. The solutions presented for the pressure at the well, as function of the permeability coefficient of variation, may be of practical interest for evaluating the efficiency of well stimulation operations, such as hydraulic fracturing or acidizing methods, aimed at increasing the permeability around the well.

Zeitoun, D. G.; Braester, C.

1991-09-01

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Deep geological disposal in argillaceous formations: studies at the Tournemire test site  

Microsoft Academic Search

Deep argillaceous formations are potential host media for radioactive waste disposal. The French Institute of Protection and Nuclear Safety (IPSN) is developing in situ studies concerning the confining properties of this kind of geological barrier at the Tournemire tunnel site (Aveyron, France). The past research programme covered physical and physico-chemical properties of the consolidated argillaceous medium, diffusive and convective transport;

B. Bonin

1998-01-01

55

Formation and evolution of Lakshmi Planum, Venus: Assessment of models using observations from geological mapping  

Microsoft Academic Search

Detailed geological analysis of the Lakshmi Planum region of western Ishtar Terra results in the establishment of the sequence of major events during the formation and evolution of western Ishtar Terra, an important and somewhat unique area on Venus characterized by a raised volcanic plateau surrounded by distinctive folded mountain belts, such as Maxwell Montes. These mapping results and the

M. A. Ivanova; J HEADIII

2008-01-01

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GEOLOGY, August 2011 707 The phosphorus composition of banded-iron formations (BIFs)  

E-print Network

GEOLOGY, August 2011 707 ABSTRACT The phosphorus composition of banded-iron formations (BIFs) has as a sorbed component of the iron oxyhydroxide particles, or whether it was incorporated into the biomass of marine phytoplank- ton. We conducted high-resolution mineral analyses and report here the first detection

Konhauser, Kurt

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Distributed formation output regulation of switching heterogeneous multi-agent systems  

Microsoft Academic Search

In this article, the distributed formation output regulation problem of linear heterogeneous multi-agent systems with uncertainty under switching topology is considered. It is a generalised framework for multi-agent coordination problems, which contains or concerns a variety of important multi-agent problems in a quite unified way. Its background includes active leader following formation for the agents to maintain desired relative distances

Xiaoli Wang

2012-01-01

58

Modeling Heterogeneous CINO2 Formation, Chloride Availability, and Chlorine Cycling in Southeast Texas  

EPA Science Inventory

Nitryl chloride (ClNO2) mixing ratios above 1 ppbv have been measured off the coast of Southeast Texas. ClNO2 formation, the result of heterogeneous N205 uptake on chloride-containing aerosols, has a significant impact on oxidant form...

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Limitations of employing undirected information flow graphs for the maintenance of rigid formations for heterogeneous vehicles  

E-print Network

each vehicle as a point mass of one unit with two types of forces act on each vehicle ­ a controlled for heterogeneous vehicles S. Darbha a, , P.R. Pagilla b a Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A. Keywords: Autonomous vehicles Approximately rigid formations String instability a b s t r a c

Pagilla, Prabhakar R.

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A geological and engineering reservoir characterization of the Caballos Formation (Cretaceous), Puerto Colon field Putumayo basin, Colombia  

E-print Network

A GEOLOGICAL AND ENGINEERING RESERVOIR CHARACTERIZATION OF THE CABALLOS FORMATION (CRETACEOUS), PUERTO COLON FIELD, PUTUMAYO BASIN, COLOMBIA A Thesis by HECTOR RUIZ CASTELLANOS Submitted to Texas A&M University in partial fulfillment...: Petroleum Engineering ABSTRACT A Geological and Engineering Reservoir Characterization of the Caballos Formation (Cretaceous), Puerto Colon Field Putumayo Basin Colombia. (December 1994) Hector Ruiz Castellanos, B. S. , Universidad Industrial de...

Ruiz Castellanos, Hector

1994-01-01

61

Regional geology and petroleum potential of Bakken Formation, southwestern Manitoba  

SciTech Connect

The Bakken Formation has been documented as an excellent petroleum source rock within the Williston basin and has, in some localities, been established as a producing zone. Recent exploration in the Daly field of southwestern Manitoba has led to the discovery and subsequent development of several oil pools within the middle member of the Bakken. The 21 active wells within these pools have produced 20,773.8 m/sup 3/ (130,667.2 bbl) of oil (40.2/degrees/ API) as of December 31, 1987. Through much of the Williston basin, the Bakken typically consists of three members: a lower, highly radioactive, black shale member; a middle siltstone member; and an upper black shale member (identical to the lower member). In southwestern Manitoba, the lower member is absent in most areas due to nondeposition and overstep of the overlying middle member. In these areas, the middle member unconformably overlies eroded red dolomitic shales of the Devonian Lyleton (Three Forks) Formation. The middle member is a relatively uniform blanket deposit averaging 4 m (13 ft) thick. It consists of interbedded tan to greenish-gray, very fine to medium-grained, well-sorted dolomitic sandstone and siltstone with angular to subrounded grains. Oil accumulation in the middle member is largely the result of stratigraphic trapping and appears, in part, to be localized where a basal sandstone (associated with middle member thickening) is concentrated in minor erosional lows on the Lyleton surface. The black shales of the upper member form a thin (2 m or 6.6 ft average), uniform cap throughout the map area and are overlain by the carbonates of the Mississippian Lodgepole Formation (Souris Valley Beds). Maximum thickness of the Bakken reaches 32 m (105 ft) in the Waskada field area, where the lower shale member is locally present.

Martiniuk, C.D.

1988-07-01

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Sedimentological and Petrophysical Heterogeneity of Glaciogenic Paleovalley, Late Ordovician Sarah Formation, Central Saudi Arabia  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Late Ordovician Sarah Formation deposited in glaciogenic environment, mainly dominated by braided river outwash system. Compared to the subsurface, the Sarah formation is considered as important tight gas sandstone reservoir at southern and northern parts of Saudi Arabia. Ten outcrops from Al-Ilb paleochannel were studied in detail to identify the heterogeneity in terms of the types and distribution of facies and related petrophysical properties. The Sarah Formation shows highly heterogeneous behavior at all scales. The main facies observed at Al-Ilb paleovalley are 64% trough-cross bedded sandstone, 23% horizontally stratified sandstone facies, and 2% massive conglomerates are observed at the proximal, medial and distal parts of the paleovalley. The remaining facies are trough-cross bedded sandstone facies that is laterally changes to horizontally stratified sandstone facies and in some cases to planner cross-bedded sandstone facies. The petrophysical analysis revealed good quality of porosity present in all parts of paleovalley. On the other hand the permeability values are high and ranging between 53mD to 5D. The descriptive statistics clearly indicate the normal distribution of porosity values for proximal, medial and distal parts of paleovalley and can be described as homogeneous. For permeability the distribution is heterogeneous as it is log-normally distributed. The scatter plots of porosity versus horizontal and vertical permeability shows very poor correlation for each part of paleochannel. This heterogeneity is attributed to depositional and post-depositional viabilities. These variables are grain size and shape distribution, sorting, packing, distribution of matrix and cementing material, and the presence of clays like kaolinite, smectite, and palygorskite. These observations further indicate that Sarah Formation is affected by shallow burial conditions during diagenesis. However, Sarah Formation shows highly heterogeneous behavior at outcrop scale that might be unpredictable and challenging in the subsurface.

Razzaq, Waseem; Abdullatif, Osman; Sahin, Ali; Hariri, Mustafa

2014-05-01

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Thermal state and complex geology of a heterogeneous salty crust of Jupiter's satellite, Europa  

USGS Publications Warehouse

The complex geology of Europa is evidenced by many tectonic and cryomagmatic resurfacing structures, some of which are "painted" into a more visible expression by exogenic alteration processes acting on the principal endogenic cryopetrology. The surface materials emplaced and affected by this activity are mainly composed of water ice in some areas, but in other places there are other minerals involved. Non-ice minerals are visually recognized by their low albedo and reddish color either when first emplaced or, more likely, after alteration by Europan weathering processes, especially sublimation and alteration by ionizing radiation. While red chromophoric material could be due to endogenic production of solid sulfur allotropes or other compounds, most likely the red substance is an impurity produced by radiation alteration of hydrated sulfate salts or sulphuric acid of mainly internal origin. If the non-ice red materials or their precursors have a source in the satellite interior, and if they are not merely trace contaminants, then they can play an important role in the evolution of the icy crust, including structural differentiation and the internal dynamics. Here we assume that these substances are major components of Europa's cryo/hydrosphere, as some models have predicted they should be. If this is an accurate assumption, then these substances should not be neglected in physical, chemical, and biological models of Europa, even if major uncertainties remain as to the exact identity, abundance, and distribution of the non-ice materials. The physical chemical properties of the ice-associated materials will contribute to the physical state of the crust today and in the geological past. In order to model the influence of them on the thermal state and the geology, we have determined the thermal properties of the hydrated salts. Our new lab data reveal very low thermal conductivities for hydrated salts compared to water ice. Lower conductivities of salty ice would produce steeper thermal gradients than in pure ice. If there are salt-rich layers inside the crust, forming salt beds over the seafloor or a briny eutectic crust, for instance, the high thermal gradients may promote endogenic geological activity. On the seafloor, bedded salt accumulations may exhibit high thermochemical gradients. Metamorphic and magmatic processes and possible niches for thermophilic life at shallow suboceanic depths result from the calculated thermal profiles, even if the ocean is very cold. ?? 2004 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Prieto-Ballesteros, O.; Kargel, J.S.

2005-01-01

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Geology  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

With three levels to choose from on each page - beginner, intermediate or advanced - this site provides information on the many different kinds of geological exploration. The elements that make up minerals and the different ways minerals are developed, The special characteristics of minerals, like physical properties, is explained. Earths tectonic plates, the reasons they move, and the effects of the shifting are also given. Also featured is fossils and how they are developed and are found, as well as why fossils are useful tools for scientists.

Jennifer Bergman

2009-08-03

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Geologic Constraints on Conduit Formation at Explosive Basaltic Volcanoes  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Models of explosive basaltic processes often are sensitive to shallow (<2 km) conduit dimensions. Geologic data constrain how these conduits can evolve. Xenoliths in the 1975 Tolbachik, Kamchatka, violent strombolian basalt eruption are derived from Quaternary volcanic (0-1 km deep) and Tertiary sedimentary (1-4 km) rocks. Xenolith abundances in the lower half of fall deposits from the Cone 1 eruption stage are 0.001-0.01 vol%. This period sustained 6-10-km high eruption columns and lacked lavas. Xenolith abundances increase to 0.01-1.0 vol% in the upper half of the deposits, which correlates with lava effusion and columns 2-6-km high. The 3x105 m3 total xenolith volume represents a cylindrical conduit 15+/-2 m in diameter and 1.7+/-0.2 km deep. Eruption of Cone 1 ended with 12 hr of hydromagmatic falls containing 3x106 m3 (70 vol%) xenoliths. The conduit must have widened from 15+/-2 to 48+/-4 m to produce this xenolith volume. The subsequent Cone 2-3 eruption stage produced abundant lavas and eruption columns <4-km high. Xenolith abundances are 0.01-0.1 vol%, indicating progressive widening of the conduit to 6+/-1 m extending to 2.8+/-0.4 km depth. Simultaneous eruptions of tephra and lava suggest an annulus of degassed magma developed on conduit walls, enhancing xenolith entrainment; little entrainment occurred early at Cone 1 with an apparent droplet flow regime. Alkali basalt plugs and dikes representing 1+/-0.5 km paleodepths are exposed in the 4 Ma San Rafael volcanic field, Utah. Dike-plug complexes represent typical dimensions for basaltic volcanic eruptions and are interpreted as subvolcanic conduit systems. Mapped conduits range from 2-m wide buds along dikes with little wall-rock disruption, to 10-60-m wide cylindrical plugs having <5-m wide conduit margins with abundant xenoliths. These margins may represent typical wall-rock plucking and conduit widening during annular flow (i.e., late Cone 1 and Cone 2-3). Several larger conduits, however, have a 1-6 m xenolith-poor annulus with a 10-40 m inner core of extensive wall-rock breccia and pervasive low-temperature hydrothermal alteration. Xenoliths in the inner breccia often are derived from deeper stratigraphic units. These brecciated conduits appear analogous to late-stage hydromagmatic events at Cone 1. Models of explosive basaltic cinder cone eruptions should consider that subvolcanic conduit diameters to <2 km depth may progressively widen to order of 10-60 m. Work supported by U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (Contract NRC-02-97-009) and is an independent product of CNWRA that does not necessarily reflect NRC views or regulatory positions.

Hill, B. E.; Doubik, P.; Connor, C. B.

2001-12-01

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Strategies for CO2 Sequestration in Geologic Formations and the Role of Geophysics  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Among proposed options for CO2 emissions mitigation, capture and sequestration is a promising solution that has the advantage of being able to cope with the large volume of CO2 involved, which will increase because of a growing energy demand. Consequently, an important component of the United States Department of Energy's (DOE) research and development program is dedicated to reducing CO2 emissions from power plants by developing technologies for capturing CO2 and for subsequent utilization and/or sequestration. Capture technologies target novel, low-cost approaches for separation and capture of CO2 from energy production and conversion facilities. Injection of CO2 into geologic formations is being practiced today by the petroleum industry for enhanced oil recovery, but it is not yet possible to predict with confidence storage volume, formation integrity and storage permanence over long time periods. Many important issues dealing with geologic storage, monitoring, and verification of fluids (including CO2) in underground oil and gas reservoirs, coal beds, and saline formations are now being addressed. Preliminary field tests are being conducted to confirm practical considerations, such as economics, safety, stability, permanence, and public acceptance. This paper presents an overview of DOE's research program in the area of CO2 sequestration and storage in geologic formations and specifically addresses the status of new knowledge, improved tools and enhanced technology for cost optimization, monitoring, modeling and capacity estimation. This paper also highlights those fundamental and applied studies, including field tests, sponsored by DOE that are measuring the degree to which CO2 can be injected and remain safely and permanently sequestered in geologic formations while concurrently assuring no adverse long term ecological impacts. Field geophysical techniques are playing a major role in these demonstrations, such as the Weyburn project in North Dakota and Canada, the Mountaineer Power Plant project in Ohio, and the Frio Formation project in Texas.

Klara, S. M.; Cohen, K.; Byrer, C.; Srivastava, R. D.

2003-12-01

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The Impact of Geologic Heterogeneity on CO2 Injection with Simultaneous Brine Extraction and Economic Uncertainty for Large-Scale CO2 Sequestration  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Performance assessment of CO2 sequestration opportunities at the scale of the United States presents challenges for coping with geologic and economic uncertainties. Inaccurate estimation of suitable flow properties could result in drilling wells in parts of a formation that could not physically accommodate the needed injection rates and storage volumes. Data paucity and heterogeneity in geologic properties necessitates probabilistic approaches for estimating CO2 injection and simultaneous brine extraction rates (for beneficial use such as power-plant cooling or pressure management) and associated costs. We present an Integrated Assessment Model (IAM) that assesses CO2 injection rates with or without simultaneous brine extraction for the saline reservoirs identified in the National Carbon Sequestration Database (NatCarb). We have linked NatCarb reservoirs to injectivity rock types. We define these rock types quantitatively by probability distribution functions (PDFs) of permeability and porosity, and spatial correlation models. Thus, IAM has flexibility in calculating CO2 injectivity and brine productivity while coping with heterogeneity, and then determining the uncertainty in well-associated costs. For computational efficiency, IAM performs injectivity and productivity calculations with analytical solutions that have been validated by numerical simulation and comparison to available field data. The solutions incorporate spatially varying properties through PDFs that are based on upscaling of geostatistical realizations of the injectivity rock types. A key method of the geostatistics is linear coregionalization, which defines the linear relationship between porosity and log permeability with a specified correlation coefficient, r, of the regression while maintaining the spatial correlation of each variable. The major finding is high sensitivity of well-associated costs to permeability. Error in field prediction of an order of magnitude in permeability may be the difference between an economically and physically viable or unfeasible site due to potentially order of magnitude change in the number of required injection wells. Finally, we present the affects of varying the correlation between permeability and porosity on injectivity and productivity estimates. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

Kobos, P. H.; Heath, J. E.; Roach, J. D.; McKenna, S. A.; Dewers, T. A.; Gutierrez, K.

2011-12-01

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The digital geologic map of Colorado in ARC/INFO format, Part A. Documentation  

USGS Publications Warehouse

This geologic map was prepared as a part of a study of digital methods and techniques as applied to complex geologic maps. The geologic map was digitized from the original scribe sheets used to prepare the published Geologic Map of Colorado (Tweto 1979). Consequently the digital version is at 1:500,000 scale using the Lambert Conformal Conic map projection parameters of the state base map. Stable base contact prints of the scribe sheets were scanned on a Tektronix 4991 digital scanner. The scanner automatically converts the scanned image to an ASCII vector format. These vectors were transferred to a VAX minicomputer, where they were then loaded into ARC/INFO. Each vector and polygon was given attributes derived from the original 1979 geologic map. This database was developed on a MicroVAX computer system using VAX V 5.4 nd ARC/INFO 5.0 software. UPDATE: April 1995, The update was done solely for the purpose of adding the abilitly to plot to an HP650c plotter. Two new ARC/INFO plot AMLs along with a lineset and shadeset for the HP650C design jet printer have been included. These new files are COLORADO.650, INDEX.650, TWETOLIN.E00 and TWETOSHD.E00. These files were created on a UNIX platform with ARC/INFO 6.1.2. Updated versions of INDEX.E00, CONTACT.E00, LINE.E00, DECO.E00 and BORDER.E00 files that included the newly defined HP650c items are also included. * Any use of trade, product, or firm names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. Descriptors: The Digital Geologic Map of Colorado in ARC/INFO Format Open-File Report 92-050

Green, Gregory N.

1992-01-01

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Estimation of Geologic Storage Capacity of Carbon Dioxide in the Bukpyeong Basin, Korea Using Integrated Three-Dimensional Geologic Formation Modeling and Thermo-Hydrological Numerical Modeling  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A conventional method, which was suggested by NETL (2007), has been widely used for estimating the geologic storage capacity of carbon dioxide in sedimentary basins. Because of its simple procedure, it has been straightforwardly applied to even spatially very complicate sedimentary basins. Thus, the results from the conventional method are often not accurate and reliable because it can not consider spatial distributions of fluid conditions and carbon dioxide properties, which are not uniform but variable within sedimentary basins. To overcome this limit of the conventional method, a new method, which can consider such spatially variable distributions of fluid conditions and carbon dioxide properties within sedimentary basins, is suggested and applied in this study. In this new method, a three-dimensional geologic formation model of a target sedimentary basin is first established and discretized into volume elements. The fluid conditions (i.e., pressure, temperature, and salt concentration) within each element are then obtained by performing thermo-hydrological numerical modeling. The carbon dioxide properties (i.e., phase, density, dynamic viscosity, and solubility to groundwater) within each element are then calculated from thermodynamic database under corresponding fluid conditions. Finally, the geologic storage capacity of carbon dioxide with in each element is estimated using the corresponding carbon dioxide properties as well as porosity and element volume, and that within the whole sedimentary basin is determined by summation over all elements. This new method is applied to the Bukpyeong Basin, which is one of the prospective offshore sedimentary basins for geologic storage of carbon dioxide in Korea. A three-dimensional geologic formation model of the Bukpyeong Basin is first established considering the elevation data of the boundaries between the geologic formations obtained from seismic survey and geologic maps at the sea floor surface. This geologic formation model is discretized into 170,808 hexahedral elements. Thermo-hydrological numerical modeling is then performed for the geologic formation model using TOUGH2 (Pruess et al., 1999). Finally, the geologic storage capacity of carbon dioxide in the Bukpyeong Basin is estimated to be about 345 Mton in the supercritical carbon dioxide region and about 1,883 Mton in both supercritical and liquid carbon dioxide regions. It is expected that the new method, which is suggested and applied in this study, can be utilized as reasonable and practical guidelines when more quantitative estimation of the geologic storage capacity of carbon dioxide in a sedimentary basin is required. This work was supported by the Energy Efficiency and Resources Program grant (No. 2010201020001A) funded by the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP), Ministry of Knowledge Economy, Republic of Korea.

Kim, J.; Kihm, J.; Park, S.; SNU CO2 GEO-SEQ TEAM

2011-12-01

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Methods and apparatus for measurement of electronic properties of geological formations through borehole casing  

DOEpatents

Methods and apparatus are provided for measuring electronic properties of geological formations and cement layers adjacent to cased boreholes including resistivities, polarization phenomena and dielectric constants. Current is passed from an electrode in electrical contact with the interior of the borehole casing to an electrode on the surface of the earth. At least three voltage measuring electrodes in electrical contact with the interior of the casing measure the voltage at various points thereon. The voltage differences between discrete pairs of the voltage measuring electrodes provide a measurement of the differential current conducted into the formation in the vicinity of those electrodes. These measurements facilitate calculation of the resistivities of the adjacent geological formations as well as an indication of whether cement is present. Measurements of the differential voltage response to transient currents provide a measurement of the polarization phenomena in formation as well as the capacitance of the casing in contact with the formation which is useful for determining whether oil and gas are present. Lithological characteristics of the formation such as the presence or absence of clay can also be determined. A calibration procedure is provided for minimizing errors induced by variations in the casing. The device also may be placed within the pipe attached to a drill bit while drilling open holes. 48 figures.

Vail, W.B. III.

1991-08-27

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Methods and apparatus for measurement of electronic properties of geological formations through borehole casing  

DOEpatents

Methods and apparatus are provided for measuring electronic properties of geological formations and cement layers adjacent to cased boreholes including resistivities, polarization phenomena and dielectric constants. Current is passed from an electrode in electrical contact with the interior of the borehole casing to an electrode on the surface of the earth. At least three voltage measuring electrodes in electrical contact with the interior of the casing measure the voltage at various points thereon. The voltage differences between discrete pairs of the voltage measuring electrodes provide a measurement of the differential current conducted into formation in the vicinity of those electrodes. These measurements facilitate calculation of the resistivities of the adjacent geological formations as well as an indication of whether cement is present. Measurements of the differential voltage response to transient currents provide a measurement of the polarization phenomena in formation as well as the capacitance of the casing in contact with the formation which is useful for determining whether oil and gas present. Lithological characteristics of the formation such as the pressence or absence of clay can also be determined. A calibration procedure is provided for minimizing errors induced by variations in the casing. The device also may be placed within the pipe attached to a drill bit while drilling open holes.

Vail, III, William B. (Bothell, WA)

1991-01-01

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Methods and apparatus for measurement of electronic properties of geological formations through borehole casing  

DOEpatents

Methods and apparatus are provided for measuring electronic properties of geological formations and cement layers adjacent to cased boreholes including resistivities, polarization phenomena and dielectric constants. Current is passed from an electrode in electrical contact with the interior of the borehole casing to an electrode on the surface of the earth. At least three voltage measuring electrodes in electrical contact with the interior of the casing measure the voltage at various points thereon. The voltage differences between discrete pairs of the voltage measuring electrodes provide a measurement of differential current conducted into formation in the vicinity of those electrodes. These measurements facilitate calculation of the resistivities of the adjacent geological formations as well as an indication of whether cement is present. Measurements of the differential voltage response to transient currents provide a measurement of the polarization phenomena in formation as well as the capacitance of the casing in contact with the formation which is useful for determining whether oil and gas are present. Lithological characteristics of the formation such as the presence or absence of clay can also be determined. A calibration procedure is provided for minimizing errors induced by variations in the casing. The device also may be placed within the pipe attached to a drill bit while drilling open holes. 48 figs.

Vail, W.B. III.

1989-11-21

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Methods and apparatus for measurement of electronic properties of geological formations through borehole casing  

DOEpatents

Methods and apparatus are provided for measuring electronic properties of geological formations and cement layers adjacent to cased boreholes including resistivities, polarization phenomena and dielectric constants. Current is passed from an electrode in electrical contact with the interior of the borehole casing to an electrode on the surface of the earth. At least three voltage measuring electrodes in electrical contact with the interior of the casing measure the voltage at various points thereon. The voltage differences between discrete pairs of the voltage measuring electrodes provide a measurement of differential current conducted into formation in the vicinity of those electrodes. These measurements facilitate calculation of the resistivities of the adjacent geological formations as well as an indication of whether cement is present. Measurements of the differential voltage response to transient currents provide a measurement of the polarization phenomena in formation as well as the capacitance of the casing in contact with the formation which is useful for determining whether oil and gas are present. Lithological characteristics of the formation such as the presence or absence of clay can also be determined. A calibration procedure is provided for minimizing errors induced by variations in the casing. The device also may be placed within the pipe attached to a drill bit while drilling open holes.

Vail, III, William B. (Bothell, WA)

1989-01-01

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Evaluation of the geological relationships to gas hydrate formation and stability  

SciTech Connect

Although there are many publications pertaining to gas hydrates, their formation and stability in various geological conditions are poorly known. Therefore, for the same reasons and because of the very broad scope of our research, limited amount and extremely dispersed information, the study regions are very large. Moreover, almost without exception the geological environments controlling gas hydrates formation and stability of the studied regions are very complex. The regions studied (completed and partially completed - total 17 locations) during the reporting period, particularly the Gulf of Mexico and the Middle America Trench, are the most important in this entire research project. In the past, both of these regions have been extensively studied, the presence of gas hydrates confirmed and samples recovered. In our investigation it was necessary not only to review all previous data and interpretations, but to do a thorough analysis of the basins, and a critical evaluation of an previously reported and publicly available but not published information.

Not Available

1986-01-01

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Methods and apparatus for measurement of the resistivity of geological formations from within cased boreholes  

DOEpatents

Methods and apparatus are disclosed which allow measurement of the resistivity of a geological formation through borehole casing which may be surrounded by brine saturated cement. A.C. current is passed from an electrode in electrical contact with the interior of the borehole casing to an electrode on the surface of the earth. The A.C. voltage difference is measured between two additional vertically disposed electrodes on the interior of the casing which provides a measure of the resistivity of the geological formation. A calibration and nulling procedure is presented which minimizes the influence of variations in the thickness of the casing. The procedure also minimizes the influence of inaccurate placements of the additional vertically disposed electrodes.

Vail, III, William B. (Bothell, WA)

1989-01-01

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Methods and apparatus for measurement of the resistivity of geological formations from within cased boreholes  

DOEpatents

Methods and apparatus are disclosed which allow measurement of the resistivity of a geological formation through borehole casing which may be surrounded by brine saturated cement. A.C. current is passed from an electrode in electrical contact with the interior of the borehole casing to an electrode on the surface of the earth. The A.C. voltage difference is measured between two additional vertically disposed electrodes on the interior of the casing which provides a measure of the resistivity of the geological formation. A calibration and nulling procedure is presented which minimizes the influence of variations in the thickness of the casing. The procedure also minimizes the influence of inaccurate placements of the additional vertically disposed electrodes. 3 figs.

Vail, W.B. III.

1989-04-11

77

Method for controlling a producing zone of a well in a geological formation  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

System and methods for transmitting and receiving electromagnetic pulses through a geological formation. A preferably programmable transmitter having an all-digital portion in a preferred embodiment may be operated at frequencies below 1 MHz without loss of target resolution by transmitting and over sampling received long PN codes. A gated and stored portion of the received signal may be correlated with the PN code to determine distances of interfaces within the geological formation, such as the distance of a water interfaces from a wellbore. The received signal is oversampled preferably at rates such as five to fifty times as high as a carrier frequency. In one method of the invention, an oil well with multiple production zones may be kept in production by detecting an approaching water front in one of the production zones and shutting down that particular production zone thereby permitting the remaining production zones to continue operating.

Arndt, G. Dickey (Inventor); Carl, James R. (Inventor); Byerly, Kent A. (Inventor); Amini, B. Jon (Inventor)

2005-01-01

78

Method for Controlling a Producing Zone of a Well in a Geological Formation  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

System and methods for transmitting and receiving electromagnetic pulses through a geological formation. A preferably programmable transmitter having an all-digital portion in a preferred embodiment may be operated at frequencies below 1 MHz without loss of target resolution by transmitting and over sampling received long PN codes. A gated and stored portion of the received signal may be correlated with the PN code to determine distances of interfaces within the geological formation, such as the distance of a water interfaces from a wellbore. The received signal is oversampled preferably at rates such as five to fifty times as high as a carrier frequency. In one method of the invention, an oil well with multiple production zones may be kept in production by detecting an approaching water front in one of the production zones and shutting down that particular production zone thereby permitting the remaining production zones to continue operating.

Arndt, G. Dickey (Inventor); Carl, James R. (Inventor); Byerly, Kent A. (Inventor); Amini, B. Jon (Inventor)

2005-01-01

79

Multiple scale physical and numerical modeling for improved understanding of mechanisms of trapping and leakage of CO2 in deep geologic formations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The fundamental processes associated with trapping and leakage of CO2 in deep geologic formations are complex. Formation heterogeneity manifested at all scales is expected to affect capillary and dissolution trapping and leakage of gaseous CO2 to the shallow subsurface. Research is underway to improve our fundamental understanding of trapping and leakage. This research involves experimentation in multiple scales and modeling focusing on effects of formation heterogeneity. The primary hypothesis that drives this research is that when the effects of heterogeneity on entrapment and leakage are understood, it will be possible to design more effective and safe storage schemes. Even though field investigations have some value in understanding issues related to large scale behavior and performance assessment, a fundamental understanding of how the heterogeneity affects trapping is difficult or impossible to obtain in field settings. Factors that contribute to these difficulties are the inability to fully characterize the formation heterogeneity at all scales of interest and lack of experimental control at very high depths. Intermediate scale physical model testing provides an attractive alternative to investigate these processes in the laboratory. Heterogeneities can be designed using soils with known properties in test tanks and the experiments can be conducted under controlled conditions to obtain accurate data. Conducting laboratory experiments under ambient pressure and temperature conditions to understand the processes that occur in deep formations poses many challenges. This research attempts to address such challenges and demonstrates how this testing approach could be used to generate useful data. The experiments involve the use of test systems of hierarchy of scales from small to intermediate scale tanks (~ 5 m) and long columns (~ 4.5 m). These experiments use surrogate fluids to investigate both capillary and solubility trapping in homogeneous and heterogeneous systems. A traversing x-ray scanning system is used to monitor the advancement of the plume during and after injection and to measure the residual (trapped) CO2 saturation. Dissolution of a surrogate non-wetting fluid in a surrogate wetting fluid is analyzed in small and large tanks. We test the numerical models that are capable of simulating two-phase flow and density driven flow as a result of dissolution by using the experimental data. Verified models are used to further evaluate the effect of capillary and solubility trapping in complex heterogeneous environments. During leakage, under different pressure and temperature conditions, dissolved CO2 may come back out of solution (exsolve), but the fundamental triggering mechanisms of this process in porous media are not yet well understood. An extensive series of column experiments has been conducted to investigate the factors that control the rates of CO2 gas bubble nucleation, growth, and migration. Results indicate that the saturation pressure (i.e. the amount of CO2 dissolved into the injected water) and heterogeneity both significantly affect the gas formation and migration, whereas the injection rate has less of an effect. These column experiments will soon be upscaled to an intermediate-scale two-dimensional tank to investigate the behaviour of the CO2 gas-water-soil system in more complex geological environments.

Illangasekare, T.; Plampin, M.; Trevisan, L.; Agartan, E.; Mori, H.; Sakaki, T.; Cihan, A.; Birkholzer, J.; Zhou, Q.; Pawar, R.; Zyvoloski, G.

2012-04-01

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Intrinsic formation of nanocrystalline neptunium dioxide under neutral aqueous conditions relevant to deep geological repositories.  

PubMed

The dilution of aqueous neptunium carbonate complexes induces the intrinsic formation of nanocrystalline neptunium dioxide (NpO2) particles, which are characterised by UV/Vis and X-ray absorption spectroscopies and transmission electron microscopy. This new route of nanocrystalline NpO2 formation could be a potential scenario for the environmental transport of radionuclides from the waste repository (i.e. under near-field alkaline conditions) to the geological environment (i.e. under far-field neutral conditions). PMID:25479067

Husar, Richard; Hübner, René; Hennig, Christoph; Martin, Philippe M; Chollet, Mélanie; Weiss, Stephan; Stumpf, Thorsten; Zänker, Harald; Ikeda-Ohno, Atsushi

2014-12-23

81

Effective Conductivity Of Highly Heterogeneous Anisotropic Formations: Does The Self- Consistent Solution Work?  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Three-dimensional simulations of flow in highly heterogeneous anisotropic porous formations are conducted to estimate horizontal and vertical effective conductivities of aquifer formations. Multi-Indicator conductivity model, developed by Dagan et al (2003), was employed to test validity of the classical self-consistent solution (Dagan 1989) and the solution based on the exponential conjecture (Gelhar and Axness 1983). In a Multi-Indicator model for statistically anisotropic formations, conductivity statistics (mean, variance and 2-point correlation) of the formation are reproduced using spheroidal inclusions of different hydraulic conductivities and sizes. In the present study, hydraulic conductivity of constant-size inclusions follows a log-normal distribution and the anisotropic covariance function has spherical structure with different integral scales in the horizontal (Ih) and vertical (Iv) directions. Using large domain sizes (over 100 conductivity integral scales long) and high volume fraction of inclusions (0.5 and 0.7), we examine accuracy of the self-consistent solution over a range of logconductivity variances (up to 8) and anisotropy ratios (Ih/ Iv up to 20). We present two main findings: 1) effective conductivities (both horizontal and vertical) of the simulated Multi-Indicator Models are exactly equal to those predicted by self-consistent solution; 2) the exponential conjecture is not valid for examined Multi-Indicator model. Modeling technology developed for the present study can be used in other flow and transport studies, including large-scale transport through highly heterogeneous anisotropic formations.

Suribhatla, R.; Jankovic, I.

2007-12-01

82

FOREWORD: Heterogenous nucleation and microstructure formation—a scale- and system-bridging approach Heterogenous nucleation and microstructure formation—a scale- and system-bridging approach  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Scope and aim of this volume. Nucleation and initial microstructure formation play an important role in almost all aspects of materials science [1-5]. The relevance of the prediction and control of nucleation and the subsequent microstructure formation is fully accepted across many areas of modern surface and materials science and technology. One reason is that a large range of material properties, from mechanical ones such as ductility and hardness to electrical and magnetic ones such as electric conductivity and magnetic hardness, depend largely on the specific crystalline structure that forms in nucleation and the subsequent initial microstructure growth. A very demonstrative example for the latter is the so called bamboo structure of an integrated circuit, for which resistance against electromigration [6] , a parallel alignment of grain boundaries vertical to the direction of electricity, is most favorable. Despite the large relevance of predicting and controlling nucleation and the subsequent microstructure formation, and despite significant progress in the experimental analysis of the later stages of crystal growth in line with new theoretical computer simulation concepts [7], details about the initial stages of solidification are still far from being satisfactorily understood. This is in particular true when the nucleation event occurs as heterogenous nucleation. The Priority Program SPP 1296 'Heterogenous Nucleation and Microstructure Formation—a Scale- and System-Bridging Approach' [8] sponsored by the German Research Foundation, DFG, intends to contribute to this open issue via a six year research program that enables approximately twenty research groups in Germany to work interdisciplinarily together following this goal. Moreover, it enables the participants to embed themselves in the international community which focuses on this issue via internationally open joint workshops, conferences and summer schools. An outline of such activities can be found in [8]. Furthermore, the honorable invitation to publish a special issue in Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter dedicated to the Priority Program's topic allows the obtained results to be communicated to relevant international colleagues, which stimulates further interest and encourages future collaborations. The issue comprises the research results of the participants during the first two year period of the Priority Program as well as that of the international referees of the program. Now, what precisely is the research concept of the Priority Program and thus, what are the articles in this special issue dedicated to? Ever since the pioneering work of Volmer and Weber [9], Becker and Döring [10] as well as Turnbull and Fisher [11] nucleation has been modelled more or less phenomenologically. These traditional models describe nucleation by stochastic processes of single atoms, respectively, molecules, which attach at primary droplets. Those thereby growing droplets become stable by reaching a critical size. This concept has largely been employed to model thermal activated first-order phase transformations. However it contains basic weak points, which raises the question of its physical justification. For instance, the dependence of the interfacial free energy on the critical size of a nucleus is—from the point of view of recent experiments—not considered adequately. In the past years, several advances have been performed to put the modelling of nucleation and microstructure formation on a wider base [12-15]. Figure 1 Figure 1. Illustration of the interdisciplinary approach in the Research Priority Program 'Nucleation and Growth Kinetics in Colloids and Metals—Steps towards a Scale- and System-Bridging Understanding' [8]: to advance towards a system- and scale-bridging detailed understanding of the energetics and kinetics of heterogeneous nucleation and micro-structure formation, two different experimental (binary colloids and binary metallic alloys) model systems are investigated jointly by experimental scientists working with different experimental tech

Emmerich, H.

2009-11-01

83

Geologic factors controlling CO2 storage capacity and permanence: case studies based on experience with heterogeneity in oil and gas reservoirs applied to CO2 storage  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A variety of structural and stratigraphic factors control geological heterogeneity, inferred to influence both sequestration capacity and effectiveness, as well as seal capacity. Structural heterogeneity factors include faults, folds, and fracture intensity. Stratigraphic heterogeneity is primarily controlled by the geometry of depositional facies and sandbody continuity, which controls permeability structure. The permeability structure, in turn, has implications for CO2 injectivity and near-term migration pathways, whereas the long-term sequestration capacity can be inferred from the production history. Examples of Gulf Coast oil and gas reservoirs with differing styles of stratigraphic heterogeneity demonstrate the impact of facies variability on fluid flow and CO2 sequestration potential. Beach and barrier-island deposits in West Ranch field in southeast Texas are homogeneous and continuous. In contrast, Seeligson and Stratton fields in south Texas, examples of major heterogeneity in fluvial systems, are composed of discontinuous, channel-fill sandstones confined to narrow, sinuous belts. These heterogeneous deposits contain limited compartments for potential CO2 storage, although CO2 sequestration effectiveness may be enhanced by the high number of intraformational shale beds. These field examples demonstrate that areas for CO2 storage can be optimized by assessing sites for enhanced oil and gas recovery in mature hydrocarbon provinces.

Ambrose, W. A.; Lakshminarasimhan, S.; Holtz, M. H.; Núñez-López, V.; Hovorka, S. D.; Duncan, I.

2008-06-01

84

Vertical stratification of subsurface microbial community composition across geological formations at the Hanford Site  

SciTech Connect

Microbial diversity in subsurface sediments at the Hanford Site 300 Area near Richland, Washington State (USA) was investigated by analyzing samples recovered from depths of 9 to 52 m. Approximately 8000 near full-length 16S rRNA gene sequences were analyzed across geological strata that include a natural redox transition zone. These strata included the oxic coarse-grained Hanford formation, fine-grained oxic and anoxic Ringold Formation sediments, and the weathered basalt group. We detected 1233 and 120 unique bacterial and archaeal OTUs (Operational Taxonomic Units at the 97% identity level), respectively. Microbial community structure and richness varied substantially across the different geological strata. Bacterial OTU richness (Chao1 estimator) was highest (>700) in the upper Hanford formation, and declined to about 120 at the bottom of the Hanford formation. Just above the Ringold oxic-anoxic interface, richness was about 325 and declined to less than 50 in the deeper reduced zones. The deeper Ringold strata were characterized by a preponderance (ca. 90%) of Proteobacteria. The Bacterial community in the oxic sediments contained not only members of 9 well-recognized phyla but also an unusually high proportion of 3 candidate divisions (GAL15, NC10, and SPAM). Additionally, novel phylogenetic orders were identified within the Delta-proteobacteria, a clade rich in microbes that carry out redox transformations of metals that are important contaminants on the Hanford Site.

Lin, Xueju; Kennedy, David W.; Fredrickson, Jim K.; Bjornstad, Bruce N.; Konopka, Allan

2011-11-29

85

Vertical stratification of subsurface microbial community composition across geological formations at the Hanford Site.  

PubMed

Microbial diversity in subsurface sediments at the Hanford Site 300 Area near Richland, Washington state (USA) was investigated by analysing 21 samples recovered from depths of 9-52?m. Approximately 8000 near full-length 16S rRNA gene sequences were analysed across geological strata that include a natural redox transition zone. These strata included the oxic coarse-grained Hanford formation, fine-grained oxic and anoxic Ringold Formation sediments, and the weathered basalt group. We detected 1233 and 120 unique bacterial and archaeal OTUs (operational taxonomic units at the 97% identity level) respectively. Microbial community structure and richness varied substantially across the different geological strata. Bacterial OTU richness (Chao1 estimator) was highest (>?700) in the upper Hanford formation, and declined to about 120 at the bottom of the Hanford formation. Just above the Ringold oxic-anoxic interface, richness was about 325 and declined to less than 50 in the deeper reduced zones. The deeper Ringold strata were characterized by a preponderance (c. 90%) of Proteobacteria. The bacterial community in the oxic sediments contained not only members of nine well-recognized phyla but also an unusually high proportion of three candidate divisions (GAL15, NC10 and SPAM). Additionally, 13 novel phylogenetic orders were identified within the Deltaproteobacteria, a clade rich in microbes that carry out redox transformations of metals that are important contaminants on the Hanford Site. PMID:22122741

Lin, Xueju; Kennedy, David; Fredrickson, Jim; Bjornstad, Bruce; Konopka, Allan

2012-02-01

86

Characterization of the Geologic Setting of Recurring Slope Lineae: Constraints on Their Formation Mechanism  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Recurring Slope Lineae (RSL) are seasonal, low albedo features that originate at the base of bedrock outcrops and extend down steep, equator-facing, mid-latitude and equatorial rocky slopes of Mars. They exhibit progressive growth in the downslope direction during warm seasons, diverting around topographic obstacles, and fade during cold seasons. Slopes containing RSL appear to be sites of geologically very recent activity, including 'fresh' impact craters and active mass wasting, and are also associated with numerous small channels and bright fans. Based on their seasonal growth and strong dependency on latitude and slope aspect, RSL formation has been attributed to the seepage and downslope transport of a salt-bearing (briny), water-based liquid (potentially melted) through porous regolith near the surface. The seepage of this liquid wets and thus darkens the RSL surface, and evaporates once seasonal flow ceases. However, the source of this water, and an active recharge mechanism to maintain this source over even short geological timescales, are not currently understood. Subsurface groundwater is one possible source for the amount of liquid required to fill pore spaces between particles and create a hydraulic gradient to initiate and maintain water flow to the surface. Preexisting structural inhomogeneities, including faults, fractures, and joints, may act as conduits for subsurface fluid migration, supporting groundwater exploitation of routes of increased permeability. To investigate this fault-controlled brine flow hypothesis, morphological mapping of RSL slope surfaces is performed. Preliminary analysis of these geologic settings suggests a spatial correlation between RSL sites and fault related morphology, including linear features and offsets, transtensional features, sub parallel zones, and multiple styles of brittle deformation. This detailed, systematic study characterizing the geologic context of all confirmed RSL sites as well as of observed locations that present a setting favorable to RSL but without the presence of RSL, further explores this correlation, constraining plausible RSL formation mechanisms.

Watkins, J.; Ojha, L.; Reith, R. C.; Yin, A.

2013-12-01

87

Formation of HCN+ in Heterogeneous Reactions of N2+ and N+ with Surface Hydrocarbons  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A significant increase of the ion yield at m/z 27 in collisions of low-energy ions of N2+ and N+ with hydrocarbon-covered room-temperature or heated surfaces of tungsten, carbon-fiber composite, and beryllium, not observed in analogous collisions of Ar+, is ascribed to the formation of HCN+ in heterogeneous reactions between N2+ or N+ and surface hydrocarbons. The formation of HCN+ in the reaction with N+ indicated an exothermic reaction with no activation barrier, likely to occur even at very low collision energies. In the reaction with N2+, the formation of HCN+ was observed to a different degree on these room-temperature and heated (150 and 300 °C) surfaces at incident energies above about 50 eV. This finding suggested an activation barrier or reaction endothermicity of the heterogeneous reaction of about 3-3.5 eV. The main process in N2+ or N+ interaction with the surfaces is ion neutralization; the probability of forming the reaction product HCN+ was very roughly estimated for both N2+ and N+ ions to about one in 104 collisions with the surfaces.

Harnisch, Martina; Keim, Alan; Scheier, Paul; Herman, Zdenek

2013-10-01

88

Formation of HCN+ in Heterogeneous Reactions of N2+ and N+ with Surface Hydrocarbons  

PubMed Central

A significant increase of the ion yield at m/z 27 in collisions of low-energy ions of N2+ and N+ with hydrocarbon-covered room-temperature or heated surfaces of tungsten, carbon-fiber composite, and beryllium, not observed in analogous collisions of Ar+, is ascribed to the formation of HCN+ in heterogeneous reactions between N2+ or N+ and surface hydrocarbons. The formation of HCN+ in the reaction with N+ indicated an exothermic reaction with no activation barrier, likely to occur even at very low collision energies. In the reaction with N2+, the formation of HCN+ was observed to a different degree on these room-temperature and heated (150 and 300 °C) surfaces at incident energies above about 50 eV. This finding suggested an activation barrier or reaction endothermicity of the heterogeneous reaction of about 3–3.5 eV. The main process in N2+ or N+ interaction with the surfaces is ion neutralization; the probability of forming the reaction product HCN+ was very roughly estimated for both N2+ and N+ ions to about one in 104 collisions with the surfaces. PMID:23614645

2013-01-01

89

Physical Constraints on Geologic CO2 Sequestration in Low-Volume Basalt Formations  

SciTech Connect

Deep basalt formations within large igneous provinces have been proposed as target reservoirs for carbon capture and sequestration on the basis of favorable CO2-water-rock reaction kinetics that suggest carbonate mineralization rates on the order of 102–103 d. Although these results are encouraging, there exists much uncertainty surrounding the influence of fracture-controlled reservoir heterogeneity on commercial-scale CO2 injections in basalt formations. This work investigates the physical response of a low-volume basalt reservoir to commercial-scale CO2 injections using a Monte Carlo numerical modeling experiment such that model variability is solely a function of spatially distributed reservoir heterogeneity. Fifty equally probable reservoirs are simulated using properties inferred from the deep eastern Snake River Plain aquifer in southeast Idaho, and CO2 injections are modeled within each reservoir for 20 yr at a constant mass rate of 21.6 kg s–1. Results from this work suggest that (1) formation injectivity is generally favorable, although injection pressures in excess of the fracture gradient were observed in 4% of the simulations; (2) for an extensional stress regime (as exists within the eastern Snake River Plain), shear failure is theoretically possible for optimally oriented fractures if Sh is less than or equal to 0.70SV; and (3) low-volume basalt reservoirs exhibit sufficient CO2 confinement potential over a 20 yr injection program to accommodate mineral trapping rates suggested in the literature.

Ryan M. Pollyea; Jerry P. Fairley; Robert K. Podgorney; Travis L. McLing

2014-03-01

90

Method of detecting leakage from geologic formations used to sequester CO.sub.2  

DOEpatents

The invention provides methods for the measurement of carbon dioxide leakage from sequestration reservoirs. Tracer moieties are injected along with carbon dioxide into geological formations. Leakage is monitored by gas chromatographic analyses of absorbents. The invention also provides a process for the early leak detection of possible carbon dioxide leakage from sequestration reservoirs by measuring methane (CH.sub.4), ethane (C.sub.2H.sub.6), propane (C.sub.3H.sub.8), and/or radon (Rn) leakage rates from the reservoirs. The invention further provides a method for branding sequestered carbon dioxide using perfluorcarbon tracers (PFTs) to show ownership.

White, Curt (Pittsburgh, PA); Wells, Arthur (Bridgeville, PA); Diehl, J. Rodney (Pittsburgh, PA); Strazisar, Brian (Venetia, PA)

2010-04-27

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Geologic setting, petrophysical characteristics, and regional heterogeneity patterns of the Smackover in southwest Alabama. Draft topical report on Subtasks 2 and 3  

SciTech Connect

This is the draft topical report on Subtasks 2 and 3 of DOE contract number DE-FG22-89BC14425, entitled ``Establishment of an oil and gas database for increased recovery and characterization of oil and gas carbonate reservoir heterogeneity.`` This volume constitutes the final report on Subtask 3, which had as its primary goal the geological modeling of reservoir heterogeneity in Smackover reservoirs of southwest Alabama. This goal was interpreted to include a thorough analysis of Smackover reservoirs, which was required for an understanding of Smackover reservoir heterogeneity. This report is divided into six sections (including this brief introduction). Section two, entitled ``Geologic setting,`` presents a concise summary of Jurassic paleogeography, structural setting, and stratigraphy in southwest Alabama. This section also includes a brief review of sedimentologic characteristics and stratigraphic framework of the Smackover, and a summary of the diagenetic processes that strongly affected Smackover reservoirs in Alabama. Section three, entitled ``Analytical methods,`` summarizes all nonroutine aspects of the analytical procedures used in this project. The major topics are thin-section description, analysis of commercial porosity and permeability data, capillary-pressure analysis, and field characterization. ``Smackover reservoir characteristics`` are described in section four, which begins with a general summary of the petrographic characteristics of porous and permeable Smackover strata. This is followed by a more-detailed petrophysical description of Smackover reservoirs.

