Sample records for kola superdeep borehole

  1. Archean rock homologs in the Kola superdeep borehole section in the northern part of the White Sea mobile belt, Voche-Lambina test site

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Morozova, L. N.; Mitrofanov, F. P.; Bayanova, T. B.; Vetrin, V. R.; Serov, P. A.

    2012-01-01

    The Archean Complex homologs of the Kola superdeep borehole (SG-3) were identified in the northern part of the White Sea mobile belt. Tonalite-trondhjemite-granodiorite gneisses of the Voche-Lambina test site and metavolcanic dacite-rhyodacite rocks of the borehole SG-3 were formed at the stages of 2.97-2.82, ˜2.81, and 2.78-2.79 Ga. The Sm-Nd model ages of the studied rocks do not exceed 3.1 Ga, and their positive ?Nd(t) values vary from +0.5 to +3.34. They are characterized by Mg# = 0.20-0.44, similar concentrations (HFSE) of Zr, Nb, Y, and also Rb, Cr, and Ni, and sharply differentiated spectra of the REE distribution (Ce/Sm = 3.2-5.8; Gd/Yb = 2.6-7.1). Primary melts were formed in balance with garnetamphibole restite under P ? 15-16 kbar.

  2. SOME PROPERTIES OF DEEP CRYSTALLINE ROCKS FROM DEEP AND SUPERDEEP BOREHOLES (SG3, KTB, SG4 AND ODB)

    Microsoft Academic Search

    F. F. Gorbatsevich; O. S. Golovataya; M. V. Kovalevsky; O. M. Trishina

    2007-01-01

    One of the goals of the programmes for deep scientific drilling is to construct a standard model of properties and state of the upper and middle earth crystalline crust. The most complete results were obtained when investigating the core and sections of the Kola (SG-3), German (KTB), Ural (SG-4) and Finnish ODB deep and superdeep boreholes. No marked depth dependence

  3. Electromagnetic sounding of the Earth's crust in the region of superdeep boreholes of Yamal-Nenets autonomous district using the fields of natural and controlled sources

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhamaletdinov, A. A.; Petrishchev, M. S.; Shevtsov, A. N.; Kolobov, V. V.; Selivanov, V. N.; Barannik, M. B.; Tereshchenko, E. D.; Grigoriev, V. F.; Sergushin, P. A.; Kopytenko, E. A.; Biryulya, M. A.; Skorokhodov, A. A.; Esipko, O. A.; Damaskin, R. V.

    2013-11-01

    Electromagnetic soundings with the fields of natural (magnetotelluric (MT), and audio magnetotelluric (AMT)) and high-power controlled sources have been carried out in the region of the SG-6 (Tyumen) and SG-7 (En-Yakhin) superdeep boreholes in the Yamal-Nenets autonomous district (YaNAD). In the controlled-source soundings, the electromagnetic field was generated by the VL Urengoi-Pangody 220-kV industrial power transmission line (PTL), which has a length of 114 km, and ultralow-frequency (ULF) Zevs radiating antenna located at a distance of 2000 km from the signal recording sites. In the soundings with the Urengoi-Pangody PTL, the Energiya-2 generator capable of supplying up to 200 kW of power and Energiya-3 portable generator with a power of 2 kW were used as the sources. These generators were designed and manufactured at the Kola Science Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The soundings with the Energiya-2 generator were conducted in the frequency range from 0.38 to 175 Hz. The external generator was connected to the PTL in upon the agreement with the Yamal-Nenets Enterprise of Main Electric Networks, a branch of OAO FSK ES of Western Siberia. The connection was carried out by the wire-ground scheme during the routine maintenance of PTL in the nighttime. The highest-quality signals were recorded in the region of the SG-7 (En-Yakhin) superdeep borehole, where the industrial noise is lowest. The results of the inversion of the soundings with PTL and Zevs ULF transmitter completely agree with each other and with the data of electric logging. The MT-AMT data provide additional information about the deep structure of the region in the low-frequency range (below 1Hz). It is established that the section of SG-6 and SG-7 boreholes contains conductive layers in the depth intervals from 0.15 to 0.3 km and from 1 to 1.5 km. These layers are associated with the variations in the lithological composition, porosity, and fluid saturation of the rocks. The top of the poorly conductive Permian-Triassic complex is identified at a depth of about 7 km. On the basis of the MT data in the lowest frequency band (hourly and longer periods) with the observations at the Novosibirsk observatory taken into account, the distribution of electric resistivity up to a depth of 800 km is reconstructed. This distribution can be used as additional information when calculating the temperature and rheology of the lithosphere and upper mantle in West Siberia. The results of our studies demonstrate the high potential of the complex electromagnetic soundings with natural and controlled sources in the study of deep structure of the lithosphere and tracing deep oil-and-gas-bearing horizons in the sedimentary cover of the West Siberian Platform within the Yamal-Nenets autonomous district.

  4. Seismic results at Kola and KTB deep scientific boreholes: velocities, reflections, fluids, and crustal composition

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Smithson, S. B.; Wenzel, F.; Ganchin, Y. V.; Morozov, I. B.

    2000-12-01

    Seismic studies from the Kola and KTB scientific boreholes are used to determine the origins of crustal seismic reflections and to study the effect of fluids, which are encountered through the entire depth range, on seismic wave propagation. Crustal seismic reflections are caused by compositional layering, shear zones, anisotropy and fluid-filled faults and fractures and all of these factors may contribute to one reflection group. Full wavefield recording and analysis, including S-waves and converted waves, may be used to distinguish the mixed origins of reflections. Sonic log velocities are systematically lower than VSP interval velocities because of the effect of drilling damage immediately around the borehole. A striking feature of both boreholes is the presence of brines in fractures and micro-cracks to TDs of 9 and 12 km yet the upper crust generally remains resistive, presumably due to low connectivity. Fluids enhance reflectivity in some zones and lower P-wave seismic velocity by about 0.2 km/s in the upper crust. Thus estimates of crustal composition based on seismic velocity are too felsic so that average upper crustal composition is more like felsic tonalite than granodiorite. In the Kola borehole, brines coexist at 12 km depth and 190°C; in the KTB borehole at 9 km depth, brines coexist with country rock at 265°C, and the depth at which brines disappear is unknown so that presence and effect of fluids in the deep crust should be re-evaluated.

  5. Paleoclimate on the Kola Peninsula (Russia) From Inversion of Subsurface Temperatures: Role of Weichselian Glaciation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mottaghy, D.; Rath, V.

    2005-12-01

    Using an extensive data set of temperature logs and thermal properties from the Kola super-deep borehole and 20 shallow boreholes (up to 1.6 km) from its immediate vicinity, we present results from inversions for ground surface temperature histories. We apply a versatile 1-D inversion technique based on a finite-difference approach in order to take into account the heterogeneity of thermal properties and their nonlinear dependence on temperature including freezing and thawing. Regularization of this generally ill-posed problem is achieved by Tikhonov regularization of variable order. The scheme is easily generalized for use with multiple boreholes. Due to excellent database with respect to thermal conductivity (more than 3400 measurements), we were able to determine GST histories back to 50 kY BP. The temperature change from the last glaciation period to the Holocene is smaller (5-6 K) than in lower latitudes, suggesting the existence of an insulating ice cover for a considerable time. This is demonstrated by results 0 north-east Poland. The duration and extent of the glaciation is a matter of discussion, in particular concerning the conditions at its base. We will discuss these question including the sensitivity with respect to general atmospheric climatic conditions.

  6. Antihepatoxic constituents of Garcinia kola seeds

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. M. Iwu

    1985-01-01

    Summary Kolaviron, a fraction of defatted methanolic extract and biflavanones ofGarcinia kola seeds significantly antagonized the lethal poisoning of mice with phalloidin. Garcinia biflavanones GB1, GB2 and kolaflavanone were isolated as the active constituents.

  7. Adaptogenic potentials of Camellia sinensis leaves, Garcinia kola and Kola nitida seeds

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Charles O. Esimone; Michael U. Adikwu; Chukwuemeka S. Nworu; Festus B. C. Okoye; Damian C. Odimegwu

    2007-01-01

    In this study, we screened Garcinia kola seed (GKS), Kola nitida seed (KNS) and Camellia sinensis Leaves (TEA) for adaptogenic potentials. The investigation was carried out in albino rats to determine the ability of these plant materials to increase non-specific resistance against physical, chemical and biological stressors. The results show that the three plant materials protected the animals from bacteria-induced

  8. The characteristic photoluminescence and EPR features of superdeep diamonds (São-Luis, Brazil)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yuryeva, Olga P.; Rakhmanova, Mariana I.; Nadolinny, Vladimir A.; Zedgenizov, Dmitry A.; Shatsky, Vladislav S.; Kagi, Hiroyuki; Komarovskikh, Andrey Yu.