Kopaska-Merkel, D.C.; Mann, S.D.; Tew, B.H.

1992-06-01

92

An effect of CO2 leakage from deep geological formations on the quality of shallow aquifers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Injection of CO2 into deep geological formations is a promising technique for Sequestration of large amount of CO2. If some fraction of the stored CO2 were to leak and reach shallow groundwater aquifers, however, it would lead to geochemical alteration that could have detrimental effects on the water quality. A series of experiments were performed on dissolution kinetics of a trace metal, galena, to evaluate the change in groundwater pH and the enhanced dissolution as carbon dioxide introduces into the aquifer. The conventional rate law was applied to obtain reaction parameters on dissolution kinetics for further modeling studies. The results from batch experiments and kinetic analysis were applied to develop a 1D mathematical model to simulate the fate and transport of dissolved trace metals in shallow aquifers. Results show that CO2 dissolution in groundwater aquifers can solubilize trace metals to levels that exceed drinking water standards. This approach allows for a reasonable assessment of the risks on tha quality of freshwater aquifers due to the escape of CO2 from deep geological formations.

Wang, Sookyun; Nam, Ji Eun

2013-04-01

93

Geologic and hydrogeologic characteristics of the Ogallala Formation and White River Group, Belvoir Ranch near Cheyenne, Laramie County, Wyoming  

USGS Publications Warehouse

The geologic and hydrogeologic characteristics of Tertiary lithostratigraphic units (Ogallala Formation and White River Group) that typically compose or underlie the High Plains aquifer system in southeastern Wyoming were described physically and chemically, and evaluated at a location on the Belvoir Ranch in Laramie County, Wyoming. On the basis of this characterization and evaluation, three Tertiary lithostratigraphic units were identified using physical and chemical characteristics determined during this study and previous studies, and these three units were determined to be correlative with three identified hydrogeologic units composing the groundwater system at the study site—a high-yielding aquifer composed of the entire saturated thickness of the heterogeneous and coarse-grained fluvial sediments assigned to the Ogallala Formation (Ogallala aquifer); an underlying confining unit composed primarily of very fine-grained volcaniclastic sediments and mudrocks assigned to the Brule Formation of the White River Group and some additional underlying sediments that belong to either the Brule or Chadron Formation, or both (Brule confining unit); and an underlying low-yielding aquifer composed primarily of poorly sorted fluvial sediments assigned to the Chadron Formation of the White River Group (Chadron aquifer). Despite widely varying sediment heterogeneity and consolidation, some limited hydraulic connection throughout the full vertical extent of the Ogallala aquifer was indicated but not conclusively proven by interpretation of similar chemical and isotopic characteristics, modern apparent groundwater ages, and similar hydraulic-head responses measured continuously in two Ogallala aquifer monitoring wells installed for this study at two different widely separated (83 feet) depth intervals. Additional work beyond the scope of this study, such as aquifer tests, would be required to conclusively determine hydraulic connection within the Ogallala aquifer. Groundwater levels (hydraulic heads) measured continuously using water-level recorders in both monitoring wells completed in the Ogallala aquifer showed a consistent strong upward vertical gradient in the Ogallala aquifer, indicating the potential for water to move from deeper to shallower parts of the aquifer, regardless of the time of year and the presumed effects of pumping of public-supply and industrial wells in the area. Continuous measurement of groundwater levels in the shallowest monitoring well, installed near the water table, and examination of subsequently constructed water-level hydrographs indicated substantial groundwater recharge is likely during the spring of 2009 and 2010 from the ephemeral stream (Lone Tree Creek) located adjacent to the study site that flows primarily in response to spring snowmelt from the adjacent Laramie Mountains and surface runoff from precipitation events. Using the water-table fluctuation method, groundwater recharge was estimated to be about 13 inches for the period beginning in early October 2009 and ending in late June 2010, and about 4 inches for the period beginning in March 2011 and ending in early July 2011. Comparison of previously measured groundwater levels (hydraulic heads) and groundwater-quality characteristics in nearby monitoring wells completed in the Chadron aquifer with those measured in the two monitoring wells installed for this study in the Ogallala aquifer, combined with detailed lithologic characterization, strongly indicated the Brule confining unit hydraulically confines and isolates the Chadron aquifer from the overlying Ogallala aquifer, thus likely limiting hydraulic connection between the two units. Consequently, because of the impermeable nature of the Brule confining unit and resulting hydraulic separation of the Ogallala and Chadron aquifers, and compared with local and regional hydrostratigraphic definitions of the High Plains aquifer system, the groundwater system in Tertiary lithostratigraphic units overlying the Upper Cretaceous Lance Formation at the location studied on the Belvoir Ranch was

Bartos, Timothy T.; Diehl, Sharon F.; Hallberg, Laura L.; Webster, Daniel M.

2014-01-01

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Formation of Small Gas Phase Carbonyls from Heterogeneous Oxidation of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFA)  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Fatty acids (FAs) are emitted into the atmosphere from gas and diesel powered vehicles, cooking, plants, and marine biota. Field measurements have suggested that FAs, including polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), could make up an important contribution to the organic fraction of atmospheric aerosols. Due to the existence of carbon-carbon double bonds in their molecules, PUFA are believed to be highly reactive towards atmospheric oxidants such as OH and NO3 radicals and ozone, which will contribute to aerosol hygroscopicity and cloud condensation nuclei activity. Previous work from our group has shown that small carbonyls formed from the heterogeneous reaction of linoleic acid (LA) thin films with gas-phase O3. It is known that the formation of small carbonyls in the atmosphere is not only relevant to the atmospheric budget of volatile organic compounds but also to secondary organic aerosol formation. In the present study, using an online proton transfer reaction mass spectrometry (PTR-MS) and off-line gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) we again investigated carbonyl formation from the same reaction system, i.e. the heterogeneous ozonolysis of LA film. In addition to the previously reported carbonyls, malondialdehyde (MDA), a source of reactive oxygen species that is mutagenic, has been identified as a product for the first time. Small dicarbonyls, e.g. glyoxal, are expected to be formed from the further oxidation of MDA. In this presentation, the gas-phase chemistry of MDA with OH radicals using a newly built Teflon chamber in our group will also be presented.

Zhou, S.; Zhao, R.; Lee, A.; Gao, S.; Abbatt, J.

2011-12-01

95

Mantle heterogeneity under spreading zones of polar regions of the Atlantic Ocean: sources and formation  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A number of provinces with prevailing distribution of enriched rift basalts are specified within spreading zones of Indo-Atlantic segment of the World Ocean. The main reason of EMORB-type melts formation is determined by source heterogeneity which is resulted in numerous causes: recycling of old oceanic crust, hotspots within immediate proximity to rift zone, formation of metasomtizated mantle at the early stage of ocean opening which is involved in melting process later on. The spatial distribution of enriched tholeiites within Polar Atlantic is confined by Knipovich, Kolbeinsey and Gakkel ridges. The Knipovich ridge spreading zone formation coincides in time with magmatism appearances in adjacent continental regions. Comparative studying of Neogene and Quaternary magmatism of the Svalbard Island and modern magmatism of the Knipovich ridge reveals pyroxenite mantle participation in the melting process. The main source for Neogene magmas of the Svalbard Island was olivine-free pyroxenite with high 87Sr/86Sr and lower 143Nd/144Nd ratios, which could be a result of interaction of recycled substance of old oceanic crust and low continental crust with mantle peridotite. Due to its preferential fusibility this pyroxenite could be the source for substantial magmas volume under the rigid continental lithosphere that subsequently could have caused its disintegration. With successive rejuvenation of Svaldbard and Knipovich ridge magmatism (from Neogene till nowadays) for its mantle sources there has been traced the decreasing of pyroxenite component share at the expense of increasing of peridotite share accompanied by regular change of Sr and Nd isotope composition of these sources. The old Antarctic continent played a pivot role in the South Ocean formation, geodynamics and magmatism of trap formations and rift zones. The area of Karoo-Maud plume distribution at the early stages (about 180 - 170 Ma) included the southeastern part of Africa and the west of East Antarctic and nowadays it occupies the area of Bouvet hotspot modern location. Development of Karoo-Maud plume caused the formation of considerable mantle heterogeneity and contributed to disintegration of continental blocks within the forming South Ocean. Magmatism of the formed spreading basins of the western Antarctic (Powell and Bransfield) is characterized by greater range of enrichment and evidence to possible melting of pyroxenites which represented the fragments of low parts of continental lithosphere involved into the melting process at mantle asthenospheric upwelling in spreading zones. This component is close by its isotope characteristics to a component revealed within the western edge of Southwest Indian Ridge near the Bouvet triple junction and is represented by a mixture of sources like HIMU and EM-2.

Sushchevskaya, N. M.; Belyatsky, B. V.; Dubinin, E. P.

2012-04-01

96

Domain formation in membranes with quenched protein obstacles: Lateral heterogeneity and the connection to universality classes  

E-print Network

We show that lateral fluidity in membranes containing quenched protein obstacles belongs to the universality class of the two-dimensional random-field Ising model. The main feature of this class is the absence of a phase transition: there is no critical point, and macroscopic domain formation does not occur. Instead, there is only one phase. This phase is highly heterogeneous, with a structure consisting of micro-domains. The presence of quenched protein obstacles thus provides a mechanism to stabilize lipid rafts in equilibrium. Crucial for two-dimensional random-field Ising universality is that the obstacles are randomly distributed, and have a preferred affinity to one of the lipid species. When these conditions are not met, standard Ising or diluted Ising universality apply. In these cases, a critical point does exist, marking the onset toward macroscopic demixing.

T. Fischer; R. L. C. Vink

2010-11-02

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A dynamic flow simulation code benchmark study addressing the highly heterogeneous properties of the Stuttgart formation at the Ketzin pilot site  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

CO2 injection at the Ketzin pilot site located in Eastern Germany (Brandenburg) about 25 km west of Berlin is undertaken since June 2008 with a scheduled total amount of about 70,000 t CO2 to be injected into the saline aquifer represented by the Stuttgart Formation at a depth of 630 m to 650 m until the end of August 2013. The Stuttgart Formation is of fluvial origin determined by high-permeablity sandstone channels embedded in a floodplain facies of low permeability indicating a highly heterogeneous distribution of reservoir properties as facies distribution, porosity and permeability relevant for dynamic flow simulations. Following the dynamic modelling activities discussed by Kempka et al. (2010), a revised geological model allowed us to history match CO2 arrival times in the observation wells and reservoir pressure with a good agreement (Martens et al., 2012). Consequently, the validated reservoir model of the Stuttgart Formation at the Ketzin pilot site enabled us to predict the development of reservoir pressure and the CO2 plume migration in the storage formation by dynamic flow simulations. A benchmark study of industrial (ECLIPSE 100 as well as ECLIPSE 300 CO2STORE and GASWAT) and scientific dynamic flow simulations codes (TOUGH2-MP/ECO2N, OpenGeoSys and DuMuX) was initiated to address and compare the simulator capabilities considering a highly complex reservoir model. Hence, our dynamic flow simulations take into account different properties of the geological model such as significant variation of porosity and permeability in the Stuttgart Formation as well as structural geological features implemented in the geological model such as seven major faults located at the top of the Ketzin anticline. Integration of the geological model into reservoir models suitable for the different dynamic flow simulators applied demonstrated that a direct conversion of reservoir model discretization between Finite Volume and Finite Element flow simulators is not feasible. Hence, the initial hexahedron meshes as applied for the ECLIPSE 100 and TOUGH2-MP/ECO2N simulations had to be converted into tetrahedron meshes to meet the convergence criteria of the Finite Element simulators DuMuX and OpenGeoSys. Our simulation results show a good agreement of reservoir pressure between all simulators, while CO2 arrival times at the observation wells strongly depend on the chosen discretization. In summary, all simulators applied are capable to address the highly complex reservoir properties present in the Stuttgart Formation at the Ketzin pilot site by dynamic flow simulations providing results of sufficient quality for prediction of future site behaviour. References Kempka, T.; Kühn, M.; Class, H.; Frykman, P.; Kopp, A.; Nielsen, C.M.; Probst, P. (2010) Modelling of CO2 arrival time at Ketzin - Part I. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, Special Issue Geological CO2 Storage 4(6):1007-1015. Martens, S.; Kempka, T.; Liebscher, A.; Lüth, S.; Möller, F.; Myrttinen, A.; Norden, B.; Schmidt-Hattenberger, C.; Zimmer, M.; Kühn, M. (2012): Europe's longest-operating on-shore CO2 storage site at Ketzin, Germany: a progress report after three years of injection. Environmental Earth Sciences. 10.1007/s12665-012-1672-5.

Kempka, Thomas; Class, Holger; Görke, Uwe-Jens; Norden, Ben; Kolditz, Olaf; Kühn, Michael; Walter, Lena; Wang, Wenqing; Zehner, Björn

2013-04-01

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Kinetics of the heterogeneously catalyzed formation of tert-amyl ethyl ether  

SciTech Connect

In this work, the kinetics and equilibrium of the heterogeneously catalyzed liquid-phase formation of tert-amyl ethyl ether (TAEE) were studied. The catalyst used was a commercial sulfonic acid ion-exchange resin (Amberlyst 16W). The experiments were carried out in a continuous stirred-tank reactor, measuring stationary reaction rates. The measured reaction rates were fitted to three kinetic models; homogeneous, Eley-Rideal type, and Langmuir-Hinshelwood type. Of these, the Langmuir-Hinshelwood type model described the experimental results best. This model is based on single-site adsorption of every component, with the surface reaction being the rate-limiting step. The activation energies for the formation of tert-amyl ethyl ether from 2-methyl-1-butene were 90 and from 2-methyl-2-butene 108 kJ/mol. For the isomerization of 2-methyl-1-butene to 2-methyl-2-butene, an activation energy of 82 kJ/mol was obtained.

Linnekoski, J.A.; Krause, A.O. [Helsinki Univ. of Technology, Espoo (Finland). Lab. of Industrial Chemistry] [Helsinki Univ. of Technology, Espoo (Finland). Lab. of Industrial Chemistry; Rihko, L.K. [Neste Oy, Porvoo (Finland). Technology Center] [Neste Oy, Porvoo (Finland). Technology Center

1997-02-01

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Reactive Tracer Techniques to Quantitatively Monitor Carbon Dioxide Storage in Geologic Formations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Injection of CO2 into geologic storage reservoirs induces fluid-rock reactions that may lead to the mineralization of the injected CO2. The long-term safety of geologic CO2 storage is, therefore, determined by in situ CO2-fluid-rock reactions. Currently existing monitoring and verification techniques for CO2 storage are insufficient to characterize the solubility and reactivity of the injected CO2, and to establish a mass balance of the stored CO2. Dissolved and chemically transformed CO2 thus avoid detection. We developed and are testing a new reactive tracer technique for quantitative monitoring and detection of dissolved and chemically transformed CO2 in geologic storage reservoirs. The technique involves tagging the injected carbon with radiocarbon (14C). Carbon-14 is a naturally occurring radioisotope produced by cosmic radiation and made artificially by 14N neutron capture. The ambient concentration is very low with a 14C/12C ratio of 10-12. The concentration of 14C in deep geologic formations and fossil fuels is at least two orders of magnitude lower. This makes 14C an ideal quantitative tracer for tagging underground injections of anthropogenic CO2. We are testing the feasibility of this tracer technique at the CarbFix pilot injection site in Iceland, where approximately 2,000 tons of CO2 dissolved in water are currently injected into a deep basalt aquifer. The injected CO2 is tagged with 14C by dynamically adding calibrated amounts of H14CO3 solution to the injection stream. The target concentration is 12 Bq/kg of injected water, which results in a 14C activity that is 5 times enriched compared to the 1850 background. In addition to 14C as a reactive tracer, trifluormethylsulphur pentafluoride (SF5CF3) and sulfurhexafluoride (SF6) are used as conservative tracers to monitor the transport of the injected CO2 in the subsurface. Fluid samples are collected for tracer analysis from the injection and monitoring wells on a regular basis. Results show a fast reaction of the injected CO2 with the ambient reservoir fluid and rocks. Mixing and in situ CO2-water-rock reactions are detected by changes in the different tracer ratios. The feasibility of 14C as a reactive tracer for geologic CO2 storage also depends on the analytical technique used to measure 14C activities. Currently, 14C is analyzed using Accelerator Mass Spectrometery (AMS), which is expensive and requires centralized facilities. To enable real time online monitoring and verification, we are developing an alternative detection method for radiocarbon. The IntraCavity OptoGalvanic Spectroscopy (ICOGS) system is using a CO2 laser to detect carbon isotope ratios at environmental levels. Results from our prototype of this bench-top technology demonstrate that an ICOGS system can be used in a continuous mode with analysis times of the order of minutes, and can deliver data of similar quality as AMS.

Matter, J. M.; Carson, C.; Stute, M.; Broecker, W. S.

2012-12-01

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Assessment of potential radionuclide transport in site-specific geologic formations  

SciTech Connect

Associated with the development of deep, geologic repositories for nuclear waste isolation is a need for safety assessments of the potential for nuclide migration. Frequently used in estimating migration rates is a parameter generally known as a distribution coefficient, K/sub d/, which describes the distribution of a radionuclide between a solid (rock) and a liquid (groundwater) phase. This report is intended to emphasize that the use of K/sub d/ must be coupled with a knowledge of the geology and release scenarios applicable to a repository. Selected K/sub d/ values involving rock samples from groundwater/brine simulants typical of two potential repository sites, WIPP and NTS, are used to illustrate this concern. Experimental parameters used in K/sub d/ measurements including nuclide concentration, site sampling/rock composition, and liquid-to-solid ratios are discussed. The solubility of U(VI) in WIPP brine/groundwater was addressed in order to assess the potential contribution of this phenomena to K/sub d/ values. Understanding mehanisms of sorption of radionuclides on rocks would lead to a better predictive capability. Sorption is attributed to the presence of trace constituents (often unidentified) in rocks. An attempt was made to determine if this applied to WIPP dolomite rocks by comparing sorption behavior of the natural material with that of a synthetic dolomite prepared in the laboratory with reagent grade chemicals. The results were inconclusive. The results of a study of Tc sorption by an argillite sample from the Calico Hills formation at NTS under ambient laboratory conditions were more conclusive. The Tc sorption was found to be associated with elemental carbon. Available evidence points to a reduction mechanism leading to the apparent sorption of Tc on the solid phase.

Dosch, R.G.

1980-08-01

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Coupled Finite Volume and Discrete-Finite element Methods for Modeling Hydraulic Fracturing in Geologic Formations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

ABSTRACT: High demand for stimulation treatments of fluid-state hydrocarbon reservoirs is driving increased interest in improved understanding of the fundamentals of hydraulic fracturing of geologic formations. In addition, prediction of caprock integrity under the load of geologically sequestered, pressurized CO2 requires better understanding fluid-rock interactions. The approach described here addresses modeling of hydraulic fracturing at the meso-scale, using a discrete-finite element method code (LDEC) coupled to a modified finite volume method to capture compressible flow in a propagating fracture. Leak-off is also addressed through a model parameterized by flow rate and cumulative flow through the fracture face; this approach is used to better approximate the functional form of the dominant underlying chemo-physical phenomena which lead to permeability loss at the fracture face over typical models, which are often parameterized only by time and calibrated, through a set of parameters, to match experimental data. A simulation of a standard fracture injection test is used to compare the results of the proposed leak-off model with the popular Carter leak-off model and shows excellent agreement between the two models. Also, the finite volume approach is verified against analytical solutions for constant aperture parallel plate flow, and results of a validation study comparing simulation results with an experiment on the propagation of a fracture in a brittle, homogeneous polymer are discussed. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: This work performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

Johnson, S.; Morris, J.

2008-12-01

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Geology of the Molina Member of the Wasatch Formation, Piceance Basin, Colorado  

SciTech Connect

The Molina Member of the Wasatch Formation has been cored in order to assess the presence/absence and character of microbial communities in the deep subsurface. Geological study of the Molina Member was undertaken in support of the microbiological tasks of this project, for the purposes of characterizing the host strata and of assessing the potential for post-depositional introduction of microbes into the strata. The Molina Member comprises a sandy fluvial unit within a formation dominated by mudstones. Sandy to conglomeratic deposits of braided and meandering fluvial systems are present on the western and eastern margins of the basin respectively, although the physical and temporal equivalence of these systems cannot be proven. Distal braided facies of planar-horizontal bedded sandstones are recognized on the western margin of the basin. Natural fractures are present in all Molina sandstones, commonly as apparent shear pairs. Core from the 1-M-18 well contains natural fractures similar to those found in outcrops, and has sedimentological affinities to the meandering systems of the eastern margin of the basin. The hydrologic framework of the Molina, and thus any potential post-depositional introduction of microbes into the formation, should have been controlled by approximately east-west flow through the natural fracture system, the geometries and extent of the sandstones in which the fractures occur, and hydraulic gradient. Migration to the well site, from outcropping recharge areas at the edge of the basin, could have started as early as 40 million years ago if the cored strata are connected to the eastern sedimentary system.

Lorenz, J. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States); Nadon, G. [Ohio Univ., Athens, OH (United States); LaFreniere, L. [FD Services Inc., Casper, WY (United States)

1996-06-01

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Flow and Transport in Highly Heterogeneous Porous Formations: Numerical Experiments Performed Using the Analytic Element Method  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Flow and transport in porous formations are analyzed using numerical simulations. Hydraulic conductivity is treated as a spatial random function characterized by a probability density function and a two-point covariance function. Simulations are performed for a multi-indicator conductivity structure developed by Gedeon Dagan (personal communication). This conductivity structure contains inhomogeneities (inclusions) of elliptical and ellipsoidal geometry that are embedded in a homogeneous background. By varying the distribution of sizes and conductivities of inclusions, any probability density function and two-point covariance may be reproduced. The multi-indicator structure is selected since it yields simple approximate transport solutions (Aldo Fiori, personal communication) and accurate numerical solutions (based on the Analytic Element Method). The dispersion is examined for two conceptual models. Both models are based on the multi-indicator conductivity structure. The first model is designed to examine dispersion in aquifers with continuously varying conductivity. The inclusions in this model cover as much area/volume of the porous formation as possible. The second model is designed for aquifers that contain clay/sand/gravel lenses embedded in otherwise homogeneous background. The dispersion in both aquifer types is simulated numerically. Simulation results are compared to those obtained using simple approximate solutions. In order to infer transport statistics that are representative of an infinite domain using the numerical experiments, the inclusions are placed in a domain that was shaped as a large ellipse (2D) and a large spheroid (3D) that were submerged in an unbounded homogeneous medium. On a large scale, the large body of inclusions behaves like a single large inhomogeneity. The analytic solution for a uniform flow past the single inhomogeneity of such geometry yields uniform velocity inside the domain. The velocity differs from that at infinity and can be used to infer the effective conductivity of the medium. As many as 100,000 inhomogeneities are placed inside the domain for 2D simulations. Simulations in 3D were limited to 50,000 inclusions. A large number of simulations was conducted on a massively parallel supercomputer cluster at the Center for Computational Research, University at Buffalo. Simulations range from mildly heterogeneous formations to highly heterogeneous formations (variance of the logarithm of conductivity equal to 10) and from sparsely populated systems to systems where inhomogeneities cover 95% of the volume. Particles are released and tracked inside the core of constant mean velocity. Following the particle tracking, various medium, flow, and transport statistics are computed. These include: spatial moments of particle positions, probability density function of hydraulic conductivity and each component of velocity, their two-point covariance function in the direction of flow and normal to it, covariance of Lagrangean velocities, and probability density function of travel times to various break-through locations. Following the analytic nature of the flow solution, all the results are presented in dimensionless forms. For example, the dispersion coefficients are made dimensionless with respect to the mean velocity and size of inhomogeneities. Detailed results will be presented and compared to well known first-order results and the results that are based on simple approximate transport solutions of Aldo Fiori.

Jankovic, I.

2002-05-01

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Heterogeneous Chemistry of Glyoxal on Acidic Solutions. An Oligomerization Pathway for Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation.  

PubMed

The heterogeneous chemistry of glyoxal on sulfuric acid surfaces has been investigated at various acid concentrations and temperatures, utilizing a low-pressure fast flow laminar reactor coupled to an ion drift-chemical ionization mass spectrometer (ID-CIMS). The uptake coefficient (?) of glyoxal ranges from (1.2 ± 0.06) × 10(-2) to (2.5 ± 0.01) × 10(-3) for 60-93 wt % H2SO4 at 253-273 K. The effective Henry's Law constant (H*) ranges from (98.9 ± 4.9) × 10(5) to (1.6 ± 0.1) × 10(5) M atm(-1) for 60-93 wt % at 263-273 K. Both the uptake coefficient and Henry's Law constant increase with decreasing acid concentration and temperature. Our results reveal a reaction mechanism of hydration followed by oligomerization for glyoxal on acidic media, indicating an efficient aqueous reaction of glyoxal on hygroscopic particles leading to secondary organic aerosol formation. PMID:25369518

Gomez, Mario E; Lin, Yun; Guo, Song; Zhang, Renyi

2014-11-20

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Deep geological disposal in argillaceous formations: studies at the Tournemire test site  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Deep argillaceous formations are potential host media for radioactive waste disposal. The French Institute of Protection and Nuclear Safety (IPSN) is developing in situ studies concerning the confining properties of this kind of geological barrier at the Tournemire tunnel site (Aveyron, France). The past research programme covered physical and physico-chemical properties of the consolidated argillaceous medium, diffusive and convective transport; rock and water chemistry and long-term behaviour of the host rock. Investigations conclude that fluid circulations in the unperturbed matrix are very slow. However, past tectonic events have induced fractures which might accelerate these circulations. The hydraulic role of fractures in this type of rocks is poorly known. A detailed study of the role of these fractures is presently under way. Moreover, the 100-year old tunnel exhibits a very clear `Excavation-Damaged Zone' (EDZ), with large fractures which might drain water rather quickly over long distances. The mechanical, hydraulic and physico-chemical properties of the EDZ are being investigated. The present paper summarizes the results obtained so far at Tournemire, and the current research orientations.

Bonin, B.

1998-12-01

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Microbial characterization of basalt formation waters targeted for geological carbon sequestration.  

PubMed

Geological carbon sequestration in basalts is a promising solution to mitigate carbon emissions into the Earth's atmosphere. The Wallula pilot well in Eastern Washington State, USA provides an opportunity to investigate how native microbial communities in basalts are affected by the injection of supercritical carbon dioxide into deep, alkaline formation waters of the Columbia River Basalt Group. Our objective was to characterize the microbial communities at five depth intervals in the Wallula pilot well prior to CO2 injection to establish a baseline community for comparison after the CO2 is injected. Microbial communities were examined using quantitative polymerase chain reaction to enumerate bacterial cells and 454 pyrosequencing to compare and contrast the diversity of the native microbial communities. The deepest depth sampled contained the greatest amount of bacterial biomass, as well as the highest bacterial diversity. The shallowest depth sampled harbored the greatest archaeal diversity. Pyrosequencing revealed the well to be dominated by the Proteobacteria, Firmicutes, and Actinobacteria, with microorganisms related to hydrogen oxidizers (Hydrogenophaga), methylotrophs (Methylotenera), methanotrophs (Methylomonas), iron reducers (Geoalkalibacter), sulfur oxidizers (Thiovirga), and methanogens (Methermicocccus). Thus, the Wallula pilot well is composed of a unique microbial community in which hydrogen and single-carbon compounds may play a significant role in sustaining the deep biosphere. PMID:23418786

Lavalleur, Heather J; Colwell, Frederick S

2013-07-01

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Geologic reservoir model for the Triassic Doig Formation, northeast British Columbia, Canada  

SciTech Connect

A subsurface investigation of the mid-Triassic Doig formation in northeastern British Columbia documented two main reservoir facies. Both are a product of mass movement and sediment gravity flow processes on a progradational, tectonically active continental shelf margin. Substrate instability was likely a product of sediment loading, perhaps in concert with seismic activity. Sedimentary facies and reservoir parameters were determined from analysis of approximately 150 cores and 900 well logs. Laterally discontinuous Doig sandstones are up to 60 m thick and trend northeasterly within the study area. The main reservoir facies are incised density flow deposits and laterally extensive slump deposits. Reservoir quality within these sands is extremely variable with porosity ranging from less than 5% to 15%. In core, these deposits consist of moderately well sorted, very fine grained sandstones with no vertical grain size variation. The best production to date is in the Buick Creek field with initial flows of 346 BOPD. The slump deposits are thinner and tend to be more elongate parallel to paleoshoreline. These sands were subject to some wave or current reworking. Modern analogs where similar processes and products of deposition are known to occur include the Gulf of Alaska continental shelf and the Fraser River Delta slope. Doig sandstones usually are enclosed in fine-grained shelf deposits that provide a good stratigraphic trapping mechanism. Successful development of Doig reservoirs must incorporate geologic modes that assist in understanding the complex and highly variable reservoir quality of sandstones units.

Moslow, T.F. (Univ. of Alberta, Edmonton (Canada)); Munroe, H.D. (International Geoscience Consulting Ltd., Calgary, Alberta (Canada))

1991-03-01

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Mercury's hollows: Constraints on formation and composition from analysis of geological setting and spectral reflectance  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

unique to Mercury, hollows are shallow, flat-floored irregular depressions notable for their relatively high reflectance and characteristic color. Here we document the range of geological settings in which hollows occur. Most are associated with impact structures (simple bowl-shaped craters to multiring basins, and ranging from Kuiperian to Calorian in age). Hollows are found in the low-reflectance material global color unit and in low-reflectance blue plains, but they appear to be absent from high-reflectance red plains. Hollows may occur preferentially on equator- or hot-pole-facing slopes, implying that their formation is linked to solar heating. Evidence suggests that hollows form because of loss of volatile material. We describe hypotheses for the origin of the volatiles and for how such loss proceeds. Intense space weathering and solar heating are likely contributors to the loss of volatiles; contact heating by melts could promote the formation of hollows in some locations. Lunar Ina-type depressions differ from hollows on Mercury in a number of characteristics, so it is unclear if they represent a good analog. We also use MESSENGER multispectral images to characterize a variety of surfaces on Mercury, including hollows, within a framework defined by laboratory spectra for analog minerals and lunar samples. Data from MESSENGER's X-Ray Spectrometer indicate that the planet's surface contains up to 4% sulfur. We conclude that nanophase or microphase sulfide minerals could contribute to the low reflectance of the low-reflectance material relative to average surface material. Hollows may owe their relatively high reflectance to destruction of the darkening agent (sulfides), the presence of alteration minerals, and/or physical differences in particle size, texture, or scattering behavior.

Blewett, David T.; Vaughan, William M.; Xiao, Zhiyong; Chabot, Nancy L.; Denevi, Brett W.; Ernst, Carolyn M.; Helbert, JöRn; D'Amore, Mario; Maturilli, Alessandro; Head, James W.; Solomon, Sean C.

2013-05-01

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Nuclear Waste Disposal in Deep Geological Formations: What are the Major Remaining Scientific Issues?  

SciTech Connect

For more than thirty years, considerable efforts have been carried out in order to evaluate the possibility of disposing of high level wastes in deep geological formations. Different rock types have been examined, such as water-under-saturated tuffs (USA), granites or crystalline rocks (Canada, Sweden, and Finland), clays (France, Belgium, and Switzerland), rock-salt (Germany). Deep clays and granites, (provided that the most fractured zones are avoided in the second case) are considered to fulfill most allocated functions, either on short term (reversibility) or long term. Chemically reducing conditions favor the immobilization of actinides and most fission products by precipitation, co-precipitation and sorption. If oxidizing conditions prevail, the safety demonstration will mostly rely on the performance of artificial confinement systems. Rock-salt offers limited performance considering the issue of reversibility, which is now perceived as essential, mostly for ethical and sociological reasons. However, several issues would deserve additional research programs, and as a first priority, a clear description of time/space succession of processes during the evolution of the repository. This will allow a better representation of coupled processes in performance assessment, such as the influence of gases (H{sub 2}) generated by corrosion, on the long term dynamics of the re-saturation. Geochemical interactions between the host formation and the engineered systems (packages + barriers) are still insufficiently described. Additional gains in performance could be obtained when taking into account processes such as isotopic exchange. Imaginative solutions, employing ceramic- carbon composite materials could be proposed to replace heavy and gas-generating overpacks, or to accommodate the small but probably significant amount of 'ultimate' wastes that will be inevitably produced by Generation IV reactor systems. (author)

Toulhoat, Pierre [Institut des Sciences Analytiques, Universite de Lyon, 43 avenue du 11 novembre 1918, Villeurbanne, 69622 (France); Scientific Direction, INERIS, Parc Technologique ALATA, BP2, Verneuil-en-Halatte, 60550, (France)

2007-07-01

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Integration of Sedimentology,Petrophysics and Statistics for Characterizing the Reservoir Heterogeneity of the Late Ordovician Sarah Formation, Central Saudi Arabia  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The first glaciogenic event in the Arabian Peninsula is represented by the Late Ordovician Sarah Formation. Sarah Formation is outcropping in areas of central and northern Arabia bordering the Arabian Shield, while it occupies several sub-basinal areas in the subsurface. The glacio-fluvial Sarah Formation is considered as an important tight gas reservoir target. This study uses the outcrop analog of the Sarah Formation to characterize the reservoir heterogeneity of the paleovalleys based on sedimentological, petrophysical, and statistical approaches. Facies types and architectural elements were identified within several paleovalleys of the Sarah Formation. The study indicated variability in texture, composition, sandstone type, facies, geometry and architecture at outcrop scale. Outcrop relationships also showed vertical and lateral facies change with other Paleozoic formations. The integration of field and laboratory data helped identifying the heterogeneity within Sarah paleovalleys. The reservoir quality trends in the Sarah Formation show variations that might be due to the controls of facies, depositional environments, and paleogeography. Three measures of heterogeneity were applied on the petrophysical data for various paleovalleys of the Sarah Formation. Those measures are: the coefficient of variation, Dykstra-Parsons, and Lorenz coefficients.The coefficient of variation values indicate extremely heterogeneous distribution. Dykstra-Parsons coefficient values suggest very to extremely heterogeneous reservoirs. Lorenz coefficients show good correlation with Dykstra-Parsons coefficient for Sarah paleovalleys. The studied heterogeneity measures indicate that Sarah paleovalleys represent very to extremely heterogeneous reservoirs.

El-Deek, Islam; Abdullatif, Osman; Korvin, Gabor; Al-Ramadan, Khalid

2014-05-01

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Modeling the kinetics of silica nanocolloid formation and precipitation in geologically relevant aqueous solutions  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The kinetics of the formation and precipitation of nanocolloidal silica from geologically relevant aqueous solutions is investigated. Changes in monomeric (SiO 2(mono)), nanocolloidal (SiO 2(nano)) and precipitated silica (SiO 2(ppt)) concentrations in aqueous solutions from pH 3 to 7, ionic strengths (IS) of 0.01 and 0.24 molal, and initial SiO 2 concentrations of 20.8, 12.5 and 4.2 mmolal (reported in [Icopini, G.A., Brantley, S.L., Heaney, P.J., 2005. Kinetics of silica oligomerization and nanocolloid formation as a function of pH and ionic strength at 25 °C. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta69(2), 293-303.]) were fit using two kinetic models. The first model, termed the concentration model, is taken from Icopini et al. (2005) and assumes that the rate of change of SiO 2(mono) as a function of time has a fourth-order dependence on the concentration of SiO 2(mono) in solution. The second model, termed the supersaturation model, incorporates the equilibrium concentration of amorphous silica and predicts that polymerization will be a function of the degree of silica supersaturation in solution with respect to amorphous silica. While both models generally predicted similar rate constants for a given set of experimental conditions, the supersaturation model described the long-term equilibrium behavior of the SiO 2(mono) fraction more accurately, resulting in significantly better fits of the monomeric data. No difference was seen between the model fits of the nanocolloidal silica fraction. At lower pH values (3-4), a metastable equilibrium was observed between SiO 2(mono) and SiO 2(nano). This equilibrium SiO 2(mono) concentration was found to be 6 mmolal, or three times the reported solubility of bulk amorphous silica under the experimental conditions studied and corresponds to the predicted solubility of amorphous silica colloids approximately 3 nm in diameter. Atomic force microscopy was used to determine the average size of the primary nanocolloidal particles to be ˜3 nm, which is in direct agreement with the solubility calculations. Larger aggregates of the primary nanocolloids were also observed to range in size from 30 to 40 nm. This work provides the first kinetic models describing the formation and evolution of nanocolloidal silica in environmentally relevant aqueous solutions. Results indicate that nanocolloidal silica is an important species at low pH and neutral pH at low ionic strengths and may play a more important role in geochemical cycles in natural aqueous systems than previously considered.

Conrad, Christine F.; Icopini, Gary A.; Yasuhara, Hideaki; Bandstra, Joel Z.; Brantley, Susan L.; Heaney, Peter J.

2007-02-01

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The Oil Game: Problem-based learning exercise in an Environmental Geology lecture-format class  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This is an active engagement exercise as a capstone exercise in a unit on energy in an Environmental Geology class of non-science majors combining a 'field-based' simulation and 'office-based' geological modeling. It uses readily available supplies and easily constructed equipment that can take 1 or 2 class meetings.

David Voorhees

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Challenges in conditioning a stochastic geological model of a heterogeneous glacial aquifer to a comprehensive soft dataset  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In traditional hydrogeological investigations, one geological model is often used based on subjective interpretations and sparse data availability. This deterministic approach usually does not account for any uncertainties. Stochastic simulation methods address this problem and can capture the geological structure uncertainty. In this study the geostatistical software TProGS is utilized to simulate an ensemble of realizations for a binary (sand/clay) hydrofacies model in the Norsminde catchment, Denmark. TProGS can incorporate soft data, which represent the associated level of uncertainty. High density (20 m × 20 m × 2 m) airborne geophysical data (SkyTEM) and categorized borehole data are utilized to define the model of spatial variability and for soft conditioning the TProGS simulations. The category probabilities for the SkyTEM dataset are derived from a histogram probability matching method, where resistivity is paired with the corresponding lithology from the categorized borehole data. A novelty of this study is the incorporation of two distinct datasources into the stochastic modeling process that represents two extremes of the conditioning density spectrum; sparse borehole data and abundant SkyTEM data. The high density of spatially correlated SkyTEM data lead to very deterministic simulation results. This is caused by overconditioning and addressed by a work around utilizing a resampling (thinning) of the dataset. In the case of abundant conditioning data it is shown that TProGS is capable of reproducing non-stationary trends. The stochastic realizations are validated by five performance criteria: (1) sand proportion, (2) mean length, (3) geobody connectivity, (4) facies probability distribution and (5) facies probability - resistivity bias. As conclusion, a stochastically generated set of realizations soft conditioned to 200 m moving sampling of geophysical data performs most satisfying when balancing the five performance criteria and can be used in subsequent hydrogeological flow modeling to address the predictive uncertainty originated from the geological structure uncertainty.

Koch, J.; He, X.; Jensen, K. H.; Refsgaard, J. C.

2013-12-01

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The Carancas meteorite impact crater, Peru: Geologic surveying and modeling of crater formation and atmospheric passage  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The recent Carancas meteorite impact event caused a worldwide sensation. An H4-5 chondrite struck the Earth south of Lake Titicaca in Peru on September 15, 2007, and formed a crater 14.2 m across. It is the smallest, youngest, and one of two eye-witnessed impact crater events on Earth. The impact violated the hitherto existing view that stony meteorites below a size of 100 m undergo major disruption and deceleration during their passage through the atmosphere and are not capable of producing craters. Fragmentation occurs if the strength of the meteoroid is less than the aerodynamic stresses that occur in flight. The small fragments that result from a breakup rain down at terminal velocity and are not capable of producing impact craters. The Carancas cratering event, however, demonstrates that meter-sized stony meteoroids indeed can survive the atmospheric passage under specific circumstances. We present results of a detailed geologic survey of the crater and its ejecta. To constrain the possible range of impact parameters we carried out numerical models of crater formation with the iSALE hydrocode in two and three dimensions. Depending on the strength properties of the target, the impact energies range between approximately 100-1000 MJ (0.024- 0.24 t TNT). By modeling the atmospheric traverse we demonstrate that low cosmic velocities (12- 14 kms-1) and shallow entry angles (<20°) are prerequisites to keep aerodynamic stresses low (<10 MPa) and thus to prevent fragmentation of stony meteoroids with standard strength properties. This scenario results in a strong meteoroid deceleration, a deflection of the trajectory to a steeper impact angle (40-60°), and an impact velocity of 350-600 ms-1, which is insufficient to produce a shock wave and significant shock effects in target minerals. Aerodynamic and crater modeling are consistent with field data and our microscopic inspection. However, these data are in conflict with trajectories inferred from the analysis of infrasound signals.

Kenkmann, T.; Artemieva, N. A.; Wünnemann, K.; Poelchau, M. H.; Elbeshausen, D.; Núñez Del Prado, H.

2009-08-01

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Laboratory investigations of the effects of geologic heterogeneity on groundwater salinization and flush-out times from a tsunami-like event  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This intermediate scale laboratory experimental study was designed to improve the conceptual understanding of aquifer flushing time associated with diffuse saltwater contamination of coastal aquifers due to a tsunami-like event. The motivation comes from field observations made after the tsunami in December, 2004 in South Asia. The focus is on the role and effects of heterogeneity on flushing effectiveness. A scheme that combines experimentation in a 4.8 m long laboratory tank and numerical modeling was used. To demonstrate the effects of geologic heterogeneity, plume migration and flushing times were analyzed in both homogeneous and layered media and under different boundary conditions (ambient flow, saltwater infiltration rate, freshwater recharge). Saltwater and freshwater infiltrations imitate the results of the groundwater salinization from the tsunami and freshening from the monsoon rainfall. The saltwater plume behavior was monitored both through visual observations (digital photography) of the dyed salt water and using measurements taken from several electrical conductivity sensors installed through the tank walls. The variable-density, three dimensional code HST3D was used to simulate the tank experiments and understand the fate and movement of the saltwater plume under field conditions. The results from the tank experiments and modeling demonstrated that macro-scale heterogeneity significantly influenced the migration patterns and flushing times of diffuse saltwater contamination. Ambient flow had a direct influence on total flush-out time, and heterogeneity impacted flush-out times for the top part of the tank and total flush-out times. The presence of a continuous low-permeability layer caused a 40% increase in complete flush-out time due to the slower flow of salt water in the low-permeability layer. When a relatively small opening was introduced in the low-permeability layer, salt water migrated quickly into a higher-permeable layer below causing a reduction in flush-out time. Freshwater recharge caused an early dilution of salt water in the top part of the tank in the case of a layered media, but also pushed the saltwater plume into the low-permeability layer which led to increased total flush-out times.

Vithanage, M.; Engesgaard, P.; Jensen, K. H.; Illangasekare, T. H.; Obeysekera, J.

2012-08-01

116

Heterogeneous Catalysis.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Described is a heterogeneous catalysis course which has elements of materials processing embedded in the classical format of catalytic mechanisms and surface chemistry. A course outline and list of examples of recent review papers written by students are provided. (MVL)

Miranda, R.

1989-01-01

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Numerical Simulation of Behavior of Carbon Dioxide Injected into Target Geologic Formations in the Bukpyeong Basin, Korea  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A series of thermo-hydrological numerical simulations was performed to predict and analyze behavior of carbon dioxide injected into target geologic formations in the Bukpyeong Basin, which is one of the prospective offshore basins for geologic carbon dioxide storage in Korea. The results of the numerical simulations for the two areas in the basin show that the spatial distribution, structure (layered structure), and hydrological properties (anisotropy of intrinsic permeability) of the target geologic formations have significant impacts on three-dimensional behavior of carbon dioxide injected. The horizontal movement of carbon dioxide along the spatial distribution of a target geologic formation (Unit C-4) is more dominant than the vertical movement. As the injection amount of carbon dioxide increases, carbon dioxide plume expands furthermore and reaches to the shallower depth region from the mean sea level. Even in case of the maximum injection amount of carbon dioxide, carbon dioxide does not leak through the top boundary (sea floor) of the modeling domain for both areas. It indicates that carbon dioxide can be stored in the two areas up to their effective storage capacities of free fluid phase carbon dioxide, which was estimated in authors' previous study. As time progresses, carbon dioxide stored by hydrodynamic trapping decreases, while carbon dioxide stored by solubility trapping increases. The total mass of carbon dioxide stored by solubility trapping evaluated in this study is significantly greater than that estimated in authors' previous study. It indicates that the storage efficiency of aqueous phase carbon dioxide is greater than that of free fluid phase carbon dioxide. Therefore, this difference in the storage efficiencies of the free fluid and aqueous phases of carbon dioxide must be properly considered when more rigorous effective storage capacities of carbon dioxide are to be estimated on basin and even site scales. This work was supported by the Energy Efficiency and Resources Program funded by the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP), Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, Republic of Korea.

Kihm, J.; Park, S.; Kim, J.

2013-12-01

118

Stress heterogeneity observed in Barnett Shale, TX, and its relation to the distribution of clay-rich ductile formations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

An FMI image log from a vertical well in Barnett Shale, Fort Worth Basin, TX shows that the state of stress is locally perturbed at depth ranges around the shale formation (8260-8740 ft). Above the Barnett Shale, drilling-induced tensile fractures (DITFs) are parallel to the vertical wellbore axis, indicating that the vertical principal stress is essentially parallel to the wellbore axis. However, inside the Barnett Shale, DITFs deviate from the wellbore axis, forming en-echelon patterns. The inclination of these inclined DITFs averages around 10 degrees, which we have been able to model as a westward tilt of the “vertical” principal stress by at least 5 degrees from the true vertical direction. Also, the angular spans of the inclined DITFs around the wellbore circumference vary between 0-100 degrees, indicating that the stress state fluctuates frequently within the Barnett Shale. We postulate that such stress heterogeneity is caused by the ductility and the mechanical heterogeneity of the organic-rich shale layer. Laboratory experiments using core samples show that Barnett Shale rocks may have relatively low effective viscosities with respect to that of the overburden formations which could lead to the rotation of the principal stress axes known as “stress refraction”. Rocks within the Barnett Shale are also found to be quite heterogeneous in terms of its mineralogy where, for instance, clay content varies between 5-50% by volume. Laboratory experiments show that the degree of ductility, as seen by creep deformation, varies by a factor of 3 for these rocks and that the ductility is dependent on the sample clay content. Because ductile deformation causes differential stresses to relax (thus raising the magnitude of minimum principal stress), it is possible that the stress heterogeneity is ultimately the result of lithological heterogeneity within the Barnett Shale. We attempt to explain the observed stress heterogeneity using analytical and numerical models acknowledging stress refractions and ductile deformation. The implication of establishing such connection between stress and lithological heterogeneity is that one may be able to infer the state of stress by studying the distribution of rock types and its mechanical properties. This could help identify regions within hydrocarbon reservoirs with stress states favorable for hydraulic fracturing, or provide insights into the distribution of stress states around major fault zones.

Sone, H.; Zoback, M. D.

2010-12-01

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Assessment of the Geologic Carbon Dioxide Storage Resources of the Clinton, Medina, and Tuscarora Formations in the Appalachian Basin  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has completed an assessment of the geologic carbon dioxide (CO2) storage potential within the Appalachian Basin. This assessment was performed as part of the USGS national assessment of geologic CO2 storage resources in which individual sedimentary basins are divided into storage assessment units (SAUs) based on geologic characteristics such as lithology, porosity, permeability, reservoir depth, formation water salinity, and the presence of a regional sealing formation. This study focuses on the assessment of the Clinton, Medina and Tuscarora Formations storage assessment unit (SAU) that covers an area of 48.9 million acres in eastern Kentucky and Ohio, West Virginia, northern and western Pennsylvania, and southwestern New York. The areal extent of the SAU is defined on the western boundary by the 100 foot isopach contour of the combined Rochester and Rose Hill Shales that acts as the regional sealing formation and is defined by the 3,000 foot depth to top contour of the Clinton and Tuscarora Formations elsewhere. Depth-to-top and isopach contours were derived from IHS Energy Group, 2011 data for over 25,000 unique boreholes located throughout the area of the SAU. The Clinton, Medina and Tuscarora Formations SAU is composed of the porous intervals of the Lower to Middle Silurian strata that is bounded by the underlying Ordovician age Queenston Shale, and the overlying Silurian age Rochester and Rose Hill Shales. Porous intervals were deposited in a variety of wave and tidal dominated environments as a result of a Lower Silurian shoreline that prograded southeast to northwest. Porous units in the Tuscarora Formation in southwestern and central Pennsylvania and West Virginia are predominantly fine to medium grained sands of alluvial plain facies and those of the Clinton and Medina Formations in southwestern New York, northeastern Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and northeastern Kentucky are typically fine grained quartzarenites deposited in littoral, deltaic, and offshore marine environments. The mean total thickness and thickness of the net porous interval, determined from geophysical logs, are 200 and 100 feet respectively at depths between 3,000 and 13,000 feet. Input parameters used to calculate the volume of technically available storage resources in the Clinton, Medina and Tuscarora Formations SAU include the area and net porous thickness of the SAU, a mean porosity of 9% for the net porous interval, and a permeability of 13 millidarcys for the net porous interval. Both the mean porosity and permeability used as input parameters for the SAU were determined by examining reported porosity and permeability values for petroleum reservoirs throughout the study area. Buoyant trapping pore volumes were determined by examining reported pore volumes of known petroleum plays within the SAU and extrapolating into areas where CO2 storage potential may exist in the absence of petroleum resources. The Clinton, Medina and Tuscarora Formations SAU has geologic storage resources to hold a mean of 32.1 megatons (Mt) of CO2, with 31Mt as buoyant trapping storage resources and 1.1 Mt as residual trapping storage resources.

Doolan, C.

2013-12-01

120

Geology of Wisconsin  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This site contains geologic maps of Wisconsin including relief and topography maps; maps of the bedrock geology and elevation, Pleistocene geology, thickness of unconsolidated deposits, and soils; and atlases of geologic history. There is information on: rock types, Paleozoic formations, and the Pleistocene and Precambrian history of Wisconsin; how to obtain a geologic map of personal property; the Niagara Escarpment; castellated mounds; geologic field localities; and unusual weather events in Wisconsin. There is also a data table on earthquakes in Wisconsin.

Steven Dutch

1997-09-10

121

Heterogeneous chemistry: a mechanism missing in current models to explain secondary inorganic aerosol formation during the January 2013 haze episode in North China  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Severe regional haze pollution events occurred in eastern and central China in January 2013, which had adverse effects on the environment and public health. Extremely high levels of particulate matter with aerodynamic diameter of 2.5 ?m or less (PM2.5) with dominant components of sulfate and nitrate are responsible for the haze pollution. Although heterogeneous chemistry is thought to play an important role in the production of sulfate and nitrate during haze episodes, few studies have comprehensively evaluated the effect of heterogeneous chemistry on haze formation in China by using the 3-D models due to of a lack of treatments for heterogeneous reactions in most climate and chemical transport models. In this work, the offline-coupled WRF-CMAQ model with newly added heterogeneous reactions is applied to East Asia to evaluate the impacts of heterogeneous chemistry and the meteorological anomaly during January 2013 on regional haze formation. The revised CMAQ with heterogeneous chemistry not only captures the magnitude and temporal variation of sulfate and nitrate, but also reproduces the enhancement of relative contribution of sulfate and nitrate to PM2.5 mass from clean days to polluted haze days. These results indicate the significant role of heterogeneous chemistry in regional haze formation and improve the understanding of the haze formation mechanisms during the January 2013 episode.

Zheng, B.; Zhang, Q.; Zhang, Y.; He, K. B.; Wang, K.; Zheng, G. J.; Duan, F. K.; Ma, Y. L.; Kimoto, T.

2014-06-01

122

Influence of surface heterogeneities on the formation of diffusion-limited aggregates  

Microsoft Academic Search

In the present paper, we study the influence of surface energetic heterogeneities on the main features of fractal aggregates generated through a diffusional mechanism. The diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA) model was introduced by Witten and Sander (Phys. Rev. Lett. 47 (1981) 1400) and has stimulated growing interest in the study of a variety of nucleation and growth processes since then. In

M. Nazzarro; F Nieto; A. J Ramirez-Pastor

2002-01-01

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Ray Lemoine, Cedar Bluffs Public Schools, Cedar Bluffs, NE 2008 Understanding Geologic Formations  

E-print Network

guage) Background: Students should know the rock cycle and the three main types of rocks; sedimentary Materials: Bedded rock samples (or pictures) Fossilized rock samples (or pictures) Pictures from Geology Field Course, or equivalent Rock I.D. flow charts Rock test kits (hardness test, acid test, grain size

Frank, Tracy D.

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Spatial heterogeneity of uranium isotope variations in a Phanerozoic, epicontintental black shale (Hushpuckney Shale, Swope Formation)  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

It has recently been shown that substantial variations in the 238U/235U ratio exist in nature. The isotopic composition of seawater is ultimately driven by the relative sizes and isotopic signatures of the major sources and sinks. Rivers are the major sources of uranium to the ocean, and reducing sediments (mainly anoxic and suboxic sediments) are the major sinks. Under reducing conditions heavy uranium isotopes are sequestered preferentially. Because of the long residence time of uranium in the global ocean, and the relatively large fractionation during removal of uranium under reducing conditions, it has been suggested that the isotope composition of seawater might reflect changes in the redox state of the ocean and that such changes might be mirrored in black shales. Here we present uranium isotope variations of a Pennsylvanian black shale (Hushpuckney Shale; Swope Formation) from two cores from the same depositional basin (Late Paleozoic Midcontinent Sea; LPMS) to test whether global marine redox conditions can be determined from a single section in epicontinental settings. If uranium isotopes in epicontinental black shales can be used to quantify changes in redox changes of the global ocean, then contemporaneous black shales sections should have the same isotope trends and magnitudes. The Hushpuckney shale is one of several cyclothem core intervals that were deposited over large areas (tens of thousands of square kilometers) on continental crust during early transgression in response to the deglaciation of large icesheets in the southern hemisphere. The two cores investigated for this study represent a transect through the LPMS from close to the open ocean (SE Kansas) towards the shoreline (Iowa). The Hushpuckney shale can be easily identified and correlated in these two cores. Thus, it offers an excellent opportunity to test whether the uranium isotopic composition is similar across the basin and how much local redox conditions can play a role in faithfully capturing changes in global seawater. We find that the two sections show the same overall trend: light values at the base of the black shale, a change to heavy values in the middle part, and a change back to lighter values at the top of the black shale interval. However, the magnitude and rate of the isotopic variations is different. The isotopic composition of lower part of the black shale in the SE Kansas core is fairly light (~ -0.5 ‰), then rapidly changes to ~ 0.6‰ over the next 20 cm, and then swiftly changes back to ~ -0.15‰ in the next 20 cm. In contrast, the lower part of the black shale in the more shoreward section in Iowa has an isotopic composition of ~0.0‰. Over the next 40 cm the isotopic composition gradually rises to ~0.4 ‰ and then gradually changes to ~-0.15‰ over the next 40 cm. Our results indicate that the complex paleoceanographic conditions of epicontintental seas can lead to spatial gradients in physical and chemical properties that cause differences in the uranium isotopic composition of black shales within the depositional basin. This hampers the ability to precisely reconstruct global redox changes from one section alone. It is not clear yet what environmental conditions lead to the spatial heterogeneity within the LPMS, but ongoing geochemical and modeling work is aimed at understanding the controlling factors.

Herrmann, A. D.; Gordon, G. W.; Romaniello, S. J.; Algeo, T. J.; Anbar, A. D.

2012-12-01

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The Enigmatic Longevity of Granular Materials on Mars: The Case for Geologically Episodic Dune Formation  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Martian sand dunes are concentrated in vast sand seas in the circumpolar belt of the planet's northern hemisphere, but they are also pervasive over the whole planet. Their occurrence is to be expected on a super-arid planetary surface subjected to boundary layer drag from a continually active atmosphere. Whilst their occurrence is to be expected, their survival is enigmatic. But the enigma only arises if the martian system is considered similar to Earth's --where sand is moved highly frequently, more or less on a seasonal basis. Experimentally it is readily demonstrated that active sand will soon wear down to small grains and eventually diminish to below the critical sand size required to sustain dune formation. According to conventional wisdom, sand moves at higher speeds on Mars than on Earth, and if it were to move as frequently as it does on Earth, then the dune-forming sand population should have long since disappeared, given the great longevity of the martian aeolian system (Sagan coined the term "kamikaze" grains to express this disappearance). No supply of sand could keep pace with this depletion, especially in light of the fact that Mars does not have very active weathering, nor significant crustal differentiation. On Earth, plate tectonics, magmatic activity, and general crustal differentiation over geological time have produced great concentrations of quartz crystals in the continental crustal masses. Not only are these quartz grains chemically and mechanically resilient, they are about the right size for being transported by either wind or water. Add to this, the geologically recent contribution of glacial grinding, and it is easy to see why there are dune field on Earth. So what are the martian dunes composed of, and how does the material survive the eons of attrition? In addition to experimental demonstrations of sand comminution in laboratory aeolian simulations, the problem can be approached from first principles. Sagan showed that by simple considerations of material strength versus mechanical work applied to the material, comminution to sub-sand size would be inevitable. Another semi-analytical approach might be taken by considering that the archetypal aeolian sand surface texture is an irregularly pitted ("frosted") surface composed of chipping hollows approximately 10 microns in diameter, 5 microns deep. Their volume = about 250 cubic microns, or about 1/25000 of the volume of a 100 micron diameter dune grain. Because a saltating grain always strikes another grain, then two surfaces are impacted. Thus each grain undergoes two impacts for every one saltation leap, when the impact statistics are considered for a closed dune system (it can be calculated that a grain can never undergo <1 impact, and never >2 per saltation leap). Hence, if we conservatively assume that there is damage to a grain each time it bounces, but with the minimum damage of only 2 microscopic craters per impact, then approximately 12,500 impacts are required to completely eliminate the grain. Of course, it would require only a fraction of this amount to reduce the grain to below sand size. A grain will make only several tens of saltation leaps on the stoss side of a dune before becoming buried on the lee slope. The dune then has to move its full length before the grain is exhumed again for abrasion. Even with this hiatus in transport, it is easy to see that terrestrial dunes need resupplying with sand in order to survive. In recent theoretical work it has been shown that martian aeolian transport may be initiated with high-speed grains, but this converts to a lower energy dynamic transport equilibrium in which a reptation population dominates grain transport (on Earth, at least half of the flux is by reptation and creep). On Mars, therefore, average grain speeds may be lower than those on Earth, or at least comparable. This would permit greater longevity for martian sands, but it would not go far enough to solve the survival problem. It may, however, explain why martian dunes are about the same size as te

Marshall, J.

1999-09-01

126

The Enigmatic Longevity of Granular Materials on Mars: The Case for Geologically Episodic Dune Formation  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Martian sand dunes are concentrated in vast sand seas in the circumpolar belt of the planet's northern hemisphere, but they are also pervasive over the whole planet. Their occurrence is to be expected on a super-arid planetary surface subjected to boundary layer drag from a continually active atmosphere. Whilst their occurrence is to be expected, their survival is enigmatic. But the enigma only arises if the martian system is considered similar to Earth's --where sand is moved highly frequently, more or less on a seasonal basis. Experimentally it is readily demonstrated that active sand will soon wear down to small grains and eventually diminish to below the critical sand size required to sustain dune formation. According to conventional wisdom, sand moves at higher speeds on Mars than on Earth, and if it were to move as frequently as it does on Earth, then the dune-forming sand population should have long since disappeared, given the great longevity of the martian aeolian system (Sagan coined the term "kamikaze" grains to express this disappearance). No supply of sand could keep pace with this depletion, especially in light of the fact that Mars does not have very active weathering, nor significant crustal differentiation. On Earth, plate tectonics, magmatic activity, and general crustal differentiation over geological time have produced great concentrations of quartz crystals in the continental crustal masses. Not only are these quartz grains chemically and mechanically resilient, they are about the right size for being transported by either wind or water. Add to this, the geologically recent contribution of glacial grinding, and it is easy to see why there are dune field on Earth. So what are the martian dunes composed of, and how does the material survive the eons of attrition? In addition to experimental demonstrations of sand comminution in laboratory aeolian simulations, the problem can be approached from first principles. Sagan showed that by simple considerations of material strength versus mechanical work applied to the material, comminution to sub-sand size would be inevitable. Another semi-analytical approach might be taken by considering that the archetypal aeolian sand surface texture is an irregularly pitted ("frosted") surface composed of chipping hollows approximately 10 microns in diameter, 5 microns deep. Their volume = about 250 cubic microns, or about 1/25000 of the volume of a 100 micron diameter dune grain. Because a saltating grain always strikes another grain, then two surfaces are impacted. Thus each grain undergoes two impacts for every one saltation leap, when the impact statistics are considered for a closed dune system (it can be calculated that a grain can never undergo <1 impact, and never >2 per saltation leap). Hence, if we conservatively assume that there is damage to a grain each time it bounces, but with the minimum damage of only 2 microscopic craters per impact, then approximately 12,500 impacts are required to completely eliminate the grain. Of course, it would require only a fraction of this amount to reduce the grain to below sand size. A grain will make only several tens of saltation leaps on the stoss side of a dune before becoming buried on the lee slope. The dune then has to move its full length before the grain is exhumed again for abrasion. Even with this hiatus in transport, it is easy to see that terrestrial dunes need resupplying with sand in order to survive. In recent theoretical work it has been shown that martian aeolian transport may be initiated with high-speed grains, but this converts to a lower energy dynamic transport equilibrium in which a reptation population dominates grain transport (on Earth, at least half of the flux is by reptation and creep). On Mars, therefore, average grain speeds may be lower than those on Earth, or at least comparable. This would permit greater longevity for martian sands, but it would not go far enough to solve the survival problem. It may, however, explain why martian dunes are about the same size as terr

Marshall, J.

1999-01-01

127

The Effects of Heterogeneity on CO2 Gas Phase Evolution in the Shallow Subsurface During Leakage from Geologic Sequestration Sites: Intermediate Scale Experiments and Numerical Simulations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A concern for geologic carbon sequestration is the potential for stored CO2 to leak upward into shallow freshwater aquifers where it can have potentially negative impacts. Understanding the mechanisms of CO2 migration and predicting its movement in shallow aquifers is a critical part of determining those potential impacts. During leakage, CO2 can move either as free-phase or as CO2 dissolved in brine. Dissolved CO2 may travel upward and/or migrate laterally through the subsurface, potentially causing the gas to come back out of solution (exsolve). Exsolved gas may become entrapped in the subsurface, and/or create flow paths that allow the gas to escape into the vadose zone and the atmosphere. The processes of gas exsolution, entrapment and flow in the shallow subsurface are controlled by various factors, including temperature, concentration of leaking CO2, pressure of the surrounding water, and heterogeneity of the subsurface environment. Unlike field studies, the laboratory setting allows for detailed observation of the relationships among these factors across multiple dimensionalities and scales. For this study, a series of one-dimensional laboratory experiments were conducted at an unprecedented spatial scale that yielded data with an unprecedented spatiotemporal resolution. Fresh water was saturated with dissolved CO2 gas under a specified pressure (the saturation pressure) before being injected at a constant volumetric flow rate into the bottom of a 4.5-meter tall column of sand that was initially saturated with fresh water. Soil moisture sensors installed along the length of the column detected the exsolution, growth, and entrapment of gas phase in the column through time by measuring the average water content in representative elementary volumes of soil. A gas flow meter and a scale continuously monitored the outflow of CO2 gas and water from the top of the column. Several packing configurations were used in order to test the effects of different types of heterogeneity on the evolution of the gas phase. Results indicate that: (1) heterogeneous interfaces trigger exsolution when they exist at a location where the water pressure is less than the saturation pressure, (2) in the short term, heterogeneity results in earlier gas exsolution, growth and flow while, in the long-term, it leads to local entrapment of gas phase (e.g., below interfaces where fine material overlays coarser material), (3) gas exsolution and growth are enhanced when the contrast between the two types of porous media is greater, and (4) in coarser material, gas phase gets distributed more uniformly whereas in finer materials, localized gas flow paths tend to form. Further research is ongoing into the dimensionality of these processes through experiments conducted in an intermediate scale two-dimensional tank. Various numerical tools are also being tested for their ability to simulate these processes.

Plampin, M. R.; Sakaki, T.; Pawar, R. J.; Illangasekare, T. H.

2012-12-01

128

Carbon compounds in interplanetary dust: evidence for formation by heterogeneous catalysis.  

PubMed

Associations of carbonaceous material with iron-nickel alloy, carbides, and oxides were identified by analytical electron microscopy in ten unmelted chondritic porous micrometeorites from the earth's stratosphere. These associations, which may be interpreted in terms of reactions between a carbon-containing gas and catalytically active dust grains, suggest that some of the carbon in the chondritic porous subset of interplanetary dust was emplaced through heterogeneous catalysis. PMID:17752991

Bradley, J P; Brownlee, D E; Fraundorf, P

1984-01-01

129

Aspherical structural heterogeneity within the uppermost inner core: Insights into the hemispherical boundaries and core formation  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Lateral heterogeneities at the top of the inner core are investigated using earthquakes that occurred in Indonesia and southeast Asia and were recorded in the southeastern Caribbean. Using seismic observations of attenuation and seismic velocity, we were able to constrain the characteristics of the boundary between the inner and outer core to further investigate the dynamics and evolution of the Earth’s core. Our seismic observations from core phases confirm that the outermost inner core is asymmetrically heterogeneous and we are able to further constrain the morphology and physical properties of this layer. Comparison of data from earthquakes with ray paths traversing from east to the west versus those with ray paths from west to east allow us to map the aspherical heterogeneity of the boundary layer and specifically image the boundary between the proposed quasi-eastern and western hemispheres of the inner core. The variation of differential travel times between PKPdf and PKPbc, attenuation in terms of Q factor, and latitudinal changes for both of these observations, can be attributed to localized heterogeneity at the quasi-hemispherical boundaries of the inner core. We constrain the change in the thickness of outermost core boundary layer from 100 to 250 km within a distance of a few 10s of kilometers at 45°E ± 2°, for the western boundary, with an overall P-wave velocity decrease in the western hemisphere of 0.5% and increase of 0.5% in the eastern hemisphere. We constrain the eastern boundary at latitudes greater than 45°N to 173°E ± 4° with an overall P-wave velocity decrease in the western hemisphere of 1.0% in the uppermost 200 km of the inner core. The eastern boundary at equatorial latitudes is constrained to a region <170°E with a western hemisphere with a 0.5% drop in P-wave velocity in the uppermost 250 km.

Miller, Meghan S.; Niu, Fenglin; Vanacore, Elizabeth A.

2013-10-01

130

Formation of double glass in binary mixtures of anisotropic particles: dynamic heterogeneities in rotations and displacements.  

PubMed

We study glass behavior in a mixture of elliptic and circular particles in two dimensions at low temperatures using an orientation-dependent Lennard-Jones potential. The ellipses have a mild aspect ratio (?1.2) and tend to align at low temperatures, while the circular particles play the role of impurities disturbing the ellipse orientations at a concentration of 20%. These impurities have a size smaller than that of the ellipses and attract them in the homeotropic alignment. As a result, the coordination number around each impurity is mostly 5 or 4 in glassy states. We realize double glass, where both the orientations and the positions are disordered but still hold mesoscopic order. We find a strong heterogeneity in the flip motions of the ellipses, which sensitively depends on the impurity clustering. In our model, a small fraction of the ellipses still undergo flip motions relatively rapidly even at low temperatures. In contrast, the nonflip rotations (with angle changes not close to ±?) are mainly caused by the cooperative configuration changes involving many particles. Then, there arises a long-time heterogeneity in the nonflip rotations closely correlated with the dynamic heterogeneity in displacements. PMID:24229182

Takae, Kyohei; Onuki, Akira

2013-10-01

131

Multiscale heterogeneity characterization of tidal channel, tidal delta and foreshore facies, Almond Formation outcrops, Rock Springs uplift, Wyoming  

SciTech Connect

In order to accurately predict fluid flow within a reservoir, variability in the rock properties at all scales relevant to the specific depositional environment needs to be taken into account. The present work describes rock variability at scales from hundreds of meters (facies level) to millimeters (laminae) based on outcrop studies of the Almond Formation. Tidal channel, tidal delta and foreshore facies were sampled on the eastern flank of the Rock Springs uplift, southeast of Rock Springs, Wyoming. The Almond Fm. was deposited as part of a mesotidal Upper Cretaceous transgressive systems tract within the greater Green River Basin. Bedding style, lithology, lateral extent of beds of bedsets, bed thickness, amount and distribution of depositional clay matrix, bioturbation and grain sorting provide controls on sandstone properties that may vary more than an order of magnitude within and between depositional facies in outcrops of the Almond Formation. These features can be mapped on the scale of an outcrop. The products of diagenesis such as the relative timing of carbonate cement, scale of cemented zones, continuity of cemented zones, selectively leached framework grains, lateral variability of compaction of sedimentary rock fragments, and the resultant pore structure play an equally important, although less predictable role in determining rock property heterogeneity. A knowledge of the spatial distribution of the products of diagenesis such as calcite cement or compaction is critical to modeling variation even within a single facies in the Almond Fin. because diagenesis can enhance or reduce primary (depositional) rock property heterogeneity. Application of outcrop heterogeneity models to the subsurface is greatly hindered by differences in diagenesis between the two settings. The measurements upon which this study is based were performed both on drilled outcrop plugs and on blocks.

Schatzinger, R.A.; Tomutsa, L. [BDM Petroleum Technologies, Bartlesville, OK (United States)

1997-08-01

132

On the probability distribution of the concentration of two aqueous species undergoing a bimolecular reaction in heterogeneous formations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Sound understanding of chemical transformations in fully saturated formations is needed in order to conduct realistic simulations of biodegradation processes, transport of radionuclide, and chemical transformations induced by the injection of reactants in the subsurface, just to mention a few examples in which chemical reactions other than sorption are relevant. In a large number of cases of interest chemical transformation depends on the mixing between two waters with different geochemical characteristics, as for example in engineered remediation of contaminated sites, or dissolution/precipitation processes occurring naturally in karst formations. A relatively large body of literature has been dedicated to this subject, mostly considering the case of bimolecular dissolution-precipitation equilibrium reaction, because of its simplicity. Since the early work of Kapoor, Gelhar and Miralles-Wilhelm (1997), it was clear that the chemical transformation depends critically to the extent to which the two waters actually mix in the subsurface. On the other hand, mixing depends chiefly on the non-linear interplay between pore-scale (local) dispersion and heterogeneous advection. In this contribution we study how pore-scale dispersion and advection influence the bimolecular reaction resulting from the injection of water in a heterogeneous formation with two aqueous species which concentrations are different from those of the ambient water. The reaction is considered fast with respect to the transport time scale such that it can be considered at equilibrium. We first study the time evolution of the plume moments of the two aqueous species. Then, we study the evolution of the concentration pdf of the two aqueous species, in order to better describe the chemical transformation and explore how pore-scale dispersion and advection influences the dynamics of the two aqueous species. We observe that the pdf of the concentration of the two species show a transition from a bimodal distribution at the early times to a unimodal Gaussian-like distribution at times which are larger at smaller pore-scale dispersion. Overall, pore-scale dispersion is more effective in inducing mixing for highly than for weakly heterogeneous formations, and for small than large injection volumes.

Bellin, A.; Fiori, A.; Severino, G.

2009-12-01

133

Efficient SOA Formation from Heterogeneous Oxidation of Organic Surfaces by OH Radicals  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Currently, there is much interest in the formation rates and mechanisms of secondary organic aerosols (SOA) from ozone reactions with both biogenic and anthropogenic precursors. However, with the exception of isoprene (1), little work has been done to understand SOA formation from OH radical reactions with other volatile organic compounds. Using a coated flow tube reactor, rapid secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation is observed when an organic film (such as stearic acid) is exposed to OH radicals. In addition to films, we have also observed that OH oxidation of submicron organic particles also leads to similar SOA formation. These results suggest an entirely new, and very efficient, formation mechanism of SOA via OH radical oxidation of organic surfaces. Analysis of these SOA particles, via VUV photoionization mass spectrometry, suggests that these particles are chemically complex and perhaps oligomeric in nature. We suggest a potential mechanism for this process in which gas phase products, such as semi-volatile aldehydes and carboxylic acids, evolve from the oxidation of the organic films. Subsequent reactions of these volatile products with OH in the gas phase results in efficient SOA formation. This mechanism is supported by the observation that OH radical reactions with gas phase hexanal and nonanal leads to strong SOA formation. These results provide a direct link between volatile organic compounds produced by particle oxidation and SOA formation. References 1. M. Claeys et al., Science 303, 1173 (2004).

Wilson, K. R.; Smith, J. D.; Ahmed, M.; Leone, S. R.

2007-05-01

134

Petrological and geochemical study of the Late Cretaceous ophiolite of Khoy (NW Iran), and related geological formations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This paper, based on 113 new whole rock analyses and about 3500 electron microprobe analyses of the mineral phases, is dedicated to the petrography and geochemistry of the Khoy ophiolites and related formations, NW Iran. It is complementary to a previous paper published in this Journal, where we gave a detailed description of the geology of the Khoy area, including various geological field sections, two geological maps in colour, new micropaleontological data and 27 new 40K- 40Ar datings (Khalatbari-Jafari, M., Juteau, T., Bellon, H., Whitechurch, H., Cotten, J., Emami, H., 2004. New geological, geochronological and geochemical investigations on the Khoy ophiolites and related formations, NW Iran. J. Asian Earth Sci. 23, 507-535). Our conclusions are: (a) The petrographic study confirms the field data showing the existence of two ophiolite complexes in the region of Khoy. (b) The Late Cretaceous ophiolitic lavas of the Khoy region exhibit very homogeneous T-MORB-type multi-element plots, suggesting that they were formed at oceanic spreading centers, by partial melting of a depleted mantle source, probably contaminated by one or several regional mantle plumes, responsible for their moderate enrichment in LREE. They do not show any negative anomaly for Nb, Zr or Ti, which allows us to exclude a genesis in a 'supra-subduction' environment. (c) The Late Cretaceous ophiolite of Khoy was created at a slow-spreading oceanic ridge. (d) Cryptic variations along extrusive and layered gabbros sections suggest frequent replenishment and magma mixing events in the magma chambers. (e) The 'supra-ophiolitic turbiditic series' overlying the Late Cretaceous ophiolite was accumulated in a subduction trench running along the northwestern margin of the Iran Block. This trench was fed with detrital volcanic fragments from both sides: T-MORB basalt fragments from the ocean-side, and arc-type basalts from the continent-side. (f) The meta-ophiolites of Khoy probably also represent slow-spreading conditions, and the porphyroclastic to mylonitic tectonites preserved in these metamorphic slices attest to extreme conditions of ductile shearing, characteristic of oceanic fracture zones.

Khalatbari-Jafari, Morteza; Juteau, Thierry; Cotten, Joseph

2006-09-01

135

The secondary formation of inorganic aerosols in the droplet mode through heterogeneous aqueous reactions under haze conditions  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Secondary inorganic aerosols play important roles in visibility reduction and in regional haze pollution. To investigate the characteristics of size distributions of secondary sulfates and nitrates as well as their formation mechanisms under hazes, size-resolved aerosols were collected using a Micro-Orifice Uniform Deposit Impactor (MOUDI) at an urban site in Jinan, China, in all four seasons (December 2007-October 2008). In haze episodes, the secondary sulfates and nitrates primarily formed in fine particles, with elevated concentration peaks in the droplet mode (0.56-1.8 ?m). The fine sulfates and nitrates were completely neutralized by ammonia and existed in the forms of (NH4)2SO4 and NH4NO3, respectively. The secondary formation of sulfates, nitrates and ammonium (SNA) was found to be related to heterogeneous aqueous reactions and was largely dependent on the ambient humidity. With rising relative humidity, the droplet-mode SNA concentration, the ratio of droplet-mode SNA to the total SNA, the fraction of SNA in droplet-mode particles and the mass median aerodynamic diameter of SNA presented an exponential, logarithmic or linear increase. Two heavily polluted multi-day haze episodes in winter and summer were analyzed in detail. The secondary sulfates were linked to heterogeneous uptake of SO2 followed by the subsequent catalytic oxidation by oxygen together with iron and manganese in winter. The fine nitrate formation was strongly associated with the thermodynamic equilibrium among NH4NO3, gaseous HNO3 and NH3, and showed different temperature-dependences in winter and summer.

Wang, Xinfeng; Wang, Wenxing; Yang, Lingxiao; Gao, Xiaomei; Nie, Wei; Yu, Yangchun; Xu, Pengju; Zhou, Yang; Wang, Zhe

2012-12-01

136

Geological and geochemical model of formation of oil and gas accumulations in the South Caspian basin  

SciTech Connect

The South Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan, has been a major petroleum producer since 1848 and is still one of the premier prospective areas for oil and gas in the Soviet Union. Many years of research studies suggest oil and gas in the Soviet Union. Many years of research studies suggest an area of increased prospectivity in the deeper part of the Caspian Sea. Geologic history recorded that a trough developed during the Mesozoic through the Tertiary. The sedimentary sequence is up to 23 km thick. The Pliocene sequence is the major proven productive and prospective interval. Multiple stages of active sedimentation and tectonism took place starting in the early Pliocene and ending in the late Pliocene. Traps were formed and destroyed during the early to late Pliocene. The final tectonic events during the late Pliocene trapped the remigrated oil. Gas and gas condensate probably are within the lower reaches of the basin. Because of the rapid deposition, mud volcanoes were also active. Many are still active today and can be noted in proximity to hydrocarbon deposits. Rapid subsidence and deposition, and anomalously low geothermal regime, and a low maturity of sampled organic matter from the Pliocene section leads to the hypothesis of hydrocarbon generation at depth from older sedimentary rocks. With this proposed geological and geochemical model, the prospectivity for oil and gas deposits is greatly enhanced in aerial extent and possibly to a depth of 9 km.

Narimanov, A.A.

1991-08-01

137

Geologic map of the Peach Orchard Flat quadrangle, Carbon County, Wyoming, and descriptions of new stratigraphic units in the Upper Cretaceous Lance Formation and Paleocene Fort Union Formation, eastern Greater Green River Basin, Wyoming-Colorado  

USGS Publications Warehouse

This report provides a geologic map of the Peach Orchard Flat 7.5-minute quadrangle, located along the eastern flank of the Washakie Basin, Wyo. Geologic formations and individual coal beds were mapped at a scale of 1:24,000; surface stratigraphic sections were measured and described; and well logs were examined to determine coal correlations and thicknesses in the subsurface. In addition, four lithostratigraphic units were named: the Red Rim Member of the Upper Cretaceous Lance Formation, and the China Butte, Blue Gap, and Overland Members of the Paleocene Fort Union Formation.

Honey, J.D.; Hettinger, R.D.

2004-01-01

138

The formation and functional consequences of heterogeneous mitochondrial distributions in skeletal muscle  

PubMed Central

SUMMARY Diffusion plays a prominent role in governing both rates of aerobic metabolic fluxes and mitochondrial organization in muscle fibers. However, there is no mechanism to explain how the non-homogeneous mitochondrial distributions that are prevalent in skeletal muscle arise. We propose that spatially variable degradation with dependence on O2 concentration, and spatially uniform signals for biogenesis, can account for observed distributions of mitochondria in a diversity of skeletal muscle. We used light and transmission electron microscopy and stereology to examine fiber size, capillarity and mitochondrial distribution in fish red and white muscle, fish white muscle that undergoes extreme hypertrophic growth, and four fiber types in mouse muscle. The observed distributions were compared with those generated using a coupled reaction-diffusion/cellular automata (CA) mathematical model of mitochondrial function. Reaction-diffusion analysis of metabolites such as oxygen, ATP, ADP and PCr involved in energy metabolism and mitochondrial function were considered. Coupled to the reaction-diffusion approach was a CA approach governing mitochondrial life cycles in response to the metabolic state of the fiber. The model results were consistent with the experimental observations and showed higher mitochondrial densities near the capillaries because of the sometimes steep gradients in oxygen. The present study found that selective removal of mitochondria in the presence of low prevailing local oxygen concentrations is likely the primary factor dictating the spatial heterogeneity of mitochondria in a diversity of fibers. The model results also suggest decreased diffusional constraints corresponding to the heterogeneous mitochondrial distribution assessed using the effectiveness factor, defined as the ratio of the reaction rate in the system with finite rates of diffusion to that in the absence of any diffusion limitation. Thus, the non-uniform distribution benefits the muscle fiber by increasing the energy status and increasing sustainable metabolic rates. PMID:22573766

Pathi, B.; Kinsey, S. T.; Howdeshell, M. E.; Priester, C.; McNeill, R. S.; Locke, B. R.

2012-01-01

139

Formation of heterogeneous polymer films via simultaneous or sequential depositions of soluble and insoluble monomers onto ionic liquids.  

PubMed

In this paper, we studied the formation of heterogeneous polymer films on ionic liquid (IL) substrates via the simultaneous or sequential depositions of monomers that are either soluble or insoluble in the liquid. We found that the insoluble monomer 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorodecyl acrylate (PFDA) only polymerizes at the IL surface, while the soluble monomer ethylene glycol diacrylate (EGDA) can polymerize at both the IL surface and within the bulk liquid. The polymer chains that form within the bulk liquid entrap IL as they integrate into the polymer film formed at the IL surface, resulting in heterogeneous films that contain IL on the bottom side. Varying the order in which the soluble and insoluble monomers were introduced into the system led to different film structures. When the insoluble monomer was introduced first, a film formed at the surface and the soluble monomer then diffused through this film and polymerized within the bulk, leading to a sandwich structure. When the soluble monomer was introduced first, a layered film was formed whose structure followed the order in which the monomers were introduced. When the two monomers were introduced simultaneously, the soluble monomer polymerized in the bulk while a copolymer film formed at the surface. This study provides an understanding of how to control the composition of layered polymer films deposited onto IL substrates in order to develop new composite materials for separation and electrochemical applications. PMID:23919506

Bradley, Laura C; Gupta, Malancha

2013-08-20

140

Effects on the mobility of metals from acidification caused by possible CO? leakage from sub-seabed geological formations.  

PubMed

Carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) in submarine geological formations has been proposed as a mitigation measure for the prevention of global warming. However, leakage of CO2 to overlying sediments may occur over time, leading to various effects on ecosystems. Laboratory-scale experiments were performed, involving direct release of carbon dioxide into sediment, inside non-pressurized chambers, in order to provide data on the possible effects of CO2 leakage from geological storage sites on the fate of several metals. Marine sediments from three sites with different levels of contamination were sampled and submitted to acidification by means of CO2 injection. The experiment lasted 10 days and sediment samples were collected at the beginning and end of the experiment and pore water was extracted for metal analysis. The results revealed that mobility of metals from sediment to pore water depends on the site, metal and length of time exposed. Mobilization of the metals Al, Fe, Zn, Co, Pb and Cu increases with acidification, and this response generally increases with time of exposure to CO2 injection. The geochemical model applied suggests that acidification also influences the speciation of metals, transforming metals and metalloids, like As, into species much more toxic to biota. The data obtained from this study will be useful for calculating the potential risk of CCS activities to the marine environment. PMID:24144940

de Orte, Manoela Romanó; Sarmiento, Aguasanta M; Basallote, Maria Dolores; Rodríguez-Romero, Araceli; Riba, Inmaculada; Delvalls, Angel

2014-02-01

141

Waterborne outbreak of Norwalk virus gastroenteritis at a southwest US resort: role of geological formations in contamination of well water.  

PubMed

From April 17 to May 1, 1989, gastroenteritis developed in about 900 people during a visit to a new resort in Arizona, USA. Of 240 guests surveyed, 110 had a gastrointestinal illness that was significantly associated with the drinking of tap water from the resort's well (relative risk = 16.1, 95% confidence interval 14.5 to 17.8) and this risk increased significantly with the number of glasses of water consumed (p less than 0.005). Three of seven paired sera tested for antibodies to the Norwalk agent had a four-fold or greater rise in titre. Water contaminated with faecal coliforms was traced back to the deep water well, which remained contaminated even after prolonged pumping. Effluent from the resort's sewage treatment facility seeped through fractures in the subsurface rock (with little filtration) directly into the resort's deep well. Although the latest technology was used to design the resort's water and sewage treatment plants, the region's unique geological conditions posed unexpected problems that may trouble developers faced with similar subsurface geological formations and arid climatic conditions in many parts of the world. In these areas, novel solutions are needed to provide adequate facilities for the treatment of sewage and supply of pure drinking water. PMID:1673747

Lawson, H W; Braun, M M; Glass, R I; Stine, S E; Monroe, S S; Atrash, H K; Lee, L E; Englender, S J

1991-05-18

142

Simulating Geologic Co-sequestration of Carbon Dioxide and Hydrogen Sulfide in a Basalt Formation  

SciTech Connect

Co-sequestered CO2 with H2S impurities could affect geologic storage, causing changes in pH and oxidation state that affect mineral dissolution and precipitation reactions and the mobility of metals present in the reservoir rocks. We have developed a variable component, non-isothermal simulator, STOMP-COMP (Water, Multiple Components, Salt and Energy), which simulates multiphase flow gas mixtures in deep saline reservoirs, and the resulting reactions with reservoir minerals. We use this simulator to model the co-injection of CO2 and H2S into brecciated basalt flow top. A 1000 metric ton injection of these supercritical fluids, with 99% CO2 and 1% H2S, is sequestered rapidly by solubility and mineral trapping. CO2 is trapped mainly as calcite within a few decades and H2S is trapped as pyrite within several years.

Bacon, Diana H.; Ramanathan, Ramya; Schaef, Herbert T.; McGrail, B. Peter

2014-01-15

143

Spontaneous Formation of Tumorigenic Hybrids between Breast Cancer and Multipotent Stromal Cells Is a Source of Tumor Heterogeneity  

PubMed Central

Breast cancer progression involves cancer cell heterogeneity, with generation of invasive/metastatic breast cancer cells within populations of nonmetastatic cells of the primary tumor. Sequential genetic mutations, epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition, interaction with local stroma, and formation of hybrids between cancer cells and normal bone marrow–derived cells have been advocated as tumor progression mechanisms. We report herein the spontaneous in vitro formation of heterotypic hybrids between human bone marrow–derived multipotent stromal cells (MSCs) and two different breast carcinoma cell lines, MDA-MB-231 (MDA) and MA11. Hybrids showed predominantly mesenchymal morphological characteristics, mixed gene expression profiles, and increased DNA ploidy. Both MA11 and MDA hybrids were tumorigenic in immunodeficient mice, and some MDA hybrids had an increased metastatic capacity. Both in culture and as xenografts, hybrids underwent DNA ploidy reduction and morphological reversal to breast carcinoma–like morphological characteristics, while maintaining a mixed breast cancer–mesenchymal expression profile. Analysis of coding single-nucleotide polymorphisms by RNA sequencing revealed genetic contributions from both parental partners to hybrid tumors and metastasis. Because MSCs migrate and localize to breast carcinoma, our findings indicate that formation of MSC–breast cancer cell hybrids is a potential mechanism of the generation of invasive/metastatic breast cancer cells. Our findings reconcile the fusion theory of cancer progression with the common observation that breast cancer metastases are generally aneuploid, but not tetraploid, and are histopathologically similar to the primary neoplasm. PMID:22542847

Rappa, Germana; Mercapide, Javier; Lorico, Aurelio

2012-01-01

144

Studies of the formation, chemical reactivity, and properties of small clusters: Application to an understanding of aerosol formation and heterogeneous chemistry  

SciTech Connect

The small cluster program involves (1) studies of reactions related to formation and growth of heteromolecular clusters and their thermochemical properties, (2) studies of photoinitiated processes in clusters, (3) investigations related to heterogeneous reactions including the influence of reaction centers on the interconversion, and (4) theoretical calculations of properties, dynamics, and structure. A major thrust of the work during the past year has been devoted to a study of the role of ionization and the presence of ions on reactions and energetics. During the past few months, particular attention has been paid to systems having varying proton affinities. From the data, we can determine the influence of these values on the nature of the reactions and ascertain the ultimate chemical nature of the ionization center formed as a result of the reactions. 83 refs., 12 figs., 2 tabs.

Castleman, A.W. Jr.

1990-01-01

145

Leveraging Regional Exploration to Develop Geologic Framework for CO2 Storage in Deep Formations in Midwestern United States  

SciTech Connect

Obtaining subsurface data for developing a regional framework for geologic storage of CO{sub 2} can require drilling and characterization in a large number of deep wells, especially in areas with limited pre-existing data. One approach for achieving this objective, without the prohibitive costs of drilling costly standalone test wells, is to collaborate with the oil and gas drilling efforts in a piggyback approach that can provide substantial cost savings and help fill data gaps in areas that may not otherwise get characterized. This leveraging with oil/gas drilling also mitigates some of the risk involved in standalone wells. This collaborative approach has been used for characterizing in a number of locations in the midwestern USA between 2005 and 2009 with funding from U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (DOE award: DE-FC26-05NT42434) and in-kind contributions from a number of oil and gas operators. The results are presented in this final technical report. In addition to data collected under current award, selected data from related projects such as the Midwestern Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP), the Ohio River Valley CO{sub 2} storage project at and near the Mountaineer Plant, and the drilling of the Ohio Stratigraphic well in Eastern Ohio are discussed and used in the report. Data from this effort are also being incorporated into the MRCSP geologic mapping. The project activities were organized into tracking and evaluation of characterization opportunities; participation in the incremental drilling, basic and advanced logging in selected wells; and data analysis and reporting. Although a large number of opportunities were identified and evaluated, only a small subset was carried into the field stage. Typical selection factors included reaching an acceptable agreement with the operator, drilling and logging risks, and extent of pre-existing data near the candidate wells. The region of study is primarily along the Ohio River Valley corridor in the Appalachian Basin, which underlies large concentrations of CO{sub 2} emission sources. In addition, some wells in the Michigan basin are included. Assessment of the geologic and petrophysical properties of zones of interest has been conducted. Although a large number of formations have been evaluated across the geologic column, the primary focus has been on evaluating the Cambrian sandstones (Mt. Simon, Rose Run, Kerbel) and carbonates layers (Knox Dolomite) as well as on the Silurian-Devonian carbonates (Bass Island, Salina) and sandstones (Clinton, Oriskany, Berea). Factors controlling the development of porosity and permeability, such as the depositional setting have been explored. In northern Michigan the Bass Islands Dolomite appears to have favorable reservoir development. In west central Michigan the St. Peter sandstone exhibits excellent porosity in the Hart and Feuring well and looks promising. In Southeastern Kentucky in the Appalachian Basin, the Batten and Baird well provided valuable data on sequestration potential in organic shales through adsorption. In central and eastern Ohio and western West Virginia, the majority of the wells provided an insight to the complex geologic framework of the relatively little known Precambrian through Silurian potential injection targets. Although valuable data was acquired and a number of critical data gaps were filled through this effort, there are still many challenges ahead and questions that need answered. The lateral extent to which favorable potential injection conditions exist in most reservoirs is still generally uncertain. The prolongation of the characterization of regional geologic framework through partnership would continue to build confidence and greatly benefit the overall CO{sub 2} sequestration effort.

Neeraj Gupta

2009-09-30

146

An allometric model of home range formation explains the structuring of animal communities exploiting heterogeneous resources  

E-print Network

, animal physiology, behavior, intra- and inter- specific interactions structures animal populations106 An allometric model of home range formation explains the structuring of animal communities is a central challenge in ecology. An important structural property of animal communities is the distribution

Nathan, Ran

147

On solute transport in a heterogeneous porous formation under saturated and unsaturated water flows  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The results of a recent study of solute transport in a hypothetical scale-heterogeneous soil under transient unsaturated flow conditions (Russo, this issue) suggested that the time-dependent components of the spatial covariance tensor, based on a single realization of the solute concentration in unsaturated flow, are in relatively good agreement with the components of the spatial covariance tensor, based on the ensemble-average solute concentration derived by Dagan (1984), for solute transport under steady saturated flow. Furthermore, the asymptotic value of the longitudinal component of the dispersivity tensor ?zz, estimated from the horizontally averaged solute concentration in the unsaturated flow domain, was found to be in good agreement with the asymptotic ?zz derived by Dagan (1982, 1984) and Gelhar and Axness (1983) for saturated flow. These findings are explored in a general Lagrangian formulation, using small-perturbation, first-order approximations. The results of the analysis of the velocity field in the unsaturated flow domain of the hypothetical scale-heterogeneous soil of Russo (this issue) suggest that there was good agreement between the result of the Lagrangian kinematic analysis and the result of the analysis of the spatial moments of the concentration distribution, in agreement with the stochastic theory of transport in saturated flow. This is explained by the finding that under unsaturated flow conditions there is an increase in the variability of the hydraulic conductivity K (and concurrently an increase in the variability of the velocity Vz), accompanied by a decrease in the correlation scale of K (and concurrently a decrease in the correlation scale of Vz) relative to the saturated conditions. The increase in the variability of the unsaturated conductivity stemmed from the variability in the water content ? and the strong nonlinear dependence of K on ?, while the accompanying decrease in its correlation scale stemmed from the negative correlation between F = log Ks and ?, which persisted for a relatively large separation distance in the longitudinal vertical direction. Consequently, the product between the conductivity variance and its correlation scale is of similar magnitude for both saturated and unsaturated flow regimes. The results suggest that in spite of the complexity of unsaturated flow, as compared with saturated flow, it might be amenable to a similar analysis.

Russo, David; Dagan, Gedeon

1991-03-01

148

Geologic structure and altitude of the top of the Minnelusa Formation, northeastern Black Hills, South Dakota  

USGS Publications Warehouse

This map shows the altitude of the top of the Permian--and Pennsylvanian age Minnelusa Formation, the deepest aquifer in the northeastern Black Hills for which there is sufficient data available to construct a structural map. The Minnelusa Formation outcrops in the western part of the map area and is more than 3 ,600 ft below land surface in the northeastern corner of the area. The formation consists of interbedded sandstone, sandy dolomite and limestone, shale, siltstone, gypsum, and anhydrite. The upper beds are an aquifer and the lower beds are a confining or semi-confining unit. Small anticlines and synclines parallel the Minnelusa outcrop. Domal structures and peaks in the study area are the result of Tertiary-age intrusions. (USGS)

Peter, Kathy D.; Kyllonen, David P.; Mills, Kathy R.

1988-01-01

149

Geological Sequestration of CO2 by Hydrous Carbonate Formation with Reclaimed Slag  

SciTech Connect

The concept of this project is to develop a process that improves the kinetics of the hydrous carbonate formation reaction enabling steelmakers to directly remove CO2 from their furnace exhaust gas. It is proposed to bring the furnace exhaust stream containing CO2 in contact with reclaimed steelmaking slag in a reactor that has an environment near the unit activity of water resulting in the production of carbonates. The CO2 emissions from the plant would be reduced by the amount sequestered in the formation of carbonates. The main raw materials for the process are furnace exhaust gases and specially prepared slag.

Von L. Richards; Kent Peaslee; Jeffrey Smith

2008-02-06

150

The Vicksburg Formation of Texas: Depositional systems distribution, sequence stratigraphy, and petroleum geology  

Microsoft Academic Search

The lower Oligocene Vicksburg Formation of the Gulf Coastal plain contains major petroleum reservoirs in the Rio Grande embayment and is an economically viable target in other areas of Texas. Knowledge of the distribution of Vicksburg depositional systems is essential to understanding sandstone concentrations and, therefore, is fundamental to effective exploration and production of the Vicksburg section. The depositional setting

Combes

1993-01-01

151

Evaluation of the geological relationships to gas hydrate formation and stability  

SciTech Connect

The summaries of regional basin analyses document that potentially economic accumulations of gas hydrates can be formed in both active and passive margin settings. The principal requirement for gas hydrate formation in either setting is abundant methane. Passive margin sediments with high sedimentation rates and sufficient sedimentary organic carbon can generate large quantities of biogenic methane for hydrate formation. Similarly, active margin locations near a terrigenous sediment source can also have high methane generation potential due to rapid burial of adequate amounts of sedimentary organic matter. Many active margins with evidence of gas hydrate presence correspond to areas subject to upwelling. Upwelling currents can enhance methane generation by increasing primary productivity and thus sedimentary organic carbon. Structural deformation of the marginal sediments at both active and passive sites can enhance gas hydrate formation by providing pathways for migration of both biogenic and thermogenic gas to the shallow gas hydrate stability zone. Additionally, conventional hydrocarbon traps may initially concentrate sufficient amounts of hydrocarbons for subsequent gas hydrate formation.

Krason, J.; Finley, P.

1988-01-01

152

Geological formation - drill string dynamic interaction finite-element program (GEODYN). Phase 1. Theoretical description  

SciTech Connect

The Theoretical Description for the GEODYN interactive finite-element computer program is presented. The program is capable of performing the analysis of the three-dimensional transient dynamic response of a Polycrystalline Diamond Compact Bit-Bit Sub arising from the intermittent contact of the bit with the downhole rock formations. The program accommodates nonlinear, time-dependent, loading and boundary conditions.