    2015-05-01

    Photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) were used for the first time to characterize properties of superdeep diamonds from the São-Luis alluvial deposits (Brazil). The infrared measurements showed the low nitrogen content (>50 of 87 diamonds from this locality were nitrogen free and belonged to type IIa) and simultaneously the extremely high level of nitrogen aggregation (pure type IaB being predominant), which indicates that diamonds under study might have formed under high pressure and temperature conditions. In most cases, PL features excited at various wavelengths (313, 473, and 532 nm) were indicative of different growth and post-growth processes during which PL centers could be formed via interaction between vacancies and nitrogen atoms. The overall presence of the 490.7 nm, H3, and H4 centers in the luminescence spectra attests to strong plastic deformations in these diamonds. The neutral vacancy known as the GR1 center has probably occurred in a number of crystals due to radiation damage in the post-growth period. The 558.5 nm PL center is found to be one of the most common defects in type IIa samples which is accompanied by the EPR center with g-factor of 2.00285. The 536 and 576 nm vibronic systems totally dominated the PL spectra of superdeep diamonds, while none of "normal" diamonds from the Mir pipe (Yakutia) with similar nitrogen characteristics showed the latter three PL centers.

  9. Safety assessment of kola nut extract as a food ingredient

    Microsoft Academic Search

    George A. Burdock; Ioana G. Carabin; Christine M. Crincoli

    2009-01-01

    Kola nut extract is used in the food industry as a flavoring ingredient. Kola nut extract is derived from the seeds of primarily two tropical Cola species (Cola nitida (Vent.) Schott et Endl. or Cola acuminata (Beauv.) Schott et Endl.) of the Family, Sterculiaceae. Present day consumption of kola nut extract is 0.69mg\\/kg\\/day. Caffeine and theobromine are two important constituents

  10. Origin and nature of crustal reflections: Results from integrated seismic measurements at the KTB superdeep drilling site

    Microsoft Academic Search

    H.-P. Harjes; K. Bram; H.-J. Dürbaum; H. Gebrande; G. Hirschmann; M. Janik; M. Klöckner; E. Lüschen; W. Rabbel; M. Simon; R. Thomas; J. Tormann; F. Wenzel

    1997-01-01

    For almost 10 years the KTB superdeep drilling project has offered an excellent field laboratory for adapting seismic techniques to crystalline environments and for testing new ideas for interpreting seismic reflections in terms of lithological or textural properties of metamorphic rock units. The seismic investigations culminated in a three-dimensional (3-D) reflection survey on a 19×19km area with the drill site

  11. Clinical effects of Garcinia kola in knee osteoarthritis

    PubMed Central

    Adegbehingbe, Olayinka O; Adesanya, Saburi A; Idowu, Thomas O; Okimi, Oluwakemi C; Oyelami, Oyesiku A; Iwalewa, Ezekiel O

    2008-01-01

    Objectives Over the past years, there has been a growing number of knee osteoarthritis (KOA) patients who are not willing to comply with long-term non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) treatment and wish to use herbal anti- rheumatic medicine. This study assessed the clinical effects of Garcinia kola (GK) in KOA patients. Patients and methods Prospective randomized, placebo controlled, double blind, clinical trial approved by the institutional medical ethics review board and written informed consent obtained from each patient. All KOA patients presenting at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital complex were recruited into the study. The patients were grouped into four (A = Placebo, B = Naproxen, C = Garcinia kola, D = Celebrex). The drugs and placebo were given twice a day per oral route. Each dose consisted of 200 mg of G. kola, Naproxen (500 mg), Celebrex (200 mg) and Ascorbic acid (100 mg). The primary outcome measure over six weeks study period was the change in mean WOMAC pain visual analogue scales (VAS). Secondary outcome measures included the mean change in joint stiffness and physical function (mobility/walking). Results 143 patients were recruited, 84 (58.7%, males – 24, females – 60) satisfied the selection criteria and completed the study. The effect of knee osteoarthritis bilateralism among the subjects was not significant on their outcome (p > 0.05). The change in the mean WOMAC pain VAS after six weeks of G. kola was significantly reduced compared to the placebo (p < 0.001). Multiple comparisons of the mean VAS pain change of G. kola group was not lowered significantly against the naproxen and celebrex groups (p > 0.05). The onset of G. kola symptomatic pain relief was faster than the placebo (p < 0.001). However, it was slower than the active comparators (p > 0.05). The duration of therapeutic effect of Garcinia kola was longer than the placebo (p > 0.001). G. kola period of effect was less than naproxen and celebrex (p < 0.001). G. kola subjects had improved mean change mobility/walking after six weeks better than the control group(p < 0.001). The mean change in mobility of the G. kola group when compared to the active comparators was not significantly better (p < 0.05). The mean change of knee joint stiffness (p < 0.001) and the change of mean WOMAC score (p < 0.001) were improved on Garcinia kola as compared to the placebo. The mid term outcome of eleven Garcinia kola subjects after cessation of use had a mean pain relief period of 17.27 +/- 5.15 days (range: 9–26 days). There was no significant cardiovascular, renal or drug induced adverse reaction to Garcinia kola. Conclusion Garcinia kola appeared to have clinically significant analgesic/anti-inflammatory effects in knee osteoarthritis patients. Garcinia kola is a potential osteoarthritis disease activity modifier with good mid term outcome. Further studies are required for standardization of dosages and to determine long-term effects. PMID:18667082

  12. Global mantle convection: Evidence from carbon and nitrogen isotopes in super-deep diamonds (Invited)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Palot, M.; Cartigny, P.; Harris, J.; Kaminsky, F. V.; Stachel, T.

    2009-12-01

    Constraining the convective regime of the Earth’s mantle has profound implications for our understanding of the Earth’s cooling and the geodynamics of plate tectonics. Although subducting plates seem to be occasionally deflected at 660 km, evidence from seismic tomography and fluid dynamics suggest that substantial amounts of material reach the core-mantle boundary. Most geochemists, on the other hand, based on evidence from noble gases, would argue for the presence of separate upper and lower mantle reservoirs. Diamond provides a unique opportunity to sample those parts of the mantle that remains inaccessible by any other means. Some mineral associations in diamond, such as majoritic garnet, calcic and magnesian perovskite and manganoan ilmenite with ferropericlase have been recognised as originated from the transition zone down to the lower mantle (Stachel et al., 1999; Kaminsky et al., 2001). In addition, nitrogen in these diamonds is potentially a good tracer for mantle geodynamics. Exchanges between an inner reservoir (characterised by negative ?15N) via degassing at oceanic ridges with an outer reservoir (characterised by positive ?15N) via recycling at a subduction zones can lead to isotopic contrast in a stratified mantle. Because of common super-deep mineral inclusion assemblages in diamonds from Juina (Brazil) and Kankan (Guinea), we carried out a detailed study of nitrogen and carbon isotopes. The Juina diamonds show broadly similar ranges of ?15N from +3.8‰ down to -8.8‰ for both upper (UM) and lower (LM) mantle diamonds. This important feature is also found for UM and LM diamonds from Kankan, although the range of ?15N differs with values from +9.6‰ down to -39.4‰. Both sets of results suggest extensive material-isotopic exchange through the 660km discontinuity, contrary to the idea of an isolated reservoir. Transition zone (TZ) diamonds are enriched in 13C with ?13C from -3.1‰ up to +3.8‰ at Kankan but those of Juina are depleted in 13C with ?13C from -4.2‰ down to -12.8‰. Three zoned TZ and LM diamonds demonstrate more than 3.5‰ ?13C variations, two from Kankan with ?13C up to +0.1‰ and +1.4‰ and one from Juina with ?13C down to -9.8‰. These diamonds may have initiated their growth in the LM and following slow uplift in a convective mantle have equilibrated in the TZ, and in doing so show an evolution in carbon isotopic composition. Therefore the C- and N- independent isotopic tracers suggest that significant amounts of material are exchanged across the 660km discontinuity. Subsequent preservation of a large range of ?13C and ?15N compositions may be compatible with the model of global thermochemical convection with a small amplitude of density heterogeneities inferred from seismology and mineral physics. Kaminsky, F. V. et al., 2001. Superdeep diamonds from Juina area, Mato Grosso State, Brazil. Contrib Mineral Petrol 140: 734-753. Stachel, T. et al., 2001. Kankan diamonds (Guinea) III: ?13C and nitrogen characteristics of deep diamonds. Contrib Mineral Petrol 142: 465-475.

  13. Super-deep diamonds from kimberlites in the Juina area, Mato Grosso State, Brazil

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kaminsky, Felix V.; Khachatryan, Galina K.; Andreazza, Paulo; Araujo, Debora; Griffin, William L.