Baird, J.A.; Apostal, M.C.; Rotelli, R.L. Jr.; Tinianow, M.A.; Wormley, D.N.

1984-06-01

153

GEOLOGY, GEOCHEMISTRY, AND STRATIGRAPHY OF THE LEMUDONG'O FORMATION, KENYA RIFT VALLEY  

Microsoft Academic Search

The Lemudong'o Formation is defined here as part of a late Miocene to Late Pleistocene sequence of stratified lavas, air-fall and waterlain tuffs, lacustrine, alluvial, and fluvial sediments, and paleosols, that crop out over an approximately 25 3 50 km area on the western margin of the southern Kenyan Rift Valley, approximately 100 km west of Nairobi. The study area

STANLEY H. AMBROSE; CHRISTOPHER M. NYAMAI; ELIUD M. MATHU

154

Reworking of fusulinids and calcisphaerids in the Lercara Formation (Sicily, Italy); geological implications  

Microsoft Academic Search

Different fusulinids have been identified in the Lercara Formation (Sicily). They are: Reichelina sp., Schubertella paramelonica, Toriyamaia (?) sp., Neofusulinella lantenoisi, Yangchienia compressa, Rauserella staffi, Darvasites contractus, Chalaroschwagerina (Taiyuanella?) aff. davalensis, Levenella aff. evoluta, Pamirina darvasica, and Neoschwagerina ex gr. craticulifera. Small Permian foraminifers, as well as the calcispherid Asterosphaera pulchra also exist. The microfossils indicate reworking of different Permian

Lucia Carcione; Daniel Vachard; Rossana Martini; Louisette Zaninetti; Benedetto Abate; Giovanna Lo Cicero; Loris Montanari

2004-01-01

155

An aqueous rechargeable formate-based hydrogen battery driven by heterogeneous pd catalysis.  

PubMed

The formate-based rechargeable hydrogen battery (RHB) promises high reversible capacity to meet the need for safe, reliable, and sustainable H2 storage used in fuel cell applications. Described herein is an additive-free RHB which is based on repetitive cycles operated between aqueous formate dehydrogenation (discharging) and bicarbonate hydrogenation (charging). Key to this truly efficient and durable H2 handling system is the use of highly strained Pd nanoparticles anchored on graphite oxide nanosheets as a robust and efficient solid catalyst, which can facilitate both the discharging and charging processes in a reversible and highly facile manner. Up to six repeated discharging/charging cycles can be performed without noticeable degradation in the storage capacity. PMID:25382034

Bi, Qing-Yuan; Lin, Jian-Dong; Liu, Yong-Mei; Du, Xian-Long; Wang, Jian-Qiang; He, He-Yong; Cao, Yong

2014-12-01

156

Self-aligned hemispherical formation of microlenses from colloidal droplets on heterogeneous surfaces  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This paper proposes a drop-on-demand (DOD) theory and scheme for constructing hemispherical refractive microlenses onto underlying heterogeneous (laterally structured) surfaces that consist of hydrophilic s-domains and hydrophobic p-domains. In theory, the drops would self-align themselves into the s-domains by repelling the p-domains due to surface tension, precisely determining the placement though disobeying the Young-Laplace equation. Using a droplet generator (inkjet printhead), in our experiments, evaporative polyurethane (PU) drops well fitted their footprints (base radii) onto the s-domains with a radius of 100 µm surrounded by the p-domains of Teflon, where the photoresist AZ4620 was used for lifting off the corresponding domains of Teflon. As a result, plano-convex shapes with spherical curvatures were fabricated in an array (spacing L ~ 100 µm) with base (footprint) radius (Rb) ~ 95 µm and curvature radius (Rc) ~ 122 µm. Thus, both the theoretical and experimental results agreed well in a hemispherical shape (deviation < 5%) with the contact angle ? ~ 51°. Further, such an angle could be tunable with ?? over 20° simply by varying drop volume. In addition, one interesting and significant finding, for two (and more) overflow drops (Rb > Rs + L/2 = 150 µm, in excess of volume), indicates that more complex shapes than spherical ones (such as dumbbell and cross-like) can also be constructed by bridging the drops. Compared to those previous methods using photolithographic techniques, the present method is potentially appropriate for the varying radius and complex placement of array patterns.

Chen, Chin-Tai; Tseng, Zhao-Fu; Chiu, Ching-Long; Hsu, Chung-Yi; Chuang, Chun-Te

2009-02-01

157

Copyright 2000, SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) 0883-1351/00/0015-194/$3.00 Paleoenvironments of Early Theropods, Chinle Formation  

E-print Network

194 Copyright 2000, SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) 0883-1351/00/0015-194/$3.00 Paleoenvironments of Early Theropods, Chinle Formation (Late Triassic), Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona Triassic), Petrified Forest National Park (PEFO), Arizona, provide in- sights into the paleoenvironments

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Petroleum geology of MC3 member, Mississippian Mission Canyon Formation, Pierson area, southwestern Manitoba  

Microsoft Academic Search

Mississippian beds in the Manitoba portion of the Williston basin produce oil from a series of stratigraphic units where porous cyclic carbonates are truncated by pre-Mesozoic erosion and sealed by Amaranth (Watrous\\/Spearfish) strata. In the Pierson area of southwest Manitoba, oil is trapped within the MC-3 member of the Mission Canyon Formation, correlative with the Alida beds of Saskatchewan. Production

M. Husain; S. P. Halabura

1988-01-01

159

The geology and mineralogy of Ritchey crater, Mars: Evidence for post-Noachian clay formation  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

detection of phyllosilicates (clay minerals) in Noachian (>3.5 Ga) terrains on Mars and their paucity in younger terrains have led to the hypothesis that Noachian conditions were more clement than the colder, drier conditions that have since followed. However, recent clay detections in several Hesperian impact craters suggest that fluvial transport and alteration were possible after the posited early era of phyllosilicate formation. Here we present evidence that rocks within Hesperian age Ritchey crater (28.5°S, 51°W) record a period of post-Noachian fluvial transport and in situ alteration. This resulted in the transport of clays from the crater wall to the crater floor and the formation of hydrated silica and Fe/Mg smectite in Ritchey's central uplift. Clay minerals associated with central uplifts are commonly interpreted to represent preexisting clays excavated from depth, potentially providing insight into older crustal clay-forming processes. Here we present detailed geomorphic and mineralogic maps and show that the clays in Ritchey's central peak formed after or as a direct result of the impact and are thus Hesperian or younger. Clays on the crater wall were either preexisting clays exposed by the impact or formed in situ through postimpact water-rock interaction. In either scenario, some of these clays were likely subsequently transported to the crater floor by fluvial-alluvial processes in a source-to-sink system. In this context, the hydrated phases in Ritchey indicate several different formation and transport mechanisms and provide further evidence that near-surface clay mineral formation, and thus habitable conditions, existed on Mars after the Noachian.

Sun, Vivian Z.; Milliken, Ralph E.

2014-04-01

160

INTEGRATED GEOLOGIC-ENGINEERING MODEL FOR REEF AND CARBONATE SHOAL RESERVOIRS ASSOCIATED WITH PALEOHIGHS: UPPER JURASSIC SMACKOVER FORMATION, NORTHEASTERN GULF OF MEXICO  

SciTech Connect

The University of Alabama in cooperation with Texas A&M University, McGill University, Longleaf Energy Group, Strago Petroleum Corporation, and Paramount Petroleum Company are undertaking an integrated, interdisciplinary geoscientific and engineering research project. The project is designed to characterize and model reservoir architecture, pore systems and rock-fluid interactions at the pore to field scale in Upper Jurassic Smackover reef and carbonate shoal reservoirs associated with varying degrees of relief on pre-Mesozoic basement paleohighs in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. The project effort includes the prediction of fluid flow in carbonate reservoirs through reservoir simulation modeling that utilizes geologic reservoir characterization and modeling and the prediction of carbonate reservoir architecture, heterogeneity and quality through seismic imaging. The primary objective of the project is to increase the profitability, producibility and efficiency of recovery of oil from existing and undiscovered Upper Jurassic fields characterized by reef and carbonate shoals associated with pre-Mesozoic basement paleohighs. The principal research effort for Year 3 of the project has been reservoir characterization, 3-D modeling, testing of the geologic-engineering model, and technology transfer. This effort has included six tasks: (1) the study of seismic attributes, (2) petrophysical characterization, (3) data integration, (4) the building of the geologic-engineering model, (5) the testing of the geologic-engineering model and (6) technology transfer. This work was scheduled for completion in Year 3. Progress on the project is as follows: geoscientific reservoir characterization is completed. The architecture, porosity types and heterogeneity of the reef and shoal reservoirs at Appleton and Vocation Fields have been characterized using geological and geophysical data. The study of rock-fluid interactions has been completed. Observations regarding the diagenetic processes influencing pore system development and heterogeneity in these reef and shoal reservoirs have been made. Petrophysical and engineering property characterization has been completed. Porosity and permeability data at Appleton and Vocation Fields have been analyzed, and well performance analysis has been conducted. Data integration is up to date, in that, the geological, geophysical, petrophysical and engineering data collected to date for Appleton and Vocation Fields have been compiled into a fieldwide digital database. 3-D geologic modeling of the structures and reservoirs at Appleton and Vocation Fields has been completed. The models represent an integration of geological, petrophysical and seismic data. 3-D reservoir simulation of the reservoirs at Appleton and Vocation Fields has been completed. The 3-D geologic models served as the framework for the simulations. The geologic-engineering models of the Appleton and Vocation Field reservoirs have been developed. These models are being tested. The geophysical interpretation for the paleotopographic feature being tested has been made, and the study of the data resulting from drilling of a well on this paleohigh is in progress. Numerous presentations on reservoir characterization and modeling at Appleton and Vocation Fields have been made at professional meetings and conferences and a short course on microbial reservoir characterization and modeling based on these fields has been prepared.

Ernest A. Mancini

2003-09-25

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Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation From the Heterogeneous Chemistry of Isoprene-Derived Epoxides: Implications for Air Quality, Climate and Public Health  

E-print Network

Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation From the Heterogeneous Chemistry of Isoprene- Derived Epoxides, the largest mass fraction of PM2.5 is organic, and is mostly dominated by secondary organic aerosol (SOA underestimate observations. By combining organic synthesis, computational calculations, mass spectrometry, smog

Lin, Qiao

162

Geologic and climatic controls on the formation of the Permian coal measures in the Sohagpur coal field, Madhya Pradesh, India  

Microsoft Academic Search

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Geological Survey of India (GSI) are concluding a cooperative study of the coking coal deposits in the Sohagpur coal field in central India. Because of the importance of coal in India's economy, the Coal Wing of the Geological Survey of India has studied the area intensely since the early 1980's. This report summarizes

R. C. Milici; P. D. Warwick; A. Mukhopadhyah; S. Adhikari; S. P. Roy; S. Bhattacharyya

1999-01-01

163

The heterogeneous nature of polyethylenimine-DNA complex formation affects transient gene expression.  

PubMed

Polyethylenimine has been used widely in transient gene expression with mammalian cells. To further understand its mediation of gene transfer, the transfection of HEK 293-F cells with dynamically prepared PEI/DNA complexes was studied with the help of fluorescent labeling. The efficiency of complex endocytosis/phagocytosis was found to correlate with the average sizes of complexes applied and complexes greater than 1 mum in diameter were likely excluded by the cells. Coupled with complex growth in size, the degree of association between PEI and DNA increased with the time of complex formation in the presence of competing ions. The blocking of transcription by complex formation necessitated complex dissociation in the nuclear environment for transcription to happen. Intracellularly, the fates of PEI complexed DNA therefore may be mostly determined by the degree of association. Results also suggested that the uptake of PEI/DNA complexes and subsequent protein expression were independent of the cell cycle stages of HEK 293-F cells. PMID:19649718

Han, Xiangzong; Fang, Qiangyi; Yao, Feng; Wang, Xiaoning; Wang, Jufang; Yang, Shengli; Shen, Bing Q

2009-08-01

164

Thermal Decomposition of Gaseous Ammonium Nitrate at Low Pressure: Kinetic Modeling of Product Formation and Heterogeneous Decomposition of Nitric Acid  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The thermal decomposition of ammonium nitrate, NH4NO3 (AN), in the gas phase has been studied at 423-56 K by pyrolysis/mass spectrometry under low-pressure conditions using a Saalfeld reactor coated with boric acid. The sublimation of NH4NO3 at 423 K was proposed to produce equal amounts of NH3 and HNO3, followed by the decomposition reaction of HNO3, HNO3 + M ? OH + NO2 + M (where M = third-body and reactor surface). The absolute yields of N2, N2O, H2O, and NH3, which can be unambiguously measured and quantitatively calibrated under a constant pressure at 5-6.2 torr He are kinetically modeled using the detailed [H,N,O]-mechanism established earlier for the simulation of NH3-NO2 (Park, J.; Lin, M. C. Technologies and Combustion for a Clean Environment. Proc. 4th Int. Conf. 1997, 34-1, 1-5) and ADN decomposition reactions (Park, J.; Chakraborty, D.; Lin, M. C. Proc. Combust. Inst. 1998, 27, 2351-2357). Since the homogeneous decomposition reaction of HNO3 itself was found to be too slow to account for the consumption of reactants and the formation of products, we also introduced the heterogeneous decomposition of HNO3 in our kinetic modeling. The heterogeneous decomposition rate of HNO3, HNO3 + (B2O3/SiO2) ? OH + NO2 + (B2O3/SiO2), was determined by varying its rate to match the modeled result to the measured concentrations of NH3 and H2O; the rate could be represented by k2b = 7.91 × 107 exp(-12 600/T) s-1, which appears to be consistent with those reported by Johnston and co-workers (Johnston, H. S.; Foering, L.; Tao, Y.-S.; Messerly, G. H. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1951, 73, 2319-2321) for HNO3 decomposition on glass reactors at higher temperatures. Notably, the concentration profiles of all species measured could be satisfactorily predicted by the existing [H,N,O]-mechanism with the heterogeneous initiation process.

Park, J.; Lin, M. C.

2009-10-01

165

Multi-Scale Modeling of CO2 and Brine Flow in Geologic Formations Containing Faults  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Basins being considered for geologic storage of CO2 contain faults that can act as conduits for flow. The flow of CO2 and brine in and around faults involves relatively small-scale processes, when compared to typical grid-cell sizes in basin-scale numerical models. A computationally efficient approach to multi-phase flow modeling of basins containing faults can be developed based on embedding analytical solutions to represent small-scale features (like faults) within larger-scale numerical models. This approach is analogous to the use of analytical solutions for flow around wells as sub-scale corrections in numerical models (e.g. Peaceman (1978), Gasda et al. (2009)). However, the modeling approach for faults departs from wells due to the possibility of the fault extending beyond one numerical grid block, and its underlying Cartesian, rather than cylindrical, geometry. The combined analytical-numerical multi-scale (CAN-MS) model for faults is composed of (1) numerical approximation for the basin-scale flow system, (2) analytical solutions for the small-scale flow regimes for a given fault, and (3) the coupling between basin and small-scale flow systems. Following the approach of Nordbotten and Celia (2006) given in radial coordinates, analytical solutions representing different flow conditions in and around faults are derived in Cartesian coordinates for a stationary problem with a finite outer boundary. The solutions are based on mass conservation equations, Darcy's Law, and structured vertical flow to represent vertical non-equilibrium. These solutions are used to determine the fluxes along the fault and to derive pressure corrections that relate pressure at a given fault to the (average) pressure in the numerical grid blocks. The flow and pressure solutions are solved simultaneously to describe the small-scale effects of the fault and produce an output in a form that is compatible with the coarse-scale numerical model. Model test results will be presented to facilitate future application of the CAN-MS model to real basins such as the Illinois Basin.

Kang, M.; Nordbotten, J. M.; Celia, M. A.

2011-12-01

166

Geology of the Hanna Formation, Hanna Underground Coal Gasification Site, Hanna, Wyoming  

SciTech Connect

The Hanna Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) study area consists of the SW1/4 of Section 29 and the E1/2SE1/4 of Section 30 in Township 22 North, Range 81 West, Wyoming. Regionally, this is located in the coal-bearing Hanna Syncline of the Hanna Basin in southeast Wyoming. The structure of the site is characterized by beds dipping gently to the northeast. An east-west fault graben complex interrupts this basic trend in the center of the area. The target coal bed of the UCG experiments was the Hanna No. 1 coal in the Hanna Formation. Sedimentary rocks comprising the Hanna Formation consist of a sequence of nonmarine shales, sandstones, coals and conglomerates. The overburden of the Hanna No. 1 coal bed at the Hanna UCG site was divided into four broad local stratigraphic units. Analytical studies were made on overburden and coal samples taken from cores to determine their mineralogical composition. Textural and mineralogical characteristics of sandstones from local stratigraphic units A, B, and C were analyzed and compared. Petrographic analyses were done on the coal including oxides, forms of sulfur, pyrite types, maceral composition, and coal rank. Semi-quantitative spectrographic and analytic geochemical analyses were done on the overburden and coal and relative element concentrations were compared. Trends within each stratigraphic unit were also presented and related to depositional environments. The spectrographic analysis was also done by lithotype. 34 references, 60 figures, 18 tables.

Oliver, R.L.; Youngberg, A.D.

1984-01-01

167

Geologic Map of Upper Cretaceous and Tertiary Strata and Coal Stratigraphy of the Paleocene Fort Union Formation, Rawlins-Little Snake River Area, South-Central Wyoming  

USGS Publications Warehouse

This report provides a map and detailed descriptions of geologic formations for a 1,250 square mile region in the Rawlins-Little Snake River coal field in the eastern part of the Washakie and Great Divide Basins of south-central Wyoming. Mapping of geologic formations and coal beds was conducted at a scale of 1:24,000 and compiled at a scale of 1:100,000. Emphasis was placed on coal-bearing strata of the China Butte and Overland Members of the Paleocene Fort Union Formation. Surface stratigraphic sections were measured and described and well logs were examined to determine the lateral continuity of individual coal beds; the coal-bed stratigraphy is shown on correlation diagrams. A structure contour and overburden map constructed on the uppermost coal bed in the China Butte Member is also provided.

Hettinger, R.D.; Honey, J.G.; Ellis, M.S.; Barclay, C.S.V.; East, J.A.

2008-01-01

168

Heterogeneous immunoassays in microfluidic format using fluorescence detection with integrated amorphous silicon photodiodes  

PubMed Central

Miniaturization of immunoassays through microfluidic technology has the potential to decrease the time and the quantity of reactants required for analysis, together with the potential of achieving multiplexing and portability. A lab-on-chip system incorporating a thin-film amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) photodiode microfabricated on a glass substrate with a thin-film amorphous silicon-carbon alloy directly deposited above the photodiode and acting as a fluorescence filter is integrated with a polydimethylsiloxane-based microfluidic network for the direct detection of antibody-antigen molecular recognition reactions using fluorescence. The model immunoassay used consists of primary antibody adsorption to the microchannel walls followed by its recognition by a secondary antibody labeled with a fluorescent quantum-dot tag. The conditions for the flow-through analysis in the microfluidic format were defined and the total assay time was 30 min. Specific molecular recognition was quantitatively detected. The measurements made with the a-Si:H photodiode are consistent with that obtained with a fluorescence microscope and both show a linear dependence on the antibody concentration in the nanomolar-micromolar range. PMID:21403847

Pereira, A. T.; Novo, P.; Prazeres, D. M. F.; Chu, V.; Conde, J. P.

2011-01-01

169

Relationship between Mineralogy and Porosity in Subsurface Formations Relevant to Geologic CO2 Sequestration  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Porosity and permeability are the key variables that link the thermal, hydrological, geochemical and geomechanical processes that redistribute mass and energy in response to injection of CO2 into the subsurface. The size, shape, distribution and connectivity of rock pores dictate how fluids migrate into and through these micro- and nanoenvironments, wet and react with the solid. The link between pore size distribution and connectivity and pore-wall mineralogy is still poorly constrained for both reservoir and caprocks.. The objectives of this effort are to characterize the nano- to macropore features, quantify mineral-specific reactive surface areas in both pore and fracture networks, and determine how pores and fractures evolve in reacted systems at temperature-pressure-composition conditions relevant to CO2 injection. Representative caprocks and reservoir rocks associated with CO2 injection activities (e.g. shallow buried quartz arenites from the St. Peter Sandstone and the deeper Mt. Simon sandstone in Ohio as well as the Eau Claire Formation shale and mudrocks) are being interrogated with an array of complementary methods - e.g. SEM, TEM, neutron scattering, X-ray CT, neutron tomography as well as conventional petrophysics. (Ultra)small-angle neutron scattering and autocorrelations derived from BSE imaging provide a powerful method of quantifying pore structures in a statistically significant manner from the nanometer to the centimeter scale. Results will be described comparing shale and mudrocks that indicate there are significant variations not only in terms of total nano- to micro-porosity and pore interconnectivity, but also in terms of pore surface fractal (roughness) and mass fractal (pore distributions) dimensions as well as size distributions. For tight formations we have observed that: (a) total porosity exhibiting bimodality may be typical of shale and mudstones, (b) connected porosity exhibiting bimodal tendencies may not be uncommon in shale and mudstone caprocks, (c) as expected, fissile shale contains far greater abundance of nanopores than do mudstones, (d) connected porosity also mimics the bimodal total porosity trends with connected nanopores observed below about 400 nm and connected micropores between 50 and 100 microns, (e) pore mineralogy (hence potential reactive surface area) is generally very different than the bulk mineralogy, especially for mudstones where phases present in minor abundances in the bulk may contribute more to the connected pore network. The data on sandstones suggest that nano- and microporosity are more prevalent in nominally coarse-grained lithologies and may play a more important role than previously thought in fluid/rock interactions. Information from imaging and scattering are being used to constrain computer-generated, random, three-dimensional porous structures. The results integrate various sources of experimental information and are statistically compatible with the real rock. These computerized porous matrices will then be used in CO2 sorption MD simulations.

Cole, D. R.; Swift, A.; Sheets, J.; Welch, S.; Anovitz, L. M.; Rother, G.; Vlcek, L.

2013-12-01

170

Phased Array Approach To Retrieve Gases, Liquids, Or Solids From Subsurface And Subaqueous Geologic Or Man-Made Formations  

DOEpatents

A method of enhancing the remediation of contaminated soils and ground water, production of oil and gas, and production of any solid, gas, and/or liquid from subsurface geologic and man-made formations including the steps of estimating the geometric boundaries of the region containing the material to be recovered, drilling a recovery well(s) into subsurface in a strategic location to recover the material of interest, establishing multiple sources of acoustical power in an array about and spaced-apart from the surface or at various depths below the surface in a borehole(s) and/or well(s), directing a volume of acoustical excitation from the sources into the region containing the material to be recovered, the excitation in the form of either controllable sinusoidal, square, pulsed, or various combinations of these three waveforms, and controlling the phasing, frequency, power, duration, and direction of these waveforms from the sources to increase and control the intensity of acoustical excitation in the region of the material to be recovered to enhance. the recovery of said material from the recovery well(s). The invention will augment any technology affecting the removal of materials from the subsurface.

Rynne, Timothy M. (Long Beach, CA); Spadaro, John F. (Huntington Beach, CA); Iovenitti, Joe L. (Pleasant Hill, CA); Dering, John P. (Lakewood, CA); Hill, Donald G. (Walnut Creek, CA)

1998-10-27

171

Neoproterozoic Cana Brava chrysotile deposit (Goiás, Brazil): Geology and geochemistry of chrysotile vein formation  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Cana Brava chrysotile asbestos deposit of Goiás, Brazil, contains approximately 150 Mt of ore with an average of 3.5 wt.% of cross-fiber chrysotile and lies in the differentiated, mafic-ultramafic Neoproterozoic Cana Brava complex. This complex was formed at approximately 0.79 Ga and metamorphosed at 0.77 to 0.76 and 0.63 Ga. The 0.77 to 0.76 Ga metamorphic event was a high-grade one that transformed the mafic and ultramafic rocks into meta-peridotites and meta-pyroxenites. The low-grade 0.63 Ga metamorphism allowed the formation of black, red and brown serpentinite, graphitic, magnesite-rich talc serpentinite, and rodingite, which became folded and foliated. At the end of the 0.63 Ga metamorphism, black serpentinites were oxidized to form red serpentinites, the main type of serpentinite that outcrops today at the Cana Brava mineralized region. Post-metamorphic fluids reactivated the process of serpentinization, thereby generating massive green serpentinite from the red. Green formed on the most fractured zones, and double red and green reaction rims formed on the sides of the veins located outside the green serpentinite zones. This process did not cause significant variation in the volume of the rocks and resulted in a strongly reducing system thanks to the loss of Fe2O3 and iron and the subsequent crystallization of magnetite within veinlets and altered rocks. Low angle shear, developed under brittle conditions, caused hydraulic fracturing and the generation of oversaturated, oxidizing fluids that crystallized the cross-fiber chrysotile inside open fractures. Very densely fractured zones with fractures filled with cross-fiber chrysotile constitute the ore that is mined at present.

Biondi, João Carlos

2014-01-01

172

Natural heterogeneity and evolving geochemistry of Lower Tuscaloosa Formation brine in response to continuing CO2 injection at Cranfield EOR site, Mississippi, USA  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Geochemical monitoring of Lower Tuscaloosa Formation (LTF) brine continues at the Cranfield CO2-enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and sequestration site to investigate the potential for the geologic storage of large volumes of CO2 in saline aquifers and depleted reservoirs. Cranfield oil field is a domal depleted oil and gas reservoir in the Mississippi Interior Salt Basin, with production in heterogeneous fluvial sandstones of the LTF (depth ~3000 m). CO2 flood began in July 2008. Brine samples were collected from selected production wells in March and December 2009, April 2010, and November 2011. Intensive sampling also was conducted for the first 18 days of a CO2 injection experiment below the oil-water contact (December 2009) at the Detailed Area of Study (DAS) 3-well array. The sampling objectives are to define the geochemical composition of the pre-injection brine, and to understand the geochemical changes resulting from interactions between the injected CO2, brine, and reservoir minerals. Results show that Tuscaloosa brine is Na-Ca-Cl type with total salinity ranging from ~140 to 160 g/L TDS (50 samples). Relatively large variations are observed in major divalent cations (Ca ~7,500-14,000 mg/L, Mg ~800-1,250 mg/L, Sr ~475-750 mg/L). Significant positive correlations are noted amongst Ca, Mg, Sr, Ba, and Br, whereas these solutes all trend negatively with Na and Cl. These results may be interpreted as possible binary mixing between two end-member waters: (1) high Na-Cl (51 and 97 g/L, respectively), low Ca, Mg, Sr, and Br (~7500, 800, 475, 280 mg/L, respectively); and (2) low Na-Cl (40 and 86 g/L), high Ca, Mg, Sr, and Br (~14,000, 1250, 750, 480 mg/L). This apparent binary mixing has no obvious correlation to CO2 injection, which suggests that observed variations are due to natural heterogeneities in LTF brine within the Cranfield dome. The variations may indicate vertical and/or lateral proximity to a halite source (i.e. salt dome), with the high Na-Cl, low Br endmember water being more proximal to the halite source. The high salinity and large natural variations in major solutes (Ca, Mg, Sr) in LTF brine mask the signal of enhanced water-rock reactions due to CO2 injection. However, other parameters such as pH, alkalinity (HCO3), and Fe are more sensitive indicators of CO2 injection. Results from the first 13 months of sampling, including the DAS, indicate only modest water-rock interaction due to CO2 flooding, with a decrease in surface-measured pH (from ~5.7 to 5.0) and increases in HCO3 (from ~375 to 500 mg/L) and Fe (from ~90 to 120 mg/L). The modest extent of change was imputed to low-reactivity well tubing, and the limited reaction potential of the dominant reservoir minerals (quartz, chlorite, kaolinite), and low abundances of carbonates. However, results from the most recent (November, 2011) re-sampling of four mature production wells indicate significant increases in HCO3 (averages from 460 to 875 mg/L) and Fe (averages from 120 to 230 mg/L), and overall significant positive HCO3-Fe correlation (R2=0.89; 46 samples). Water-rock interactions may be increasing with continuing CO2 injection in the mature production wells. However, brine-CO2 reactions with anthropogenic production materials, such as well tubing, also are an important consideration.

Thordsen, J. J.; Kharaka, Y. K.; Thomas, B.; Abedini, A. A.; Conaway, C. H.; Manning, M. A.; Lu, J.

2012-12-01

173

Evaluation of the geological relationships to gas hydrate formation and stability. Second annual technical progress report, October 1, 1985--September 30, 1986  

SciTech Connect

Although there are many publications pertaining to gas hydrates, their formation and stability in various geological conditions are poorly known. Therefore, for the same reasons and because of the very broad scope of our research, limited amount and extremely dispersed information, the study regions are very large. Moreover, almost without exception the geological environments controlling gas hydrates formation and stability of the studied regions are very complex. The regions studied (completed and partially completed - total 17 locations) during the reporting period, particularly the Gulf of Mexico and the Middle America Trench, are the most important in this entire research project. In the past, both of these regions have been extensively studied, the presence of gas hydrates confirmed and samples recovered. In our investigation it was necessary not only to review all previous data and interpretations, but to do a thorough analysis of the basins, and a critical evaluation of an previously reported and publicly available but not published information.

Not Available

1986-12-31

174

Regional geology of the low-permeability, gas-bearing Cleveland Formation, western Anadarko Basin, Texas Panhandle: Lithologic and depositional facies, structure, and sequence stratigraphy  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Upper Pennsylvania (lower Missourian) Cleveland formation produces gas from low-permeability ('tight') sandstone reservoirs in the western Anadarko Basin of the northeastern Texas Panhandle. In the six-county region, these reservoirs had produced more than 412 Bcf of natural gas through December 31, 1989. Because of their typically low permeability, the Cleveland sandstones require acidizing and hydraulic fracture treatment to produce gas at economic rates. Since 1982, the Gas Research Institute has supported geological investigations throughout the United States to develop the scientific and technological knowledge for producing from low-permeability, gas-bearing sandstones. As part of the program and the GRI Tight Gas Sands project, the Bureau of Economic Geology has been conducting research on low-permeability sandstones in the Cleveland formation and on several other sandstone units of similar character in Texas and Wyoming.

Hentz, Tucker F.

1992-09-01

175

Asymmetric C-C bond-formation reaction with Pd: how to favor heterogeneous or homogeneous catalysis?  

PubMed

The enantioselective allylic alkylation of (E)-1,3-diphenylallyl acetate was studied to clarify the heterogeneous or homogeneous character of the Pd/Al(2)O(3)-(R)-BINAP catalyst system. A combined approach was applied: the catalytic tests were completed with in situ XANES measurements to follow the oxidation state of Pd as a function of the reaction conditions. The study revealed that the oxidized Pd (after exposure to ambient air) is efficiently reduced by the solvents THF and dioxane, and by the nucleophile sodium dimethyl malonate, and thus these conditions prevent Pd leaching. The chiral modifier BINAP plays a dual role: a considerable coverage of the Pd surface by the bulky compound slows down the initial reduction of the surface oxides but BINAP itself may consume surface oxygen (through its conversion to BINAPO and BINAPO(2)) and contribute to the maintenance of the active metal surface during the reaction. Carrying out the reaction under pressure in an inert gas atmosphere is important to minimize the oxygen diffusion into the reaction mixture and to avoid leaching. The (known) effect of temperature is critical as well: our catalyst system is inactive at room temperature, which is a clear deviation from the behavior of the corresponding homogeneous system. In contrast, halogenated solvents are easily dehalogenated on Pd/Al(2)O(3) and thus they favor leaching of the metal and formation of soluble compounds, analogous to classical metal corrosion in the presence of halide ions. The frequently observed dissolution of Pd in the presence of halogenated substrates may be explained similarly. PMID:20665580

Reimann, Sven; Grunwaldt, Jan-Dierk; Mallat, Tamas; Baiker, Alfons

2010-08-16

176

Heterogeneous distribution of solar and cosmogenic noble gases in CM chondrites and implications for the formation of CM parent bodies  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Distribution of solar, cosmogenic, and primordial noble gases in thin slices of Murchison, Murray, and Nogoya CM carbonaceous chondrites was determined by the laser microprobe analysis so as to put some constraints on the parent-body processes in the CM chondrite formation. The main lithological units of the three meteorite slices were located by electron microscope observations and classified into clastic matrix and clasts of primary accretionary rocks (PARs) based on the classification scheme of texture of CM chondrites. All sample slices contain both clastic matrix and PARs. Clastic matrix shows a comminuted texture formed by fragmentation and mechanical mixing of rocks due to impacts, whereas PARs preserve the original textures prior to the mechanical disruption. Solar-type noble gases are detected in all sample slices. They are located preferentially in clastic matrix. The distribution of solar gases is similar to that in ordinary chondrites where these gases reside in clastic dark portions of these meteorites. The heterogeneous distribution of solar gases in CM chondrites suggests that these gases were acquired not in a nebular accretion process but in parent body processes. Solar energetic particles (SEP) are predominant in CM chondrites. The low abundance of low energy solar wind (SW) component relative to SEP suggests preferential loss of SW from minerals comprising the clastic matrix, due to aqueous alteration in the parent bodies. Cosmogenic noble gases are also enriched in some portions in clastic matrix, indicating that some parts of clastic matrix were exposed to solar and galactic cosmic rays prior to the final consolidation of the CM parent bodies. Primordial noble gases are rich in fine-grained rims around chondrules in all three meteorites. However, average concentrations of heavy primordial gases in the rims differ among meteorites and correlate inversely to the degree of aqueous alteration that the meteorites have experienced. This appears to have been caused by aqueous alteration reactions between fluids and carbonaceous carrier phases of noble gases.

Nakamura, Tomoki; Nagao, Keisuke; Metzler, Knut; Takaoka, Nobuo

1999-01-01

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Geoscience/engineering characterization of the interwell environment in carbonate reservoirs based on outcrop analogs, Permian Basin, West Texas and New Mexico-stratigraphic hierarchy and cycle stacking facies distribution, and interwell-scale heterogeneity: Grayburg Formation, New Mexico. Final report  

SciTech Connect

The Grayburg Formation (middle Guadalupian) is a major producing interval in the Permian Basin and has yielded more than 2.5 billion barrels of oil in West Texas. Grayburg reservoirs have produced, on average, less than 30 percent of their original oil in place and are undergoing secondary and tertiary recovery. Efficient design of such enhanced recovery programs dictates improved geological models to better understand and predict reservoir heterogeneity imposed by depositional and diagenetic controls. The Grayburg records mixed carbonate-siliciclastic sedimentation on shallow-water platforms that rimmed the Delaware and Midland Basins. Grayburg outcrops in the Guadalupe and Brokeoff Mountains region on the northwest margin of the Delaware Basin present an opportunity to construct a detailed, three-dimensional image of the stratigraphic and facies architecture. This model can be applied towards improved description and characterization of heterogeneity in analogous Grayburg reservoirs. Four orders of stratigraphic hierarchy are recognized in the Grayburg Formation. The Grayburg represents a long-term composite sequence composed of four high-frequency sequences (HFS 1-4). Each HFS contains several composite cycles comprising two or more cycles that define intermediate-scale transgressive-regressive successions. Cycles are the smallest scale upward-shoaling vertical facies successions that can be recognized and correlated across various facies tracts. Cycles thus form the basis for establishing the detailed chronostratigraphic correlations needed to delineate facies heterogeneity.

Barnaby, R.J.; Ward, W.B.; Jennings, J.W. Jr.

1997-06-01

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A model of the Quaternary geological deposits of Bucharest City  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Bucharest city is located in the central part of the Moesic Platform, in the Romanian Plain with micro-relief resulting from erosion and sedimentary processes which extended along the valleys of the Dambovita River to the south and the Colentina River to the north. The city is located in the axial area of a syncline where the thickness of the sedimentary deposits is up to 1000 m. The area lies on a rigid base is made of metamorphites, and various igneous intrusions (granodiorite, granite). The sedimentary deposits covering this rigid base are made by different phases of erosion and sedimentary processes of marine, lacustrian or continental sediments ending with Quaternary sediments. As a result, different alluvial deposits (such as piedmont, deltaic, alluvial cones, terrace, waterside and lacustrine deposits) can be met. Furthermore one also can find loess deposits which in turn cover totally the older deposits where rivers dug the present relief. To highlight the spatial extent of these geological structures, a geological model of Bucharest city is developed. A set of information coming from different sources as geological and geotechnical boreholes showing a detailed geological and lithological description, geological and topographical maps, geological and hydrogeological reports have been used to develop the 3D geological model of this region. 33 geological cross sections were defined and interpreted by using lithological and sedimentological criteria. Using these geological cross sections and prior geological knowledge, the Quaternary deposits have been described and classified into 6 structural units given from top to down as follows: (1) Superficial deposits represented by loess and anthropogenic materials. The geological model indicates that these deposits show a sporadic development becoming more concentrated in the central west part of the city. (2) Colentina Formations composed by of poorly sorted, cross-stratified sand and gravel with clayey lens indicating a high energy deposition environment. The geological model indicates more accentuate vertical lithological heterogeneity than a horizontal one as well as a decrease of the Colentina Formation thickness. (3) Intermediary deposits represented by silty-clay with fine sand intercalation indicating a mixed regime with limited lakes and dry lands. (4) Mostistea Formation made of sediments with a variety of grain size, from fine sand to coarse sand with small intercalations of gravels and scrap of woods. It was found that areas where the Intermediary deposits are less developed making the Colentina Formation in direct connection to Mostistea Formation. (5) Marly Complex composed by a succession of marls and clays with lenticular sandy intercalations indicating a fluvial-lacustrine environment. (6) Fratesti Strata made of sand and gravel which includes A, B and C Fratesti levels.

Serpescu, Irina; Radu, Emil; Radu Gogu, Constantin; Amine Boukhemacha, Mohamed; Gaitanaru, Dragos; Bica, Ioan

2013-04-01

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Probabilistic risk assessment for CO2 storage in geological formations: robust design and support for decision making under uncertainty  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

CO2 storage in geological formations is currently being discussed intensively as a technology for mitigating CO2 emissions. However, any large-scale application requires a thorough analysis of the potential risks. Current numerical simulation models are too expensive for probabilistic risk analysis and for stochastic approaches based on brute-force repeated simulation. Even single deterministic simulations may require parallel high-performance computing. The multiphase flow processes involved are too non-linear for quasi-linear error propagation and other simplified stochastic tools. As an alternative approach, we propose a massive stochastic model reduction based on the probabilistic collocation method. The model response is projected onto a orthogonal basis of higher-order polynomials to approximate dependence on uncertain parameters (porosity, permeability etc.) and design parameters (injection rate, depth etc.). This allows for a non-linear propagation of model uncertainty affecting the predicted risk, ensures fast computation and provides a powerful tool for combining design variables and uncertain variables into one approach based on an integrative response surface. Thus, the design task of finding optimal injection regimes explicitly includes uncertainty, which leads to robust designs of the non-linear system that minimize failure probability and provide valuable support for risk-informed management decisions. We validate our proposed stochastic approach by Monte Carlo simulation using a common 3D benchmark problem (Class et al. Computational Geosciences 13, 2009). A reasonable compromise between computational efforts and precision was reached already with second-order polynomials. In our case study, the proposed approach yields a significant computational speedup by a factor of 100 compared to Monte Carlo simulation. We demonstrate that, due to the non-linearity of the flow and transport processes during CO2 injection, including uncertainty in the analysis leads to a systematic and significant shift of predicted leakage rates towards higher values compared with deterministic simulations, affecting both risk estimates and the design of injection scenarios. This implies that, neglecting uncertainty can be a strong simplification for modeling CO2 injection, and the consequences can be stronger than when neglecting several physical phenomena (e.g. phase transition, convective mixing, capillary forces etc.). The authors would like to thank the German Research Foundation (DFG) for financial support of the project within the Cluster of Excellence in Simulation Technology (EXC 310/1) at the University of Stuttgart. Keywords: polynomial chaos; CO2 storage; multiphase flow; porous media; risk assessment; uncertainty; integrative response surfaces

Oladyshkin, Sergey; Class, Holger; Helmig, Rainer; Nowak, Wolfgang

2010-05-01

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Identification of discharge zones and quantification of contaminant mass discharges into a local stream from a landfill in a heterogeneous geologic setting  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

SummaryContaminants from Risby Landfill (Denmark) are expected to leach through the underlying geologic strata and eventually reach the local Risby Stream. Identification of the groundwater discharge zone was conducted systematically by an array of methods including studies on site geology and hydrogeology, ground- and surface water flows and landfill leachate tracing from April 2009 to December 2010. Chemical profiling by driven wells and gradients in streambed temperatures was an efficient method to identify the contaminant discharge area. A considerable variation of leachate indicators, redox parameters and xenobiotic organic compounds were revealed in this area because of a complex geological setting with clay till (interbedded sand lenses) and deposits of sand and peat. Concentrations of leachate indicators decreased from the landfill to the stream, implying attenuation processes. Xenobiotic organic compounds were mainly phenoxy acid herbicides, while petroleum hydrocarbons and chlorinated solvents were found at very few boreholes. Findings of putative metabolites of phenoxy acid herbicides suggest degradation under the anaerobic conditions, which dominated inside and beneath the landfill. The groundwater discharge was quantified by two methods: direct collection of discharged groundwater by seepage meters and calculations from measurement of streambed temperature gradients. The landfill impacted the stream seasonally during dry periods when concentrations in the stream reached groundwater concentration levels. A comparison between mass balance for selected stream stretches and upscaled measurements of the contaminant discharge from groundwater into the stream indicated that only a small part of the actual contaminant discharge of the stream could be explained by the inflowing contaminant discharge from groundwater. Surface runoff and seepage from ponds along the stream impacted by landfill interflow may be important pathways as well. The placement of Risby Landfill near a stream and the complex source and geology causing a large spatial variability of leachate compounds are typical for landfill sites so the approaches and findings from Risby Landfill can be applied to other landfill sites. The study highlights that landfills may pose a risk to surface waters and future studies should be directed towards evaluation of both chemical and ecological risk.

Milosevic, N.; Thomsen, N. I.; Juhler, R. K.; Albrechtsen, H.-J.; Bjerg, P. L.

2012-06-01

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Geology of the Early Arikareean Sharps Formation on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and Surrounding Areas of South Dakota and Nebraska  

PubMed Central

Based on geologic mapping, measured sections, and lithologic correlations, the local features of the upper and lower type areas of the Early Arikareean (30.8–20.6 million years ago) Sharps Formation are revised and correlated. The Sharps Formation above the basal Rockyford Member is divided into two members of distinct lithotypes. The upper 233 feet of massive siltstones and sandy siltstones is named the Gooseneck Road Member. The middle member, 161 feet of eolian volcaniclastic siltstones with fluvially reworked volcaniclastic lenses and sandy siltstone sheets, is named the Wolff Camp Member. An ashey zone at the base of the Sharps Formation is described and defined as the Rockyford Ash Zone (RAZ) in the same stratigraphic position as the Nonpareil Ash Zone (NPAZ) in Nebraska. Widespread marker beds of fresh water limestones at 130 feet above the base of the Sharps Formation and a widespread reddish-brown clayey siltstone at 165 feet above the base of the Sharps Formation are described. The Brown Siltstone Beds of Nebraska are shown to be a southern correlative of the Wolff Camp Member and the Rockyford Member of the Sharps Formation. Early attempts to correlate strata in the Great Plains were slow in developing. Recognition of the implications of the paleomagnetic and lithologic correlations of this paper will provide an added datum assisting researchers in future biostratigraphic studies. Based on similar lithologies, the Sharps Formation, currently assigned to the Arikaree Group, should be reassigned to the White River Group. PMID:23110098

McConnell, Thomas H.; DiBenedetto, Joseph N.

2012-01-01

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Geologic Time Online Edition  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This tutorial will help students learn and understand the concepts of geologic time and the age of the Earth. They will investigate the geologic time scale and learn about the use of index fossils and radiometric dating to determine the age of rock formations and fossils.

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Advances in Planetary Geology  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Advances in Planetary Geology is a new series intended to serve the planetary geology community with a form for quick and thorough communications. There are no set lists of acceptable topics or formats, and submitted manuscripts will not undergo a formal review. All submissions should be in a camera ready form, preferably spaced, and submitted to the editor.

Woronow, A. (editor)

1982-01-01

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Formation of nitro-PAHs from the heterogeneous reaction of ambient particle-bound PAHs with N2O5/NO3/NO2  

PubMed Central

Reactions of ambient particles collected from four sites within the Los Angeles, CA air basin and Beijing, China with a mixture of N2O5, NO2, and NO3 radicals were studied in an environmental chamber at ambient pressure and temperature. Exposures in the chamber system resulted in the degradation of particle-bound PAHs and formation of molecular weight (mw) 247 nitropyrenes (NPYs) and nitrofluoranthenes (NFLs), mw 273 nitrotriphenylenes (NTPs), nitrobenz[a]anthracenes (NBaAs), and nitrochrysene (NCHR), and mw 297 nitrobenzo[a]pyrene (NBaP). The distinct isomer distributions resulting from exposure of filter-adsorbed deuterated fluoranthene to N2O5/NO3/NO2 and that collected from the chamber gas-phase suggest that formation of NFLs in ambient particles did not occur by NO3 radical-initiated reaction, but from reaction of N2O5, presumably subsequent to its surface adsorption. Accordingly, isomers known to result from gas-phase radical-initiated reactions of parent PAHs, such as 2-NFL and 2- and 4-NPY, were not enhanced from the exposure of ambient particulate matter to N2O5/NO3/NO2. The reactivity of ambient particles toward nitration by N2O5/NO3/NO2, defined by relative 1-NPY formation, varied significantly, with the relative amounts of freshly emitted particles versus aged particles (particles that had undergone atmospheric chemical processing) affecting the reactivity of particle-bound PAHs toward heterogeneous nitration. Analyses of unexposed ambient samples suggested that, in nighttime samples where NO3 radical-initiated chemistry had occurred, heterogeneous formation of 1-NPY on ambient particles may have contributed to the ambient 1-NPY concentrations at downwind receptor sites. These results, together with observations that 2-NFL is consistently the dominant particle-bound nitro-PAH measured in ambient atmospheres, suggest that for PAHs that exist in both the gas- and particle-phase, the heterogeneous formation of particle-bound nitro-PAHs is a minor formation route compared to gas-phase formation. PMID:23865889

Zimmermann, Kathryn; Jariyasopit, Narumol; Massey Simonich, Staci L.; Tao, Shu; Atkinson, Roger; Arey, Janet

2014-01-01

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Non-Darcian flow in low-permeability media: key issues related to geological disposal of high-level nuclear waste in shale formations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In clay or other low-permeability media, water flow becomes non-Darcian and characterized by the non-linear relationship between water flux and hydraulic gradient. This work is devoted to addressing a number of key issues related to geological disposal of high-level nuclear waste in clay/shale formations. It is demonstrated that water flow velocity in the damaged zone (often considered as a potential preferential advection paths in a repository) surrounding the tunnel is extremely small, as a result of non-Darcian flow behavior, such that solute transport is dominated by diffusion, rather than advection. The finding is also consistent with the often-observed existence of persistent abnormal pressures in shale formations. While relative permeability is the key parameter for modeling the unsaturated flow process, without incorporating non-Darcian flow behavior, significant errors can occur in the determination of relative permeability values from traditional measurement methods. An approach for dealing with temperature impact on non-Darcian flow and a formulation to calculate non-Darcian water flux in an anisotropic medium are presented, taking into consideration that a geological repository is subject to temperature evolution in the near field as a result of heat generated by nuclear waste, and that shale formations are generally anisotropic.

Liu, Hui-Hai

2014-05-01

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Newly Discovered Ophiolite Scrap in the Hartland Formation of Midtown Charles Merguerian, Geology Department, 114 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549  

E-print Network

interesting genetic models. This extended abstract reports on the geology and contact relationships of a small, highly deformed ellipsoidal serpentinite body that has been uncovered during recent excavation of a deep (Fisher et al. 1970) and one reported by Merrill (1898) at Davenport Neck in New Rochelle, Westchester

Merguerian, Charles

187

Modeling Geologic Time  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

In this activity students convert major events in Earth history from years before present into scale distances. After a list of events and their scale distances have been formulated, students construct a geologic time scale on 5 meters of adding machine paper, beginning with the formation of the Earth. Students will investigate change through geologic time; design, construct and interpret a model of geologic time; relate major events in Earth history to the geologic time scale; and compare and relate the span of Earth history to events of historical time and of the human lifetime. Some sample events and their approximate relative ages are included.