    2009-11-01

    One thousand three hundred sixty-five diamonds from seven newly discovered kimberlitic pipes in the Juina area were comprehensively studied. These diamonds, like the ones from previously studied Juina placer deposits, are very homogeneous in their morphology and optical properties. Two diamond populations exist in the Pandrea pipes: the major population with a highly aggregated nitrogen impurity (% N B = 75-100%), and a secondary population with a moderately aggregated nitrogen impurity (% N B = 20-65%), while only one major population is present in the diamonds from placers. The diamonds from the pipes have a permanent, relatively high hydrogen impurity concentration. Among the mineral inclusions in diamonds from the Juina pipes, ferropericlase is predominant; chrome spinel, picroilmenite, Mn-ilmenite, MgCaSi-'perovskite' phase, rutile, sulphide, native iron, and iron-oxides were also identified. Most of the inclusions belong to the lower-mantle paragenesis; some (rutile and sulphide) are of eclogitic paragenesis. Mineral inclusions in diamonds from kimberlitic pipes are different in composition from the same minerals in placer diamonds. Both kimberlitic and placer diamonds belong to the same carbon isotopic population, but have differences in the ?13C distribution and were probably formed from different local carbon sources. These data indicate that diamonds from both groups, kimberlites and placer deposits, in the Juina area, belong to the same genetic population with most of the stones originating within the super-deep conditions. However, there are differences between these two groups, which indicate that besides the known Pandrea pipes which may have partly supplied diamonds to the placer deposits, there may be other, still unknown primary sources of diamonds in the Juina area.

  14. Potential use of Garcinia kola as hop substitute in lager beer brewing

    Microsoft Academic Search

    G. N. Aniche; G. U. Uwakwe

    1990-01-01

    The chemical, brewing and anti-microbial properties of a tropical seed,Garcinia kola, were compared with traditional hops. Treatment ofGarcinia kola with methanolic lead acetate produced a yellow precipitate from which organic acids (alpha acids) were contirmed to be present by thin-layer chromatography. Hops, however, had a higher concentration of organic acids thanGarcinia kola. Laboratory brewing trials withGarcinia kola and hops gave

  15. Super-Deep Seismic Reflection Profiling in the Southern Part of Hidaka Collision Zone, Hokkaido, Japan

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Suzuki, K.; Kikuchi, S.; Ito, T.; Tsumura, N.; Arita, K.; Moriya, T.; Saito, H.; Kawanaka, T.; Kozawa, T.; Ikawa, T.

    2001-12-01

    The Kuril Arc has been colliding against the Northeast Japan Arc around the Hidaka mountain range, Hokkaido, Japan. Furthermore the Pacific plate is subducting north-northwestward beneath the Hidaka Collision Zone (HCZ). Recent seismic reflection experiments in this area have revealed that the delamination-wedge structure is formed by Arc-Arc Collision beneath the HCZ (Ito et.al.,1998,2000,Tsumura,1999). However the relationship between the delaminated lower portion of the lower crust and the subducting Pacific plate has remained unclear. In order to reveal the detailed 3-dimensional structure of the HCZ, super-deep seismic reflection experiments were conducted in the southern part of the HCZ, Samani-cho, Hokkido, in September, 2000. Two seismic lines were deployed: Line1 is parallel to the subducting trend of the Pacific plate (NW-SE), and Line2 is nearly parallel to the trend of the Arc-Arc Collision (NE-SW). Line1 is almost perpendicular to Line2. The length of Line1 and Line2 is about 16km and 8km, respectively. Five vibrators were operated, obtaining seismic data of the both lines simultaneously. Here we report the results from 2D seismic profiles. The main features recognized from this survey can be summarized as follows: For Line1: 1) At shallower portion, southeast-dipping reflections are truncating horizontal reflections, which are seen at 3 sec two-way travel time (TWT) in the northwestern half of the survey line. 2) A northwest-dipping strong reflection at 14 sec TWT descends down from the southeastern end of the survey line to the center, whereas gently southeastern-dipping reflection is seen at 14 sec TWT in the northwestern half. 3) Intermittent events are found at 7 sec. , 9 sec. , 12 sec. , and 16 sec TWT. For Line2: 4) Above 5 sec TWT, horizontal reflections are predominant but complicated. 5) There are gently southwest-dipping reflections at 8 to 9 sec TWT, nearly horizontal reflections at 13 sec to 16 sec TWT, but they are discontinuous and unclear. The northwest-dipping reflector at 14 sec seen in Line1 probably corresponds to the upper boundary of the Pacific plate, which is suggested by the study of seismic activity in this area and shows the subducting trend of the Pacific plate. The existence of the reflector derived from the subducting Pacific plate indicates that seismic waves generated by the vibrators passed through the delaminated lower portion of the lower crust. This provides us good prospects that the further improvement of data processing must reveal the relationship between the delaminated lower portion of the lower crust and the subducting Pacific plate.

  16. Laser drilling of superdeep micron holes in various materials with a programmable control of laser radiation parameters

    SciTech Connect

    Basiev, Tasoltan T; Osiko, Vyacheslav V [Laser Materials and Technology Research Center, A. M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow (Russian Federation); Gavrilov, A V; Smetanin, S N; Fedin, A V [V.A.Degtyarev Kovrov State Technological Academy, Kovrov, Vladimir region (Russian Federation)

    2007-01-31

    The possibilities of enhancing the efficiency of laser drilling of micron holes, increasing their depth, and eliminating their conic shape are studied by using a single-mode loop Nd:YAG laser with self-phase conjugation on the gain gratings and passive Q-switching by a scanned gradiently coloured F{sub 2}{sup -}:LiF crystal. Holes of diameters 15-150 {mu}m and depth up to 20 mm with the aspect ratio (ratio of the hole depth to its diameter) of 50-155 are drilled in various metals and alloys. It is shown that passive Q-switch scanning during drilling provides the increase in the depth and speed of the laser drilling of superdeep holes by a factor of 1.5-2. (laser technologies)

  17. Well borehole sound source

    SciTech Connect

    Crook, T.N.

    1990-05-29

    This patent describes a method of forming acoustic pulses in drilling fluid in a well borehole. It comprises: storing a charge of drilling fluid in a chamber in a body member in the well borehole; increasing the pressure in the well borehole to arm a shuttle member adjacent the chamber with a gas compressed in party by means internal to the body member; firing the shuttle member; and displacing the charge of drilling fluid from the chamber into the well borehole.

  18. CaSiO3-walstromite inclusions in super-deep diamonds

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Anzolini, Chiara; Nestola, Fabrizio; Milani, Sula; Brenker, Frank E.

    2015-04-01

    Diamonds are considered the unique way to trap and convey real fragments of deep material to the surface of our planet. Over the last thirty years, great strides have been made in understanding of Earth's lower mantle, mainly thanks to technological and instrumental advances; nevertheless, it is only in the last two decades that a whole range of inclusion parageneses derived from the lower mantle was discovered in diamonds from São Luiz (Brazil) (Kaminsky, 2008 and references therein), thereby establishing a 'window' into the lower mantle. These so-called super-deep diamonds form at depths greater than lithospheric diamonds, more precisely between 300 and 800 km depth, and contain mostly ferropericlase, enstatite (believed to be derived from MgSi-perovskite) and CaSiO3-walstromite (believed to be derived from CaSiO3-perovskite). Even though CaSiO3 not only adopts the perovskite structure with increased pressure and temperature, but also it is considered the dominant Ca-bearing phase in the Earth's lower mantle (Tamai and Yagi, 1989), at the present day there are no reliable literature data on the pressure at which CaSiO3 crystallizes within diamonds. In order to obtain for the first time a pressure of formation value for CaSiO3-walstromite, several inclusions still trapped in a diamond coming from Juina (Mato Grosso, Brazil) were investigated both by in-situ microRaman spectroscopy and in-situ single-crystal X-ray diffraction. First, we applied 'single-inclusion elastic barometry' as improved by Angel et al. (2014) to determine the pressure of formation of the diamond-inclusion pairs. Starting from the maximum remnant pressure value ever reported (Joswig et al., 2003) and adopting the thermoelastic parameters already present in literature (Swamy and Dubrovinsky, 1997; Liu et al., 2012), we obtained an apparent entrapment pressure of ~7.1 GPa, corresponding to ~250 km, at 1500 K. The presence of fractures around the inclusions indicates this is a minimum estimate, and it is possible that the entrapment pressure falls at least into the stability field of Ca2SiO4-larnite + CaSi2O5-titanite. In support of this hypothesis we secondly compared our Raman spectra with reference spectra of the same phases obtained from an experimental product of Gasparik et al. (1994). Our preliminary results indicate in at least one inclusion the coexistence of CaSiO3-walstromite + Ca2SiO4-larnite, suggesting that CaSiO3-walstromite forms in sub-lithospheric conditions from the back transformation from CaSiO3-perovskite. Further investigations are in progress in order to find evidence of CaSi2O5-titanite in these inclusions. References Angel R.J., Alvaro M., Nestola F., Mazzucchelli M.L. (2014) Diamond thermoelastic properties and implications for determining the pressure of formation of diamond-inclusion systems. Russ Geol Geophys, in press; Gasparik, T., Wolf, K. and Smith, C.M. (1994) Am Mineral, 79,1219-1222; Joswig, W., Paulus, E.F., Winkler, B. and Milman, V. (2003) Z Kristallogr, 218,811-818; Kaminsky, F. (2008) Earth Sc Rev, 110,127-147; Liu, X., Wang, S., He, Q., Chen, J., Wang, H., Li, S., Peng, F., Zhang, L. and Fei, Y. (2012) Am Mineral 97,262-267; Swamy, V. and Dubrovinsky, L.S. (1997) Geochim Cosmochim Acta, 61,1181-1191; Tamai, H. and Yagi, T. (1989) Phys Earth Planet Inter, 54,370-377.

  19. Superdeep vertical seismic profiling at the KTB deep drill hole (Germany): Seismic close-up view of a major thrust zone down to 8.5 km depth

    Microsoft Academic Search

    W. Rabbel; T. Beilecke; T. Bohlen; D. Fischer; A. Frank; J. Hasenclever; G. Borm; J. Kück; K. Bram; G. Druivenga; E. Lüschen; H. Gebrande; J. Pujol; S. Smithson

    2004-01-01

    The lowermost section of the continental superdeep drill hole German Continental Deep Drilling Program (KTB) (south Germany) has been investigated for the first time by vertical seismic profiling (VSP). The new VSP samples the still accessible range of 6-8.5 km depth. Between 7 and 8.5 km depth, the drill hole intersects a major cataclastic fault zone which can be traced

  20. Superdeep vertical seismic profiling at the KTB deep drill hole (Germany): Seismic close-up view of a major thrust zone down to 8.5 km depth

    Microsoft Academic Search

    W. Rabbel; T. Beilecke; T. Bohlen; D. Fischer; A. Frank; J. Hasenclever; G. Borm; J. Kück; K. Bram; G. Druivenga; E. Lüschen; H. Gebrande; J. Pujol; S. Smithson

    2004-01-01

    The lowermost section of the continental superdeep drill hole German Continental Deep Drilling Program (KTB) (south Germany) has been investigated for the first time by vertical seismic profiling (VSP). The new VSP samples the still accessible range of 6–8.5 km depth. Between 7 and 8.5 km depth, the drill hole intersects a major cataclastic fault zone which can be traced

  1. Borehole data transmission apparatus

    DOEpatents

    Kotlyar, O.M.

    1993-03-23

    A borehole data transmission apparatus is described whereby a centrifugal pump impeller(s) is used to provide a turbine stage having substantial pressure characteristics in response to changing rotational speed of a shaft for the pressure pulsing of data from the borehole through the drilling mud to the surface of the earth.

  2. Intercropping Combination and Information Sources Among Kola Farmers in Osun State, Nigeria

    Microsoft Academic Search

    A. E. Agbongiarhuoyi; E. O. Aigbekaen; S. O. Adeogun; E. O. Uwagboe; I. Ndagi; S. Adebiyi

    2012-01-01

    Appropriate planting patterns ensure sustained soil fertility and higher productivity for farmers. This study assessed the intercropping crop combinations and information sources of kola farmers in Osun State, Nigeria. Sixty respondents were selected using multistage and purposive random sampling techniques. Data were collected with a structured questionnaire. The arable crops commonly intercropped with kola were plantain\\/banana, yam, cassava, and maize.

  3. 3D DC/IP BOREHOLE-TO-BOREHOLE IMAGING

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Milkereit, B.; Qian, W.; Bongajum, E. L.

    2009-12-01

    Our goal is the development of robust 3D DC/IP imaging technology for rock mass characterization. This work focuses on the use of multi-electrode array surface and borehole electric methods to build 3D conductivity and chargeability earth models. Over the past 3 years, we carried out field projects to evaluate the use of cross-borehole electrical methods for imaging subsurface conductive zones and to quantify chargeability effects. Several single borehole vertical resistivity profiles (VRP), borehole-to-borehole, and borehole-to-surface resistivity tomography (BRT) survey tests have been successfully conducted. The multichannel borehole DC/IP resistivity data acquisition system consists of multiple borehole cables, each with 24 electrodes which may act as either source or receiver. When a constant injection voltage is applied between electrodes, the boreholes need to be water filled so as the electrode array couples to the rock formation. The borehole cable design allows a seamless integration of borehole and surface measurements with or without simultaneous readings from surface electrodes. The system has the capacity to acquire more than 1000 full waveform resistance and chargeability readings per hour. We established a multi-step procedure for data acquisition, processing and interpretation. For the borehole-to-borehole application, we have successfully mapped conductive zones between boreholes up to 350m apart. Using at least two boreholes helps to constrain the direction (azimuth) of the imaged conductive zones. Borehole resistivity tomography test surveys were conducted to map three-dimensional massive sulfide zones between boreholes in the Sudbury area. Both surface and in-mine borehole acquisition geometries were tested. The 3D conductivity model for massive sulfides was derived from a four-borehole acquisition geometry. We continue to utilize the 3D IP (induced polarization) information in the inversion process and develop new 3D tomographic inversion schemes for arbitrary boreholes and surface electrode arrays.

  4. Borehole Resistivity Inversion

    E-print Network

    Garipova, Yulia V.

    1997-01-01

    In this paper we perform the inversion of borehole resistivity data using the software package developed by Western Atlas Logging Services, Houston, TX. Direct current resistivity methods, namely lateral sounding and ...

  5. Borehole geological assessment

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Spuck, W. H., III (inventor)

    1979-01-01

    A method and apparatus are discussed for performing geological assessments of a formation located along a borehole, and a boring tool that bores a pair of holes into the walls of the borehole and into the surrounding strata along with a pair of probes which are installed in the holes. One of the probes applies an input such as a current or pressured fluid, and the other probe senses a corresponding input which it receives from the strata.

  6. PBO Borehole Strainmeters

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. David; M. Hasting; M. Jackson; S. T. Dittmann; W. Johnson; S. Venator; G. Andersen; K. Hodgkinson; B. Mueller; W. Prescott

    2006-01-01

    UNAVCO is a non-profit, community-based organization funded by the National Science Foundation to install and operate the geodetic component of EarthScope called the Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO). UNAVCO will install 103 borehole tensor strainmeters\\/seismometers and 28 borehole tiltmeters These instruments will be used to study the three-dimensional strain field resulting from deformation across the active boundary zone between the Pacific

  7. MEASUREMENTS OF THE CONFINEMENT LEAKTIGHTNESS AT THE KOLA NUCLEAR POWER STATION (UNIT 2) IN RUSSIA

    SciTech Connect

    GREENE,G.A.; GUPPY,J.G.

    1998-08-01

    This is the final report on the INSP project entitled, ``Kola Confinement Leaktightness'' conducted by BNL under the authorization of Project Work Plan WBS 1.2.2.1. This project was initiated in February 1993 to assist the Russians to reduce risks associated with the continued operation of older Soviet-designed nuclear power plants, specifically the Kola VVER-440/230 Units 1 and 2, through upgrades in the confinement performance to reduce the uncontrolled leakage rate. The major technical objective of this-project was to improve the leaktightness of the Kola NPP VVER confinement boundaries, through the application of a variety of sealants to penetrations, doors and hatches, seams and surfaces, to the extent that current technology permitted. A related objective was the transfer, through training of Russian staff, of the materials application procedures to the staff of the Kola NPP. This project was part of an overall approach to minimizing uncontrolled releases from the Kola NPP VVER440/230s in the event of a serious accident, and to thereby significantly mitigate the consequences of such an accident. The US provided materials, application technology, and applications equipment for application of sealant materials, surface coatings, potting materials and gaskets, to improve the confinement leaktightness of the Kola VVER-440/23Os. The US provided for training of Russian personnel in the applications technology.

  8. Prevalence and associated risk factors of Kola nut chewing among secondary school students in Osogbo, Nigeria

    PubMed Central

    Erinfolami, Adebayo; Eegunranti, Adekunle; Ogunsemi, Olawale; Oguntuase, Akin; Akinbode, Abiola; Erinfolami, Gloria

    2011-01-01

    The objectives of this study were to determine the prevalence and pattern of Kola nut use among secondary school students in Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria. The study also aimed to determine the association of socio-demographic variables (of the students and their parents) with kola nut chewing. A questionnaire consisting of socio-demographic variables, the stimulant use section of the WHO Students Drug Use Questionnaire was administered on three hundred and eighty-five (385) randomly selected students of the two Local Government Areas of Osogbo. The prevalence rate of kola nut use was calculated and some socio demographic variables were determined. The 30-day prevalence rate of kola nut use was 11.2%. The one-year prevalence of kola nut use was 29.1 percent and the lifetime rate was 74.8 percent. Majority of users started at age 14 years or below. Kola nut use was associated with lower age group, poor school attendance, polygamous background, low education of mother, high education of father and the description of mother as being too permissive. The findings suggest the need to increase the awareness of the dangers of kolanut use among adolescents. Control program are urgently needed to prevent student wastage. PMID:25478098

  9. Borehole Geophysical Logging

    USGS Multimedia Gallery

    USGS hydrologist conducts borehole geophysical logging as part of an applied research project to evaluate the use of new hydrogeophysical tools to remotely monitor and visualize bioremediation of contaminated groundwater. This research is being conducted at the Brandywine Defense Reutilization and M...