Firebaugh, James

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Methods and apparatus for measurement of the resistivity of geological formations from within cased wells in presence of acoustic and magnetic energy sources  

DOEpatents

Methods and apparatus are provided for measuring the acoustically modulated electronic properties of geological formations and cement layers adjacent to cased boreholes. Current is passed from an electrode in electrical contact with the interior of the borehole casing to an electrode on the surface of the earth. Voltage measuring electrodes in electrical contact with the interior of the casing measure the voltage at various points thereon. The voltage differences between discrete pairs of the voltage measuring electrodes provide a measurement of the leakage current conducted into formation in the vicinity of those electrodes. Simultaneously subjecting the casing and formation to an acoustic source acoustically modulates the leakage current measured thereby providing a measure of the acoustically modulated electronic properties of the adjacent formation. Similarly, methods and apparatus are also described which measure the leakage current into formation while simultaneously subjecting the casing to an applied magnetic field which therefore allows measurement of the magnetically modulated electronic properties of the casing and the adjacent formation. 9 figures.

Vail, W.B. III.

1991-08-27

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Methods and apparatus for measurement of the resistivity of geological formations from within cased wells in presence of acoustic and magnetic energy sources  

DOEpatents

Methods and apparatus are provided for measuring the acoustically modulated electronic properties of geological formations and cement layers adjacent to cased boreholes. Current is passed from an electrode in electrical contact with the interior of the borehole casing to an electrode on the surface of the earth. Voltage measuring electrodes in electrical contact with the interior of the casing measure the voltage at various points thereon. The voltage differences between discrete pairs of the voltage measuring electrodes provide a measurement of the leakage current conducted into formation in the vicinity of those electrodes. Simultaneously subjecting the casing and formation to an acoustic source acoustically modulates the leakage current measured thereby providing a measure of the acoustically modulated electronic properties of the adjacent formation. Similarly, methods and apparatus are also described which measure the leakage current into formation while simultaneously subjecting the casing to an applied magnetic field which therefore allows measurement of the magnetically modulated electronic properties of the casing and the adjacent formation.

Vail, III, William B. (Bothell, WA)

1991-01-01

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Distribution of mineralized groundwaters in a deep aquifer due to geological heterogeneities and paleogeographic conditions: the Eocene aquifer in the Aquitaine Basin (France)  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In the sedimentary Nord Aquitaine Basin (south-west of France), the Eocene aquifer, mostly confined, is one of the main resources for irrigation, thermo-mineral water, and moreover for drinking water in the Bordeaux region. In this aquifer, a large saline area has been identified, where the groundwaters show high values of mineralization and anomalous levels of critical elements, such as sulfates and fluoride, leading to difficulties of resource exploitation for drinking water supply (i.e. the Entre-deux-Mers area). This study focused on the geochemical, multi-isotopic and hydrogeological characterization of these mineralized groundwaters with the aims to improve the understanding of the origin of the salinity in this mineralized area and how these waters circulate in the Eocene aquifer system. Compared to existing data, many new analysis including both major and trace elements, and several isotope systematics show a common origin for the mineralized groundwaters. These data are completed by a detailed geochemical modeling which determines the chemical processes that led to the acquisition of this mineralization, notwithstanding that the spatial distribution of the mineralization is very heterogeneous. The vertical and lateral localization of the mineralization in the aquifer was scrutinized through with an important paleogeographic reconstruction. This was undertaken to locate horizons which can be source and origin of this mineralization. Following a reinterpretation of existing data and acquisition of new ones (logs, mineralogical analysis of cuttings), several levels have been identified in the Eocene aquifer containing either evaporates, or fluorine. Their geographical organization was designed and the spatial distribution is consistent with geochemical analysis. The extreme lateral variability of the mineralization appears to be rooted in the complexity of the overlapping layers of low permeability within the Eocene aquifer system. A hydrodynamic and geochemical modeling can be run at local scale, in accordance with the regional hydrodynamic model. Both have validated hypotheses on groundwaters circulation within the heterogeneous Eocene aquifer system.

Malcuit, E.; Négrel, Ph.; Atteia, O.; Petelet-Giraud, E.; Franceschi, M.; Dupuy, A.

2012-04-01

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Geologic Map of New Jersey  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This map displays the sedimentary rocks of the Cenozoic, Mesozoic, and Paleozoic eras as well as the igneous and metamorphic rocks of the Mesozoic and Precambrian eras. There is a pagesize copy of the geologic map, a brief description of the geology and physiographic provinces of New Jersey, and information on bedrock geologic maps of New Jersey (in CD-ROM format).

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A noniterative technqiue for the direct implementation of well bore boundary conditions in three-dimensional heterogeneous formations  

Microsoft Academic Search

A noniterative algorithm for handling prescribed well bore boundary conditions while pumping or injecting fluid in a three-dimensional heterogeneous aquifer is described. The algorithm is formulated by superimposing conductive one-dimensional line elements representing the well screen onto the three-dimensional matrix elements representing the aquifer. Storage in the well casing is also naturally accommodated by the superposition of the line elements.

E. A. Sudicky; A. J. A. Unger; S. Lacombe

1995-01-01

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Geologic mapping as a method for the construction of a detailed and testable lithostratigraphic model for the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation of Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Upper Triassic Chinle Formation in Petrified Forest National Park represents some of the most intensively studied Upper Triassic strata in western North America. Five stratigraphic members are exposed within the park, from oldest to youngest: the Mesa Redondo, Blue Mesa, Sonsela, Petrified Forest, and Owl Rock Members. Despite numerous stratigraphic studies of the Chinle Formation and two attempts at mapping the park over the past sixty years, sandstone marker beds in the Sonsela Member at the north and south ends of the park were still poorly mapped and correlated. Studies in the years 2002 and 2006 claimed that two sandstones which previous workers had considered to lie at different stratigraphic levels (the Jasper Forest Bed and the Flattops One sandstones in the Martha’s Butte beds) were actually correlative. This correlation resulted in a three-part division of the Sonsela Member and had a major impact on vertebrate biostratigraphy. In a recent attempt to resolve confusions regarding Chinle Formation lithostratigraphy and biostratigraphy, we have completely walked out lithologic contacts through most of the park. The resulting new geologic map, revised lithostratigraphic model, and associated data resolves the 2002 and 2006 miscorrelations by demonstrating that the Jasper Forest Bed capping Blue Mesa and Agate Mesa and Flattops One sandstones (Martha’s Butte beds) are stratigraphically distinct, resulting in a thicker and more complex five-part model for the Sonsela Member, and considerably modifying the vertebrate biostratigraphy. New geologic mapping also resulted in a detailed lithostratigraphic framework for the northern park which has previously been poorly understood, and several important new marker beds, including a purple-gray bed that represents the base of the Owl Rock Member. The revised geologic map is an ArcGIS product that includes an updated lithostratigraphic model for the Chinle Formation, fossil localities, and hyperlinks to labeled photographs of measured sections. A pre-existing ArcGIS product created by workers at Northern Arizona University was used for the creation of this map and thus the final product includes some mapping, mostly Quaternary alluvium, dunes, and sandsheets, from that study. The cumulative effect of these revisions is to emphasize the importance of thoroughly exploring stratigraphic contacts, extensively documenting lithostratigraphic models, making georeferenced GIS maps, and accurately locating critical fossil localities. These methods and the new map make lithostratigraphic, biostratigraphic, and paleoecologic and paleoclimate models scientifically testable to future researchers at this classic Chinle Formation location.

Skinner, L. A.; Martz, J. W.; Parker, W.; Raucci, J.; Umhoefer, P. J.

2010-12-01

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Strontium isotope tracking of groundwater-CO2 interactions in Chimayo, New Mexico, and implications for carbon storage in geologic formations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

James Gardiner1, Brian Stewart1, Rosemary Capo1, J. Alexandra Hakala2 1Department of Geology and Planetary Sciences, University of Pittsburgh 2National Energy Technology Laboratory, Pittsburgh, PA The storage of carbon dioxide in geologic formations requires sensitive monitors of the geochemical and mineralogical interactions of storage units, their formation waters, and associated aquifers potentially affected by subsurface CO2. High CO2 subsurface environments can serve as natural analogues for conditions following CO2 injection and provide sites to develop and optimize geochemical tools that can characterize subsurface reactions and identify and track brine and groundwater interactions. Wells in Chimayó, NM tap groundwater from the Tesuque sandstone aquifer, which is crosscut by faults that act as conduits for naturally occurring, deeply sourced CO2. This provides an opportunity for geochemical and isotopic characterization of groundwaters potentially influenced by interaction with CO2. Well waters in the region have 87Sr/86Sr ratios ranging from 0.7176 for CO2-charged brackish water to 0.7098 for a low-TDS groundwater, making the Sr isotope system a potentially sensitive tracer for groundwater-rock interactions. Preliminary strontium isotopic and geochemical data lead to the following observations: (1) Strontium isotope ratios and Sr concentrations in groundwaters sampled within the basin suggest a complex mixing between deep- and shallow-sourced waters, possibly combined with reactions of aquifer carbonate cement or local limestone. (2) Adjacent wells with identical 87Sr/86Sr but significantly different CO2 and alkaline earth concentrations imply CO2 migration from depth into a shallow aquifer, followed by dissolution of carbonate cement. (3) Sr isotope mixing models, when used in conjunction with other geochemical data, can be a strong indicator of decoupling between CO2 and its carrier fluid. Conservative isotope tracers such as 87Sr/86Sr could be an essential tool in monitoring CO2 -groundwater-brine interactions related to geologic carbon sequestration.

Gardiner, J.; Stewart, B. W.; Capo, R.; Hakala, J.

2009-12-01

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Geologic assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources: Oligocene Frio and Anahuac Formations, United States Gulf of Mexico coastal plain and State waters  

USGS Publications Warehouse

The Oligocene Frio and Anahuac Formations were assessed as part of the 2007 U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) assessment of Tertiary strata of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico Basin onshore and State waters. The Frio Formation, which consists of sand-rich fluvio-deltaic systems, has been one of the largest hydrocarbon producers from the Paleogene in the Gulf of Mexico. The Anahuac Formation, an extensive transgressive marine shale overlying the Frio Formation, contains deltaic and slope sandstones in Louisiana and Texas and carbonate rocks in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. In downdip areas of the Frio and Anahuac Formations, traps associated with faulted, rollover anticlines are common. Structural traps commonly occur in combination with stratigraphic traps. Faulted salt domes in the Frio and Anahuac Formations are present in the Houston embayment of Texas and in south Louisiana. In the Frio Formation, stratigraphic traps are found in fluvial, deltaic, barrier-bar, shelf, and strandplain systems. The USGS Tertiary Assessment Team defined a single, Upper Jurassic-Cretaceous-Tertiary Composite Total Petroleum System (TPS) for the Gulf Coast basin, based on previous studies and geochemical analysis of oils in the Gulf Coast basin. The primary source rocks for oil and gas within Cenozoic petroleum systems, including Frio Formation reservoirs, in the northern, onshore Gulf Coastal region consist of coal and shale rich in organic matter within the Wilcox Group (Paleocene–Eocene), with some contributions from the Sparta Sand of the Claiborne Group (Eocene). The Jurassic Smackover Formation and Cretaceous Eagle Ford Formation also may have contributed substantial petroleum to Cenozoic reservoirs. Modeling studies of thermal maturity by the USGS Tertiary Assessment Team indicate that downdip portions of the basal Wilcox Group reached sufficient thermal maturity to generate hydrocarbons by early Eocene; this early maturation is the result of rapid sediment accumulation in the early Tertiary, combined with the reaction kinetic parameters used in the models. A number of studies indicate that the migration of oil and gas in the Cenozoic Gulf of Mexico basin is primarily vertical, occurring along abundant growth faults associated with sediment deposition or along faults associated with salt domes. The USGS Tertiary assessment team developed a geologic model based on recurring regional-scale structural and depositional features in Paleogene strata to define assessment units (AUs). Three general areas, as described in the model, are found in each of the Paleogene stratigraphic intervals assessed: “Stable Shelf,” “Expanded Fault,” and “Slope and Basin Floor” zones. On the basis of this model, three AUs for the Frio Formation were defined: (1) the Frio Stable Shelf Oil and Gas AU, containing reservoirs with a mean depth of about 4,800 feet in normally pressured intervals; (2) the Frio Expanded Fault Zone Oil and Gas AU, containing reservoirs with a mean depth of about 9,000 feet in primarily overpressured intervals; and (3) the Frio Slope and Basin Floor Gas AU, which currently has no production but has potential for deep gas resources (>15,000 feet). AUs also were defined for the Hackberry trend, which consists of a slope facies stratigraphically in the middle part of the Frio Formation, and the Anahuac Formation. The Frio Basin Margin AU, an assessment unit extending to the outcrop of the Frio (or basal Miocene), was not quantitatively assessed because of its low potential for production. Two proprietary, commercially available databases containing field and well production information were used in the assessment. Estimates of undiscovered resources for the five AUs were based on a total of 1,734 reservoirs and 586,500 wells producing from the Frio and Anahuac Formations. Estimated total mean values of technically recoverable, undiscovered resources are 172 million barrels of oil (MMBO), 9.4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas (TCFG), and 542 million barrels of natural gas liquids for all of the Frio and Anahuac AUs. Of the five units asse

Swanson, Sharon M.; Karlsen, Alexander W.; Valentine, Brett J.

2013-01-01

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Controlled-source Electromagnetic Responses of Spatially Hierarchial Geological Media  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The controlled-source electromagnetic (CSEM) induction technique is gaining importance as a valuable near-surface geophysical tool for hydrogeophysical site assessment. However, CSEM responses are oftentimes difficult to interpret owing to the complexity of the host geological environmemnt. Bedding planes, joints, fracture zones, and other geological features conspire to generate a medium in which electrical conductivity is variable over a hierarchy of spatial scales. Rocks at each length scale offer different patterns of heterogeneity that reflect the complex interplay of their formative geological processes. The result is a rough, spatially hierarchial geological structure that leaves a similar imprint on the electrical conductivity structure. Even though CSEM induction obeys diffusive physics and is therefore inherently a smoothing operation, observed CSEM responses from a variety of geological settings have in common very rough spatial variability. In fact, CSEM profiles invariably are examples of fractional Brownian motion (fBm) signals. Existing algorithms for forward modeling of CSEM responses solve however the governing Maxwell equations in piecewise constant gridblocks of electrical conductivity. This pragmatic view of the subsurface electrical structure is outdated and inaccurate. The purpose of my presentation is to introduce hydrogeophysicists to the fractal nature of observed CSEM responses and to develop new concepts in forward modeling taking into account rough, spatially hierachial electrical conductivity structures. The CSEM response of man-made, non-fractal objects embedded in a fractal geological medium is also discussed in the context of target detection and discrimination algorithms. Practical applications to problems in applied hydrogeophysical investigations are emphasized.

Everett, M. E.

2002-12-01

197

Geological structures  

Microsoft Academic Search

Here is an account of recent thinking in structural geology and tectonics. The book begins with a discussion of the history of geological structures, their division, and research techniques. It then introduces a broad range of viewpoints. Using examples, the book examines geological structures in the context of their geographical location. It considers the tectonic mechanisms which produce geologic structures.

T. Uemura; S. Mizutani

1984-01-01

198

Structural and stratigraphic evolution of the central Mississippi Canyon area: Interaction of salt tectonics and slope processes in the formation of engineering and geologic hazards  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Approximately 720 square miles of digital 3-dimensional seismic data covering the eastern Mississippi Canyon area, Gulf of Mexico, continental shelf was used to examine the structural and stratigraphic evolution of the geology in the study area. The analysis focused on salt tectonics and sequence stratigraphy to develop a geologic model for the study area and its potential impact on engineering and geologic hazards. Salt in the study area was found to be established structural end-members derived from shallow-emplaced salt sheets. The transition from regional to local salt tectonics was identified through structural deformation of the stratigraphic section on the seismic data and occurred no later than ˜450,000 years ago. From ˜450,000 years to present, slope depositional processes have become the dominant geologic process in the study area. Six stratigraphic sequences (I-VI) were identified in the study area and found to correlate with sequences previously defined for the Eastern Mississippi Fan. Condensed sections were the key to the correlation. The sequence stratigraphy for the Eastern Mississippi Fan can be extended ˜28 miles west, adding another ˜720 square miles to the interpreted Fan. A previously defined channel within the Eastern Fan was identified in the study area and extended the channel ˜28 miles west. Previous work on the Eastern Fan identified the source of the Fan to be the Mobile River; however, extending the channel west suggests the sediment source to be from the Mississippi River, not the Mobile River. Further evidence for this was found in ponded turbidites whose source has been previously established as the Mississippi River. Ages of the stratigraphic sequences were compared to changes in eustatic sea level. The formation stratigraphic sequences appear decoupled from sea level change with "pseudo-highstands" forming condensed sections during pronounced Pleistocene sea level lowstands. Miocene and Pleistocene depositional analogues suggest the location of the shifting Mississippi River Pleistocene depocenter is a more dominant influence on sequence formation. Thus, the application of traditional sequence interpretation with respect to sea level change should be reconsidered to also account for the shifting depocenter for both the study area as well as the broader Eastern Mississippi Fan.

Brand, John Richard

199

Geologic Maps  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Geologic Maps are unique in that they show the distribution of geologic features on a landscape through specific symbols and colors. The United States Geological Survey's (USGS) site Geologic Maps provides visitors with a good introduction to these concepts, which include the unique features of a geologic map; the meaning of their lines, colors, and symbols; the location of faults; and more. Anyone working with geologic maps or just interested in learning a little about cartography or geology will find this site easy to explore and full of good information.

2000-01-01

200

Physical Characteristics, Geologic Setting, and Possible Formation Processes of Spring Deposits on Mars Based on Terrestrial Analogs  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Spring formation is a predicted consequence of the interaction of former Martian aquifers with structures common to Mars, including basin margins, Tharsis structures, and other structural deformation characteristics. The arid environment and high abundance of water soluble compounds in the crust will have likewise encouraged spring deposit formation at spring sites. Such spring deposits may be recognized from morphological criteria if the characteristics of formation and preservation are understood. An important first step in the current Mars exploration strategy [10] is the detection of sites where there is evidence for past or present near-surface water on Mars. This study evaluates the large-scale morphology of spring deposits and the physical processes of their formation, growth, and evolution in terms that relate to (1) their identification in image data, (2) their formation, evolution, and preservation in the environment of Mars, and (3) their potential as sites of long-term or late stage shallow groundwater emergence at the surface of Mars.

Crumpler, L. S.

2003-01-01

201

Late Quaternary Normal Faulting and Hanging Wall Basin Evolution of the Southwestern Rift Margin From Gravity and Geology, B.C.S., MX and Exploring the Influence of Text-Figure Format on Introductory Geology Learning  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

An array of north-striking, left-stepping, active normal faults is situated along the southwestern margin of the Gulf of California. This normal fault system is the marginal fault system of the oblique-divergent plate boundary within the Gulf of California. To better understand the role of upper-crustal processes during development of an obliquely rifted plate margin, gravity surveys were conducted across the normal-fault-bounded basins within the gulf-margin array and, along with optically stimulated luminescence dating of offset surfaces, fault-slip rates were estimated and fault patterns across basins were assessed, providing insight into sedimentary basin evolution. Additionally, detailed geologic and geomorphic maps were constructed along two faults within the system, leading to a more complete understanding of the role of individual normal faults within a larger array. These faults slip at a low rate (0.1--1 mm/yr) and have relatively shallow hanging wall basins (˜500--3000 m). Overall, the gulf-margin faults accommodate protracted, distributed deformation at a low rate and provide a minor contribution to overall rifting. Integrating figures with text can lead to greater science learning than when either medium is presented alone. Textbooks, composed of text and graphics, are a primary source of content in most geology classes. It is essential to understand how students approach learning from text and figures in textbook-style learning materials and how the arrangement of the text and figures influences their learning approach. Introductory geology students were eye tracked while learning from textbook-style materials composed of text and graphics. Eye fixation data showed that students spent less time examining the figure than the text, but the students who more frequently examined the figure tended to improve more from the pretest to the posttest. In general, students tended to examine the figure at natural breaks in the reading. Textbook-style materials should, therefore, be formatted to include a number of natural breaks so that learners can pause to inspect the figure without the risk of losing their place in the reading and to provide a chance to process the material in small chunks. Multimedia instructional materials should be designed to support the cognitive processes of the learner.

Busch, Melanie M. D.

2011-12-01

202

CO2 injection modeling in large scale heterogeneous aquifers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Numerical modeling of CO2 injection in heterogeneous media remains a challenging issue with actual computing facilities when considering large size models. In addition, the lack of data available for modeling calibration induces a large degree of uncertainties on the reservoir heterogeneity estimates. We propose here the study of three scenarios using different geological context. The first case is based on the Tenth SPE Comparative Solution Project Model 2. This fine-scale geological model contains 1.1 million cells with a top part representative of a prograding near shore environment while the lower part is fluvial. Simulated CO2 injection has been conducted considering the possibility of water re-injection to maintain the overpressure below the fracture pressure. The second case is based on the French Paris Basin geological context. The area covers a 100 km by 100 km domain (South East of Paris) in which data from about 70 wells and seismic grid have been used to build a 3D grid containing the Dogger carbonate formation as well as the lower part of the Oxfordian clay formation (the caprock) and the upper part of the Aalenian (below the Dogger). Major faults of the geological system have also been incorporated in the structural scheme. Petrophysical properties have been generated using stochastic approach. Porosity variability is simulated for each facies and correlated to permeability. Injection point has been selected in order to avoid fault reactivation. The last case is a representative of the Trias geological formation in France. The 3D regular Cartesian grid contains facies variability built using process based method to represent fluvial deposit architecture. The high geothermal gradient identified in this geological formation allows for the consideration of geothermal production. In this context, we performed CO2 injection simulation to evaluate the mass flow and heat extraction rates from enhanced geothermal injection-production systems using CO2 as heat transmission fluid. Two numerical codes have been used to perform the simulation and handling the high computing demand: (i) TOUGH2-MP, a parallel version of the TOUGH2 code; and (ii) COORES, a black oil reservoir simulator developed at IFPEN. From this study, the limitations of flow simulator to provide pertinent evaluation of overpressure, and plume migration with regard to the considered scale and the role of reservoir heterogeneities on the CO2 storage performance and security is discussed and analyzed.

Audigane, P. D.; Michel, A.; Trenty, L.; Yamamoto, H.; Gabalda, S.; Anciaux Sedrakian, A.; Chiaberge, C.

2011-12-01

203

Geological summary of the Busidima Formation (Plio-Pleistocene) at the Hadar paleoanthropological site, Afar Depression, Ethiopia.  

PubMed

The Hadar paleoanthropological site in Ethiopia preserves a record of hominin evolution spanning from approximately 3.45 Ma to 0.8 Ma. An angular unconformity just above the ca. 2.95 Ma BKT-2 complex divides the sediments into the Hadar Formation (ca. 3.8-2.9Ma) and the Busidima Formation (ca. 2.7-0.15 Ma). The unconformity is likely a response to a major tectonic reorganization in the Afar Depression, and activation of the As Duma fault near the Ethiopian Escarpment (west of Hadar) created a half-graben in which the Busidima Formation was deposited. The pattern and character of sedimentation in the region changed dramatically above the unconformity, as cut-and-fill channel conglomerates and silt-dominated paleosols that comprise the Busidima Formation stand in sharp contrast to the underlying deposits of the Hadar Formation. Conglomerate deposition has been related to both the perennial, axial paleo-Awash and ephemeral, escarpment-draining tributaries. Overbank silts have yielded fossils attributed to early Homo and Oldowan stone tools. Numerous tuffaceous deposits exist within the Busidima Formation, but they are often spatially limited, fine-grained, and reworked. Recent work on the tephrostratigraphic framework of the Busidima Formation at Hadar has identified at least 12 distinct vitric tephras and established the first geochemical-based correlations between Hadar and the neighboring project areas of Gona and Dikika. Compared to Gona and Dikika, where Busidima Formation sediments are exposed over large areas, the highly discontinuous sediments at Hadar comprise less than 40 m in composite section and are exposed over an area of <20 km(2), providing only snapshots into the 2.7-0.15 Ma window. The stratigraphic record at Hadar confirms the complex depositional history of the Busidima Formation, and also provides important details on regional stratigraphic correlations and the pattern of deposition and erosion in the lower Awash Valley reflective of its tectonic history. PMID:21762952

Campisano, Christopher J

2012-03-01

204

The geologic mapping of asteroid Vesta  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

As part of NASA's Dawn mission [1,2] we conducted a geologic mapping campaign to provide a systematic, cartography-based initial characterization of the global and regional geology of asteroid Vesta. The goal of geological maps is to place observations of surface features into their stratigraphic context to develop a geologic history of the evolution of planetary surfaces. Geologic mapping reduces the complexity of heterogeneous planetary surfaces into comprehensible portions, defining and characterizing discrete material units based upon physical attributes related to the geologic processes that produced them, and enabling identification of the relative roles of various processes (impact cratering, tectonism, volcanism, erosion and deposition) in shaping planetary surfaces [3,4]. The Dawn Science Team produced cartographic products of Vesta from the Framing Camera images, including global mosaics as well as 15 regional quadrangles [5], which served as bases for the mapping. We oversaw the geologic mapping campaign during the Nominal Mission, including production of a global geologic map at scale 1:500,000 using images from the High Altitude Mapping Orbit [6] and 15 quadrangle geologic maps at scale 1:250,000 using images from the Low Altitude Mapping Orbit [7]. The goal was to support the Dawn Team by providing geologic and stratigraphic context of surface features and supporting the analysis of data from the Visible and Infrared Spectrometer (VIR) and the Gamma Ray and Neutron Detector (GRaND). Mapping was done using ArcGIS™ software, in which quadrangle mapping built on interpretations derived from the global geologic map but were updated and modified to take advantage of the highest spatial resolution data. Despite challenges (e.g., Vesta's highly sloped surface [8] deforms impact craters and produces mass movements that buries contacts), we were successfully able to map the whole surface of Vesta and identify a geologic history as represented in our maps and the resulting time-stratigraphic system and geologic timescale. Key results from the geologic mapping of Vesta include: 1) surface units are dominated by features and materials produced by two major impact events, the older Veneneia and younger Rheasilvia impacts at the south pole 2) both impacts produced a ridge-and-trough terrain as a tectonic response to the impacts, mapped as the Saturnalia Fossae and the Divalia Fossae Formations, respectively 3) stratigraphic analysis of Vesta's heavily cratered terrains show that portions of the original crust are preserved and predate the Veneneia impact 4) the Marcia impact event marks the beginning of Vesta's final stratigraphic period, including exposure of fresh bright and dark material and preservation of young bright-rayed and dark-rayed craters. We conclude that a geologic mapping campaign, including both global and regional mapping, can be conducted during the limited planetary nominal mission timeline, and is an excellent way to engage younger team members (graduate students and postdocs) in mission data analysis activities.

Williams, D.; Yingst, A.; Garry, B.

2014-07-01

205

Banded iron-formations of late Proterozoic age in the central eastern desert, Egypt: geology and tectonic setting.  

USGS Publications Warehouse

Iron-formation occurs as stratigraphic units within a layered andesite-basalt sequence. The sequence is metamorphosed to greenschist facies, intruded by syntectonic granodiorite and post-tectonic granite, and complexly deformed and grossly fragmented; the rocks are allochthonous along thrust faults. The iron deposits are chemical precipitates, accumulated during lulls in volcanism, apparently in an intraoceanic island-arc environment. The deposits are of the Algoma type of iron-formation.-G.J.N.

Sims, P.K.; James, H.L.

1984-01-01

206

Formation of gas-phase carbonyls from heterogeneous oxidation of polyunsaturated fatty acids at the air-water interface and of the sea surface microlayer  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Motivated by the potential for reactive heterogeneous chemistry occurring at the ocean surface, gas-phase products were observed when a reactive sea surface microlayer (SML) component, i.e. the polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) linoleic acid (LA), was exposed to gas-phase ozone at the air-seawater interface. Similar oxidation experiments were conducted with SML samples collected from two different oceanic locations, in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean and from the west coast of Canada. Online proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometry (PTR-MS) University of Colorado light-emitting diode cavity-enhanced differential optical absorption spectroscopy (LED-CE-DOAS) were used to detect oxygenated gas-phase products from the ozonolysis reactions. The LA studies indicate that oxidation of a PUFA monolayer on seawater gives rise to prompt and efficient formation of gas-phase aldehydes. The products are formed via the decomposition of primary ozonides which form upon the initial reaction of ozone with the carbon-carbon double bonds in the PUFA molecules. In addition, two highly reactive dicarbonyls, malondialdehyde (MDA) and glyoxal, were also generated, likely as secondary products. Specific yields relative to reactant loss were 78%, 29%, 4% and < 1% for n-hexanal, 3-nonenal, MDA and glyoxal, respectively, where the yields for MDA and glyoxal are likely lower limits. Heterogeneous oxidation of SML samples confirm for the first time that similar carbonyl products are formed via ozonolysis of environmental samples.

Zhou, S.; Gonzalez, L.; Leithead, A.; Finewax, Z.; Thalman, R.; Vlasenko, A.; Vagle, S.; Miller, L. A.; Li, S.-M.; Bureekul, S.; Furutani, H.; Uematsu, M.; Volkamer, R.; Abbatt, J.

2014-02-01

207

Geologic Map Database of Texas  

USGS Publications Warehouse

The purpose of this report is to release a digital geologic map database for the State of Texas. This database was compiled for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Minerals Program, National Surveys and Analysis Project, whose goal is a nationwide assemblage of geologic, geochemical, geophysical, and other data. This release makes the geologic data from the Geologic Map of Texas available in digital format. Original clear film positives provided by the Texas Bureau of Economic Geology were photographically enlarged onto Mylar film. These films were scanned, georeferenced, digitized, and attributed by Geologic Data Systems (GDS), Inc., Denver, Colorado. Project oversight and quality control was the responsibility of the U.S. Geological Survey. ESRI ArcInfo coverages, AMLs, and shapefiles are provided.

Stoeser, Douglas B.; Shock, Nancy; Green, Gregory N.; Dumonceaux, Gayle M.; Heran, William D.

2005-01-01

208

Oahu Geology Field Exercises  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Three field guides are available to sites of geologic interest on Oahu. One is a visit to a landslide occurring in a neighborhood; another focuses on developing observational skills and determining the sequence of geologic events evident in a stratigraphic section; a third examines features associated with formation of a volcanic tuff ring. The worksheets are designed for teachers to implement as-is or modify for their classes.

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Uncertainties caused by the geological structure in hydrogeological modeling: Stochastic simulation of a heterogeneous glacial structure with emphasize on stationarity issues and the incorporation of borehole- and geophysical data.  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The heterogeneity of the geological structure causes uncertainties in hydrogeological investigations of groundwater flow and contaminant transport. Traditionally the best comprehensive knowledge is combined in order to create one model of the subsurface structure, often based on subjective interpretations and sparse data availability. Stochastic simulation methods address this problem by generating an ensemble of realizations of the geology, all of them equally plausible, because they honor available data and follow predefined geometrical attributes such as proportions and mean lengths. In this study the geostatistical software T-ProGS is utilized to simulate an ensemble of realizations for a binary (sand/clay) hydrofacies model in the Norsminde catchment, eastern Jutland, Denmark. Categorized borehole data and geophysical data (SkyTEM) indicate a variation of sand proportion within the model area. Therefore the model domain is subdivided into three independent and statistically stationary sub-model domains of different sand proportions and mean lengths. The sand proportion in the SkyTEM data depends on a cut-off value, separating the dataset into sand and clay. This cut-off value is manually calibrated by assuming the smallest deviation between the sand proportions in the borehole- and in the SkyTEM data in areas with a high sample density. The calibration yields an overall sand proportion of 23% with a cut-off value of 46 ?m. The stochastic simulations are conditioned against the available datasets with hard and soft conditioning. The category probabilities for the SkyTEM dataset are derived from a histogram approach, where resistivity is associated with corresponding lithology from the categorized borehole data. The boreholes are grouped in four quality groups, which are associated with trust scores, allowing soft conditioning. In total, 30 realizations are simulated for each sub-domain and for the entire domain. Ten simulations are selected by favoring minimal deviations between simulated and desired sand proportions. The simulations for the individual sub-domains produce more accurate results with respect to the sand proportion than the case where the entire domain is simulated altogether. However the variation in mean lengths in the sub-domains is not simulated correctly. Moreover, a split sample test indicates a significant gain in simulation accuracy, if SkyTEM data are incorporated. If only borehole data are used for conditioning, it simulates only 25% of the sand cells correctly.

Koch, Julian; He, Xin; Refsgaard, Jens C.; Jensen, Karsten H.

2013-04-01

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INTEGRATED GEOLOGIC-ENGINEERING MODEL FOR REEF AND CARBONATE SHOAL RESERVOIRS ASSOCIATED WITH PALEOHIGHS: UPPER JURASSIC SMACKOVER FORMATION, NORTHEASTERN GULF OF MEXICO  

SciTech Connect

The University of Alabama, in cooperation with Texas A&M University, McGill University, Longleaf Energy Group, Strago Petroleum Corporation, and Paramount Petroleum Company, has undertaken an integrated, interdisciplinary geoscientific and engineering research project. The project is designed to characterize and model reservoir architecture, pore systems and rock-fluid interactions at the pore to field scale in Upper Jurassic Smackover reef and carbonate shoal reservoirs associated with varying degrees of relief on pre-Mesozoic basement paleohighs in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. The project effort includes the prediction of fluid flow in carbonate reservoirs through reservoir simulation modeling which utilizes geologic reservoir characterization and modeling and the prediction of carbonate reservoir architecture, heterogeneity and quality through seismic imaging. The primary goal of the project is to increase the profitability, producibility and efficiency of recovery of oil from existing and undiscovered Upper Jurassic fields characterized by reef and carbonate shoals associated with pre-Mesozoic basement paleohighs. Geoscientific reservoir property, geophysical seismic attribute, petrophysical property, and engineering property characterization has shown that reef (thrombolite) and shoal reservoir lithofacies developed on the flanks of high-relief crystalline basement paleohighs (Vocation Field example) and on the crest and flanks of low-relief crystalline basement paleohighs (Appleton Field example). The reef thrombolite lithofacies have higher reservoir quality than the shoal lithofacies due to overall higher permeabilities and greater interconnectivity. Thrombolite dolostone flow units, which are dominated by dolomite intercrystalline and vuggy pores, are characterized by a pore system comprised of a higher percentage of large-sized pores and larger pore throats. Rock-fluid interactions (diagenesis) studies have shown that although the primary control on reservoir architecture and geographic distribution of Smackover reservoirs is the fabric and texture of the depositional lithofacies, diagenesis (chiefly dolomitization) is a significant factor that preserves and enhances reservoir quality. The evaporative pumping mechanism is favored to explain the dolomitization of the thrombolite doloboundstone and dolostone reservoir flow units at Appleton and Vocation Fields. Geologic modeling, reservoir simulation, and the testing and applying the resulting integrated geologic-engineering models have shown that little oil remains to be recovered at Appleton Field and a significant amount of oil remains to be recovered at Vocation Field through a strategic infill drilling program. The drive mechanisms for primary production in Appleton and Vocation Fields remain effective; therefore, the initiation of a pressure maintenance program or enhanced recovery project is not required at this time. The integrated geologic-engineering model developed for a low-relief paleohigh (Appleton Field) was tested for three scenarios involving the variables of present-day structural elevation and the presence/absence of potential reef thrombolite lithofacies. In each case, the predictions based upon the model were correct. From this modeling, the characteristics of the ideal prospect in the basement ridge play include a low-relief paleohigh associated with dendroidal/chaotic thrombolite doloboundstone and dolostone that has sufficient present-day structural relief so that these carbonates rest above the oil-water contact. Such a prospect was identified from the modeling, and it is located northwest of well Permit No. 3854B (Appleton Field) and south of well No. Permit No.11030B (Northwest Appleton Field).

Ernest A. Mancini

2004-02-25

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DROPLET PHASE (HETEROGENEOUS) AND GAS PHASE (HOMOGENEOUS) CONTRIBUTIONS TO SECONDARY AMBIENT AEROSOL FORMATION AS FUNCTIONS OF RELATIVE HUMIDITY  

EPA Science Inventory

In previous publications (McMurry and Wilson, 1982; McMurry et al., 1981), techniques for determining the relative contributions of gas phase and liquid phase reactions to secondary ambient aerosol formation have been described. In this paper these methods are applied to more rec...

212

Geological images  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This site from Marli Bryant Miller, a professor at the University of Oregon, presents images of geological features from around the world. Photographs of glacial features, igneous and metamorphic rocks and processes, and structural geology are featured.

Miller, Marli B.; Oregon, University O.

213

Certain aspects of the formation and identification of nanosized oxide components in heterogeneous catalysts prepared by different methods  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The results of studies into the relationship 'methods and synthesis conditions of a catalyst?catalyst structure?catalytic properties' in highly efficient crystallo-graphically amorphous copper- and iron-containing heterogeneous systems obtained by different chemical methods are generalized. Polymorphism of active phases and catalytic properties of nanostructured copper-containing zinc, zirconium, manganese and cerium oxides are discussed. Unusual transformations of nanosized Pt- and Pd-containing components on the ?-Al2O3 surface in nanostructured catalysts of ethanol steam reforming into synthesis gas and reductive dehydration of ethanol to alkanes are considered. The results of comparative studies on the crystallographically amorphous mixed iron oxide catalysts synthesized by either the alkoxy method or the deposition on various supports obtained by the Mössbauer and XAFS spectroscopy and magnetic susceptibility measurements are presented. These materials are shown to be efficient catalysts of important processes such as liquid-phase oxidation of hydrocarbons, synthesis of alkenes and alkylaromatic hydrocarbons from CO and H2, hydrogenative transformation of brown coal organic mass to hydrocarbons.

Ellert, Ol'ga G.; Tsodikov, Mark V.; Novotortsev, Vladimir M.

2010-10-01

214

Evaluation of the geological relationships to gas hydrate formation and stability. Progress report, June 16--September 30, 1988  

SciTech Connect

The summaries of regional basin analyses document that potentially economic accumulations of gas hydrates can be formed in both active and passive margin settings. The principal requirement for gas hydrate formation in either setting is abundant methane. Passive margin sediments with high sedimentation rates and sufficient sedimentary organic carbon can generate large quantities of biogenic methane for hydrate formation. Similarly, active margin locations near a terrigenous sediment source can also have high methane generation potential due to rapid burial of adequate amounts of sedimentary organic matter. Many active margins with evidence of gas hydrate presence correspond to areas subject to upwelling. Upwelling currents can enhance methane generation by increasing primary productivity and thus sedimentary organic carbon. Structural deformation of the marginal sediments at both active and passive sites can enhance gas hydrate formation by providing pathways for migration of both biogenic and thermogenic gas to the shallow gas hydrate stability zone. Additionally, conventional hydrocarbon traps may initially concentrate sufficient amounts of hydrocarbons for subsequent gas hydrate formation.

Krason, J.; Finley, P.

1988-12-31

215

The geological significance of the boundary between the Fort Sill and Signal Mountain Formations in the lower Arbuckle Group (Cambrian)  

SciTech Connect

During the upper Cambrian, a transgression inundated the Southern Oklahoma aulacogen enveloping a landscape that consisted of hills of Cambrian-aged rhyolite up to 350 m in height. Initial deposits on this topography--the Reagan Formation--consist of siliciclastics that were deposited as alluvium and succeeding tidally-influenced marine sandstones and shales. The siliciclastics grains are made up of local rhyolite, quartz and authigenic glauconite. The overlying Honeycreek Formation is defined by the addition of carbonated detritus in the form of tidally-influenced pelmatozoan grainstones. The passage from the Honeycreek to the overlying Fort Sill Formation of the Arbuckle Group is marked by the incoming of beds of lime mudstone and the gradual disappearance of grainstones and siliciclastics. The contact between the Fort Sill and the overlying thinly-bedded dark grey bioclastic limestones of the Signal Mountain Formation is one of the most distinctive horizons in the Arbuckle Group. The contact evidently marks a substantial change in depositional environment. In detail the contact is sharp and shows evidence of minor erosion, although no karsting has been detected. The authors suggest that the contact surface records a regression, perhaps associated with dolomitization and followed by some erosion. A regression is also indicated by the local occurrence of a laminated tidal flat unit with traces of evaporites that outcrops in the far west of the Slick Hills immediately below the formation contact. They suggest that the Signal Mountains as a transgressive unit, incorporating siliciclastics transported into the area during the regression. It has been suggested that the unconformity reflects localized tectonism associated with the evolution of the Southern Oklahoma aulacogen. On the other hand the surface may correlate with a craton--wide Sauxian' hiatus.

Hosey, R.; Donovan, R.N. (Texas Christian Univ., Ft Worth, TX (United States). Geology Dept.)

1993-02-01

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Coupling geothermal energy capture with carbon dioxide sequestration in permeable, porous geologic formations II: Numerical modeling and preliminary results  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration in deep saline aquifers and exhausted oil fields has been widely considered as a means for reducing CO2 emissions to the atmosphere as a counter-measure to global warming. However, rather than treating CO2 as a waste fluid in need of permanent disposal, it could additionally be used as a working fluid in geothermal energy capture as its thermodynamic properties suggest it transfers heat more efficiently than water. Therefore, utilizing CO2 may permit more widespread implementation of geothermal power systems. Here, we present numerical modeling results of coupled CO2 injection into a brine and heat transfer in geothermal reservoirs under conditions relevant for both CO2 sequestration and geothermal electricity generation. In particular, we examine subsurface flow and heating of the sequestered CO2, cooling of the geothermal reservoir, and changes in pore-fluid pressures under a variety of generalized CO2 injection and production scenarios and reservoir characteristics. While additional research is required, modeling results at present suggest that geologic reservoirs with CO2 as the heat mining fluid would be viable geothermal energy sources for electric power production for decades, potentially even in regions with relatively low geothermal temperatures and heat flow rates.

Randolph, J. B.; Saar, M. O.

2009-12-01

217

Geologic structure generated by large-impact basin formation observed at the South Pole-Aitken basin on the Moon  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

South Pole-Aitken (SPA) basin is the largest clearly recognized basin on the lunar surface. Determining the composition and structure of the SPA basin interior provides critical constraints on the deep crustal and/or mantle composition of the Moon and improves our understanding of large-basin-forming impact processes. Here we present a new mineralogical map of the SPA basin interior, based on high-spatial-resolution reflectance spectra using the SELENE (Kaguya) multiband imager, which is combined with topographic data in order to interpret the geologic context. The derived mineralogical map suggests extensive distribution of ejected low-Ca pyroxene-dominant mantle material with the presence of purest anorthosite crustal materials surrounding a possible melt pool of 0.26 to 0.33 of the basin diameter near the basin center, which is significantly smaller than that suggested by the crater-scaling law. The absence of clear evidence of lower crustal material is consistent with recent impact simulation results.

Ohtake, Makiko; Uemoto, Kisara; Yokota, Yasuhiro; Morota, Tomokatsu; Yamamoto, Satoru; Nakamura, Ryosuke; Haruyama, Junichi; Iwata, Takahiro; Matsunaga, Tsuneo; Ishihara, Yoshiaki

2014-04-01

218

Geological Time  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

"Why do engineers need to know about geologic time?" That question is answered in this resource from the University of Saskatchewan's Department of Civil and Geological Engineering. Provided here is a discussion of the concepts of geological time; relative dating methods, such as correlation; and absolute dating methods, such as radiometric methods. Diagrams and charts are included to demonstrate these complex concepts.

2008-04-17

219

The roles of heterogeneous chemical processes in the formation of an air pollution complex and gray haze  

Microsoft Academic Search

Urban and regional air pollutions are characterized by high concentrations of secondary pollutants such as photo-oxidants\\u000a (mainly ozone) and fine particulate matter, which are formed through chemical reactions of the primary pollutants emitted\\u000a from various sources. The accumulation of these pollutants under stagnant meteorological conditions results in the formation\\u000a of gray haze, reducing visibility and causing major impacts on human

Tong Zhu; Jing Shang; DeFeng Zhao

2011-01-01

220

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY GEOLOGY STUDIES Volume 27, Part I  

E-print Network

#12;BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY GEOLOGY STUDIES Volume 27, Part I Preble Formation, a Cambrian Outer ..........................................................................J. Roger Olsen Geology of the Sterling Quadrangle, Sanpete County, Utah ..............................................................................James Michael Taylor Publications and Maps of the Geology Department Cover: Aertalphorograph rhowing

Seamons, Kent E.

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Measuring resistivity changes from within a first cased well to monitor fluids injected into oil bearing geological formations from a second cased well while passing electrical current between the two cased wells  

DOEpatents

A.C. current is conducted through geological formations separating two cased wells in an oil field undergoing enhanced oil recovery operations such as water flooding operations. Methods and apparatus are disclosed to measure the current leakage conducted into a geological formation from within a first cased well that is responsive to fluids injected into formation from a second cased well during the enhanced oil production activities. The current leakage and apparent resistivity measured within the first cased well are responsive to fluids injected into formation from the second cased well provided the distance of separation between the two cased wells is less than, or on the order of, a Characteristic Length appropriate for the problem.

Vail, W.B. III.

1993-02-16

222

Measuring resistivity changes from within a first cased well to monitor fluids injected into oil bearing geological formations from a second cased well while passing electrical current between the two cased wells  

DOEpatents

A.C. current is conducted through geological formations separating two cased wells in an oil field undergoing enhanced oil recovery operations such as water flooding operations. Methods and apparatus are disclosed to measure the current leakage conducted into a geological formation from within a first cased well that is responsive to fluids injected into formation from a second cased well during the enhanced oil production activities. The current leakage and apparent resistivity measured within the first cased well are responsive to fluids injected into formation from the second cased well provided the distance of separation between the two cased wells is less than, or on the order of, a Characteristic Length appropriate for the problem.

Vail, III, William B. (Bothell, WA)

1993-01-01

223

The Geology of the Terrestrial Planets  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The geologic history of the terrestrial planets is outlined in light of recent exploration and the revolution in geologic thinking. Among the topics considered are planet formation; planetary craters, basins, and general surface characteristics; tectonics; planetary atmospheres; and volcanism.

Carr, M. H. (editor); Saunders, R. S.; Strom, R. G.; Wilhelms, D. E.

1984-01-01

224

Radiolarian biostratigraphy of the Quinn River Formation, Black Rock terrane, north-central Nevada: correlations with eastern Klamath terrane geology  

USGS Publications Warehouse

The Quinn River Formation, Black Rock terrane, Quinn River Crossing, is one of the few Nevadan sections of Permian and Triassic strata that are unaffected by Sonoman deformation. The formation consists of: 1) a basal tuff overlain by limestone and ferruginous dolomite, 2) interbedded radiolarian-bearing chert and argillite, 3) siltstone and carbonaceous shale, and 4) partly volcaniclastic rocks. All but the uppermost (barren) chert samples contain Late Permian radiolarian taxa. These radiolarians suggest that early Wordian conodonts reported from near the top of the chert and argillite unit are reworked. Poorly preserved Early(?) or Middle triassic radiolarians and Middle Triassic ammonites and pectenacid bivalves from the middle part of the volcaniclastic unit indicate the Early Triassic deposition cannot be documented at Quinn River. The ages of the Quinn River brachiopod, conodont, and radiolarian faunas resemble those of the Dekkas and Pit Formations, eastern Klamath terrane, northern California. The analogous Quinn River and eastern Klamath rock types and faunal ages, as well as similar hiatuses in their stratigraphic records, suggest that they may be lateral equivalents that formed in the same island-arc sedimentary basin. -from Authors

Blome, C.D.; Reed, K.M.

1995-01-01

225

Re-Evaluation of Plate Tectonic Models for Formation of the Amerasian Basin of the Arctic Ocean: Geologic Constraints from the Russian Arctic  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The most widely accepted plate tectonic model for the formation of the Amerasian Basin of the Arctic involves rifting and counter-clockwise rotation of the Arctic Alaska-Chukotka microplate (AACM) away from the Canadian Arctic margin to its present position. Accordingly, the Lomonosov Ridge (between the Eurasian and Amerasian Basins) represents a transform margin. The Alpha-Mendeleev Ridge (between the Makarov and Canada Basins) is thought to represent a post-rift structure, perhaps a hot-spot track (e.g. Lawver et al., 2002). Although this model satisfies many stratigraphic and geophysical constraints for the Alaskan and Canadian part of the reconstruction, it presents a growing set of problems with respect to geologic relations, sedimentary sources and timing of events in the Russian Arctic. A revised paleogeographic reconstruction of the Arctic places the Chukotka part of the Arctic Alaska plate closer to Russia but seeks to maintain a rotational opening for the Canada Basin. This paleogeographic reconstruction revives the hypothesis that the Makarov Basin formed by rifting orthogonal to the Lomonosov Ridge, and also suggests that the Mendeleev Ridge is a remnant of the rifted continental margin. This is supported by the morphology of normal faulted tilted block structures visible in updated bathymetric data, by recent reflection seismic profiles collected in the region (Coakley, 2006), and by new Russian refraction velocity data, coupled with the dredging and piston coring of sedimentary rocks from the Mendeleev ridge (Lebedeva-Ivanova et al., 2006). Our reconstruction also suggests that there may be a large component of strike-slip motion along the South Anyui suture (bounding the AACM to the south) which may have operated as a transform fault during opening of the Makarov Basin. Geologic relations suggest that if the Makarov Basin formed by rifting orthogonal to the Russian continental margin, its formation must have taken place after the cessation of collision-related shortening in the early Cretaceous (about 135 Ma), perhaps during a widespread episode of plutonism accompanied by NW-SE to E- W extension (from about 120 to 110 Ma), and was clearly over by the time the Okhotsk- Chukotka volcanic belt began to develop. Formation of the Makarov Basin and Amerasian Basin may have been localized by hot spot magmatism but was likely ultimately driven by Pacific-ward trench retreat in the Cretaceous.