  10. Trace Elements in the Section of the Kievey PGE Deposit (Kola Peninsula, Russia)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Groshev, Nikolay; Rundkvist, Tatyana; Korchagin, Alexey

    2015-04-01

    The Kievey reef-type PGE deposit located in the Lower Layered Horizon (LLH) of the West-Pana intrusion was formed as a result of one or several additional magma injections (Korchagin & Mitrofanov, 2010). The composition of the magma was essentially similar to the saturated tholeiite basalt assumed to be a parental magma for the West-Pana layered intrusion in the Kola Peninsula (Latypov & Chistyakova, 2000). In the present study, whole-rock and ICP-MS trace-element data through a detailed borehole section (37 samples) of the LLH were obtained in an attempt to find some differences in the composition of the magmas. The section of the LLH includes four rhythmical units with a total thickness of 21.5 m lying on the mesocratic gabbronorite containing rare 5-cm interlayers of leucocratic rocks. The bottom of the first cycle is a layer of fine- to medium grained melanorite. Interlayering of gabbronorites and leucogabbronorites is observed in the middle of the cycle. Mottled rock of leucogabbronorite-anorthositic composition with relatively distinct spots caused by amphibolization and saussuritization occurs at the upper leucocratic part of the unit. In comparison to the first cycle of the LLH, the upper cycles are thinner and have more simple internal structures. Well-expressed thin layering is rare, and a mottled structure is weakly developed. Relatively thin (15-55 cm thick) coarse grained olivine melanorite layers at the base of these units are a characteristic feature. The overlying unit is represented by homogeneous fine-medium grained gabbronorites with rare interlayers of coarse and medium grained varieties. PGE mineralization (3 levels about 4-6 ppm Pt+Pd+Au) in the LLH occurs near the lower margins of the upper cycles and is associated with interstitial irregular disseminated sulfides (up to 0.5 vol. % of pentlandite, chalcopyrite and pyrrhotite). Disseminated sulfides are most abundant in the upper part of the first cycle, whereas they are hardly visible in the upper cycles. According to obtained analytical data it appears that additional magma injections, with similar concentrations of compatible elements to the parental magma, differ from the latter by lower concentrations of Ti (and also Th, Pb, Hf, Zr,Ta, Nb) and rare earth elements. Of note are also the relatively high normative anorthite component in plagioclase in the LLH and the positive Eu anomaly in the LLH and in the overlying unit. The work was supported by RFBR (11-05-00061-a, 13-05-12055-ofi-m).

  11. Piezotube borehole seismic source

    SciTech Connect

    Daley, Tom M; Solbau, Ray D; Majer, Ernest L

    2014-05-06

    A piezoelectric borehole source capable of permanent or semipermanent insertion into a well for uninterrupted well operations is described. The source itself comprises a series of piezoelectric rings mounted to an insulative mandrel internally sized to fit over a section of well tubing, the rings encased in a protective housing and electrically connected to a power source. Providing an AC voltage to the rings will cause expansion and contraction sufficient to create a sonic pulse. The piezoelectric borehole source fits into a standard well, and allows for uninterrupted pass-through of production tubing, and other tubing and electrical cables. Testing using the source may be done at any time, even concurrent with well operations, during standard production.

  12. Borehole inertial guidance system

    SciTech Connect

    Molnar, D. O.

    1985-09-24

    In order to improve the accuracy of borehole survey systems utilizing probes with inertial components including inclinometers, two ring laser gyro units are included to provide rotation information to the system. When the probe is moving in a borehole, inclinometer information is used to produce a synthetic rotation signal to take the piece of a thrid gyro and the earth's rotation is used for a similar purpose in combination with signals from the two ring laser gyros when the probe is stopped. Wire line velocity is used in combination with the inclinometer and gyro information to provide signals representing the probe velocity and position. Coordinate transformations are provided in the probe to transform the inertial signals and wire line velocity signals into earth reference coordinate system. Kalman filtering incorporates noninertial velocity data to reduce the effect of errors inherent in the generation of various input signals to the system.

  13. Micro borehole drilling platform

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    1996-10-01

    This study by CTES, L.C. meets two main objectives. First, evaluate the feasibility of using coiled tubing (CT) to drill 1.0 inches-2.5 inches diameter directional holes in hard rocks. Second, develop a conceptual design for a micro borehole drilling platform (MBDP) meeting specific size, weight, and performance requirements. The Statement of Work (SOW) in Appendix A contains detailed specifications for the feasibility study and conceptual design.

  14. Environmental Impact Assessment of the Mining and Concentration Activities in the Kola Peninsula, Russia by Multidate Remote Sensing

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Olga Rigina

    2002-01-01

    On the Kola Peninsula, the mining and concentration industry exerts anthropogenic impact on the environment. Tailing dumps cause airborne pollution through dusting, and waterborne pollution due to direct dumping and accidental releases. The objectives were: (1) to analyse multidate satellite imagesfor 1964–1996 to assess the environmental pollution from themining and concentration activity in the Kola in temporal perspective; (2) to

  15. Effect of industrial emissions on membrane permeability of epiphytic lichens in Northern Finland and the Kola Peninsula industrial areas

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. Tarhanen; T. Holopaineni; J. Poikolainen; J. Oksanen

    1996-01-01

    The impact of air pollution on membrane permeability of the epiphytic lichens Hypogymnia physodes and Bryoria fuscescens was studied in northern Finland and the Kola Peninsula to assess the effects of the Kola industrial emissions. The conductivity and quantity of K+ in leachates of the lichens were determined both as absolute and relative leakage. The K+ leakage from the lichens

  16. Ice-Borehole Probe

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Behar, Alberto; Carsey, Frank; Lane, Arthur; Engelhardt, Herman

    2006-01-01

    An instrumentation system has been developed for studying interactions between a glacier or ice sheet and the underlying rock and/or soil. Prior borehole imaging systems have been used in well-drilling and mineral-exploration applications and for studying relatively thin valley glaciers, but have not been used for studying thick ice sheets like those of Antarctica. The system includes a cylindrical imaging probe that is lowered into a hole that has been bored through the ice to the ice/bedrock interface by use of an established hot-water-jet technique. The images acquired by the cameras yield information on the movement of the ice relative to the bedrock and on visible features of the lower structure of the ice sheet, including ice layers formed at different times, bubbles, and mineralogical inclusions. At the time of reporting the information for this article, the system was just deployed in two boreholes on the Amery ice shelf in East Antarctica and after successful 2000 2001 deployments in 4 boreholes at Ice Stream C, West Antarctica, and in 2002 at Black Rapids Glacier, Alaska. The probe is designed to operate at temperatures from 40 to +40 C and to withstand the cold, wet, high-pressure [130-atm (13.20-MPa)] environment at the bottom of a water-filled borehole in ice as deep as 1.6 km. A current version is being outfitted to service 2.4-km-deep boreholes at the Rutford Ice Stream in West Antarctica. The probe (see figure) contains a sidelooking charge-coupled-device (CCD) camera that generates both a real-time analog video signal and a sequence of still-image data, and contains a digital videotape recorder. The probe also contains a downward-looking CCD analog video camera, plus halogen lamps to illuminate the fields of view of both cameras. The analog video outputs of the cameras are converted to optical signals that are transmitted to a surface station via optical fibers in a cable. Electric power is supplied to the probe through wires in the cable at a potential of 170 VDC. A DC-to-DC converter steps the supply down to 12 VDC for the lights, cameras, and image-data-transmission circuitry. Heat generated by dissipation of electric power in the probe is removed simply by conduction through the probe housing to the visible features of the lower structure of the ice sheet, including ice layers formed at different times, bubbles, and mineralogical inclusions. At the time of reporting the information for this article, the system was just deployed in two boreholes on the Amery ice shelf in East Antarctica and after successful 2000 2001 deployments in 4 boreholes at Ice Stream C, West Antarctica, and in 2002 at Black Rapids Glacier, Alaska. The probe is designed to operate at temperatures from 40 to +40 C and to withstand the cold, wet, high-pressure [130-atm (13.20-MPa)] environment at the bottom of a water-filled borehole in ice as deep as 1.6 km. A current version is being outfitted to service 2.4-km-deep boreholes at the Rutford Ice Stream in West Antarctica. The probe (see figure) contains a sidelooking charge-coupled-device (CCD) camera that generates both a real-time analog video signal and a sequence of still-image data, and contains a digital videotape recorder. The probe also contains a downward-looking CCD analog video camera, plus halogen lamps to illuminate the fields of view of both cameras. The analog video outputs of the cameras are converted to optical signals that are transmitted to a surface station via optical fibers in a cable. Electric power is supplied to the probe through wires in the cable at a potential of 170 VDC. A DC-to-DC converter steps the supply down to 12 VDC for the lights, cameras, and image-datatransmission circuitry. Heat generated by dissipation of electric power in the probe is removed simply by conduction through the probe housing to the visible features of the lower structure of the ice sheet, including ice layers formed at different times, bubbles, and mineralogical inclusions. At thime of reporting the information for this article, the system was just deployed in two boreholes

  17. Borehole survey method and apparatus for drilling substantially horizontal boreholes

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Trowsdale

    1982-01-01

    A borehole survey method and apparatus are claimed for use in drilling substantially horizontal boreholes through a mineral deposit wherein a dip accelerometer, a roll accelerometer assembly and a fluxgate are disposed near the drill bit, which is mounted on a bent sub, and connected to a surface computation and display unit by a cable which extends through the drill

  18. Side hole drilling in boreholes

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Collins, Jr., Earl R. (Inventor)

    1980-01-01

    Apparatus for use in a borehole or other restricted space to bore a side hole into the strata surrounding the borehole, including a flexible shaft with a drill at its end, and two trains of sheathing members that can be progressively locked together into a rigid structure around the flexible shaft as it is directed sidewardly into the strata.

  19. COMPARATIVE STUDY ON THE ANTIOXIDANT PROPERTIES OF FLAVONOIDS OF GARCINIA KOLA SEEDS

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Adaramoye OA; Farombi EO; Adeyemi EO; Emerole GO

    2005-01-01

    Objective: Oxidative damage has been suggested to be a contributory factor in the development and compli- cations of atherosclerosis, and of recent the beneficial effects of antioxidants against some pathologies have gained considerable interest. We evaluated the protective effects of flavonoids from Garcinia kola seeds on the oxidation of human low- density lipoprotein (LDL) and their ability to scavenge reactive

  20. Genesis of peat-bog soils in the northern taiga spruce forests of the Kola Peninsula

    SciTech Connect

    Nikonov, V.V.

    1981-01-01

    The characteristics of soil formation processes in the Peat-Bog soils of waterlogged spruce phytocenoses on the Kola Peninsula are investigated. It is found that the ash composition of the peat layer is determined primarily by the composition of the buried plant residues. The effect of the chemical composition of water feeding the peat bogs is determined. (Refs. 7).

  1. Drilling device for undercut boreholes

    SciTech Connect

    Froehlich, P.

    1984-12-11

    Drilling device for forming a borehole with an undercut, includes a cutting edge support mounted in a bearing housing so that it can rotate about an axis of rotation and pivot about a pivot axle extending transversely of the axis of rotation. A drive member via a drive shaft rotates the bearing housing and the cutting edge support. Initially, the drilling device forms a cylindrical borehole until the bearing housing contacts the material in which the borehole is formed. Then, due to relative axial displacement between the drive shaft and the bearing housing, the cutting edge support is pivoted and the cutting edges at the end of the cutting edge support within the base of the borehole makes an undercut. A stop in the bearing housing engages the cutting edge supports and limits its pivotal movement. A spring within the bearing housing returns the cutting edge support to its starting position when it is no longer pivoted to form the undercut.

  2. Effects of alcohol–kola nut interactions on brain glucose oxidase, glutamine synthase, and adenylate deaminase activities in Wistar rats

    Microsoft Academic Search

    G. O. Obochi; S. P. Malu; A. E. Abara

    2009-01-01

    The effects of alcohol–kola nut interactions on activites of whole brain glucose oxidase, glutamine synthetase, and adenylate deaminase were examined in Wistar rats. Thirty Wistar albino rats were divided into six groups. Control group (1) received a placebo (4 mL of distilled water). Groups 2–6 were treated for a 21-day period with either 10% (v\\/v) alcohol, kola nut, caffeine, alcohol

  3. Infrasound research at Kola Regional Seismological Centre, Russia

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Asming, Vladimir; Kremenetskaya, Elena

    2013-04-01

    A small-aperture infrasound array has been installed in Kola Peninsula, Russia 17 km far from the town of Apatity in the year 2000. It comprises 3 Chaparral V microbarographs placed closely to the APA seismic array sensors and equipped with pipe wind reducing filters. The data are digitized at the array site and transmitted in real time to a processing center in Apatity. To search for infrasound events (arrivals of coherent signals) a beamforming-style detector has been developed. Now it works in near real time. We analyzed the detecting statistics for different frequency bands. Most man-made events are detected in 1-5 Hz band, microbaromes are typically detected in 0.2-1 Hz band. In lower frequencies we record mostly a wind noise. A data base of samples of infrasound signals of different natures has been collected. It contains recordings of microbaromes, industrial and military explosions, airplane shock waves, infrasound of airplanes, thunders, rocket launches and reentries, bolides etc. The most distant signals we have detected are associated with Kursk Magnetic Anomaly explosions (1700 km far from Apatity). We implemented an algorithm for association of infrasound signals and preliminary location of infrasound events by several arrays. It was tested with Apatity data together with data of Sweden - Finnish infrasound network operated by the Institute of Space Physics in Umea (Sweden). By agreement with NORSAR we have a real-time access to the data of Norwegian experimental infrasound installation situated in Karasjok (North Norway). Currently our detection and location programs work both with Apatity and Norwegian data. The results are available in Internet. Finnish militaries routinely destroy out-of-date weapon in autumns at the same compact site in North Finland. This is a great source of repeating infrasound signals of the same magnitude and origin. We recorded several hundreds of such explosions. The signals have been used for testing our location routines. Some factors were observed enabling or disabling first (tropospheric) arrivals of such signals depending on weather conditions. Systematic backazimuth deviations for stratospheric arrivals have been observed caused by strong stratospheric winds. In 2009 mobile infrasound arrays were developed in KRSC. Each array comprises 3 low-frequency microphones, GPS, digitizer and PC with data acquisition system. Aperture of such arrays is about 250 m, deployment time is less than 1 hour. These arrays are used in experimental work with Roskosmos space agency to search space debris reentering places. In 2012 a wireless version of such mobile array was created. Each acquisition point comprises a microphone, GPS and ADC chips, microcontroller and radio modem to send data to a central unit. This enabled us to increase aperture (up to 500 m) and decrease deployment time.

  4. Advanced Borehole Radar for Hydrogeology

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sato, M.

    2014-12-01

    Ground Penetrating Radar is a useful tool for monitoring the hydrogeological environment. We have developed GPR systems which can be applied to these purposes, and we will demonstrate examples borehole radar measurements. In order to have longer radar detection range, frequency lower than100MHz has been normally adopted in borehole radar. Typical subsurface fractures of our interests have a few mm aperture and radar resolution is much poorer than a few cm in this frequency range. We are proposing and demonstrating to use radar polarimetry to solve this problem. We have demonstrated that a full-polarimetry borehole radar can be used for characterization of subsurface fractures. Together with signal processing for antenna characteristic compensation to equalize the signal by a dipole antenna and slot antennas, we could demonstrate that polarimetric borehole radar can estimate the surface roughness of subsurface fractures, We believe the surface roughness is closely related to water permeability through the fractures. We then developed a directional borehole radar, which uses optical field sensor. A dipole antenna in a borehole has omni-directional radiation pattern, and we cannot get azimuthal information about the scatterers. We use multiple dipole antennas set around the borehole axis, and from the phase differences, we can estimate the 3-diemnational orientation of subsurface structures. We are using optical electric field sensor for receiver of borehole radar. This is a passive sensor and connected only with optical fibers and does not require any electric power supply to operate the receiver. It has two major advantages; the first one is that the receiver can be electrically isolated from other parts, and wave coupling to a logging cable is avoided. Then, secondary, it can operate for a long time, because it does not require battery installed inside the system. It makes it possible to set sensors in fixed positions to monitor the change of environmental conditions for a long period. We demonstrated this idea using cross- hole borehole radar measurement. We think this method is useful for detecting any changes in hydrogeological situations, which will be useful for subsurface storage such as LNG and nuclear waste.

  5. Discharges of nuclear waste into the Kola Bay and its impact on human radiological doses

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Genady G. Matishov; Dimitry G. Matishov; Alexey A. Namjatov; JoLynn Carroll; Salve Dahle

    2000-01-01

    The civilian nuclear icebreaker facility, RTP “ATOMFLOT,” is located in Kola Bay, Northwest Russia, as are several nuclear installations operated by the Russian Northern Fleet. A treatment plant at the Atomflot facility discharges purified nuclear waste into the bay at an annual rate of 500m3. As a result of plant modifications this rate will soon increase to 5000m3\\/yr. Evidence of

  6. Maine Geological Survey Borehole Temperature Profiles

    DOE Data Explorer

    Marvinney, Robert

    This dataset includes temperature profiles from 30 boreholes throughout Maine that were selected for their depth, location, and lithologies encountered. Depths range from about 300 feet to 2,200 feet. Most of the boreholes selected for measurement were completed in granite because this lithology can be assumed to be nearly homogeneous over the depth of the borehole. Boreholes were also selected to address gaps in existing geothermal datasets. Temperature profiles were collected in October and November, 2012.

  7. Maine Geological Survey Borehole Temperature Profiles

    SciTech Connect

    Marvinney, Robert

    2013-11-06

    This dataset includes temperature profiles from 30 boreholes throughout Maine that were selected for their depth, location, and lithologies encountered. Depths range from about 300 feet to 2,200 feet. Most of the boreholes selected for measurement were completed in granite because this lithology can be assumed to be nearly homogeneous over the depth of the borehole. Boreholes were also selected to address gaps in existing geothermal datasets. Temperature profiles were collected in October and November, 2012.