Miller, E. L.; Toro, J.

2006-12-01

226

GeoTemp™ 1.0: A MATLAB-based program for the processing, interpretation and modelling of geological formation temperature measurements  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The evaluation of potential and resources during geothermal exploration requires accurate and consistent temperature characterization and modelling of the sub-surface. Existing interpretation and modelling approaches of 1D temperature measurements are mainly focusing on vertical heat conduction with only few approaches that deals with advective heat transport. Thermal regimes are strongly correlated to rock and fluid properties. Currently, no consensus exists for the identification of the thermal regime and the analysis of such dataset. We developed a new framework allowing the identification of thermal regimes by rock formations, the analysis and modelling of wireline logging and discrete temperature measurements by taking into account the geological, geophysical and petrophysics data. This framework has been implemented in the GeoTemp software package that allows the complete thermal characterization and modelling at the formation scale and that provides a set of standard tools for the processing wireline and discrete temperature data. GeoTempTM operates via a user friendly graphical interface written in Matlab that allows semi-automatic calculation, display and export of the results. Output results can be exported as Microsoft Excel spreadsheets or vector graphics of publication quality. GeoTemp™ is illustrated here with an example geothermal application from Western Australia and can be used for academic, teaching and professional purposes.

Ricard, Ludovic P.; Chanu, Jean-Baptiste

2013-08-01

227

Separation and capture of CO2 from large stationary sources and sequestration in geological formations--coalbeds and deep saline aquifers.  

PubMed

The topic of global warming as a result of increased atmospheric CO2 concentration is arguably the most important environmental issue that the world faces today. It is a global problem that will need to be solved on a global level. The link between anthropogenic emissions of CO2 with increased atmospheric CO2 levels and, in turn, with increased global temperatures has been well established and accepted by the world. International organizations such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have been formed to address this issue. Three options are being explored to stabilize atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and global temperatures without severely and negatively impacting standard of living: (1) increasing energy efficiency, (2) switching to less carbon-intensive sources of energy, and (3) carbon sequestration. To be successful, all three options must be used in concert. The third option is the subject of this review. Specifically, this review will cover the capture and geologic sequestration of CO2 generated from large point sources, namely fossil-fuel-fired power gasification plants. Sequestration of CO2 in geological formations is necessary to meet the President's Global Climate Change Initiative target of an 18% reduction in GHG intensity by 2012. Further, the best strategy to stabilize the atmospheric concentration of CO2 results from a multifaceted approach where sequestration of CO2 into geological formations is combined with increased efficiency in electric power generation and utilization, increased conservation, increased use of lower carbon-intensity fuels, and increased use of nuclear energy and renewables. This review covers the separation and capture of CO2 from both flue gas and fuel gas using wet scrubbing technologies, dry regenerable sorbents, membranes, cryogenics, pressure and temperature swing adsorption, and other advanced concepts. Existing commercial CO2 capture facilities at electric power-generating stations based on the use of monoethanolamine are described, as is the Rectisol process used by Dakota Gasification to separate and capture CO2 from a coal gasifier. Two technologies for storage of the captured CO2 are reviewed--sequestration in deep unmineable coalbeds with concomitant recovery of CH4 and sequestration in deep saline aquifers. Key issues for both of these techniques include estimating the potential storage capacity, the storage integrity, and the physical and chemical processes that are initiated by injecting CO2 underground. Recent studies using computer modeling as well as laboratory and field experimentation are presented here. In addition, several projects have been initiated in which CO2 is injected into a deep coal seam or saline aquifer. The current status of several such projects is discussed. Included is a commercial-scale project in which a million tons of CO2 are injected annually into an aquifer under the North Sea in Norway. The review makes the case that this can all be accomplished safely with off-the-shelf technologies. However, substantial research and development must be performed to reduce the cost, decrease the risks, and increase the safety of sequestration technologies. This review also includes discussion of possible problems related to deep injection of CO2. There are safety concerns that need to be addressed because of the possibilities of leakage to the surface and induced seismic activity. These issues are presented along with a case study of a similar incident in the past. It is clear that monitoring and verification of storage will be a crucial part of all geological sequestration practices so that such problems may be avoided. Available techniques include direct measurement of CO2 and CH4 surface soil fluxes, the use of chemical tracers, and underground 4-D seismic monitoring. Ten new hypotheses were formulated to describe what happens when CO2 is pumped into a coal seam. These hypotheses provide significant insight into the fundamental chemical, physical, a

White, Curt M; Strazisar, Brian R; Granite, Evan J; Hoffman, James S; Pennline, Henry W

2003-06-01

228

Geologic Reconnaissance of the Antelope-Ashwood Area, North-Central Oregon: With Emphasis on the John Day Formation of Late Oligocene and Early Miocene Age  

USGS Publications Warehouse

This report briefly describes the geology of an area of about 750 square miles in Jefferson, Wasco, Crook, and Wheeler Counties, Oregon. About 16,000 feet of strata that range in age from pre-Tertiary to Quaternary are exposed. These include the following units: pre-Tertiary slate, graywacke, conglomerate, and meta-andesite; Clarno Formation of Eocene age - lava flows, volcanic breccia, tuff, and tuffaceous mudstone, chiefly of andesitic composition; John Day Formation of late Oligocene and early Miocene age - pyroclastic rocks, flows, and domes, chiefly of rhyolitic composition; Columbia River Basalt of middle Miocene age - thick, columnar jointed flows of very fine grained dense dark-gray basalt; Dalles Formation of Pliocene age - bedded tuffaceous sandstone, siltstone, and conglomerate; basalt of Pliocene or Pleistocene age - lava flows of porous-textured olivine basalt; and Quaternary loess, landslide debris, and alluvium. Unconformities separate pre-Tertiary rocks and Clarno Formation, Clarno and John Day Formations, John Day Formation and Columbia River Basalt, and Columbia River Basalt and Dalles Formation. The John Day Formation, the only unit studied in detail, consists of about 4,000 feet of tuff, lapilli tuff, strongly to weakly welded rhyolite ash flows, and less abundant trachyandesite flows and rhyolite flows and domes. The formation was divided into nine mappable members in part of the area, primarily on the basis of distinctive ledge-forming welded ash-flow sheets. Most of the sheets are composed of stony rhyolite containing abundant lithophysae and sparse phenocrysts. One sheet contains 10 to 20 percent phenocrysts, mostly cryptoperthitic soda sanidine, but including less abundant quartz, myrmekitic intergrowths of quartz and sanidine, and oligoclase. The rhyolitic ash flows and lava flows were extruded from nearby vents, in contrast to some of the interbedded air-fall tuff and lapilli tuff of dacitic and andesitic composition that may have been derived from vents in an ancestral Cascade Range. The John Day is dated on the basis of a late Oligocene flora near the base of the formation and early Miocene faunas near the top of the formation. The middle Miocene and older rocks in the Antelope-Ashwood area are broadly folded and broken along northeast-trending faults. Over much of the area the rocks dip gently eastward from the crest of a major fold and are broken along a series of steeply dipping antithetic strike faults. Pliocene and Quaternary strata appear to be undeformed. At the Priday agate deposit, chalcedony-filled spherulites (thunder-eggs) occur in the lower part of a weakly welded rhyolitic ash flow. The so-called thunder-eggs are small spheroidal bodies, about 3 inches in average diameter; each consists of a chalcedonic core surrounded by a shell of welded tuff that is altered to radially oriented fibers of cristobalite and alkalic feldspar.

Peck, Dallas L.

1964-01-01

229

Membrane heterogeneities in the formation of B cell receptor–Lyn kinase microclusters and the immune synapse  

PubMed Central

Antigen binding to the B cell receptors (BCRs) induces BCR clustering, phosphorylation of BCRs by the Src family kinase Lyn, initiation of signaling, and formation of an immune synapse. We investigated B cells as they first encountered antigen on a membrane using live cell high resolution total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy in conjunction with fluorescence resonance energy transfer. Newly formed BCR microclusters perturb the local membrane microenvironment, leading to association with a lipid raft probe. This early event is BCR intrinsic and independent of BCR signaling. Association of BCR microclusters with membrane-tethered Lyn depends on Lyn activity and persists as microclusters accumulate and form an immune synapse. Membrane perturbation and BCR–Lyn association correlate both temporally and spatially with the transition of microclustered BCRs from a “closed” to an “open” active signaling conformation. Visualization and analysis of the earliest events in BCR signaling highlight the importance of the membrane microenvironment for formation of BCR–Lyn complexes and the B cell immune synapse. PMID:18644892

Sohn, Hae Won; Tolar, Pavel; Pierce, Susan K.

2008-01-01

230

The relationship of dynamical heterogeneity to the Adam-Gibbs and random first-order transition theories of glass formation  

PubMed Central

We carefully examine common measures of dynamical heterogeneity for a model polymer melt and test how these scales compare with those hypothesized by the Adam and Gibbs (AG) and random first-order transition (RFOT) theories of relaxation in glass-forming liquids. To this end, we first analyze clusters of highly mobile particles, the string-like collective motion of these mobile particles, and clusters of relative low mobility. We show that the time scale of the high-mobility clusters and strings is associated with a diffusive time scale, while the low-mobility particles' time scale relates to a structural relaxation time. The difference of the characteristic times for the high- and low-mobility particles naturally explains the well-known decoupling of diffusion and structural relaxation time scales. Despite the inherent difference of dynamics between high- and low-mobility particles, we find a high degree of similarity in the geometrical structure of these particle clusters. In particular, we show that the fractal dimensions of these clusters are consistent with those of swollen branched polymers or branched polymers with screened excluded-volume interactions, corresponding to lattice animals and percolation clusters, respectively. In contrast, the fractal dimension of the strings crosses over from that of self-avoiding walks for small strings, to simple random walks for longer, more strongly interacting, strings, corresponding to flexible polymers with screened excluded-volume interactions. We examine the appropriateness of identifying the size scales of either mobile particle clusters or strings with the size of cooperatively rearranging regions (CRR) in the AG and RFOT theories. We find that the string size appears to be the most consistent measure of CRR for both the AG and RFOT models. Identifying strings or clusters with the “mosaic” length of the RFOT model relaxes the conventional assumption that the “entropic droplets” are compact. We also confirm the validity of the entropy formulation of the AG theory, constraining the exponent values of the RFOT theory. This constraint, together with the analysis of size scales, enables us to estimate the characteristic exponents of RFOT. PMID:23556792

Starr, Francis W.; Douglas, Jack F.; Sastry, Srikanth

2013-01-01

231

The relationship of dynamical heterogeneity to the Adam-Gibbs and random first-order transition theories of glass formation.  

PubMed

We carefully examine common measures of dynamical heterogeneity for a model polymer melt and test how these scales compare with those hypothesized by the Adam and Gibbs (AG) and random first-order transition (RFOT) theories of relaxation in glass-forming liquids. To this end, we first analyze clusters of highly mobile particles, the string-like collective motion of these mobile particles, and clusters of relative low mobility. We show that the time scale of the high-mobility clusters and strings is associated with a diffusive time scale, while the low-mobility particles' time scale relates to a structural relaxation time. The difference of the characteristic times for the high- and low-mobility particles naturally explains the well-known decoupling of diffusion and structural relaxation time scales. Despite the inherent difference of dynamics between high- and low-mobility particles, we find a high degree of similarity in the geometrical structure of these particle clusters. In particular, we show that the fractal dimensions of these clusters are consistent with those of swollen branched polymers or branched polymers with screened excluded-volume interactions, corresponding to lattice animals and percolation clusters, respectively. In contrast, the fractal dimension of the strings crosses over from that of self-avoiding walks for small strings, to simple random walks for longer, more strongly interacting, strings, corresponding to flexible polymers with screened excluded-volume interactions. We examine the appropriateness of identifying the size scales of either mobile particle clusters or strings with the size of cooperatively rearranging regions (CRR) in the AG and RFOT theories. We find that the string size appears to be the most consistent measure of CRR for both the AG and RFOT models. Identifying strings or clusters with the "mosaic" length of the RFOT model relaxes the conventional assumption that the "entropic droplets" are compact. We also confirm the validity of the entropy formulation of the AG theory, constraining the exponent values of the RFOT theory. This constraint, together with the analysis of size scales, enables us to estimate the characteristic exponents of RFOT. PMID:23556792

Starr, Francis W; Douglas, Jack F; Sastry, Srikanth

2013-03-28

232

Formation of gas-phase carbonyls from heterogeneous oxidation of polyunsaturated fatty acids at the air-water interface and of the sea surface microlayer  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Motivated by the potential for reactive heterogeneous chemistry occurring at the ocean surface, gas-phase products were observed when a reactive sea surface microlayer (SML) component, i.e. the polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) linoleic acid (LA), was exposed to gas-phase ozone at the air-seawater interface. Similar oxidation experiments were conducted with SML samples collected from two different oceanic locations, in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean and from the west coast of Canada. Online proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometry (PTR-MS) and light-emitting diode cavity enhanced differential optical absorption spectroscopy (LED-CE-DOAS) were used to detect oxygenated gas-phase products from the ozonolysis reactions. The LA studies indicate that oxidation of a PUFA monolayer on seawater gives rise to prompt and efficient formation of gas phase aldehydes. The products are formed via the decomposition of primary ozonides which form upon the initial reaction of ozone with the carbon-carbon double bonds in the PUFA molecules. In addition, two highly reactive di-carbonyls, malondialdehyde (MDA) and glyoxal, were also generated, likely as secondary products. Specific yields relative to reactant loss were 78%, 29%, 4% and <1% for n-hexanal, 3-nonenal, MDA and glyoxal, respectively, where the yields for MDA and glyoxal are likely lower limits. Heterogeneous oxidation of SML samples confirm for the first time that similar carbonyl products are formed via ozonolysis of environmental samples. The potential impact of such chemistry on the atmosphere of the marine boundary layer is discussed.

Zhou, S.; Gonzalez, L.; Leithead, A.; Finewax, Z.; Thalman, R.; Vlasenko, A.; Vagle, S.; Miller, L.; Li, S.-M.; Bureekul, S.; Furutani, H.; Uematsu, M.; Volkamer, R.; Abbatt, J.

2013-07-01

233

Geological setting of oil shales in the Permian phosphoria formation and some of the geochemistry of these rocks  

USGS Publications Warehouse

Recent studies of the Meade Peak and the Retort Phosphatic Shale Members of the Phosphoria Formation have investigated the organic carbon content and some aspects of hydrocarbon generation from these rocks. Phosphorite has been mined from the Retort and Meade Peak members in southeastern Idaho, northern Utah, western Wyoming and southwestern Montana. Organic carbon-rich mudstone beds associated with the phosphorite in these two members also were natural sources of petroleum. These mudstone beds were differentially buried throughout the region so that heating of these rocks has been different from place to place. Most of the Phosphoria source beds have been deeply buried and naturally heated to catagenetically form hydrocarbons. Deepest burial was in eastern Idaho and throughout most of the northeastern Great Basin where high ambient temperatures have driven the catagenesis to its limit and beyond to degrade or to destroy the hydrocarbons. In southwest Montana, however, burial in some areas has been less than 2 km, ambient temperatures remained low and the kerogen has not produced hydrocarbons (2). In these areas in Montana, the kerogen in the carbonaceous mudstone has retained the potential for hydrocarbon generation and the carbon-rich Retort Member is an oil shale from which hydrocarbons can be synthetically extracted. The Phosphoria Formation was deposited in a foreland basin between the Cordilleran geosyncline and the North American craton. This foreland basin, which coincides with the area of deposition of the two organic carbon-rich mudstone members of the Phosphoria, has been named the Sublett basin (Maughan, 1979). The basin has a northwest-southeast trending axis and seems to have been deepest in central Idaho where deep-water sedimentary rocks equivalent to the Phosphoria Formation are exceptionally thick. The depth of the basin was increasingly shallower away from central Idaho toward the Milk River uplift - a land area in Montana, the ancestral Rocky Mountains. The basin is composed of land areas in Colorado, the Humboldt highland in northeastern Nevada and intervening carbonate shelves in Utah and Wyoming. The phosphorites and the carbonaceous mudstones were deposited on the foreslope between the carbonate and littoral sand deposits on the shelf and the dominantly cherty mudstone sediments in the axial part of the basin. Paleomagnetic evidence indicates that in the Permian the region would have been within the northern hemispheric trade wind belt; and wind-direction studies determined from studies of sand dunes, indicate that the prevailing winds from the Milk River uplift would have blown offshore across the Phosphoria sea. Offshore winds would have carried surface water away from the shore and generated upwelling in the sea in eastern Idaho and adjacent areas in Montana, Wyoming and Utah. Prior to deposition of the Phosphoria, the region was the site of extensive deposition of shallow-water carbonate sediments. Equivalent rocks in the northern part of the basin are dominantly sandstone derived from the adjacent Milk River uplift and similar sandstone strata in the southeastern sector were derived from the ancestral Rocky Mountains uplift. Tectonic subsidence of the Sublett basin in part of the region seems to have provided a sea-floor profile favorable for upwelling circulation and the shift in deposition from regional carbonates and local sandstone into a more complex depositional pattern that included the accumulation of the mudstone-chert-phosphorite facies that comprises the Phosphoria Formation. High biological productivity and the accumulation of sapropel on the sea floor is associated with contemporary coastal upwelling (1) and similar environmental and depositional conditions are attributed to the rich accumulations of organic matter in the Phosphoria Formation. Sapropelic mudstone and phosphorite composing the Meade Peak Member are approximately 60 m thick near the center of the Sublett basin. The Meade

Maughan, E.K.

1983-01-01

234

Periods of active permafrost layer formation during the geological history of Mars: Implications for circum-polar and mid-latitude surface processes  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Permafrost is ground remaining frozen (temperatures are below the freezing point of water) for more than two consecutive years. An active layer in permafrost regions is defined as a near-surface layer that undergoes freeze-thaw cycles due to day-average surface and soil temperatures oscillating about the freezing point of water. A "dry" active layer may occur in parched soils without free water or ice but significant geomorphic change through cryoturbation is not produced in these environments. A wet active layer is currently absent on Mars. We use recent calculations on the astronomical forcing of climate change to assess the conditions under which an extensive active layer could form on Mars during past climate history. Our examination of insolation patterns and surface topography predicts that an active layer should form on Mars in the geological past at high latitudes as well as on pole-facing slopes at mid-latitudes during repetitive periods of high obliquity. We examine global high-resolution MOLA topography and geological features on Mars and find that a distinctive latitudinal zonality of the occurrence of steep slopes and an asymmetry of steep slopes at mid-latitudes can be attributed to the effect of active layer processes. We conclude that the formation of an active layer during periods of enhanced obliquity throughout the most recent period of the history of Mars (the Amazonian) has led to significant degradation of impact craters, rapidly decreasing the steep slopes characterizing pristine landforms. Our analysis suggests that an active layer has not been present on Mars in the last ˜5 Ma, and that conditions favoring the formation of an active layer were reached in only about 20% of the obliquity excursions between 5 and 10 Ma ago. Conditions favoring an active layer are not predicted to be common in the next 10 Ma. The much higher obliquity excursions predicted for the earlier Amazonian appear to be responsible for the significant reduction in magnitude of crater interior slopes observed at higher latitudes on Mars. The observed slope asymmetry at mid-latitudes suggests direct insolation control, and hence low atmospheric pressure, during the high obliquity periods throughout the Amazonian. We formulate predictions on the nature and distribution of candidate active layer features that could be revealed by higher resolution imaging data.

Kreslavsky, Mikhail A.; Head, James W.; Marchant, David R.

2008-02-01

235

Geologic disposal of nuclear waste  

Microsoft Academic Search

The natural and engineered barriers provided by geologic storage of nuclear wastes are the most likely choice of countries looking for a permanent solution. A review of the properties of nuclear wastes and the management strategies that will protect the public and the environment describes the isolation and disposal systems and their geologic requirements. These include a host-rock formation of

K. Stahlkopf; R. Williams; A. B. Carson

1982-01-01

236

Briefing on geological sequestration  

EPA Science Inventory

Geological sequestration (GS) is generally recognized as the injection and long-term (e.g., hundreds to thousands of years) trapping of gaseous, liquid or supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) in subsurface media ? primarily saline formations, depleted or nearly depleted oil and gas...

237

Geology of Jewel Cave  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This National Park Service site provides an introduction to the Black Hill's Jewel Cave. The site describes the unique geologic history of the Black Hills, the formation of speleothems as well as unusual crystal growth in the cave. Photographs illustrate the descriptions.

National Park Services (NPS)

238

California Geological Survey: Geologic Maps  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This index provides access to a selection of geologic maps of California, as well as an overview of geologic and other mapping activities in the state. The index, which can be accessed by clicking on an interactive map of the state, contains lists of selected geologic maps in California prepared by the Regional Geologic Mapping Project (RGMP). The RGMP staff monitors the literature and collects references that contain geologic mapping that may be useful for future compilations. In addition, the site has information about Caltrans Highway Corridor Mapping, The Mineral Resources and Mineral Hazards Mapping Program, North Coast Watersheds Assessment Program, The Timber Harvesting Plan Enforcement Program, and The Seismic Hazards Mapping Program. A set of links is provided to other sources of geologic maps and map information.

239

Yosemite Geology  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The National Park Service maintains the Yosemite National Park Web site and the corresponding Geology page. This Web site gives an overview of the geologic history of the site, tells how the Sierra Nevada range formed, explains the basics of granitic rock, shows how glaciers carved out the canyons, and much more.[JAB

240

Geologic Time.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

One of a series of general interest publications on science topics, the booklet provides those interested in geologic time with an introduction to the subject. Separate sections discuss the relative time scale, major divisions in geologic time, index fossils used as guides for telling the age of rocks, the atomic scale, and the age of the earth.…

Newman, William L.

241

Geological Time  

Microsoft Academic Search

IN his Presidential Address to Section C at Dover, Sir A. Geikie has offered a bold challenge to Lord Kelvin and those who agree with him by calling upon them to give due weight to geological phenomena in forming an estimate of geological time. Permit me to say what I think about it.

O. Fisher

1899-01-01

242

Yellowstone Geology  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This Yellowstone National Park website provides geological information about the Park. Links include geologic highlights, hydrothermal features, reports by park geologists, and scientists' talks (videos). A wide array of information can be found on these links and the webpage is expanding as more topics are added.

Park, Yellowstone N.

243

Engineering Geology  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Engineering geology remains a potpourri of applied classical geology, and 1977 witnessed an upswing in demand for these services. Traditional foundation-related work was slight, but construction related to national needs increased briskly. Major cities turned to concerns of transit waste-water treatment and solid-waste disposal. (Author/MA)

Hatheway, Allen W.

1978-01-01

244

Geology Major www.geology.pitt.edu/undergraduate/geology.html  

E-print Network

Geology Major www.geology.pitt.edu/undergraduate/geology.html Revised: 03/2013 Geology is a scientific discipline that aims to understand every aspect of modern and ancient Earth. A degree in geology the field of geology, environmental and geotechnical jobs exist for people with BS degrees. A master

Jiang, Huiqiang

245

SEISMIC DETERMINATION OF RESERVOIR HETEROGENEITY: APPLICATION TO THE CHARACTERIZATION OF HEAVY OIL RESERVOIRS  

SciTech Connect

The objective of the project was to examine how seismic and geologic data can be used to improve characterization of small-scale heterogeneity and their parameterization in reservoir models. The study focused on West Coalinga Field in California. The project initially attempted to build reservoir models based on different geologic and geophysical data independently using different tools, then to compare the results, and ultimately to integrate them all. We learned, however, that this strategy was impractical. The different data and tools need to be integrated from the beginning because they are all interrelated. This report describes a new approach to geostatistical modeling and presents an integration of geology and geophysics to explain the formation of the complex Coalinga reservoir.

Matthias G. Imhof; James W. Castle

2005-02-01

246

Geologic controls influencing CO2 loss from a leaking well.  

SciTech Connect

Injection of CO2 into formations containing brine is proposed as a long-term sequestration solution. A significant obstacle to sequestration performance is the presence of existing wells providing a transport pathway out of the sequestration formation. To understand how heterogeneity impacts the leakage rate, we employ two dimensional models of the CO2 injection process into a sandstone aquifer with shale inclusions to examine the parameters controlling release through an existing well. This scenario is modeled as a constant-rate injection of super-critical CO2 into the existing formation where buoyancy effects, relative permeabilities, and capillary pressures are employed. Three geologic controls are considered: stratigraphic dip angle, shale inclusion size and shale fraction. In this study, we examine the impact of heterogeneity on the amount and timing of CO2 released through a leaky well. Sensitivity analysis is performed to classify how various geologic controls influence CO2 loss. A 'Design of Experiments' approach is used to identify the most important parameters and combinations of parameters to control CO2 migration while making efficient use of a limited number of computations. Results are used to construct a low-dimensional description of the transport scenario. The goal of this exploration is to develop a small set of parametric descriptors that can be generalized to similar scenarios. Results of this work will allow for estimation of the amount of CO2 that will be lost for a given scenario prior to commencing injection. Additionally, two-dimensional and three-dimensional simulations are compared to quantify the influence that surrounding geologic media has on the CO2 leakage rate.

Hopkins, Polly L.; Martinez, Mario J.; McKenna, Sean Andrew; Klise, Katherine A.

2010-12-01

247

No geology without marine geology  

Microsoft Academic Search

A brief review is offered of the many problems where knowledge of the ocean floors and of marine processes in shallow water is indispensable for the further advancement of geology. The subject of turbidity currents is treated in greater detail, to demonstrate the interrelation of several aspects of marine geology with sedimentologic and paleogeographic investigations. It is obvious that the

P. H Kuenen

2002-01-01

248

Geologic History  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This unit introduces younger students to the concept of relative versus absolute time and how geologists determine the age of geologic events and features. Topics include the laws that determine relative age (superposition, cross-cutting relationships, included fragments, and others), and how to re-construct the geologic history of an area using these relationships. There is also information on geologic correlation and the use of index fossils to determine relative age. The section on absolute time discusses some ways of measurement (tree rings, radioactive dating) and introduces the concepts of natural selection and mass extinctions. A vocabulary and downloadable, printable student worksheets are provided.

Medina, Philip

2010-09-03

249

Geologic Time  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The Earth is very old -- 4.5 billion years or more -- according to recent estimates. This vast span of time, called geologic time by earth scientists, is difficult to comprehend in the familiar time units of months and years, or even centuries. How then do scientists reckon geologic time, and why do they believe the Earth is so old? A great part of the secret of the Earth's age is locked up in its rocks, and our centuries-old search for the key led to the beginning and nourished the growth of geologic science.

Newman, William L.

1997-01-01

250

Geologic time  

USGS Publications Warehouse

The Earth is very old 4 1/2 billion years or more according to recent estimates. This vast span of time, called geologic time by earth scientists, is difficult to comprehend in the familiar time units of months and years, or even centuries. How then do scientists reckon geologic time, and why do they believe the Earth is so old? A great part of the secret of the Earth's age is locked up in its rocks, and our centuries-old search for the key led to the beginning and nourished the growth of geologic science.

Newman, William L.

2000-01-01

251

Impacts of Anthropogenic Emissions in the Southeastern U.S. on Heterogeneous Chemistry of Isoprene-Derived Epoxides Leading to Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation (Invited)  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Isoprene is a major source of secondary organic aerosol (SOA); however, the exact manner in which it forms SOA remains unclear. Improving our fundamental understanding of isoprene-derived SOA is key to improving existing air quality models, especially in the southeastern U.S. where models currently underestimate observations. By combining organic synthesis, computational calculations, mass spectrometry, smog chamber studies, and field measurements, we show that reactive epoxides, which include methacrylic acid epoxide (MAE) and isomeric isoprene epoxydiols (IEPOX), produced from the photochemical oxidation of isoprene are key to SOA formation. Furthermore, anthropogenic pollutants (NOx and SO2) enhance isoprene-derived epoxides as an SOA source. In the laboratory, we find that the reactive uptake of synthetic IEPOX and MAE standards onto acidified sulfate aerosol yields known isoprene-derived SOA tracers (2-methlytetrols, 2-methylglyceric acid, C5-alkene triols, 3-methyltetrahydrofuran-3,4-diols, dimers and organosulfates) that we measure in fine aerosol collected from multiple sites across the southeastern U.S. using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) and liquid chromatography coupled to diode array detection and electrospray ionization high-resolution quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (LC/DAD-ESI-QTOFMS). Notably, IEPOX- and MAE-derived SOA tracers account for ~19% of the organic aerosol mass in Yorkville, GA. Moreover, real-time continuous chemical measurements of fine aerosol made using an Aerodyne Aerosol Chemical Speciation Monitor (ACSM) during summer 2011 and summer 2013 in Atlanta, GA, and Look Rock, TN, respectively, resolved an IEPOX-oxygenated organic aerosol (IEPOX-OOA) factor when applying positive matrix factorization (PMF) to the organic mass spectral time series. In Atlanta, this factor is found to account for ~33% of the fine OA mass and is correlated with IEPOX-derived SOA tracers (r2 = 0.6), sulfate (r2 = 0.5), and to some extent with aerosol acidity (measured as nmol H+ m-3, r2 = 0.3). Altogether, the Community Multiscale Air Quality model is updated to predict isoprene aerosol from IEPOX and MAE. The new aqueous aerosol pathways allow for explicit predictions of IEPOX- and MAE-derived SOA tracers that are more consistent with observations than estimates based on semivolatile partitioning, supporting the role of acid-catalyzed heterogeneous reactions leading to SOA formation.

Surratt, J. D.; Pye, H.; Lin, Y.; Budisulistiorini, S.; Zhang, H.; Marth, W.; Cui, T.; Arashiro, M.; Chu, K.; Zhang, Z.; Sexton, K.; Piletic, I.; Xie, Y.; Capps, S. L.; Luecken, D.; Hutzell, W. T.; Jaoui, M.; Canagaratna, M. R.; Croteau, D.; Jayne, J. T.; Worsnop, D. R.; Offenberg, J.; Kleindienst, T. E.; Lewandowski, M.; Edney, E.; Pinder, R. W.; Bartolotti, L.; Gold, A.

2013-12-01

252

Geologic Timeline  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Dive into the depths of time with this Geologic Timeline. The farther you scroll down, the farther back in time you'll travel. Also, the longer a period is on this page, the longer it lasted in history!

2000-01-01

253

Geology, summary  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Trends in geologic application of remote sensing are identified. These trends are as follows: (1) increased applications of orbital imagery in fields such as engineering and environmental geology - some specific applications include recognition of active earthquake faults, site location for nuclear powerplants, and recognition of landslide hazards; (2) utilization of remote sensing by industry, especially oil and gas companies, and (3) application of digital image processing to mineral exploration.

Sabins, F. F., Jr.

1975-01-01

254

Significant achievements in the Planetary Geology Program  

Microsoft Academic Search

Developments reported at a meeting of principal investigators for NASA's planetology geology program are summarized. Topics covered include: constraints on solar system formation; asteriods, comets, and satellites; constraints on planetary interiors; volatiles and regoliths; instrument development techniques; planetary cartography; geological and geochemical constraints on planetary evolution; fluvial processes and channel formation; volcanic processes; Eolian processes; radar studies of planetary surfaces;

J. W. Head

1978-01-01

255

Digital solar system geology  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

All available synoptic maps of the solid-surface bodies of the Solar System were digitized for presentation in the planned Atlas of the Solar System by Greeley and Batson. Since the last report (Batson et al., 1990), preliminary Uranian satellite maps were replaced with improved versions, Galilean satellite geology was simplified and digitized, structure was added to many maps, and the maps were converted to a standard format, with corresponding standing colors for the mapped units. Following these changes, the maps were re-reviewed by their authors and are now undergoing final editing before preparation for publication. In some cases (for Mercury, Venus, and Mars), more detailed maps were digitized and then simplified for the Atlas. Other detailed maps are planned to be digitized in the coming year for the Moon and the Galilean satellites. For most of the remaining bodies such as the Uranian satellites, the current digitized versions contain virtually all the detail that can be mapped given the available data; those versions will be unchanged for the Atlas. These digital geologic maps are archived at the digital scale of 1/16 degree/ pixel, in sinusoidal format. The availability of geology of the Solar System in a digital database will facilitate comparisons and integration with other data: digitized lunar geologic maps have already been used in a comparison with Galileo SSI observations of the Moon.

Batson, R. M.; Kozak, R. C.; Isbell, Nancy K.

1991-01-01

256

Chapter 7. The GIS project for the geologic assessment of undiscovered oil and gas in the Cotton Valley group and Travis Peak and Hosston formations, East Texas basin and Louisiana-Mississippi salt basins provinces.  

USGS Publications Warehouse

A geographic information system (GIS) focusing on the Upper Jurassic-Lower Cretaceous Cotton Valley Group and the Lower Cretaceous Travis Peak and Hosston Formations in the northern Gulf Coast region was developed as a visual-analysis tool for the U.S. Geological Survey's 2002 assessment of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and natural gas resources in the East Texas Basin and Louisiana-Mississippi Salt Basins Provinces. The Central Energy Resources Team of the U.S. Geological Survey has also developed an Internet Map Service to deliver the GIS data to the public. This mapping tool utilizes information from a database about the oil and natural gas endowment of the United States-including physical locations of geologic and geographic data-and converts the data into visual layers. Portrayal and analysis of geologic features on an interactive map provide an excellent tool for understanding domestic oil and gas resources for strategic planning, formulating economic and energy policies, evaluating lands under the purview of the Federal Government, and developing sound environmental policies. Assessment results can be viewed and analyzed or downloaded from the internet web site, http://energy.cr.usgs.gov/oilgas/noga/ .

Biewick, Laura R.H.

2006-01-01

257

Pennsylvania Geology  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Three decades after it was published, the Second Geological Survey of Pennsylvania was described as "the most remarkable series of reports ever issued by any survey." Considering the diversity of other geological reports, this was no small compliment. Drawing on support from the Marion and Kenneth Pollock Libraries Program Fund, the Pennsylvania State University Libraries' Digital Preservation Unit was able to digitize not only this fabled Survey, but also the Third and Fourth Surveys as well. Visitors can use the search engine on the homepage to look for items of interest, or they can just browse through the collection at their leisure. The surveys include various maps and illustrations that track mineral deposits and the disposition and location of other natural resources. Additionally, users can look through a miscellaneous set of publications from the early 20th century related to survey work performed by the U.S. Geological Survey.

258

Teaching Geology  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This rather remarkable website contains a great collection of resources for web-based instruction and demonstrations of geology concepts. The collection includes, under Classroom demonstration, the very useful SeisMac 3.0, which is an application for Mac OS X that turns a laptop computer into a " low-resolution strong-motion accelerometer," or a basic seismograph. It works by accessing the computer's Sudden Motion Sensor in order to display real-time, three axis accelerations graphs. Visitors can use the application to watch the seismic waves go up and down just by tapping their feet on the floor nearby. Other resources include Virtual Earth (an "interactive minicourse on thermal convection") and a link to Geology in the news, which collates important news stories with a geological theme.

259

Asymmetric diffusion in heterogeneous media  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Diffusion in heterogeneous media (i.e., layers with discontinuous values of the diffusivity parameter) is found in different situations, including geology, catalyst, physiology and separation processes. This work considers an array of rectangular layers of different diffusivity as a simple model for studying diffusivity in heterogeneous media. Random walk simulations adapted for transport across interfaces between different materials are used for showing that heterogeneous media exhibit asymmetric transport in the sense that the diffusive flux depends of the transport direction. It is shown that Brownian particles run preferentially along the direction of decreasing diffusivity. An uphill diffusion effect is found when particles move from high to low diffusivity layers. In terms of Fick’s modeling, asymmetric transport is explained from the presence of a jump in the particle density at layer interfaces.

Alvarez-Ramirez, J.; Dagdug, L.; Meraz, M.

2014-02-01

260

Geological flows  

E-print Network

In this paper geology and planetology are considered using new conceptual basis of high-speed flow dynamics. Recent photo technics allow to see all details of a flow, 'cause the flow is static during very short time interval. On the other hand, maps and images of many planets are accessible. Identity of geological flows and high-speed gas dynamics is demonstrated. There is another time scale, and no more. All results, as far as the concept, are new and belong to the author. No formulae, pictures only.

Yu. N. Bratkov

2008-11-19

261

Antarctica Geology  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This site contains information about the continent of Antarctica. There is a classroom practice and instructional module. The students will be able to describe the general geology of the land under the Antarctic ice and to explain from where the rocks may have come.

262

Geologic Time  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This site contains 24 questions on the topic of geologic time, which covers dating techniques and unconformities. This is part of the Principles of Earth Science course at the University of South Dakota. Users submit their answers and are provided immediate feedback.

Heaton, Timothy

263

Geology Fieldnotes  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This National Park Service (NPS) site delivers a brief description of the geology of the Black Hills National Park. Links to park maps, a photo album, books, videos, CDs, and a searchable data base of research needs that have been identified by the National Park Service are included. General information about the park's education and interpretive programs are also abailable.

National Park Services (NPS)

264

Digitizing rocks standardizing the geological description process using workstations  

SciTech Connect

The preservation of geological knowledge in a standardized digital form presents a challenge. Data sources, inherently fuzzy, range in scale from the macroscopic (e.g., outcrop) through the mesoscopic (e.g., hand-specimen) core and sidewall core, to the microscopic (e.g., drill cuttings, thin sections, and microfossils). Each scale change results in increased heterogeneity and potentially contradictory data and the providers of such data may vary in experience level. To address these issues with respect to cores and drill cuttings, a geological description workstation has been developed and is undergoing field trials. Over 1000 carefully defined geological attributes are currently available within a depth-indexed, relational database. Attributes are stored in digital form, allowing multiple users to select familiar usage (e.g., diabase vs. dolerite). Data can be entered in one language and retrieved in other languages. The database structure allow groupings of similar elements (e.g., rhyolites in acidic, igneous or volcanics subgroups or the igneous rock group) permitting different uses to analyze details appropriate to the scale of the usage. Data entry uses a graphical user interface, allowing the geologist to make quick, logical selections in a standardized or custom-built format with extensive menus, on-screen graphics and help screens available. Description ranges are permissible. Entries for lithology, petrology, structures (sedimentary, organic and deformational), reservoir characteristics (porosity and hydrocarbon shows), and macrofossils are available. Sampling points for thin sections, core analysis, geochemistry, or micropaleontology studies are also recorded. Using digital data storage, geological logs using graphical, alphanumeric and symbolic depictions are possible. Data can be integrated with drilling and mud gas data, MWD and wireline data and off well-site analyses to produced composite formation evaluation logs and interpretational crossplots.

Saunders, M.R. (EXLOG (Services), Windsor, Berkshire (United Kingdom)); Shields, J.A. (EXLOG North Sea, Aberdeen (United Kingdom)); Taylor, M.R. (EXLOG, Inc., Houston, TX (United States))

1993-09-01

265

Mathematical Geology, Vol. 4, No. 3, 1972 Mathematical Techniques for Paleocurrent Analysis  

E-print Network

Mathematical Geology, Vol. 4, No. 3, 1972 Mathematical Techniques for Paleocurrent Analysis procedure. Finally, theprocedures for testing the homogeneity of directional data from several geological directions from different geological formations belong to significantly different populations. KEY WORDS

Jammalamadaka, S. Rao

266

Upper Cenozoic Geologic Map, Yellowstone Plateau Volcanic Field  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This geologic map shows Tertiary and Quaternary rock formations, volcanic and surficial deposits, faults, contacts, and other geologic features in Yellowstone National Park. The map is freely downloadable as a PDF file.

Christiansen Robert

267

Integrating geology and perforating  

SciTech Connect

Perforating is a very common well completion operation. Usually, it is considered to be as simple as making holes in casing. Actually, perforating is one of the most critical tasks for establishing a path from reservoir rock to borehole form which hydrocarbons can flow to surface. The objective of this article is to relate perforating technology with geological aspects and completion type to determine the best shooting equipment (gun type, charge and differential pressure) to perform the most efficient perforating job. Several subjects related to formation geology are taken into account for a shooting job, such as: compressive strength, reservoir pressure and thickness, lithology type, porosity and permeability, ratio between horizontal and vertical permeabilities, and fluid type. Gun geometry used in the oil industry incorporates several parameters, including shot density, hole entrance diameter, gun phase and jet penetration. API tests are done on perforating guns to define applicability and performance. A new geometrical parameter is defined as the relative angle of the jet, which is the angle between the jet tunnel and formation dip. GEOCAN is a methodology which relates geology to gun geometry and type to define the most efficient gun system for perforated completions. It uses the intelligent perforating technique with the SPAN (Schlumberger Perforating Analysis) program to confirm optimum gun choice.

Araujo, P.F. de [Petrobras, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Souza Padilha, S.T.C. de [Schlumberger Wireline and Testing, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

1997-02-01

268

Si-rich layer formation on olivine surfaces during reaction with water and supercritical carbon dioxide under conditions relevant for geologic carbon storage  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The reaction of Mg-silicate minerals (i.e. olivine) with carbon dioxide (CO2) is a promising method for secure, long-term, geologic carbon storage. Several technical challenges must be overcome before implementing mineral carbonation technology on a large scale, one of which is slow reaction kinetics. This study probes surface reaction limitations of olivine carbonation, specifically the formation of a passivating, Si-rich layer on olivine surfaces upon exposure to water and CO2 under sequestration conditions (elevated temperature and pressure). A series of batch reactions were performed at 60°C and 100 bar CO2 pressure in Dickson-style rocker bombs, varying the length of reaction and the amount of mixing (rocking). The initial aqueous phase was spiked with 29Si. Fluid samples were taken periodically and analyzed for cation content, alkalinity, and dissolved inorganic carbon. At the end of each experiment, the solid products were analyzed with a Sensitive High Resolution Ion Microprobe Reverse Geometry (SHRIMP-RG) in order to measure the amount of 29Si incorporated into the Si-rich layer on reacted olivine grains. We also cut cross sections of reacted grains from each experiment using a Focused Ion Beam (FIB) which were thinned to <100nm and imaged using Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). SHRIMP-RG results show incorporation of 29Si on olivine grain surfaces reacted for 19 days with no mixing, and TEM images of olivine grains from the same experiment show an amorphous, Si-rich layer that is 30nm thick. Similarly, SHRIMP-RG results for olivine grains reacted for 19 days with mixing indicate 29SiO2 precipitation and TEM images reveal a Si-rich layer 60nm thick. In both experiments, EDS (energy dispersive spectroscopy) data show a step change in composition from the bulk rock to the surface layer in addition to the sharp crystalline/amorphous interface visible in the TEM images. Olivine from the unmixed experiment also has a slow decrease in Mg relative to Si before the step change, suggesting that, at least in this experiment, a Si-rich layer precipitated on top of a Mg-depleted layer that formed via a leaching process. SHRIMP-RG data also imply the presence of a precipitated Si-rich layer on top of a leached Si-rich layer, as the 29Si penetration depth is only 25-65% of the total Si-rich layer thickness. The combination of SHRIMP-RG and FIB/TEM analysis leads us to hypothesize that a Si-rich layer forms quickly on olivine surfaces due to preferential Mg removal from the surface (the traditional 'leached' layer), and as the reaction proceeds, amorphous silica reaches saturation in the fluid and precipitates on surfaces inside the reactor (including olivine grains).

Johnson, N. C.; Jackson, A.; Maher, K.; Bird, D. K.; Brown, G. E.

2013-12-01

269

Physical Geology  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This Tulane University course covers the nature of the Earth, the development of its surficial features, and the results of the interaction of chemical, physical, and biological factors on the planet. Lecture notes are about energy and minerals; igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks; weathering and soils; geologic time; mass wasting; streams; groundwater; wind action and deserts; oceans; deformation of rock; earthquakes and the interior of the Earth; global tectonics; planetary changes; and glaciers.

Stephen Nelson

270

Testing the Injectivity of CO2 in a Sub-surface Heterogeneous Reservoir  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This case study on subsurface reservoir characterization, considers the effect of geological heterogeneities on the storage capacity and injectivity of the Johansen Formation, which is a deep, saline aquifer underlying the Troll Gas Field off the Norwegian coast. The Johansen Formation has been interpreted as a sandy, prograding unit, deposited in a shallow marine environment during Early Jurassic time, and is overlain by a shaly unit; the Amundsen Formation. It appears as a wedge shaped sandstone body, up to 140m thick, with an areal extent in the order of 10 000 km2. The Johansen Formation is currently being considered for large scale CO2 storage from two gas power plants situated on the west coast of Norway, both of which will operate with full scale CO2 handling, as proposed by Norwegian authorities. The storage capacity needed is in the order of 3 Mt CO2/year. With access to a new 3D seismic survey (Gassnova, 2010), and based on existing well log data from 25 penetrating wells, we have studied large scale geometries and intra-formational features, and built a geo-conceptual model of the Johansen Formation. The reservoir is heterogeneous, with distinct permeability zonation within clinothems separated by less permeable layers. In order to obtain better understanding of crucial reservoir parameters and supplement limited data, comparison of data from easily accessible analogue rock units is useful. For this purpose the unit should be well exposed and thoroughly documented, such as the Panther Tongue Member (Star Point Formation, Mesa Verde Group) in Book Cliffs, from which we have collected some comparable permeability estimates for the model. On a micro scale, mineralogy, grain size/shape and pore geometry constitue major controls on reservoir porosity and permeability. Direct geological information is at this point in time limited to a few meters of core, from which detailed mineralogical information has been derived (optical microscopy, SEM, XRD), and some additional data from side wall cores and cuttings. From this we evaluate facies dependence related to observed diagenetic features and compositional variations due to burial depth (2-4km), mainly considering chlorite coatings (preserving porosity) and cementation (calcite and quartz). Using Schlumberger soft-wares; Petrel (reservoir) and Eclipse (fluid flow), we are testing injection scenarios (one point, several points, bleeding wells) in several intra-formational geological settings. These results will be evaluated relative to the distribution of facies and heterogeneities in the reservoir, considering multiphase flow given the local pressure regime.

Sundal, A.; Nystuen, J.; Dypvik, H.; Aagaard, P.

2011-12-01

271

Pre-test geological and geochemical evaluation of the Caprock, St. Peter Sandstone and formation fluids, Yakley Field, Pike County, Illinois  

SciTech Connect

The goal of these studies is to ensure long-term stable containment of air in the underground reservoirs used in conjunction with compressed air energy storage (CAES) plants. The specific objective is to develop stability criteria and engineering guidelines for designing CAES reservoirs in each of the three major reservoir types, including aquifers, salt cavities, and mined hard rock caverns. This document characterizes the geologic nature of porous media constituents native to the aquifer field test site near Pittsfield, Illinois. The geologic samples were subjected to geochemical evaluations to determine anticipated responses to cyclic air injection, heating and moisture - conditions typical of an operating CAES reservoir. This report documents the procedures used and results obtained from these analyses.

Not Available

1983-03-01

272

Method of analysis at the U.S. Geological Survey California Water Science Center, Sacramento Laboratory - determination of haloacetic acid formation potential, method validation, and quality-control practices  

USGS Publications Warehouse

An analytical method for the determination of haloacetic acid formation potential of water samples has been developed by the U.S. Geological Survey California Water Science Center Sacramento Laboratory. The haloacetic acid formation potential is measured by dosing water samples with chlorine under specified conditions of pH, temperature, incubation time, darkness, and residual-free chlorine. The haloacetic acids formed are bromochloroacetic acid, bromodichloroacetic acid, dibromochloroacetic acid, dibromoacetic acid, dichloroacetic acid, monobromoacetic acid, monochloroacetic acid, tribromoacetic acid, and trichloroacetic acid. They are extracted, methylated, and then analyzed using a gas chromatograph equipped with an electron capture detector. Method validation experiments were performed to determine the method accuracy, precision, and detection limit for each of the compounds. Method detection limits for these nine haloacetic acids ranged from 0.11 to 0.45 microgram per liter. Quality-control practices include the use of blanks, quality-control samples, calibration verification standards, surrogate recovery, internal standard, matrix spikes, and duplicates.