  8. 30 CFR 75.1322 - Stemming boreholes

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...c) Stemming material shall contact the explosive cartridge nearest the collar of the borehole. (d) Each borehole 4 or more...shall be within 1/4 of an inch of the diameter of the drill bit used to drill the borehole. (h) Water stemming bags...

  9. 30 CFR 75.1322 - Stemming boreholes.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ...c) Stemming material shall contact the explosive cartridge nearest the collar of the borehole. (d) Each borehole 4 or more...shall be within 1/4 of an inch of the diameter of the drill bit used to drill the borehole. (h) Water stemming bags...

  10. Borehole effects on downhole seismic measurements

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Chengbin Peng; C. H. Cheng; M. N. Toksoez

    1993-01-01

    An exact formulation for borehole coupling, which is valid for all frequencies and all azimuthally symmetric and non-symmetric components, is presented. The borehole effects on downhole seismic measurements are studied in detail as functions of frequency, angle of incidence and polarization of an incident wave as well as geophone orientation. The authors found that correction for the borehole effect on

  11. Waste Isolation Pilot Plant borehole data

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    1995-04-01

    Data pertaining to all the surface boreholes used at the WIPP site for site characterization hydrological testing and resource evaluation exist in numerous source documents. This project was initiated to develop a comprehensive data base that would include the data on all WIPP related surface boreholes from the Atomic Energy Commission, Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Energy Research and Development Administration, Department of Energy, and Hydrologic Test Borehole Programs. The data compiled from each borehole includes: operator, permit number, location, total depth, type of well, driller, drilling record, casing record, plugging schedule, and stratigraphic summary. There are six groups of boreholes contained in this data base, they are as follows: Commercially Drilled Potash Boreholes, Energy Department Wells, Geologic Exploration Boreholes, Hydrologic Test Boreholes, Potash Boreholes, and Subsurface Exploration Boreholes. There were numerous references which contained borehole data. In some cases the data found in one document was inconsistent with data in another document. In order to ensure consistency and accuracy in the data base, the same references were used for as many of the boreholes as possible. For example, all elevations and locations were taken from Compilation and Comparison of Test-Hole Location Surveys in the Vicinity of the WIPP Site. SAND 88-1065, Table 3-5. There are some sections where a data field is left blank. In this case, the information was either not applicable or was unavailable.

  12. Control system for borehole tools

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Bordon

    1987-01-01

    A control assembly is described for use with a tool including one or more subassemblies adapted for controlling and\\/or monitoring various events within a borehole and actuating instrumentation positioned on the earth's surface for actuating the tool. The assembly comprises: control means connected to the tool for selectively actuating one or more of the subassemblies within the tool, the control

  13. A Pb isotope investigation of the Lovozero Agpaitic Nepheline Syenite, Kola Peninsula, Russia

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zartman, R. E.; Kogarko, L. N.

    2014-01-01

    For the first time Pb isotope composition was established in Lovozero rocks and raremetal ores, which is important for identifying their sources. The world's largest layered intrusion of agpaitic nepheline syenite-the Lovozero alkaline massif—is located near the center of the Kola Peninsula in Russia. This superlarge complex plutonic body hosts the economically important loparite and eudiallyte deposits [1]. These deposits contain immense resources of REE, Nb, Ta, Zr, and constitute a world class mineral district. The Lovozero massif belongs to the Kola ultramafic alkaline and carbonatitic province (KACP) of Devonian age. Previous bulk rock studies have shown that the initial Sr and Nd isotope ratios of Lovozero rocks plot in the depleted mantle quadrant of Sr-Nd diagrams [2]. More recently, Hf isotope data obtained by Kogarko et al. (3) confirm that the Lovozero and Khibina massifs with ?Hf between 6 and 8 are derived predominantly from a depleted mantle source. It was shown that Sr, Nd, and Hf abundances are significantly elevated in the Kola alkaline rocks, and thus their isotopic compositions are relatively insensitive to minor contamination by the overlying crustal rocks. By contrast, Pb in the KACP rocks is a much more sensitive indicator of a crustal component. In this paper we investigate the lead isotopic signature of all resentative types of Lovozero rocks (Table 1) in order to further characterize their mantle sources. The Lovozero massif consists of four intrusive phases. Rocks of phase I (mostly nepheline syenites) comprise about 5% of the total volume, phase II (urtites, foyaite, lujavrites) forms the main portion of the massif comprising 77% in volume, and phase III (eudialyte lujavrites) contributes about 18%. Country rocks are represented by Devonian effusive rocks and Archean gneisses.

  14. Life cycle of Oithona   similis (Copepoda: Cyclopoida) in Kola Bay (Barents Sea)

    Microsoft Academic Search

    V. G. Dvoretsky; A. G. Dvoretsky

    2009-01-01

    The annual population dynamics (nauplii, old copepodites CIV–CV and adults) and seasonal variations in reproductive parameters\\u000a of the cyclopoid copepod Oithona similis were investigated on the basis of the data 1999–2006 in Kola Bay, a large subarctic fjord in the Barents Sea. Population\\u000a density of O. similis ranged from 110 to 9,630 ind m?3 and averaged 1,020 ± 336 ind m?3. The relative abundance of adults was high

  15. Spectral lithostratigraphic correlation of boreholes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Soaresgalvao, Lenio

    1989-12-01

    The use of spectral radiometry (from 400 to 1000 nm) for lithostratigraphic correlation of rock samples from Parnaiba Basin (Piaui and Maranhao States) boreholes were studied from a quantitative and qualitative standpoint. The former involves the application of the following statistical techniques: cluster analysis, factor analysis, linear discriminant functions and cross-correlations. The effects of chemical composition and of weathering upon the spectral response from stratigraphic units were also investigated. The results indicate the following conclusions: (1) lithostratigraphic correlation between boreholes was successfully done with the use of Mahalanobis' Distance Tests, based on discriminant functions as a measure of similarity among lithological samples; (2) the spectral discrimination of Parnaiba Basin lithologics units was greatly affected by minor rock components, mainly iron and organic matter; and (3) the weathering processes reduce the reflectance values of rock samples, even though it is not known if they significantly affect the spectral separation of rock groups in comparison with the separation of fresh rock material.

  16. Borehole Stability in High-Temperature Formations

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yan, Chuanliang; Deng, Jingen; Yu, Baohua; Li, Wenliang; Chen, Zijian; Hu, Lianbo; Li, Yang

    2014-11-01

    In oil and gas drilling or geothermal well drilling, the temperature difference between the drilling fluid and formation will lead to an apparent temperature change around the borehole, which will influence the stress state around the borehole and tend to cause borehole instability in high geothermal gradient formations. The thermal effect is usually not considered as a factor in most of the conventional borehole stability models. In this research, in order to solve the borehole instability in high-temperature formations, a calculation model of the temperature field around the borehole during drilling is established. The effects of drilling fluid circulation, drilling fluid density, and mud displacement on the temperature field are analyzed. Besides these effects, the effect of temperature change on the stress around the borehole is analyzed based on thermoelasticity theory. In addition, the relationships between temperature and strength of four types of rocks are respectively established based on experimental results, and thermal expansion coefficients are also tested. On this basis, a borehole stability model is established considering thermal effects and the effect of temperature change on borehole stability is also analyzed. The results show that the fracture pressure and collapse pressure will both increase as the temperature of borehole rises, and vice versa. The fracture pressure is more sensitive to temperature. Temperature has different effects on collapse pressures due to different lithological characters; however, the variation of fracture pressure is unrelated to lithology. The research results can provide a reference for the design of drilling fluid density in high-temperature wells.

  17. High-temperature borehole instrumentation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Dennis, B. R.; Koczan, S. P.; Stephani, E. L.

    1985-10-01

    A new method of extracting natural heat from the Earth's crust was invented at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1970. It uses fluid pressures (hydraulic fracturing) to produce cracks that connect two boreholes drilled into hot rock formations of low initial permeability. Pressurized water is then circulated through this connected underground loop to extract heat from the rock and bring it to the surface. The creation of the fracture reservior began with drilling boreholes deep within the Precambrian basement rock at the Fenton Hill Test Site. Hydraulic fracturing, flow testing, and well-completion operations required unique wellbore measurements using downhole instrumentation systems that would survive the very high borehole temperatures, 320(0)C (610(0)F). These instruments were not available in the oil and gas industrial complex, so the Los Alamos National Laboratory initiated an intense program upgrading existing technology where applicable, subcontracting materials and equipment development to industrial manufactures, and using the Laboratory resources to develop the necessary downhole instruments to meet programmatic schedules.

  18. High-temperature borehole instrumentation

    SciTech Connect

    Dennis, B.R.; Koczan, S.P.; Stephani, E.L.