Zazzi, Barbara C.; Crepeau, Kathryn L.; Fram, Miranda S.; Bergamaschi, Brian A.

2005-01-01

273

The geologically recent giant impact basins at Vesta's south pole.  

PubMed

Dawn's global mapping of Vesta reveals that its observed south polar depression is composed of two overlapping giant impact features. These large basins provide exceptional windows into impact processes at planetary scales. The youngest, Rheasilvia, is 500 kilometers wide and 19 kilometers deep and finds its nearest morphologic analog among large basins on low-gravity icy satellites. Extensive ejecta deposits occur, but impact melt volume is low, exposing an unusual spiral fracture pattern that is likely related to faulting during uplift and convergence of the basin floor. Rheasilvia obliterated half of another 400-kilometer-wide impact basin, Veneneia. Both basins are unexpectedly young, roughly 1 to 2 billion years, and their formation substantially reset Vestan geology and excavated sufficient volumes of older compositionally heterogeneous crustal material to have created the Vestoids and howardite-eucrite-diogenite meteorites. PMID:22582256

Schenk, Paul; O'Brien, David P; Marchi, Simone; Gaskell, Robert; Preusker, Frank; Roatsch, Thomas; Jaumann, Ralf; Buczkowski, Debra; McCord, Thomas; McSween, Harry Y; Williams, David; Yingst, Aileen; Raymond, Carol; Russell, Chris

2012-05-11

274

Geological well log analysis. Third ed  

Microsoft Academic Search

Until recently, well logs have mainly been used for correlation, structural mapping, and quantitive evaluation of hydrocarbon bearing formations. This third edition of Geologic Well Log Analysis, however, describes how well logs can be used for geological studies and mineral exploration. This is done by analyzing well logs for numerous parameters and indices of significant mineral accumulation, primarily in sediments.

Pirson

1983-01-01

275

Geologic mapping of Vesta  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We report on a preliminary global geologic map of Vesta, based on data from the Dawn spacecraft's High-Altitude Mapping Orbit (HAMO) and informed by Low-Altitude Mapping Orbit (LAMO) data. This map is part of an iterative mapping effort; the geologic map has been refined with each improvement in resolution. Vesta has a heavily-cratered surface, with large craters evident in numerous locations. The south pole is dominated by an impact structure identified before Dawn's arrival. Two large impact structures have been resolved: the younger, larger Rheasilvia structure, and the older, more degraded Veneneia structure. The surface is also characterized by a system of deep, globe-girdling equatorial troughs and ridges, as well as an older system of troughs and ridges to the north. Troughs and ridges are also evident cutting across, and spiraling arcuately from, the Rheasilvia central mound. However, no volcanic features have been unequivocally identified. Vesta can be divided very broadly into three terrains: heavily-cratered terrain; ridge-and-trough terrain (equatorial and northern); and terrain associated with the Rheasilvia crater. Localized features include bright and dark material and ejecta (some defined specifically by color); lobate deposits; and mass-wasting materials. No obvious volcanic features are evident. Stratigraphy of Vesta's geologic units suggests a history in which formation of a primary crust was followed by the formation of impact craters, including Veneneia and the associated Saturnalia Fossae unit. Formation of Rheasilvia followed, along with associated structural deformation that shaped the Divalia Fossae ridge-and-trough unit at the equator. Subsequent impacts and mass wasting events subdued impact craters, rims and portions of ridge-and-trough sets, and formed slumps and landslides, especially within crater floors and along crater rims and scarps. Subsequent to the formation of Rheasilvia, discontinuous low-albedo deposits formed or were emplaced; these lie stratigraphically above the equatorial ridges that likely were formed by Rheasilvia. The last features to be formed were craters with bright rays and other surface mantling deposits. Executed progressively throughout data acquisition, the iterative mapping process provided the team with geologic proto-units in a timely manner. However, interpretation of the resulting map was hampered by the necessity to provide the team with a standard nomenclature and symbology early in the process. With regard to mapping and interpreting units, the mapping process was hindered by the lack of calibrated mineralogic information. Topography and shadow played an important role in discriminating features and terrains, especially in the early stages of data acquisition.

Yingst, R. A.; Mest, S. C.; Berman, D. C.; Garry, W. B.; Williams, D. A.; Buczkowski, D.; Jaumann, R.; Pieters, C. M.; De Sanctis, M. C.; Frigeri, A.; Le Corre, L.; Preusker, F.; Raymond, C. A.; Reddy, V.; Russell, C. T.; Roatsch, T.; Schenk, P. M.

2014-11-01

276

Geologic nozzles  

USGS Publications Warehouse

The importance of the low characteristic velocities of geologic fluids has not been widely recognized, and as a result, the importance of supercritical and supersonic flow in geological processes has generally been underestimated. The lateral blast at Mount St. Helens, Washington, propelled a gas heavily laden with dust into the atmosphere. Because of the low sound speed in this gas (about 100 m/s), the flow was internally supersonic. Old Faithful Geyser, Wyoming, is a converging-diverging nozzle in which liquid water refilling the conduit during the recharge cycle changes during eruption into a two-phase liquid-vapor mixture with a very low sound velocity. The high sound speed of liquid water determines the characteristics of harmonic tremor observed at the geyser during the recharge interval, whereas the low sound speed of the liquid-vapor mixture influences the fluid flow characteristics of the eruption. At the rapids of the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, Arizona, the channel is constricted into the shape of a converging-diverging nozzle by the debris flows that enter from tributary canyons. Both subcritical and supercritical flow occur within the rapids. -from Author

Werner, Kieffer S.

1989-01-01

277

Geological implications and controls on the determination of water saturation in shale gas reservoirs  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A significant challenge to the petrophysical evaluation of shale gas systems can be attributed to the conductivity behaviour of clay minerals and entrained clay bound waters. This is compounded by centimetre to sub-millimetre vertical and lateral heterogeneity in formation composition and structure. Where despite significant variation in formation geological and therefore petrophysical properties, we routinely rely on conventional resistivity methods for the determination of water saturation (Sw), and hence the free gas saturation (Sg) in gas bearing mudstones. The application of resistivity based methods is the subject of continuing debate, and there is often significant uncertainty in both how they are applied and the saturation estimates they produce. This is partly a consequence of the view that "the quantification of the behaviour of shale conductivity....has only limited geological significance" (Rider 1986). As a result, there is a separation between our geological understanding of shale gas systems and the petrophysical rational and methods employed to evaluate them. In response to this uncertainty, many petrophysicists are moving away from the use of more complex 'shaly-sand' based evaluation techniques and returning to traditional Archie methods for answers. The Archie equation requires various parameter inputs such as porosity and saturation exponents (m and n), as well as values for connate fluid resistivity (Rw). Many of these parameters are difficult to determine in shale gas systems, where obtaining a water sample, or carrying out laboratory experiments on recovered core is often technically impractical. Here we assess the geological implications and controls on variations in pseudo Archie parameters across two geological formations, using well data spanning multiple basinal settings for a prominent shale gas play in the northern Gulf of Mexico basin. The results, of numerical analysis and systematic modification of parameter values to minimise the error between core derived Sw (Dean Stark analysis) and computed Sw, links sample structure with composition, highlighting some unanticipated impacts of clay minerals on the effective bulk fluid resistivity (Rwe) and thus formation resistivity (Rt). In addition, it highlights simple corrective empirical adaptations that can significantly reduce the error in Sw estimation for some wells. Observed results hint at the possibility of developing a predictive capability in selecting Archie parameter values based on geological facies association and log composition indicators (i.e. V Clay), establishing a link between formation depositional systems and their petrophysical properties in gas bearing mudstones. Rider, M.H., 1986. The Geological Interpretation of Well Logs, Blackie.

Hartigan, David; Lovell, Mike; Davies, Sarah

2014-05-01

278

Historical Geology Online Laboratory Manual  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The laboratories in this manual cover the following topics: rocks and minerals, weathering of rocks and the formation of sediment, sedimentary rocks and structures, depositional sedimentary environments, sand sieve analysis, relative dating, stratigraphy and lithologic correlation, fossils on the Internet, invertebrate macrofossils, microfossils, preservation, biostratigraphy, evolution, vertebrate paleontology, and interpreting geologic history from maps.

Pamela Gore

1982-01-01

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Briefing on geological sequestration (Tulsa)  

EPA Science Inventory

Geological sequestration (GS) is generally recognized as the injection and long-term (e.g., hundreds to thousands of years) trapping of gaseous, liquid or supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) in subsurface media ? primarily saline formations, depleted or nearly depleted oil and gas...

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Analysis of 3d complex structure and heterogeneity effects on formation and propagation of regional phases in Eurasia. Final report, 15 August 1992-30 September 1994  

SciTech Connect

This document is the final report for this grant to develop new three-dimensional wave propagation techniques for high frequency waves in heterogeneous media. The report is divided into four sections, each being a published paper sponsored by this grant. In the first section we formulate a one-way wide-angle elastic wave propagation method for arbitrarily heterogeneous media in both the space and wavenumber domains using elastic Rayleigh integrals and local elastic Born scattering theory. In the second section this complex phase screen method is compared with fourth-order finite differences and exact eigenfunction expansion calculations for two-dimensional inhomogeneous media to assess the accuracy of the one-way propagation algorithm. In the third section, an observational study of continental margin structure influence on Lg propagation is presented, using data from the former Soviet stations for nuclear explosions at Novaya Zemlya. We find that bathymetric features can be correlated with energy levels of Lg, suggesting that waveguide structure influences regional phase energy partitioning. This idea is pursued in the fourth section, using Eurasian earthquake and nuclear explosion data along with information about the crustal structure in Eurasia. We develop empirical relations that reduce the scatter in the P/Lg discriminant at low frequency.

Lay, T.; Wu, R.S.

1994-12-13

281

Geology Fieldnotes: Zion National Park, Utah  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Zion is located on the edge of the Colorado Plateau, and is part of a formation known as the Grand Staircase (Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon are also part of this formation). The site discusses the formation of the park, from sedimentation 240 million years ago (Triassic), to lithification, uplift, and erosion. Visible formations include the Navajo sandstone and the Kaibab formation. Additional resources include visitor information, maps, photographs, and a teacher feature (lessons for teaching geology with National Parks as examples).

Foos, Annabelle

282

Geologic Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide has emerged as one of the most promising options for making deep cuts in carbon dioxide emissions. Geologic sequestration involves the two-step process of first capturing carbon dioxide by separating it from stack emissions, followed by injection and long term storage in deep geologic formations. Sedimentary basins, including depleted oil and gas reservoirs, deep unminable coal seams, and brine-filled formations, provide the most attractive storage reservoirs. Over the past few years significant advances have been made in this technology, including development of simulation models and monitoring systems, implementation of commercial scale demonstration projects, and investigation of natural and industrial analogues for geologic storage of carbon dioxide. While much has been accomplished in a short time, there are many questions that must be answered before this technology can be employed on the scale needed to make significant reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. Questions such as how long must the carbon dioxide remain underground, to what extent will geochemical reactions completely immobilize the carbon dioxide, what can be done in the event that a storage site begins to leak at an unacceptable rate, what is the appropriate risk assessment, regulatory and legal framework, and will the public view this option favorably? This paper will present recent advances in the scientific and technological underpinnings of geologic sequestration and identify areas where additional information is needed.

Benson, S. M.

2003-04-01

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Method of Analysis by the U.S. Geological Survey California District Sacramento Laboratory?Determination of Trihalomethane Formation Potential, Method Validation, and Quality-Control Practices  

USGS Publications Warehouse

An analytical method for the determination of the trihalomethane formation potential of water samples has been developed. The trihalomethane formation potential is measured by dosing samples with chlorine under specified conditions of pH, temperature, incubation time, darkness, and residual-free chlorine, and then analyzing the resulting trihalomethanes by purge and trap/gas chromatography equipped with an electron capture detector. Detailed explanations of the method and quality-control practices are provided. Method validation experiments showed that the trihalomethane formation potential varies as a function of time between sample collection and analysis, residual-free chlorine concentration, method of sample dilution, and the concentration of bromide in the sample.

Crepeau, Kathryn L.; Fram, Miranda S.; Bush, Noel

2004-01-01

284

The Necessity of Geologic Disposal  

SciTech Connect

Nuclear wastes are the radioactive byproducts of nuclear power generation, nuclear weapons production, and other uses of nuclear material. Experts from around the world agree that deep geologic disposal of nuclear waste in a mined repository is the most environmentally sound means of removing these potential sources of radiation from interaction with the biosphere. Of the 360 millirem of background radiation received annually by the average American, from both natural and man-made sources, less than 1 millirem results from the nuclear fuel cycle. Spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste, destined for geologic disposal, are located at 126 sites in 39 states. The proposed repository site at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, is far more isolated from the general population than any sites where these radioactive materials are presently located. Only solid forms of high-level wastes will be transported for disposal in a geologic repository. For more than 50 years, nuclear materials have been safely transported in North America, Europe, and Asia, without a single significant radiation release. Since the 1950s, select panels from the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council and interagency advisory groups, and international experts selected by the OECD/Nuclear Energy Agency, have examined the environmental, ethical, and intergenerational aspects of nuclear waste disposal, plus alternatives to geologic disposal. All have concluded that deep geologic disposal in a mined repository is clearly the preferred option. The concept of deep geologic disposal is based on the analogy to ore deposits, which are formed deep within the Earth's crust, commonly remain isolated from the biosphere for millions to billions of years, and are, generally, extremely difficult to detect. Before selecting the unsaturated tuffs at Yucca Mountain, DOE evaluated salt formations, basalts, and both crystalline and sedimentary rocks. Other nations generating nuclear power also plan to use deep geologic disposal, and are evaluating sites in granites, argillaceous rocks, and salt formations.

R. Linden

2004-07-01

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Geological modeling for methane hydrate reservoir characterization in the eastern Nankai Trough, offshore Japan  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The eastern Nankai trough, which is located offshore of central Japan, is considered as an attractive potential resource field of methane hydrates. Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation is planning to conduct a production test in early 2013 at the AT1 site in the north slope of Daini-Atsumi Knoll in the eastern Nankai Trough. The depositional environment of methane hydrate-bearing sediments around the production test site is a deep submarine-fan turbidite system, and it is considered that the reservoir properties should show lateral as well as vertical heterogeneity. Since the variations in the reservoir heterogeneity have an impact on the methane hydrate dissociation and gas production performance, precise geological models describing reservoir heterogeneity would be required for the evaluation of reservoir potentials. In preparation for the production test, 3 wells; two monitoring boreholes (AT1-MC and AT1-MT1) and a coring well (AT1-C), were newly acquired in 2012. In addition to a geotechnical hole drilling survey in 2011 (AT1-GT), totally log data from 2 wells and core data from 2 wells were obtained around the production test site. In this study, we conducted well correlations between AT1 and A1 wells drilled in 2003 and then, 3D geological models were updated including AT1 well data in order to refine hydrate reservoir characterization around the production test site. The results of the well correlations show that turbidite sand layers are characterized by good lateral continuity, and give significant information for the distribution morphology of sand-rich channel fills. We also reviewed previously conducted 3D geological models which consist of facies distributions and petrophysical properties distributions constructed from integration of 3D seismic data and a well data (A1 site) adopting a geostatistical approach. In order to test the practical validity of the previously generated models, cross-validation was conducted using AT1 well data. The results show that geological modeling including AT1 well data is important to reduce the uncertainty of the reservoir properties around the production test site. The geological models including AT1 well data were constructed taking into account for the lateral continuity of turbidite formations based on the well correlations. The concepts of these models are considered to be much more effective for describing reservoir continuity and heterogeneity and predicting upcoming production tests.

Tamaki, M.; Komatsu, Y.; Suzuki, K.; Takayama, T.; Fujii, T.

2012-12-01

286

Geologic Technician New Curriculum  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Describes a developing two-year geologic technician program at Bakersfield College in which a student may major in five areas - geologic drafting, land and legal, geologic assistant, engineering or paleontology. (RR)

Karp, Stanley E.

1970-01-01

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Unraveling Geological History: Glaciers and Faults at Discovery Park, Seattle  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This introductory geology field exercise asks students to make individual observations about parts of an outcrop, then combine their observations in larger teams to interpret the overall geological history of the exposure. Content learning includes stratigraphy, faulting, and local geologic history; process learning includes data gathering and recording, hypothesis formation, and outlining helpful evidence that could be gathered in the future.

Trileigh Tucker

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The National Park Service: Park Geology  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

A National Park Service (NPS) site primarily composed of three main sections corresponding to the following program areas within the Geologic Resources Division (GRD): Disturbed Lands Restoration and Abandoned Mineral Lands (AML), Mineral Management Programs, and Geology and Soils Programs. Of these, the first two consist principally of textual resources pertaining to Park System procedures, policies, and regulations - as well as reports on example restoration projects with a focus on stream corridor restoration, bioengineering, riparian management, and revegetation. Perhaps of most interest to educators will be the third main program area, the Geology and Soils Programs section. Here are included textual resources pertaining to NPS-GRD programs on cave and karst formations, coastal and shoreline geology, paleontology, soils (e.g., soil biology and soil surveying), geological indicators (geoindicators), and stratigraphy. Lastly, a searchable photographic collection and geologic glossary are available.

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The Geologic Story of Yosemite Valley  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This website of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Park Service (NPS) discusses the geology of Yosemite Valley in California, beginning 100 million years ago with the formation of the granite rocks found in this park and continuing with jointing, exfoliation, and erosion through ice and water. Bedrock Geology includes details about the formation, classification, and descriptions of the plutonic bedrock. It also discusses the relationship of landforms to rock composition and structure and their role in shaping the Yosemite valley.

Huber, N.

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Preliminary Safety Analysis of the Gorleben Site: Thermo-mechanical Analysis of the Integrity of the Geological Barrier in the Gorleben Salt Formation - 13307  

SciTech Connect

Exploration work at the Gorleben salt dome has been carried out since 1977 to investigate the site regarding its suitability as a final repository for high-level radioactive wastes. In the framework of the 'Preliminary Safety Analysis of the Gorleben Site' a comprehensive assessment is being performed with focus on long-term safety. Because the integrity of the geological barrier is crucial for protection from damage caused by ionising radiation during the post-operational phase, 2D and 3D thermo-mechanical calculations for a reference section through the salt dome were carried out, all looking at two different waste emplacement concepts: emplacement in drifts and in boreholes. The calculated stresses are the basis for evaluating the barrier integrity on the basis of the dilatancy criterion and the fluid pressure criterion. (authors)

Eickemeier, R.; Heusermann, S.; Nipp, H.K. [Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), Stilleweg 2, D-30655 Hannover (Germany)] [Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), Stilleweg 2, D-30655 Hannover (Germany); Knauth, M.; Minkley, W.; Popp, T. [Institute for Geomechanics (IfG), Friederikenstrasse 60, D-04279 Leipzig (Germany)] [Institute for Geomechanics (IfG), Friederikenstrasse 60, D-04279 Leipzig (Germany)

2013-07-01

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Subsurface geology and porosity distribution, Madison Limestone and underlying formations, Powder River basin, northeastern Wyoming and southeastern Montana and adjacent areas  

USGS Publications Warehouse

To evaluate the Madison Limestone and associated rocks as potential sources for water supplies in the Powder River Basin and adjacent areas, an understanding of the geologic framework of these units, their lithologic facies patterns, the distribution of porosity zones, and the relation between porosity development and stratigraphic facies is necessary. Regionally the Madison is mainly a fossiliferous limestone. However, in broad areas of the eastern Rocky Mountains and western Great Plains, dolomite is a dominant constituent and in places the Madison is almost entirely dolomite. Within these areas maximum porosity development is found and it seems to be related to the coarser crystalline dolomite facies. The porosity development is associated with tabular and fairly continuous crystalline dolomite beds separated by non-porous limestones. The maximum porosity development in the Bighorn Dolomite, as in the Madison, is directly associated with the occurrence of a more coarsely crystalline sucrosic dolomite facies. Well data indicate, however, that where the Bighorn is present in the deeper parts of the Powder River Basin, it may be dominated by a finer crystalline dolomite facies of low porosity. The 'Winnipeg Sandstone' is a clean, generally well-sorted, medium-grained sandstone. It shows good porosity development in parts of the northern Powder River Basin and northwestern South Dakota. Because the sandstone is silica-cemented and quartzitic in areas of deep burial, good porosity is expected only where it is no deeper than a few thousand feet. The Flathead Sandstone is a predominantly quartzose, slightly feldspathic sandstone, commonly cemented with iron oxide. Like the 'Winnipeg Sandstone,' it too is silica-cemented and quartzitic in many places so that its porosity is poor in areas of deep burial. Illustrations in this report show the thickness, percent dolomite, and porosity-feet for the Bighorn Dolomite and the Madison Limestone and its subdivisions. The porosity-feet for the 'Winnipeg' and Flathead Sandstones and four regional geologic sections are also shown.

Peterson, James A.

1978-01-01

292

Impact of heterogeneous delays on cluster synchronization  

E-print Network

We investigate cluster synchronization in coupled map networks in the presence of heterogeneous delays. We find that while parity of heterogeneous delays plays a crucial role in determining the phenomenon of cluster formation, the synchronizability of network predominantly gets affected by the amount of heterogeneity. The heterogeneity in delays induces a rich cluster patterns as compared to the homogeneous delays. The complete bipartite networks stands as an extreme example of this richness, where instead of robust ideal driven clusters, versatile cluster patterns are observed for which we provide arguments using the Lyapunov function analysis. Furthermore, interplay between the number of connections in the network and the amount of heterogeneity has important role in deciding cluster formation.

Sarika Jalan; Aradhana Singh

2014-03-10

293

Mineralization and other geologic factors related to the Morrison Formation in particular the northern two-thirds of the Colorado Plateau region; basic data and factor-analysis results  

USGS Publications Warehouse

A vanadium-mercury mineralization factor and five other significant geologic factors were determined by multivariate factor analysis of data for Morrison Formation rock samples from the Colorado Plateau region. The data presented in the report were obtained from an agglomeration of 876 samples which yielded a correlation matrix of 44 variables. The variables consisted of geochemical, petrographic, and geographic location parameters. Mineralization factor scores demonstrate the relative intensity of mineralization in rock samples collected in and around uranium-vanadium ore deposits. The factors affecting composition and texture of the rocks identified from the analysis are: (1) metalliferous mudstones; (2) interstitial carbonate cements; (3) competing sources of different composition; (4) heavy mineral sources; (5) vanadium mineralization; and (6) regional and stratigraphic sampling bias.

Cadigan, Robert Allen

1982-01-01

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Visible Geology - Interactive online geologic block modelling  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Geology is a highly visual science, and many disciplines require spatial awareness and manipulation. For example, interpreting cross-sections, geologic maps, or plotting data on a stereonet all require various levels of spatial abilities. These skills are often not focused on in undergraduate geoscience curricula and many students struggle with spatial relations, manipulations, and penetrative abilities (e.g. Titus & Horsman, 2009). A newly developed program, Visible Geology, allows for students to be introduced to many geologic concepts and spatial skills in a virtual environment. Visible Geology is a web-based, three-dimensional environment where students can create and interrogate their own geologic block models. The program begins with a blank model, users then add geologic beds (with custom thickness and color) and can add geologic deformation events like tilting, folding, and faulting. Additionally, simple intrusive dikes can be modelled, as well as unconformities. Students can also explore the interaction of geology with topography by drawing elevation contours to produce their own topographic models. Students can not only spatially manipulate their model, but can create cross-sections and boreholes to practice their visual penetrative abilities. Visible Geology is easy to access and use, with no downloads required, so it can be incorporated into current, paper-based, lab activities. Sample learning activities are being developed that target introductory and structural geology curricula with learning objectives such as relative geologic history, fault characterization, apparent dip and thickness, interference folding, and stereonet interpretation. Visible Geology provides a richly interactive, and immersive environment for students to explore geologic concepts and practice their spatial skills.; Screenshot of Visible Geology showing folding and faulting interactions on a ridge topography.

Cockett, R.

2012-12-01

295

Digital Geology of Idaho  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This online course systematically divides Idaho geology into 15 individual teaching modules which correspond with a two-credit, 15-week classroom course. Each module covers a specific area or type of geology in the state of Idaho. Topics include geology of basement rocks, rocks and geology of the Belt Supergroup, tectonic regimes, and geologic history. There are also modules on rocks and geology of the Idaho Batholith, volcanic history and deposits of the Snake River Plain and Columbia Plateau, and Pleistocene glaciation and floods from Lakes Missoula and Bonneville. Each of the modules provides geologic maps from a recently developed Geologic Map of Idaho, produced by the Idaho Geological Survey, and most also feature fly-throughs in which geologic information is draped over topography to provide visualizations of the geology along Idaho rivers.

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Coal geology of the Paleocene-Eocene Calvert Bluff Formation (Wilcox Group) and the Eocene Manning Formation (Jackson Group) in east-central Texas; field trip guidebook for the Society for Organic Petrology, Twelfth Annual Meeting, The Woodlands, Texas, August 30, 1995  

USGS Publications Warehouse

The Jackson and Wilcox Groups of eastern Texas (fig. 1) are the major lignite producing intervals in the Gulf Region. Within these groups, the major lignite-producing formations are the Paleocene-Eocene Calvert Bluff Formation (Wilcox) and the Eocene Manning Formation (Jackson). According to the Keystone Coal Industry Manual (Maclean Hunter Publishing Company, 1994), the Gulf Coast basin produces about 57 million short tons of lignite annually. The state of Texas ranks number 6 in coal production in the United States. Most of the lignite is used for electric power generation in mine-mouth power plant facilities. In recent years, particular interest has been given to lignite quality and the distribution and concentration of about a dozen trace elements that have been identified as potential hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) by the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. As pointed out by Oman and Finkelman (1994), Gulf Coast lignite deposits have elevated concentrations of many of the HAPs elements (Be, Cd, Co, Cr, Hg, Mn, Se, U) on a as-received gm/mmBtu basis when compared to other United States coal deposits used for fuel in thermo-electric power plants. Although regulations have not yet been established for acceptable emissions of the HAPs elements during coal burning, considerable research effort has been given to the characterization of these elements in coal feed stocks. The general purpose of the present field trip and of the accompanying collection of papers is to investigate how various aspects of east Texas lignite geology might collectively influence the quality of the lignite fuel. We hope that this collection of papers will help future researchers understand the complex, multifaceted interrelations of coal geology, petrology, palynology and coal quality, and that this introduction to the geology of the lignite deposits of east Texas might serve as a stimulus for new ideas to be applied to other coal basins in the U.S. and abroad.

Warwick, Peter D.; Crowley, Sharon S.

1995-01-01

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GEOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS  

E-print Network

CAPSULE DESCRIPTION: Ilmenite, hemo-ilmenite or titaniferous magnetite accumulations as cross-cutting lenses or dike-like bodies, Ia> ers or disseminations within anorthositiclgabbroicinoritic rocks. These deposits can be subdivided into an ilmenite subtype (anorthosite-hosted titanium-iron) and a titaniferous magnetite subtype (gabbro-anorthosite-hosted iron-titanium). TECTONIC SETTING: Commonly associated with anorthosite-gabbro-norite-monzonite (mangerite)charnockite granite (AMCG) suites that are conventionally interpreted to be anorogenic and/or extensional. Some of the iron-titanium deposits occur at continental margins related to island arc magmatism followed by an episode of erogenic compression. DEPOSITIONAL ENVIRONMENT i GEOLOGICAL SETTING: Deposits occur in intrusive complexes which typically are emplaced at deeper levels in the crust. Progressive differentiation of liquids residual from anorthosite-norite magmas leads to late stage intrusions enriched in Fe and Ti oxides and apatite. AGE OF MINERALIZATION: Mainly Mesoproterozoic (1.65 to 0.90 Ga) for the ihnenite deposits, but this may be a consequence of a particular combination of tectonic circumstances, rather than any a priori temporal control. The Fe-Ti deposits with titaniferous magnetite do not appear to be restricted in time. HOST/ASSOCIATED ROCKS: Hosted by massive, layered or zoned intrusive complexes- anorthosite, norite,

G. A. Gross; C. F. Gower; D. V. Lefebure; Commodities (byproducts) Ti

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Geologic structure and altitude of the top of the Minnelusa Formation, northern Black Hills, South Dakota and Wyoming, and Bear Lodge Mountains, Wyoming  

USGS Publications Warehouse

Beginning in 1981, a 3-yr project was conducted to determine the availability and quality of groundwater in the sedimentary bedrock aquifers in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming. The project was limited to three bedrock units in order of increasing age: the Cretaceous Inyan kara Group, Permian and Pennsylvanian Minnelusa Formation, and Mississippian Madison (or Pahasapa) Limestone. This map shows the altitude of the top of the Minnelusa Formation in the northern Black Hills, and shows the configuration of the structural features in the northern part of the Black Hills and the eastern part of the Bear Lodge Mountains. In general, the Minnelusa Formation dips away from the Black Hills uplift, either to the northeast and the Williston Basin or, south of the Bear Lodge Mountains, to the southwest and the Powder River basin, which is outside the map area. In the map area, the upper beds of the Minnelusa Formation are an aquifer and the lower beds are a confining or semi-confining unit. The upper part of the Minnelusa Formation has a greater percentage of coarse-grained sandstone beds than the lower part. Furthermore, solution and removal of anhydrite, brecciation, and solution of cement binding the sandstone grains may have increased the permeability of the upper part of the Minnelusa Formation in the Black Hills. Wells completed in the upper part of the Minnelusa have yields that exceed 100 gal/min in some areas and at least one large diameter well is reported to flow 1,000 gal/min in some areas and at least one large diameter well is reported to flow 1,000 gal/min. Flowing wells have been completed in the Minnelusa aquifer in most of the study area in South Dakota and in about the northern one-half of Crook County, Wyoming. (Lantz-PTT)

Peter, Kathy D.; Kyllonen, David P.; Mills, K.R.

1987-01-01

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Modeling geologic storage of carbon dioxide: Comparison ofnon-hysteretic and hysteretic characteristic curves  

SciTech Connect

Numerical models of geologic storage of carbon dioxide (CO2)in brine-bearing formations use characteristic curves to represent theinteractions of non-wetting-phase CO2 and wetting-phase brine. When aproblem includes both injection of CO2 (a drainage process) and itssubsequent post-injection evolution (a combination of drainage andwetting), hysteretic characteristic curves are required to correctlycapture the behavior of the CO2 plume. In the hysteretic formulation,capillary pressure and relative permeability depend not only on thecurrent grid-block saturation, but also on the history of the saturationin the grid block. For a problem that involves only drainage or onlywetting, a non-hysteretic formulation, in which capillary pressure andrelative permeability depend only on the current value of the grid-blocksaturation, is adequate. For the hysteretic formulation to be robustcomputationally, care must be taken to ensure the differentiability ofthe characteristic curves both within and beyond the turning-pointsaturations where transitions between branches of the curves occur. Twoexample problems involving geologic CO2 storage are simulated withTOUGH2, a multiphase, multicomponent code for flow and transport codethrough geological media. Both non-hysteretic and hysteretic formulationsare used, to illustrate the applicability and limitations ofnon-hysteretic methods.The first application considers leakage of CO2from the storage formation to the ground surface, while the secondexamines the role of heterogeneity within the storageformation.

Doughty, Christine

2006-07-17

300

Bedrock Geologic Map of Maine  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

In this activity students study a map of bedrock geology which describes the types of rocks that exist in a given area. It shows these rock units as well as their known and inferred contacts. Consideration is also given to folding, faulting, unconformities, and similar rock relationships. These features are often included in bedrock geology maps. Students study the legend and scale and become aware of the other information that is included on the map such as the stratigraphic column, list of formations, and inset map of metamorphic grade. Students then locate their city or town and draw a 40-mile diameter circle around it and identify all the symbols inside the circle and the age of the various rocks. Student question sheets are available at this site. Although this activity was written for a map of Maine, it will work in any state where geological maps are available.

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Potential biofuel additive from renewable sources--Kinetic study of formation of butyl acetate by heterogeneously catalyzed transesterification of ethyl acetate with butanol.  

PubMed

Butyl acetate holds great potential as a sustainable biofuel additive. Heterogeneously catalyzed transesterification of biobutanol and bioethylacetate can produce butyl acetate. This route is eco-friendly and offers several advantages over the commonly used Fischer Esterification. The Amberlite IR 120- and Amberlyst 15-catalyzed transesterification is studied in a batch reactor over a range of catalyst loading (6-12 wt.%), alcohol to ester feed ratio (1:3 to 3:1), and temperature (303.15-333.15K). A butanol mole fraction of 0.2 in the feed is found to be optimum. Amberlite IR 120 promotes faster kinetics under these conditions. The transesterifications studied are slightly exothermic. The moles of solvent sorbed per gram of catalyst decreases (ethanol>butanol>ethyl acetate>butyl acetate) with decrease in solubility parameter. The dual site models, the Langmuir Hinshelwood and Popken models, are the most successful in correlating the kinetics over Amberlite IR 120 and Amberlyst 15, respectively. PMID:21908187

Ali, Sami H; Al-Rashed, Osama; Azeez, Fadhel A; Merchant, Sabiha Q

2011-11-01

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The geology and geochemistry of the Espungabera Formation of central Mozambique and its tectonic setting on the eastern margin of the Kalahari Craton  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Whole rock major and trace element chemistry as well as radiogenic isotope data from the Espungabera Formation of central Mozambique are compared with published data from the Umkondo Formation lavas in SE Zimbabwe and Straumsnutane Formation lavas in western Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica. These formations form part of the ?1100 Ma Umkondo Igneous Province in southern Africa and are now preserved on the Grunehogna (in Antarctica) and Zimbabwe (in Zimbabwe) Cratons. The chemical data indicate that the Espungabera Formation lavas are dominantly tholeiitic and basaltic to basaltic andesitic in composition. The Espungabera lavas are dominated by plagioclase, clinopyroxene and Fe-Ti oxides. Metamorphic mineral assemblages indicate the lavas have been metamorphosed under mid-greenschist facies on a retrograde path to prehnite-pumpellyite facies conditions. The decrease in FeOt with increasing MgO content in the Espungabera lavas and the slight decrease in TiO2 with increasing MgO indicates fractionation of Fe-Ti oxides. The lavas are characterised by negative Nb anomalies; enriched LILE's and high 87Sr/86Sr isotopic ratios. The 87Sr/86Sr data calculated at 1100 Ma suggest contamination by continental crust during the petrogenesis of the lavas. The Espungabera volcanics have negative ?Nd values (-2.83 to -3.49) also suggesting that the magma was contaminated by older crust. Comparison of the chemical data from the Espungabera Formation with data from the Umkondo Group basalts from SE Zimbabwe and the Straumsnutane Formation lavas from Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica shows that they are similar. These similarities, along with similarities in the available geochronological data suggest that these rocks are comagmatic. Both units are also geochemically similar to some rock units that form part of the Umkondo Large Igneous Province (i.e. Zimbabwe basalts that were regarded as Umkondo basalts by Munyanyiwa (1999), Waterberg sills, Umkondo sills and Type III Mutare and Guruve dykes identified by Ward (2002)), and therefore we conclude that the Espungabera lavas in Mozambique also form part of the Umkondo Igneous Province. The craton-based tholeiitic Umkondo Igneous Province is broadly coeval with tonalitic calc-alkaline and granitic gneisses in the Nampula and Maud Terranes in Mozambique and Antarctica respectively, immediately east of the Kalahari Craton in a reconstructed Gondwana. These data can be interpreted to indicate that the Espungabera and Straumsnutane lavas form part of a back-arc complex, west of a volcanic arc/subduction zone along the eastern margin of the Kalahari Craton at ?1100 Ma.

Moabi, Neo G.; Grantham, Geoffrey H.; Roberts, James; Roux, Petrus le; Matola, Rogerio

2015-01-01

303

Geology Fieldnotes: Wind Cave National Park South Dakota  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Wind Cave National Park includes one of the world's longest and most complex caves and 28,295 acres of mixed-grass prairie, ponderosa pine forest, and associated wildlife. The cave is well known for its outstanding display of boxwork, an unusual cave formation composed of thin calcite fins resembling honeycombs. Features include park geology information, maps, photographs of cave formations, related links, and visitor information. The park geology section discusses geologic history, structural geology, cave formations, and history of exploration of the region. The park maps section includes an area map of Wind Cave National Park and a detailed cave map.

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REMOTE SENSING GEOLOGICAL SURVEY  

E-print Network

REMOTE SENSING IN GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF BRAZIL August/2010 Mônica Mazzini Perrotta Remote Sensing Division Head #12;SUMMARY The Geological Survey of Brazil mission The Remote Sensing Division Main remote sensing data used in CPRM geologic projects Future perspective: the Spectral Library of Geological Survey

305

History of Geology.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Discusses: (1) geologists and the history of geology; (2) American historians and the history of geology; (3) history of geology in the 1980s; (4) sources for the history of geology (bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, periodicals, public/official histories, compilations, and books); (5) research opportunities; and (6) other…

Greene, Mott T.

1985-01-01

306

GEOLOGY (GEOL) Robinson Foundation  

E-print Network

177Geology GEOLOGY (GEOL) Robinson Foundation PROFESSOR HARBOR ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS KNAPP, CONNORS ASSISTANT PROFESSORS GREER, RAHL MAJORS BACHELOR OF SCIENCE A major in geology leading to a Bachelor of Science degree consists of 50 credits as follows: 1. Geology 160, 185, 211, 311, 330, 350

Dresden, Gregory

307

Tennessee Division of Geology  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This is the homepage of the Geology Division of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. It provides information on the division's programs, including geologic hazards research, public service, education programs, basic and applied research on geology and mineral resources, publication of geologic information, permitting of oil and gas wells, and regulation of Tennessee's oil and gas industry. Materials include a catalog of publications, maps, geologic bulletins, and the Public Information series of pamphlets; the Geology Division Newsletter; and information on the state's mineral industry. There is also a section on the Gray Fossil Site, an unusual assemblage of fossils and sedimentary geology encountered during road construction near the town of Gray, Tenessee.

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Paleosols of the Upper Cretaceous–Lower Tertiary Maghra El-Bahari Formation in the northeastern portion of the Eastern Desert, Egypt: Their recognition and geological significance  

Microsoft Academic Search

The Upper Cretaceous\\/Lower Tertiary Maghra El-Bahari Formation at Gabal Ataqa and Gabal Shabrawet in the northeastern portion of the Eastern Desert of Egypt is subdivided into two informal lithostratigraphic parts: lower and upper. The lower part has common features of alluvial floodplain-dominated deposits with occasional occurrences of crevasse splay deposits. The upper part has sediments typical of marginal lacustrine environments.Both

H. A. Wanas; M. M. Abu El-Hassan

2006-01-01

309

Vermont Geological Survey  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The Vermont Geological Survey, also known as the Division of Geology and Mineral Resources in the Department of Environmental Conservation, conducts surveys and research relating to the geology, mineral resources and topography of the State. This site provides details about the states geology with a downloadable state geologic map and key, state rock information, gold in Vermont, fossils found in the state, bedrock mapping details, stream geomorphology, the Champlain thrust fault, earthquakes, radioactive waste and links for additional information.

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Oklahoma Geological Survey  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The Oklahoma Geological Survey is a state agency dedicated to geological research and public service. This site contains information on earthquakes, geographic names, general Oklahoma geology, and the mountains and water resources of the state. There are educational materials available to order, many of which are free. Geologic maps indicate rock types and ages, as well as the geologic provinces of the state. Links are provided for more resources.

311

Significant achievements in the planetary geology program. Final report  

Microsoft Academic Search

Developments reported at a meeting of principal investigators for NASA's planetology geology program are summarized. Topics covered include the following: constraints on solar system formation; asteriods, comets, and satellites; constraints on planetary interiors; volatiles and regoliths; instrument development techniques; planetary cartography; geological and geochemical constraints on planetary evolution; fluvial processes and channel formation; volcanic processes; Eolian processes; radar studies of

1978-01-01

312

Heterogeneity of reactive astrocytes.  

PubMed

Astrocytes respond to injury and disease in the central nervous system (CNS) with a process referred to as reactive astrogliosis. Recent progress demonstrates that reactive astrogliosis is not a simple all-or-none phenomenon, but is a finely gradated continuum of changes that range from reversible alterations in gene expression and cell hypertrophy, to scar formation with permanent tissue rearrangement. There is now compelling evidence that reactive astrocytes exhibit a substantial potential for heterogeneity at multiple levels, including gene expression, cell morphology, topography (distance from lesions), CNS regions, local (among neighboring cells), cell signaling and cell function. Structural and functional changes are regulated in reactive astrocytes by many different potential signaling events that occur in a context dependent manner. It is noteworthy that different stimuli of astrocyte reactivity can lead to similar degrees of GFAP upregulation while causing substantially different changes in transcriptome profiles and cell function. Thus, it is not possible to equate simple and uniform measures such as cell hypertrophy and upregulation of GFAP expression with a single, uniform concept of astrocyte reactivity. Instead, it is necessary to recognize the considerable potential for heterogeneity and determine the functional implications of astrocyte reactivity in a context specific manner as regulated by specific signaling events. PMID:24361547

Anderson, Mark A; Ao, Yan; Sofroniew, Michael V

2014-04-17

313

Inner thermal resonance in thermoelastic geological structures  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

When investigating heterogeneous media such as composite materials or geological structures, it is convenient to replace them by macroscopic equivalent media, which simplifies computations a lot. In the paper, we look for the equivalent macroscopic model for describing seismic wave propagation and transient heat transfers in thermoelastic periodic geological structures made of rock or soil. We follow the route described in Auriault (2012), to investigating thermoelastic composite media. We use the method of multi-scale asymptotic expansions. By estimating the dimensionless numbers in the momentum and energy balances, we show that an equivalent macroscopic model exists for describing seismic waves at very low frequencies only. The model then shows a damping which is due to thermal resonance at the heterogeneity scale. At higher frequencies, such an equivalent macroscopic model does not exist. Macroscopic models for describing transient heat transfers do not exist.

Auriault, Jean-Louis

2014-10-01

314

Geology Fieldnotes: Acadia National Park, Maine  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This National Park Service website highlights the geology of Acadia National Park. The story begins 500 million years ago, and goes through rock cycles, formations (Ellsworth, Bar Harbor, and Cranberry formations), intrusions, the Ice Age, glacial features, and development of shore patterns. There are area and park maps, photos, and links to additional information.

315

Marine geology: A planet earth perspective  

SciTech Connect

This text provides coverage of the basic geology of the marine development. It starts with the formation of the oceans using plate tectonics, continues with discussions of the mid-ocean ridges, and concludes with coverage of the formation and deformation of the continents.

Anderson, R.N.

1986-01-01

316

Venus geology  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Magellan mission to Venus is reviewed. The scientific investigations conducted by 243-day cycles encompass mapping with a constant incidence angle for the radar, observing surface changes from one cycle to the next, and targeting young-looking volcanos. The topography of Venus is defined by the upper boundary of the crust and upwelling from lower domains. Tectonic features such as rift zones, linear mountain belts, ridge belts, and tesserae are described. The zones of tesserae are unique to the planet. Volcanism accounts for about 80 percent of the observed surface, the remainder being volcanic deposits which have been reworked by tectonism or impacts. Magellan data reveal about 900 impact craters with flow-like ejecta resulting from the fall of meteoroids. It is concluded that the age of the Venusian surface varies between 0 and 800 million years. Tectonic and volcanic activities dominate the formation of the Venus topography; such processes as weathering and erosion are relatively unimportant on Venus.

McLaughlin, W. I.

1991-05-01

317

North Dakota geology school receives major gift  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Petroleum geology and related areas of study at the University of North Dakota (UND) received a huge financial boost with the announcement on 24 September of $14 million in private and public partnership funding. The university announced the naming of the Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering, formerly a department within the College of Engineering and Mines, in recognition of $10 million provided as a gift by oilman Harold Hamm and Continental Resources, Inc. Hamm is the chair and chief executive officer of Continental, the largest leaseholder in the Bakken Play oil formation in North Dakota and Montana, and he is also an energy policy advisor to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. UND also received $4 million from the Oil and Gas Research Program of the North Dakota Industrial Commission to support geology and geological engineering education and research.

Showstack, Randy

2012-10-01

318

Neoproterozoic iron formation: An evaluation of its temporal, environmental and tectonic significance  

E-print Network

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238 2.7. Arabian-Nubian Shield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236 2. Geological context of Neoproterozoic iron formations

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Neoproterozoic iron formation: An evaluation of its temporal, environmental and tectonic significance  

E-print Network

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 2.7. Arabian-Nubian Shield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 2. Geological context of Neoproterozoic iron formations

Devernal, Anne

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Geology, coal resources, and chemical analyses of coal from the Fruitland Formation, Kimbeto EMRIA study site, San Juan County, New Mexico  

USGS Publications Warehouse

The Kimbeto EMRIA study site, an area of about 20 square miles (52 km2), is located on the south margin of the San Juan Basin on the gently northward-dipping strata of the Upper Cretaceous Fruitland Formation and the Kirtland Shale. The coal beds are mainly in the lower 150 feet (45 m) of the Fruitland Format ion. Coal resources--measured, indicated, and inferred--with less than 400 feet (120 m) of overburden in the site are 69,085,000 short tons (62,660,100 metric tons), 369,078,000 short tons (334,754,000 metric tons), and 177,803,000 short tons (161,267,000 metric tons) respectively. About 68 percent of these resources are overlain by 200 feet (60 m) or less of overburden. The apparent rank of the coal ranges from subbituminous B to subbituminous A. The average Btu/lb value of 14 core samples from the site on the as-received basis is 8,240 (4580 Kcal/kg), average ash content is 23.4 percent, and average sulfur content is 0.5 percent. Analyses of coal from the Kimbeto EMRIA study site show significantly higher ash content and significantly lower contents of volatile matter, fixed carbon, carbon, and a significantly lower heat of combustion when compared with other coal analyses from the Rocky Mountain province.

Schneider, Gary B.; Hildebrand, Rick T.; Affolter, Ronald H.

1979-01-01

321

Significant achievements in the Planetary Geology Program. [geologic processes, comparative planetology, and solar system evolution  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Developments reported at a meeting of principal investigators for NASA's planetology geology program are summarized. Topics covered include: constraints on solar system formation; asteriods, comets, and satellites; constraints on planetary interiors; volatiles and regoliths; instrument development techniques; planetary cartography; geological and geochemical constraints on planetary evolution; fluvial processes and channel formation; volcanic processes; Eolian processes; radar studies of planetary surfaces; cratering as a process, landform, and dating method; and the Tharsis region of Mars. Activities at a planetary geology field conference on Eolian processes are reported and techniques recommended for the presentation and analysis of crater size-frequency data are included.

Head, J. W. (editor)

1978-01-01

322

Simulation of CO2 Sequestration at Rock Spring Uplift, Wyoming: Heterogeneity and Uncertainties in Storage Capacity, Injectivity and Leakage  

SciTech Connect

Many geological, geochemical, geomechanical and hydrogeological factors control CO{sub 2} storage in subsurface. Among them heterogeneity in saline aquifer can seriously influence design of injection wells, CO{sub 2} injection rate, CO{sub 2} plume migration, storage capacity, and potential leakage and risk assessment. This study applies indicator geostatistics, transition probability and Markov chain model at the Rock Springs Uplift, Wyoming generating facies-based heterogeneous fields for porosity and permeability in target saline aquifer (Pennsylvanian Weber sandstone) and surrounding rocks (Phosphoria, Madison and cap-rock Chugwater). A multiphase flow simulator FEHM is then used to model injection of CO{sub 2} into the target saline aquifer involving field-scale heterogeneity. The results reveal that (1) CO{sub 2} injection rates in different injection wells significantly change with local permeability distributions; (2) brine production rates in different pumping wells are also significantly impacted by the spatial heterogeneity in permeability; (3) liquid pressure evolution during and after CO{sub 2} injection in saline aquifer varies greatly for different realizations of random permeability fields, and this has potential important effects on hydraulic fracturing of the reservoir rock, reactivation of pre-existing faults and the integrity of the cap-rock; (4) CO{sub 2} storage capacity estimate for Rock Springs Uplift is 6614 {+-} 256 Mt at 95% confidence interval, which is about 36% of previous estimate based on homogeneous and isotropic storage formation; (5) density profiles show that the density of injected CO{sub 2} below 3 km is close to that of the ambient brine with given geothermal gradient and brine concentration, which indicates CO{sub 2} plume can sink to the deep before reaching thermal equilibrium with brine. Finally, we present uncertainty analysis of CO{sub 2} leakage into overlying formations due to heterogeneity in both the target saline aquifer and surrounding formations. This uncertainty in leakage will be used to feed into risk assessment modeling.

Deng, Hailin [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Dai, Zhenxue [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Jiao, Zunsheng [Wyoming State Geological Survey; Stauffer, Philip H. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Surdam, Ronald C. [Wyoming State Geological Survey

2011-01-01

323

Digital geologic map and GIS database of Venezuela  

USGS Publications Warehouse

The digital geologic map and GIS database of Venezuela captures GIS compatible geologic and hydrologic data from the 'Geologic Shaded Relief Map of Venezuela,' which was released online as U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2005-1038. Digital datasets and corresponding metadata files are stored in ESRI geodatabase format; accessible via ArcGIS 9.X. Feature classes in the geodatabase include geologic unit polygons, open water polygons, coincident geologic unit linework (contacts, faults, etc.) and non-coincident geologic unit linework (folds, drainage networks, etc.). Geologic unit polygon data were attributed for age, name, and lithologic type following the Lexico Estratigrafico de Venezuela. All digital datasets were captured from source data at 1:750,000. Although users may view and analyze data at varying scales, the authors make no guarantee as to the accuracy of the data at scales larger than 1:750,000.

Garrity, Christopher P.; Hackley, Paul C.; Urbani, Franco

2006-01-01

324

Kentucky Geological Survey  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The University of Kentucky maintains the Kentucky Geological Survey Web site. Visitors will find a number of educational general information pages on rocks and minerals, fossils, coal, geologic hazards, industrial minerals, maps and GIS, oil and natural gas, and water, as well as the general geology of Kentucky. Each page contains specific information, data, and research summaries from the university. The geology of Kentucky page, for example, shows a map of geologic periods and gives descriptions of the rock strata in the state, a description of its landforms, and a geological photo album of physiographic regions and points of interest.

325

Glossary of Geologic Terms  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This page from Iowa State University presents a general glossary of geologic terms. The site would be a good reference for geology coursework. This glossary of geologic terms is based on the glossary in Earth: An Introduction to Geologic Change, by S. Judson and S.M. Richardson (Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Prentice Hall, 1995). Where possible, definitions conform generally, and in some cases specifically, to definitions given in Robert L Bates and Julia A Jackson (editors), Glossary of Geology, 3rd ed., American Geological Institute, Alexandria, Virginia, 1987.

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Investigating the effects of target heterogeneity on the cratering process.  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Pre-existing target structures are known to influence the dynamics and morphologies of many terrestrial and planetary impact craters. Good examples include the Chesapeake and Ries craters, which both possess an inverted sombrero structure as a result of a weaker sedimentary surface layer overlying a stronger crystalline basement. But beyond such horizontal layering, closer analyses of the subsurface geology present in these and other planetary craters indicate that vertical heterogeneity in the strength and geochemistry of a target are also often present. These may influence the formation and subsequent modification of terrestrial craters. Evidence indicates that at Meteor crater, for example, pre-existing vertical jointing of the target gives this crater its square appearance, either by confining and re-directing the shock and subsequent rarefraction waves, or by allowing preferential weathering zones of weakness along the joints. In this study, we present a series of laboratory investigations and 2- and 3-dimensional numerical calculations of crater formation in a conceptually simple but physically complex target: a box of randomly distributed quartz spheres of identical size. These investigations provide constraints on how all types of target heterogeneity influence the cratering process. In both the laboratory and numerical studies, we measure the rate of crater growth, the transient crater shape, and in some instances the velocity of individual ejecta. These investigations vary the ratio of the impact shock thickness to target grain size by altering the impact velocity, projectile size, and target grain size. The laboratory data were collected at the NASA Ames vertical gun range, the NASA Johnson Space Center vertical gun range, and the University of Tokyo vertical gun range using non-intrusive diagonistic techniques. The numerical investigations were performed using the CTH hydrocode that solves the equations of motion, while conserving mass, energy, and momentum using a second order multi-material Eulerian methodology. This code possesses an adaptive mesh refinement that allows investigating the effects of fine-scale target heterogeneity on the cratering process, through the use of a simple microscopic model with complex but resolvable heterogeneous geometries, rather than a complex macroscopic model. Both approaches provide insights on how the thickness of the shock front relative to the average dimension of any pre-exiting structure could be a controlling factor during impact cratering.

Barnouin, O. S.

2012-12-01

327

Predictions of long-term behavior of a large-volume pilot test for CO2 geological storage in a saline formation in the Central Valley, California  

SciTech Connect

The long-term behavior of a CO{sub 2} plume injected into a deep saline formation is investigated, focusing on mechanisms that lead to plume stabilization. Key measures are plume migration distance and the time evolution of CO{sub 2} phase-partitioning, which are examined by developing a numerical model of the subsurface at a proposed power plant with CO{sub 2} capture in the San Joaquin Valley, California, where a large-volume pilot test of CO{sub 2} injection will be conducted. The numerical model simulates a four-year CO{sub 2} injection period and the subsequent evolution of the CO{sub 2} plume until it stabilizes. Sensitivity studies are carried out to investigate the effect of poorly constrained model parameters permeability, permeability anisotropy, and residual gas saturation.

Doughty, Christine; Myer, Larry R.; Oldenburg, Curtis M.

2008-11-01

328

Bureau of Economic Geology annual report, 1988  

SciTech Connect

Assessment, quantification, and geologic analysis of the state's vast petroleum and natural gas resources were the focus of new and ongoing research programs conducted during 1988. Primary emphasis was placed on investigation of methods to increase production from older mature hydrocarbon reservoirs. For more than 4 years the Bureau has conducted an integrated geologic/engineering study sponsored by the University of Texas system of remaining mobile oil in selected San Andres/Grayburg reservoirs on University Lands located in the Permian Basin. Analysis of subregional facies geometry, depositional environments, rock fabric/petrophysical properties, and production trends has helped to identify the geologic heterogeneity patterns in these carbonate reservoirs. A three-dimensional computer model of permeability applied to a section of the Dune field on University Lands enabled stochastic simulation of fluid flow and, thus, visualization of the complexity of the reservoir architecture.

Not Available

1988-01-01

329

Geologging in Oil and Gas Exploration  

Microsoft Academic Search

Geologging, which is usually referred to in the oil industry as mud logging, is a continuous monitoring system of various parameters during drilling of exploratory-assessment wells aimed for geological, gas logging, drilling, and overpressure studies. Inasmuch as it is a formation evaluation tool, monitoring of the various parameters must be carried out by geologists, who keep round-the-clock watch and plot

Bhagwan Sahay

1986-01-01

330

Volcanic geology of Tyrrhena Patera, Mars  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Consideration is given to the geology of Tyrrhena Patera, a large low-relief volcano in the southern cratered highlands of Mars. The general geology of Tyrrhena Patera is outlined and models for the formation of the volcano are described. Models derived from studies of terrestrial pyroclastic flows are applied to deposits at Tyrrhena Patera, showing that the characteristics of the deposits are consistent with an origin by the emplacement of gravity-driven ash flows generated by hydromagmatic or magmatic explosive eruptions.

Greeley, R.; Crown, D. A.

1990-05-01

331

AN INTEGRATED VIEW OF GROUNDWATER FLOW CHARACTERIZATION AND MODELING IN FRACTURED GEOLOGIC MEDIA  

EPA Science Inventory

The particular attributes of fractured geologic media pertaining to groundwater flow characterization and modeling are presented. These cover the issues of fracture network and hydraulic control of fracture geometry parameters, major and minor fractures, heterogeneity, anisotrop...

332

Geology Fieldnotes: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Located on the Colorado Plateau in Utah, this canyon is comprised mostly of sedimentary rocks, and continues to be eroded and shaped by the Paria River. Its geologic and human history are outlined on this site, including the formation of the canyon, from the Cretaceous period (144 million years ago) to the present, and geologic features, such as fins, columns, pinnacles, and hoodoos. Visitor information, links to other resources, maps, and a teacher feature (resources for teaching geology with National Park examples) are also available.

Foos, Annabelle

333

Geology of Death Valley National Park  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This site of the United States Geologic Survey (USGS) and the National Park Service (NPS) highlights the geologic history of Death Valley National Park in Nevada and California. The story begins 1.8 billion years ago with the formation of rocks and continues through uplift, faulting, volcanism, early animals of the area, glaciers, and the making of deserts and dunes. A geologic timescale connects to specific events in the history of Death Valley. There are topographic maps of the area, a field trip of the park, an image gallery, and technical papers available to download.

334

OneGeology: Making the World’s Geological Map Data Accessible Online  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

OneGeology (http://onegeology.org) is a successful international initiative of the geological surveys of the world and the flagship project of the ‘International Year of Planet Earth’. Its aim is to provide dynamic web access to geological map data covering the world, creating a focus for accessing geological information for everyone. Thanks to the enthusiasm and support of participating nations the initiative has progressed rapidly and geological surveys and the many users of their data are excited about this ground-breaking project. Currently 10 international geoscience organizations have endorsed the initiative and more than 109 countries have agreed to participate. OneGeology works with whatever digital format is available in each country. The target scale is 1:1 million, but the project is pragmatic and accepts a range of scales and the best available data. The initiative recognizes that different nations have differing abilities to participate and transfer of know-how to those who need it is a key aspect of the approach. A key contributor to the success of OneGeology has been its utilization of the latest new web technology and an emerging data exchange standard for geological map data called GeoSciML. GeoSciML (GeoScience Markup Language) is a schema written in GML (Geography Markup Language) for geological data. GeoSciML has the ability to represent both the geography (geometries e.g. polygons, lines and points) and geological attribution in a clear and structured format. OneGeology was launched March 2007 at the inaugural workshop in Brighton England. At that workshop the 43 participating nations developed a declaration of a common objective and principles called the “Brighton Accord” (http://onegeology.org/what_is/accord.html) . Work was initiated immediately and the resulting OneGeology Portal was launched at the International Geological Congress in Oslo in August 2008 by Simon Winchester, author of “The Map that Changed the World”. Since the successful launch, OneGeology participants have continued working both to increase national participation and content, and to put in place a more formal governance structure to oversee the long term evolution of the initiative. OneGeology is an example of collaboration in action and is both multilateral and multinational. In 2007, a group of motivated geoscientists and data managers identified an opportunity and took the initiative to engage their peers to work in concert to achieve a shared objective. OneGeology has facilitated collaborative development of an Internet site that provides unprecedented online access to global geological map data.

Broome, H.; Jackson, I.; Robida, F.; Thorleifson, H.

2009-12-01

335

Modeling geologic storage of carbon dioxide: Comparison ofnon-hysteretic chracteristic curves  

SciTech Connect

TOUGH2 models of geologic storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) in brine-bearing formations use characteristic curves to represent the interactions of non-wetting-phase CO2 and wetting-phase brine. When a problem includes both injection of CO2 (a drainage process) and its subsequent post-injection evolution (a combination of drainage and wetting), hysteretic characteristic curves are required to correctly capture the behavior of the CO2 plume. In the hysteretic formulation, capillary pressure and relative permeability depend not only on the current grid-block saturation, but also on the history of the saturation in the grid block. For a problem that involves only drainage or only wetting, a nonhysteretic formulation, in which capillary pressure and relative permeability depend only on the current value of the grid-block saturation, is adequate. For the hysteretic formulation to be robust computationally, care must be taken to ensure the differentiability of the characteristic curves both within and beyond the turning-point saturations where transitions between branches of the curves occur. Two example problems involving geologic CO2 storage are simulated using non-hysteretic and hysteretic models, to illustrate the applicability and limitations of non-hysteretic methods: the first considers leakage of CO2 from the storage formation to the ground surface, while the second examines the role of heterogeneity within the storage formation.

Doughty, Christine

2006-04-28

336

Utah Geological Survey: Teaching Geology Resources  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

From Arches National Park to the towering cliffs at Castle Rock Campground, Utah has some remarkable geology on display. The Utah Geological Survey decided to draw on these fantastic "outdoor laboratories" and create a set of resources designed for science educators. While some of the resources are geared towards users in Utah, many of the sections contain helpful overviews that will help all educators remain on a steady foundation of geologic knowledge. One key area on the site is the "Earthquakes & Geologic Hazards" section. Here, visitors can find well-composed and straight forward summaries on topics like liquefaction, ground cracks, and fault lines. Moving on to the "Teacher Resources" area, visitors will find the delightful "Glad You Asked" articles and the very useful "Teacher's Corner" column which provides information on reading a stone wall and geologic stretching.

337

GSA Geologic Time Scale  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This Geological Society of America (GSA) site contains a detailed geologic time scale as an educational resource. It may be downloaded to a larger size, and includes all Eras, Eons, Periods, Epochs and ages as well as magnetic polarity information.

1999-01-01

338

Geologic Hazards: Geomagnetism  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Anyone researching or interested in geomagnetism will appreciate the US Geological Survey's Geologic Hazards: Geomagnetism Web site. Visitors will find research publications, various downloadable magnetic charts, models, data plots, an online calculator for magnetic fields, and more.

1997-01-01

339

Geophysics & Geology Inspected.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Summarizes findings of a recently published report of the Canadian Geoscience Council, which includes the following topics regarding college geology: facilities; teaching; undergraduate enrollments; postgraduate enrollments; geologic research; and integration of Canadian geoscience with other countries. (CS)

Neale, E. R. W.

1981-01-01

340

South Carolina Geological Survey  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The South Carolina Geological Survey (SCGS) homepage contains information about state mapping, education and outreach programs, and recent news. For educators, there is the Earth Science education series of publications which includes presentations and page-size graphics on such topics as earthquakes, plate tectonics, geologic time, fossils, and others. Other materials include information on mineral resources, links to organizations in and about South Carolina geology, the South Carolina core repository, the Geologic Map of South Carolina, and others.

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Geological Survey Program  

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If your research or interests lie in the geology of South Dakota, then the state's Geological Survey Program Web site is for you. Offered are online publications and maps, a geologic reference database, a lithologic logs database, digital base maps, a water quality database, and several other quality information sources worth checking out.

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Geological evolution and analysis of confirmed or suspected gas hydrate localities: Volume 10, Basin analysis, formation and stability of gas hydrates of the Aleutian Trench and the Bering Sea  

SciTech Connect

Four major areas with inferred gas hydrates are the subject of this study. Two of these areas, the Navarin and the Norton Basins, are located within the Bering Sea shelf, whereas the remaining areas of the Atka Basin in the central Aleutian Trench system and the eastern Aleutian Trench represent a huge region of the Aleutian Trench-Arc system. All four areas are geologically diverse and complex. Particularly the structural features of the accretionary wedge north of the Aleutian Trench still remain the subjects of scientific debates. Prior to this study, suggested presence of the gas hydrates in the four areas was based on seismic evidence, i.e., presence of bottom simulating reflectors (BSRs). Although the disclosure of the BSRs is often difficult, particularly under the structural conditions of the Navarin and Norton basins, it can be concluded that the identified BSRs are mostly represented by relatively weak and discontinuous reflectors. Under thermal and pressure conditions favorable for gas hydrate formation, the relative scarcity of the BSRs can be attributed to insufficient gas supply to the potential gas hydrate zone. Hydrocarbon gas in sediment may have biogenic, thermogenic or mixed origin. In the four studied areas, basin analysis revealed limited biogenic hydrocarbon generation. The migration of the thermogenically derived gases is probably diminished considerably due to the widespread diagenetic processes in diatomaceous strata. The latter processes resulted in the formation of the diagenetic horizons. The identified gas hydrate-related BSRs seem to be located in the areas of increased biogenic methanogenesis and faults acting as the pathways for thermogenic hydrocarbons.

Krason, J.; Ciesnik, M.

1987-01-01

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Geologic Maps and Structures Name ______________________________ Geology 100 Harbor section  

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Geologic Maps and Structures Name ______________________________ Geology 100 ­ Harbor section The objectives of this lab are for you to learn the basic geologic structures in 3-D and to develop some facility in interpreting the nature of geologic structures from geologic maps and geologic cross sections. A big part

Harbor, David

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Andrei borisovich vistelius: a dominant figure in 20th century mathematical geology  

USGS Publications Warehouse

Andrei Borisovich Vistelius (1915-1995), along with William Christian Krumbein (1902-1979) and John Cedric Griffiths (1912-1992), were dominant figures in the formative and development years of mathematical (or quantitative) geology as a subdiscipline of geology.

Merriam, D.F.

2001-01-01

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Preliminary Geologic Characterization of West Coast States for Geologic Sequestration  

SciTech Connect

Characterization of geological sinks for sequestration of CO{sub 2} in California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington was carried out as part of Phase I of the West Coast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (WESTCARB) project. Results show that there are geologic storage opportunities in the region within each of the following major technology areas: saline formations, oil and gas reservoirs, and coal beds. The work focused on sedimentary basins as the initial most-promising targets for geologic sequestration. Geographical Information System (GIS) layers showing sedimentary basins and oil, gas, and coal fields in those basins were developed. The GIS layers were attributed with information on the subsurface, including sediment thickness, presence and depth of porous and permeable sandstones, and, where available, reservoir properties. California offers outstanding sequestration opportunities because of its large capacity and the potential of value-added benefits from enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and enhanced gas recovery (EGR). The estimate for storage capacity of saline formations in the ten largest basins in California ranges from about 150 to about 500 Gt of CO{sub 2}, depending on assumptions about the fraction of the formations used and the fraction of the pore volume filled with separate-phase CO{sub 2}. Potential CO{sub 2}-EOR storage was estimated to be 3.4 Gt, based on a screening of reservoirs using depth, an API gravity cutoff, and cumulative oil produced. The cumulative production from gas reservoirs (screened by depth) suggests a CO{sub 2} storage capacity of 1.7 Gt. In Oregon and Washington, sedimentary basins along the coast also offer sequestration opportunities. Of particular interest is the Puget Trough Basin, which contains up to 1,130 m (3,700 ft) of unconsolidated sediments overlying up to 3,050 m (10,000 ft) of Tertiary sedimentary rocks. The Puget Trough Basin also contains deep coal formations, which are sequestration targets and may have potential for enhanced coal bed methane recovery (ECBM).

Larry Myer

2005-09-29

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Geology of Kentucky  

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This website contains geologic maps of Kentucky, with a discussion of geologic time in regards to the rocks, minerals, fossils, and economic deposits found there. There are also sections that describe strata and geologic structures beneath the surface (faults, basins, and arches), the structural processes (folding and faulting) that create stratigraphic units, the geomorphology of the state, geologic information by county, a general description of geologic time, fossil, rocks, and minerals of Kentucky, and a virtual field trip through Natural Bridges State Park. Links are provided for further information.

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Utah Geological Survey  

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This is the homepage of the Utah Geological Survey. Materials available here include news articles and information on geologic hazards; information on places of geological interest; and popular geology topics such as earthquakes, rocks and minerals, fossils, economic resources, groundwater resources, and others. Educational resources include teaching kits, the 'Teacher's Corner' column in the survey's newsletter, and a series of 'Glad You Asked' articles on state geological topics. There is also an extensive list of free K-12 educational materials, as well as a set of curriculum materials such as activity packets, slide shows, and teachers' handbooks, which are available to order.

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Geological Survey research 1978  

USGS Publications Warehouse

This U.S. Geological Survey activities report includes a summary of 1978 fiscal year scientific and economic results accompanied by a list of geologic and hydrologic investigations in progress and a report on the status of topographic mapping. The summary of results includes: (1) Mineral and water resources, (2) Engineering geology and hydrology, (3) Regional geology, (4) Principles and processes, (5) Laboratory and field methods, (6) Topographic surveys and mapping, (7) Management of resources on public lands, (8) Land information and analysis, and (9) Investigations in other countries. Also included are lists of cooperating agencies and Geological Survey offices. (Woodard-USGS)

U.S. Geological Survey

1978-01-01

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Geological Survey research 1976  

USGS Publications Warehouse

This U.S. Geological Survey activities report includes a summary of recent (1976 fiscal year) scientific and economic results accompanied by a list of geologic and hydrologic investigations in progress and a report on the status of topographic mapping. The summary of results includes: (1) Mineral resources, Water resources, (2) Engineering geology and hydrology, (3) Regional geology, (4) Principles and processes, (5) Laboratory and field methods, (6) Topographic surveys and mapping, (7) Management of resources on public lands, (8) Land information and analysis, and (9) Investigations in other countries. Also included are lists of cooperating agencies and Geological Survey offices. (Woodard-USGS)

U.S. Geological Survey

1976-01-01

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Virtual-Geology.Info  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

At virtual-geology.info, Roger Suthren, a professor at Oxford Brookes University, offers educational materials on geologic phenomena throughout the world. Users can take virtual field trips to study the geology of Scotland, Alaska, and France. In the Regional Geology link, visitors can view wonderful pictures of the volcanoes of Germany, Italy, France, and Greece. Educators can find images of sediments and sedimentary rocks which can be used in a variety of classroom exercises. The website supplies descriptions and additional educational links about sedimentology and environmental geology.

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Arkansas Geological Survey  

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The Arkansas Geological Survey (AGS) homepage aims to develop and provide knowledge of the geology and hydrogeology of the State, and to stimulate development and effective management and utilization of the mineral, fossil-fuel, and water resources of Arkansas while protecting the environment. The AGC collects and disperses geologic data consisting of geologic maps, historical data concerning resources, and various datasets concerning water, fossil-fuel, and mineral resources of Arkansas. The site contains publications that can be ordered, sections about Arkansas geology, a list of mineral producers of Arkansas, and reports on mineral resources.

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Advanced Technologies for Monitoring CO2 Saturation and Pore Pressure in Geologic Formations: Linking the Chemical and Physical Effects to Elastic and Transport Properties  

SciTech Connect

Ultrasonic P- and S-wave velocities were measured over a range of confining pressures while injecting CO2 and brine into the samples. Pore fluid pressure was also varied and monitored together with porosity during injection. Effective medium models were developed to understand the mechanisms and impact of observed changes and to provide the means for implementation of the interpretation methodologies in the field. Ultrasonic P- and S-wave velocities in carbonate rocks show as much as 20-50% decrease after injection of the reactive CO2-brine mixture; the changes were caused by permanent changes to the rock elastic frame associated with dissolution of mineral. Velocity decreases were observed under both dry and fluid-saturated conditions, and the amount of change was correlated with the initial pore fabrics. Scanning Electron Microscope images of carbonate rock microstructures were taken before and after injection of CO2-rich water. The images reveal enlargement of the pores, dissolution of micrite (micron-scale calcite crystals), and pitting of grain surfaces caused by the fluid- solid chemical reactivity. The magnitude of the changes correlates with the rock microtexture – tight, high surface area samples showed the largest changes in permeability and smallest changes in porosity and elastic stiffness compared to those in rocks with looser texture and larger intergranular pore space. Changes to the pore space also occurred from flow of fine particles with the injected fluid. Carbonates with grain-coating materials, such as residual oil, experienced very little permanent change during injection. In the tight micrite/spar cement component, dissolution is controlled by diffusion: the mass transfer of products and reactants is thus slow and the fluid is expected to be close to thermodynamical equilibrium with the calcite, leading to very little dissolution, or even precipitation. In the microporous rounded micrite and macropores, dissolution is controlled by advection: because of an efficient mass transfer of reactants and products, the fluid remains acidic, far from thermodynamical equilibrium and the dissolution of calcite is important. These conclusions are consistent with the lab observations. Sandstones from the Tuscaloosa formation in Mississippi were also subjected to injection under representative in situ stress and pore pressure conditions. Again, both P- and S-wave velocities decreased with injection. Time-lapse SEM images indicated permanent changes induced in the sandstone microstructure by chamosite dissolution upon injection of CO2-rich brine. After injection, the sandstone showed an overall cleaner microstructure. Two main changes are involved: (a) clay dissolution between grains and at the grain contact and (b) rearrangement of grains due to compaction under pressure Theoretical and empirical models were developed to quantify the elastic changes associated with injection. Permanent changes to the rock frame resulted in seismic velocity-porosity trends that mimic natural diagenetic changes. Hence, when laboratory measurments are not available for a candidate site, these trends can be estimated from depth trends in well logs. New theoretical equations were developed to predict the changes in elastic moduli upon substitution of pore-filling material. These equations reduce to Gassmann’s equations for the case of constant frame properties, low seismic frequencies, and fluid changes in the pore space. The new models also predict the change dissolution or precipitation of mineral, which cannot be described with the conventional Gassmann theory.

Mavko, G.; Vanorio, T.; Vialle, S.; Saxena, N.

2014-03-31

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Hydrogeologic inferences from geophysical and geologic investigation of the Standard Mine site, Elk Basin, Colorado  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Geophysical and geologic data were collected at the Standard Mine in Elk Basin near Crested Butte, CO, to improve our understanding of the hydrogeologic controls in the basin and how they influence surface and groundwater interactions with nearby mine workings. The Tertiary Ohio Creek and Wasatch formations are the bedrock geologic units; both are primarily sandstones, but with differences in weathering and fracturing. Dikes, near-vertical normal faults, and polymetallic quartz veins with varying degrees of lateral continuity cut the sedimentary units. The net impact of these features, along with basin topography, makes it difficult to predict the behavior of the surface and groundwater systems. This integrated study utilizes geologic observations to help constrain subsurface information obtained from the analysis of surface geophysical measurements. This is a critical step toward using the geophysical data in a meaningful hydrogeologic framework. The approach combines the benefit of direct, but sparse, field observations with spatially continuous, but indirect, measurements of physical properties through the use of geophysics. Surface geophysical data includes electrical resistivity profiles aimed at imaging variability in subsurface structural properties and fluid content; self-potentials, which are sensitive to mineralized zones at this site and, to a lesser extent, shallow flow patterns; and magnetic measurements, which provide information on lateral variability in near-surface geologic features, although the minerals at this site are not strongly magnetized. Downhole caliper and optical televiewer logs were acquired in one well and provide valuable information on fracture properties. Field geologic observations include hand sample mineralogy and detailed mapping and characterization of faults, joints, and veins. Analyses of representative rock samples include magnetic susceptibility, mercury injection capillary pressure, semi-quantitative x-ray diffraction, mass spectroscopy elemental chemistry, and petrography. Preliminary results from all analyses are remarkably consistent with one another and suggest a heterogeneously distributed, fracture-dominated groundwater flow system. Resistivity models show a well-defined, highly resistive near-surface layer, likely representing the unsaturated zone. Selective leaching of pyrite combined with fracturing in the Ohio Creek formation may be responsible for localized areas of lower resistivity where surface waters intersect these features and result in increased saturation. Steeply dipping resistive features are spatially coincident with the observed major faults and veins, and are also evident in the self-potential data. Resistivity data, outcrop observations, petrography, and mercury injection permeability and porosity data are consistent with the Wasatch formation having significantly lower porosity and permeability than the Ohio Creek formation and associated fault rocks. This suggests that the physical juxtaposition of the two contrasting units may be a critical factor in controlling the distribution of surface water infiltration and groundwater-related acid rock drainage.

Minsley, B. J.; Caine, J. S.; Ball, L. B.; Burton, B.; Curry-Elrod, E.; Manning, A. H.; Verplanck, P. L.

2009-12-01

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Ohio Geological Survey  

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This is the homepage of the Ohio Geological Survey. Materials available through the site include a variety of publications, particularly the Survey's reports, bulletins, information circulars, guidebooks, and many others. There is an extensive selection of maps, including topographic maps in several scales, and downloadable geologic maps of several themes (drift thickness, bedrock geology, karst areas, glacial geology, and many others), as well as digital maps and data. The interactive maps section features online map viewers of abandoned mines, earthquake epicenters, surficial geology, geology of Lake Erie, and others. The educational resources page has links to the 'Hands On Earth' series of activities, GeoFacts (short bulletins on Ohio geological topics), nontechnical educational leaflets, field guides, and links to other publications, rock and mineral clubs, educational associations, and related websites. There is also a link to the Ohio Seismic Network, a network of seismograph stations located at colleges, universities, and other institutions that collects and disseminates information about earthquakes in Ohio.

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Kansas Geological Survey  

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The mission of the Kansas Geological Survey, operated by the University of Kansas in connection with its research and service program, is to conduct geological studies and research and to collect, correlate, preserve, and disseminate information leading to a better understanding of the geology of Kansas, with special emphasis on natural resources of economic value, water quality and quantity, and geologic hazards. The website includes information about the High Plains and Ogallala aquifers, the Upper Arkansas corridor, the Dakota aquifer, county and state geologic maps, an online bibliography of Kansas geology, publications, a photo archive, a digital petroleum atlas, a petroleum primer for the state, gravity and magnetic maps, Hugoton project information, and details about the Hutchinson Kansas natural gas fires. The educational resources section contains a mineral information page for the state, and GeoKansas, which provides information on state geology for schools.

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Wave Propagation in Jointed Geologic Media  

SciTech Connect

Predictive modeling capabilities for wave propagation in a jointed geologic media remain a modern day scientific frontier. In part this is due to a lack of comprehensive understanding of the complex physical processes associated with the transient response of geologic material, and in part it is due to numerical challenges that prohibit accurate representation of the heterogeneities that influence the material response. Constitutive models whose properties are determined from laboratory experiments on intact samples have been shown to over-predict the free field environment in large scale field experiments. Current methodologies for deriving in situ properties from laboratory measured properties are based on empirical equations derived for static geomechanical applications involving loads of lower intensity and much longer durations than those encountered in applications of interest involving wave propagation. These methodologies are not validated for dynamic applications, and they do not account for anisotropic behavior stemming from direcitonal effects associated with the orientation of joint sets in realistic geologies. Recent advances in modeling capabilities coupled with modern high performance computing platforms enable physics-based simulations of jointed geologic media with unprecedented details, offering a prospect for significant advances in the state of the art. This report provides a brief overview of these modern computational approaches, discusses their advantages and limitations, and attempts to formulate an integrated framework leading to the development of predictive modeling capabilities for wave propagation in jointed and fractured geologic materials.

Antoun, T

2009-12-17

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Predictive uncertainty analysis of plume distribution for geological carbon sequestration using sparse-grid Bayesian method  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Because of the extensive computational burden, parametric uncertainty analyses are rarely conducted for geological carbon sequestration (GCS) process based multi-phase models. The difficulty of predictive uncertainty analysis for the CO2 plume migration in realistic GCS models is not only due to the spatial distribution of the caprock and reservoir (i.e. heterogeneous model parameters), but also because the GCS optimization estimation problem has multiple local minima due to the complex nonlinear multi-phase (gas and aqueous), and multi-component (water, CO2, salt) transport equations. The geological model built by Doughty and Pruess (2004) for the Frio pilot site (Texas) was selected and assumed to represent the 'true' system, which was composed of seven different facies (geological units) distributed among 10 layers. We chose to calibrate the permeabilities of these facies. Pressure and gas saturation values from this true model were then extracted and used as observations for subsequent model calibration. Random noise was added to the observations to approximate realistic field conditions. Each simulation of the model lasts about 2 hours. In this study, we develop a new approach that improves computational efficiency of Bayesian inference by constructing a surrogate system based on an adaptive sparse-grid stochastic collocation method. This surrogate response surface global optimization algorithm is firstly used to calibrate the model parameters, then prediction uncertainty of the CO2 plume position is quantified due to the propagation from parametric uncertainty in the numerical experiments, which is also compared to the actual plume from the 'true' model. Results prove that the approach is computationally efficient for multi-modal optimization and prediction uncertainty quantification for computationally expensive simulation models. Both our inverse methodology and findings can be broadly applicable to GCS in heterogeneous storage formations.

Shi, X.; Zhang, G.

2013-12-01

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Geology of the reading prong  

SciTech Connect

For over a billion years the geological terrain now called New Jersey has been the site of unusually high uranium concentrations. Although the highest of these concentrations occurs in the Reading Prong, the area is itself only part of a larger geologic province extending to the northeast and southwest. The rocks in the Reading Prong are not uniformly radioactive. High uranium concentrations tend to be associated with magnetite deposits - metamorphic equivalents of iron-rich formations - and with pegmatites - rocks formed by precipitation from mineralizing solutions in the late phases of granite emplacement. Because of the way they were formed, the uranium-bearing magnetite and pegmatite bodies tend to be long and narrow, and the resulting patterns of radon occurrence can be expected to be the same. This may explain why, in some places, adjacent houses have very different radon concentrations.

Schutz, D.

1987-03-01

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Small scale laboratory design investigation of leakage of gaseous CO2 through heterogeneous subsurface system  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The technology for geological sequestration of carbon dioxide has been developed to reduce the CO2 emissions into the atmosphere from the use of fossil fuels in power generation and other industries. One of the main concerns associated with the geological storage is the possible leakage of CO2 into the shallow aquifers, for which effective detection methods are needed. The processes related to the spreading and trapping of CO2 in the reservoir formation and in supercritical conditions have received major attention and form the basis of understanding of CO2 trapping processes. Some of the CO2 may, however, also leak to the upper layers of the rock and all the way to land surface through faults and imperfections in the seal. A proper understanding and capability to detect such leaks is essential for a safe performance of any storage operation. This, in turn, involves a proper understanding of the processes related to the transport of gaseous CO2 in the near-surface conditions, a topic that has received considerably less attention. The objective of this study is to analyze the transport and migration of gaseous CO2 in heterogeneous porous media, in controlled laboratory conditions. CO2 may reach the unsaturated zone by different leak mechanisms which may subsequently affect how and where it can be detected by leakage monitoring program. These mechanisms include exsolution from CO2 supersaturated water and continuous bubbling or gas flow along a leakage path. Below the water table, gaseous CO2 can also be trapped under capillary barriers. However, as more CO2 is supplied by leakage from below the water table, the pressure may at some point exceed the entry pressure of the barrier leading to a leak event. Similarly, fluctuations in the water table may also produce leak events of temporarily trapped CO2. In the unsaturated zone, the CO2 is heavier than air and may accumulate below ground surface and move laterally. The presence of heterogeneity influences both the movement and detectability of the CO2. Our laboratory experiment is designed and implemented for measuring CO2 distribution in time and space through the heterogeneous porous material. The CO2 concentrations through the domain are measured by using sensitive gas sensors. To better understand the consequences of CO2 leakage and how it can be detected, this study presents a conceptual model together with the design and setup of an experimental system to understand the transport, trapping and detectability of gaseous CO2 in a heterogeneous shallow geological system.

Basirat, F.; Sharma, P.; Niemi, A.; Fagerlund, F.

2012-04-01

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SPECIAL TOPIC The influence of geological, geochemical, and biogenic  

E-print Network

SPECIAL TOPIC The influence of geological, geochemical, and biogenic habitat heterogeneity on seep linked to methane, oil and gas seeps have been identified (Sibuet & Olu 1998; Pinheiro et al. 2003 Keywords Beta diversity; chemosynthetic communities; cold seep; continental margin; macrofauna; meiofauna

Levin, Lisa

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Abbreviations used in publications of the United States Geological Survey  

USGS Publications Warehouse

The use of abbreviations in publications of the Geological Survey is determined by several forces working in different directions. Pulling in the direction of greater condensation and the freer use of abbreviations and symbols is the desire to achieve greater economy in publications. Working in the opposite direction is the desire to have the publications used more conveniently by an increasingly heterogeneous public.

U.S. Geological Survey

1953-01-01

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Modeling Fractures in Thermal Systems: Thermal-Mechanical Feedback and Vein Formation  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Barb Dutrow, Department of Geology & Geophysics, Louisiana State University Topic: Mineralogy, Petrology, fracture formation Course type: Upper level undergraduate course Description In many geologic systems, ...

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Geology Fieldnotes: White Sands National Monument, New Mexico  

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The White Sands National Monument site contains park geology information, maps, related links, and visitor information. The park geology section discusses the park's geologic history, the formation of the gypsum sand dunes, and the four types of dunes found at the White Sands National Monument: dome, barchan, transverse, and parabolic. The park maps section includes a map of the White Sands National Monument and the surrounding area, showing the location of each type of dune.

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Lunar and Planetary Science XXXV: Mars All Over: Geologic Mapping  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The titles presented in this session include: 1) 'Geology of Noachian Martian Highlands Surrounding the Gusev Crater'; 2) 'The History of Deposition and Nature of Material in Hellas Basin, Mars'; 3) 'Geologic Mapping of the Medusae Fossae Formation on Mars'; 4) 'Geology of the Aram Chaos from MGS-Mars Odyssey Missions and Mars Express HRSC Data'; 5) 'Toward a Comprehensive Stratigraphic Column of Mars'; 6 'The Olympus Mons Aureole Deposits: Constraints on Emplacement Scenarios Based on Remotely Sensed Data'.

2004-01-01

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A LONG, LONG time ago: geologic timescales  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Each student randomly picks a card with a geologic event (written description and an image) on it. A timeline has 11 events, not including the formation of the Earth and today. Students attach their event where they think it should go on a 45.5' timeline (in the hallway) made out of paper adding tape and mark the location on the timeline. They return to the classroom and receive a list of age dates for each event. Each group figures out the scale (1 foot = 100 million years) and then moves their events to the correct locations. Students are asked how the position of the events changed, and answer other questions that reinforce the difference between human timescales and geologic timescales. The powerpoint file below contains a template for making geologic event labels for the index cards. Instructors can tailor the geologic event list to fit their course.

Johnson, Elizabeth

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Dealing with spatial heterogeneity  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Heterogeneity can be dealt with by defining homogeneous equivalent properties, known as averaging, or by trying to describe the spatial variability of the rock properties from geologic observations and local measurements. The techniques available for these descriptions are mostly continuous Geostatistical models, or discontinuous facies models such as the Boolean, Indicator or Gaussian-Threshold models and the Markov chain model. These facies models are better suited to treating issues of rock strata connectivity, e.g. buried high permeability channels or low permeability barriers, which greatly affect flow and, above all, transport in aquifers. Genetic models provide new ways to incorporate more geology into the facies description, an approach that has been well developed in the oil industry, but not enough in hydrogeology. The conclusion is that future work should be focused on improving the facies models, comparing them, and designing new in situ testing procedures (including geophysics) that would help identify the facies geometry and properties. A world-wide catalog of aquifer facies geometry and properties, which could combine site genesis and description with methods used to assess the system, would be of great value for practical applications. On peut aborder le problème de l'hétérogénéité en s'efforçant de définir une perméabilité équivalente homogène, par prise de moyenne, ou au contraire en décrivant la variation dans l'espace des propriétés des roches à partir des observations géologiques et des mesures locales. Les techniques disponibles pour une telle description sont soit continues, comme l'approche Géostatistique, soit discontinues, comme les modèles de faciès, Booléens, ou bien par Indicatrices ou Gaussiennes Seuillées, ou enfin Markoviens. Ces modèles de faciès sont mieux capables de prendre en compte la connectivité des strates géologiques, telles que les chenaux enfouis à forte perméabilité, ou au contraire les faciès fins de barrières de perméabilité, qui ont une influence importante sur les écoulement, et, plus encore, sur le transport. Les modè les génétiques récemment apparus ont la capacité de mieux incorporer dans les modèles de faciès les observations géologiques, chose courante dans l'industrie pétrolière, mais insuffisamment développée en hydrogéologie. On conclut que les travaux de recherche ultérieurs devraient s'attacher à développer les modèles de faciès, à les comparer entre eux, et à mettre au point de nouvelles méthodes d'essais in situ, comprenant les méthodes géophysiques, capables de reconnaître la géométrie et les propriétés des faciès. La constitution d'un catalogue mondial de la géométrie et des propriétés des faciès aquifères, ainsi que des méthodes de reconnaissance utilisées pour arriver à la détermination de ces systèmes, serait d'une grande importance pratique pour les applications. La heterogeneidad se puede manejar por medio de la definición de características homogéneas equivalentes, conocidas como promediar o tratando de describir la variabilidad espacial de las características de las rocas a partir de observaciones geológicas y medidas locales. Las técnicas disponibles para estas descripciones son generalmente modelos geoestadísticos continuos o modelos de facies discontinuos como los modelos Boolean, de Indicador o de umbral de Gaussian y el modelo de cadena de Markow. Estos modelos de facies son mas adecuados para tratar la conectvidad de estratos geológicos (por ejemplo canales de alta permeabilidad enterrados o barreras de baja permeabilidad que tienen efectos importantes sobre el flujo y especialmente sobre el transporte en los acuíferos. Los modelos genéticos ofrecen nuevas formas de incorporar más geología en las descripciones de facies, un enfoque que está bien desarollado en la industria petrolera, pero insuficientemente en la hidrogeología. Se concluye que los trabajos futuros deberían estar más enfocados en mejorar los modelos de facies, en establecer comparaciones y en

Marsily, Gh.; Delay, F.; Gonçalvès, J.; Renard, Ph.; Teles, V.; Violette, S.

2005-03-01

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Endogenous Cartel Formation with Heterogeneous Firms  

E-print Network

sellers.1 For example, the global citric acid cartel of the early to mid 1990s comprised Archer Daniels is that Chinese suppliers were not part of the citric acid cartel. The exclusion of Chinese suppliers also

Niebur, Ernst

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The Geological Society of London  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The Geological Society of London promotes "the geosciences and the professional interests of UK geoscientists." The website offers media, geological, and society news. Researchers can find out about upcoming conferences covering a variety of geological topics as well as information on a series of journals. Everyone interested in geology can find materials on geological careers, including required education, qualifications, and funding. The website provides teaching resources on volcanoes, geologic hazards, and other geological phenomena.

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Geologic map of the Patagonia Mountains, Santa Cruz County, Arizona  

USGS Publications Warehouse

Several spatial databases provide data for the geologic map of the Patagonia Mountains in Arizona. The data can be viewed and queried in ArcGIS 10, a geographic information system; a geologic map is also available in PDF format. All products are available online only.

Graybeal, Frederick T.; Moyer, Lorre A.; Vikre, Peter; Dunlap, Pamela; Wallis, John C.

2015-01-01

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SUBSURFACE PROPERTY RIGHTS: IMPLICATIONS FOR GEOLOGIC CO2 STORAGE  

EPA Science Inventory

The paper discusses subsurface property rights as they apply to geologic sequestration (GS) of carbon dioxide (CO2). GS projects inject captured CO2 into deep (greater than ~1 km) geologic formations for the explicit purpose of avoiding atmospheric emission of CO2. Because of the...

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SUBSURFACE PROPERTY RIGHTS: IMPLICATIONS FOR GEOLOGIC CO2 SEQUESTRATION  

EPA Science Inventory

The chapter discusses subsurface property rights as they apply to geologic sequestration (GS) of carbon dioxide (CO2). GS projects inject captured CO2 into deep (greater than ~1 km) geologic formations for the explicit purpose of avoiding atmospheric emission of CO2. Because of t...

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SUBSURFACE PROPERTY RIGHTS: IMPLICATIONS FOR GEOLOGIC CO2 SEQUESTRATION (PRESENTATION)  

EPA Science Inventory

The paper discusses subsurface property rights as they apply to geologic sequestration (GS) of carbon dioxide (CO2). GS projects inject captured CO2 into deep (greater than ~1 km) geologic formations for the explicit purpose of avoiding atmospheric emission of CO2. Because of the...

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Geology Fieldnotes: Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Montana/Wyoming  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This site contains Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area information, including geology, maps, photographs, visitor information, and links for additional facts about this area of Wyoming and Montana. Included are details about the geologic history of the area, formations, the Pryar and Bighorn Mountains, and the exploration history of the land.

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Fossil formation  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The National Science Education Standards Life Science Content Standard mentions that fossils indicate extinct species and contribute to an understanding of evolution and diversity. The Earth and Space Sciences Content Standard tells us they provide clues about past environments. But what is a fossil? How does it form? The processes can be complex. An understanding of fossil formation will enable accurate student conceptions of related science concepts including methods of science in geology, paleontology, and evolution.

University, Staff A.

2008-03-07

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Geology Before Pluto: Pre-encounter Considerations  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Pluto, its large satellite Charon, and its four known satellites represent the first trans-Neptunian Kuiper Belt objects populating the outer-most solar system beyond the gas giant planets to be studied in detail from a spacecraft (New Horizons). A complete picture of the solar nebula, and solar system formation cannot be confidently formulated until representatives of this group of bodies at the edge of solar space have been examined. The Pluto system is composed of unique lunar- and intermediate-sized objects that can tell us much about how objects with volatile icy compositions evolve. Modeling of the interior suggests that geologic activity may have been to some degree, and observations of frost on the surface could imply the need for a geologic reservoir for the replenishment of these phases. However, the putative indicators of Pluto's geologic history are inconclusive and unspecific. Detailed examination of Pluto's geologic record is the only plausible means of bridging the gap between theory and observations. In this talk I will examine the potential importance of these tentative indications of geologic activity and how specific spacecraft observations have been designed and used to constrain the Pluto system's geologic history. The cameras of New Horizons will provide robust data sets that should be immanently amenable to geological analysis of the Pluto System's landscapes. In this talk, we begin with a brief discussion of the planned observations by New Horizons' cameras that will bear most directly on geological interpretability. Then I will broadly review major geological processes that could potentially operate of the surfaces of Pluto and its moons. I will first survey exogenic processes (i.e., those for which energy for surface modification is supplied externally to the planetary surface): impact cratering, sedimentary processes (including volatile migration) and the work of wind. I will conclude with an assessment of prospects for endogenic activity in the form of tectonics and cryo-volcanism.

Moore, Jeffrey M.

2014-01-01

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Geologic Time: Online Edition  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Offered by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) as a general interest publication, this site is an online edition of a text by the same name, offering a concise overview of the concepts associated with the age of the Earth. The online edition was revised in October of 1997 to reflect current thinking on this topic. Section headers are Geologic Time, Relative Time Scale, Major Divisions of Geologic Time, Index Fossils, Radiometric Time Scale, and Age of the Earth.

1997-10-09

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Pennsylvania Geological Survey  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This is the homepage of the Pennsylvania Geological Survey. Users can access digital maps, data, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), information on economic resources, and information on field mapping in the state. Classroom resources include a set of lesson plans on Pennsylvania geology; 'Rock Boxes', a set of rock samples which can be ordered; information on mineral collecting; and a series of educational publications, page-sized maps, and the 'Trail of Geology' park guide.

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Icelandic Geology Resources  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The main feature of this site from Hamrahlio College of Reykjavik, Iceland is an interactive geological map of Iceland showing lava flows and glaciers. Other highlights include links to related Icelandic geology pages (e.g., The Effect of Diatom Mining, Iceland's Ministry of the Environment), news sources and journals, and Icelandic geological societies (not all are in English). A recommended resource for glaciologists, volcanologists, and educators in earth science.

Douglas, Georg R.

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Sedimentology and petroleum geology  

SciTech Connect

This book presents an introduction to sedimentology as well as petroleum geology. It integrates both subjects, which are closely related but mostly treated separately. The author covers the basic aspects of sedimentology, sedimentary geochemistry and diagenesis. Principles of stratigraphy, seismic stratigraphy and basin modelling forms the base for the part on petroleum geology. Subjects discussed include the composition of kerogen and hydrocarbons, theories of migration and trapping of hydrocarbons and properties of reservoir rocks. Introductions to well logging and production geology are given.

Bjorlykke, K.O. (Oslo Univ. (Norway))

1989-01-01

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Geologic Maps and Structures Name ______________________________ Geology 100 Harbor section  

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Geologic Maps and Structures Name ______________________________ Geology 100 ­ Harbor section Read Ch. 7 before you begin. The objectives of this lab are for you to learn the basic geologic structures in 3-D and to develop some facility in interpreting the nature of geologic structures from geologic

Harbor, David

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Environmental Geology Major www.geology.pitt.edu/uprogs.html  

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Environmental Geology Major www.geology.pitt.edu/uprogs.html Revised: 04/2004 Environmental geology in environmental geology provides the diverse skills required to work in many different employment settings issues. Within the field of geology, environmental and geotechnical jobs exist for people with BS degrees

Jiang, Huiqiang

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Department of Geology and Geological Engineering University of Mississippi Announces  

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Department of Geology and Geological Engineering University of Mississippi Announces Krista Pursuing a degree within the Geology & Geological Engineering department Record of financial need the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree in geological engineering in 1982. After earning

Elsherbeni, Atef Z.

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Quantifying network heterogeneity.  

PubMed

Despite degree distributions give some insights about how heterogeneous a network is, they fail in giving a unique quantitative characterization of network heterogeneity. This is particularly the case when several different distributions fit for the same network, when the number of data points is very scarce due to network size, or when we have to compare two networks with completely different degree distributions. Here we propose a unique characterization of network heterogeneity based on the difference of functions of node degrees for all pairs of linked nodes. We show that this heterogeneity index can be expressed as a quadratic form of the Laplacian matrix of the network, which allows a spectral representation of network heterogeneity. We give bounds for this index, which is equal to zero for any regular network and equal to one only for star graphs. Using it we study random networks showing that those generated by the Erdös-Rényi algorithm have zero heterogeneity, and those generated by the preferential attachment method of Barabási and Albert display only 11% of the heterogeneity of a star graph. We finally study 52 real-world networks and we found that they display a large variety of heterogeneities. We also show that a classification system based on degree distributions does not reflect the heterogeneity properties of real-world networks. PMID:21230700

Estrada, Ernesto

2010-12-01