    1985-10-01

    A new method of extracting natural heat from the earth's crust was invented at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1970. It uses fluid pressures (hydraulic fracturing) to produce cracks that connect two boreholes drilled into hot rock formations of low initial permeability. Pressurized water is then circulated through this connected underground loop to extract heat from the rock and bring it to the surface. The creation of the fracture reservior began with drilling boreholes deep within the Precambrian basement rock at the Fenton Hill Test Site. Hydraulic fracturing, flow testing, and well-completion operations required unique wellbore measurements using downhole instrumentation systems that would survive the very high borehole temperatures, 320/sup 0/C (610/sup 0/F). These instruments were not available in the oil and gas industrial complex, so the Los Alamos National Laboratory initiated an intense program upgrading existing technology where applicable, subcontracting materials and equipment development to industrial manufactures, and using the Laboratory resource to develop the necessary downhole instruments to meet programmatic schedules. 60 refs., 11 figs.

  19. Analysis of Eccentered Dipole Antenna for Borehole Radar

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Satoshi Ebihara; Yoshihiro Inoue

    2009-01-01

    A dipole antenna in a borehole may be placed away from the center of the borehole, and this eccentricity produces additional complicated electromagnetic fields, which may influence borehole radar signals. In this paper, we analyze an eccentric dipole antenna in a borehole for borehole radars. Our approach is an extended version of the pseudoanalytical formulation that was previously applied for

  20. In Vitro Antilisterial Properties of Crude Methanol Extracts of Garcinia kola (Heckel) Seeds

    PubMed Central

    Penduka, Dambudzo; Okoh, Anthony I.

    2012-01-01

    Crude methanol extracts of Garcinia kola (Heckel) seeds were screened for their antilisterial activities against 42 Listeria bacteria isolated from wastewater effluents. The extract had activity against 45% of the test bacteria and achieved minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) ranging between 0.157 and 0.625?mg/mL. The rate of kill of the extract was determined against four representative Listeria species in the study, and the results showed that the highest percentage of bacteria cells were killed after the maximum exposure time of 2?h at the highest concentration of 4 × MIC value, with the maximum number of bacteria cells killed being for L. ivanovii (LEL 30) 100%, L. monocytogenes (LAL 8) 94.686%, L. ivanovii (LEL 18) 60.330%, and L. grayi (LAL 15) 56.071% We therefore conclude that the nature of inhibition of the crude methanol extracts of Garcinia kola seeds can be either bactericidal or bacteriostatic depending on the target Listeria species and can also differ among same species as evidenced by L. ivanovii strains LEL 30 and LEL 18. PMID:22927786

  1. Comparative Analyses of the Moisture Isotherms, Proximate Compositions, Physical and Functional Properties of Dried Cola nitida and Garcinia kola Kernels

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Sunday S. Arogba

    2000-01-01

    Dried fruit kernels of Cola nitida and Garcinia kola were analysed and compared for proximate composition, physical, functional, and moisture isotherm characteristics. Their main differences were in appearance, fat and protein contents, carbohydrate composition as reflected in least gelation concentrations, water absorption capacity, monolayer moisture content, critical equilibrium moisture contents and the corresponding water activities for maintaining shelf-stability during storage.

  2. Impact of acid and trace metals deposition on freshwater invertebrates in north-eastern Fennoscandia and Kola Peninsula

    SciTech Connect

    Yakovlev, V. [Institute of the North Industrial Ecology Problems (INEP), Murmansk (Russian Federation)

    1996-12-31

    Freshwater invertebrate communities in a total 400 lakes and streams in northeastern Norway, Finnish Lapland and the Kola Peninsula, subjected to the atmospheric deposition were studied. The severe influence of toxic heavy metals, dusts from smelters and mineral enrichment factories were found in the Kola Peninsula. The negative acidification effects on benthic communities were found in the Jarfjord (Norway), Enontekio, Ranua-Posio and Kittila-Kolari (Finnish Lapland) areas and in the Kola Peninsula (Russia). Taxa groups, known to be sensitive to acidification, such as gammarids, snails, mayflies, stone flies, were represented with few species and in a low abundance. Heavy metals accumulation in biota is recorded in areas surrounding nickel smelters in the Kola Peninsula. The metal concentration invertebrates in remote areas is rather wide and depend on an air deposition, characteristics of lake catchment areas, as well as water acidity. The environmental variables, such as lake hydrological type, altitude of lakes, dominant substratum type, abundance of macrophytes and mosses in sampling area, content of pollutants in water also show significant relationships with metal concentration in invertebrates. The most severe negative effects on biota were found in waters with low pH and simultaneously contaminated by heavy metals. The biological method for estimation of simultaneously water acidification and contamination is suggested.

  3. Trace metal accumulation and fish pathologies in areas affected by mining and metallurgical enterprises in the Kola Region, Russia

    Microsoft Academic Search

    T. I. Moiseenko; L. P. Kudryavtseva

    2001-01-01

    Throughout the Kola region of Russia there has been a substantial increase of metal concentrations in water, which are related to local discharges from metallurgical and mining industry, transboundary transmissions as well as indirect leaching of elements by acid precipitation. This study presents data on the levels of Ni, Cu, Sr, Al, Zn, Co, Mn, Pb, Cd, Hg in the

  4. Borehole Summary Report for Core Hole C4998 – Waste Treatment Plant Seismic Boreholes Project

    SciTech Connect

    Barnett, D. BRENT; Garcia, Benjamin J.

    2006-12-15

    Seismic borehole C4998 was cored through the upper portion of the Columbia River Basalt Group and Ellensburg Formation to provide detailed lithologic information and intact rock samples that represent the geology at the Waste Treatment Plant. This report describes the drilling of borehole C4998 and documents the geologic data collected during the drilling of the cored portion of the borehole.

  5. Trends in new particle formation in eastern Lapland, Finland: effect of decreasing sulfur emissions from Kola Peninsula

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kyrö, E.-M.; Väänänen, R.; Kerminen, V.-M.; Virkkula, A.; Petäjä, T.; Asmi, A.; Dal Maso, M.; Nieminen, T.; Juhola, S.; Shcherbinin, A.; Riipinen, I.; Lehtipalo, K.; Keronen, P.; Aalto, P. P.; Hari, P.; Kulmala, M.

    2014-05-01

    The smelter industry in Kola Peninsula is the largest source of anthropogenic SO2 in the Arctic part of Europe and one of the largest within the Arctic domain. Due to socio-economic changes in Russia, the emissions have been decreasing especially since the late 1990s resulting in decreased SO2 concentrations close to Kola in eastern Lapland, Finland. At the same time, the frequency of new particle formation days has been decreasing distinctively at SMEAR I station in eastern Lapland, especially during spring and autumn. We show that sulfur species, namely sulfur dioxide and sulfuric acid, have an important role in both new particle formation and subsequent growth and that the decrease in new particle formation days is a result of the reduction of sulfur emissions originating from Kola Peninsula. In addition to sulfur species, there are many other quantities, such as formation rate of aerosol particles, condensation sink and nucleation mode particle number concentration, which are related to the number of observed new particle formation (NPF) days and need to be addressed when linking sulfur emissions and NPF. We show that while most of these quantities exhibit statistically significant trends, the reduction in Kola sulfur emissions is the most obvious reason for the rapid decline in NPF days. Sulfuric acid explains approximately 20-50% of the aerosol condensational growth observed at SMEAR I, and there is a large seasonal variation with highest values obtained during spring and autumn. We found that (i) particles form earlier after sunrise during late winter and early spring due to high concentrations of SO2 and H2SO4; (ii) several events occurred during the absence of light, and they were connected to higher than average concentrations of SO2; and (iii) high SO2 concentrations could advance the onset of nucleation by several hours. Moreover, air masses coming over Kola Peninsula seemed to favour new particle formation.

  6. 30 CFR 75.1318 - Loading boreholes.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ...boreholes drilled at an angle of 45 degrees or greater from the horizontal in solid rock or loading long holes drilled upward in anthracite mines— (1) The first cartridge in each borehole shall be the primer cartridge with the end of the cartridge...

  7. 30 CFR 75.1318 - Loading boreholes.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ...boreholes drilled at an angle of 45 degrees or greater from the horizontal in solid rock or loading long holes drilled upward in anthracite mines— (1) The first cartridge in each borehole shall be the primer cartridge with the end of the cartridge...

  8. 30 CFR 75.1318 - Loading boreholes.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ...boreholes drilled at an angle of 45 degrees or greater from the horizontal in solid rock or loading long holes drilled upward in anthracite mines— (1) The first cartridge in each borehole shall be the primer cartridge with the end of the cartridge...

  9. Borehole Effects on Downhole Seismic Measurements

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Chengbin Peng

    1994-01-01

    In this thesis, a complete and systematic investigation was carried out on borehole coupling theory, modeling techniques for VSP and crosswell surveys, and downhole hydrophone data processing. Our principal goal was to understand the borehole effects on downhole seismic measurements and consequently develop both modeling methods that take them into account and processing techniques that remove them from field data.

  10. ABCGheritage project - promoting geotourism in northern Finland, northern Norway and the Kola Peninsula

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pihlaja, Jouni; Johansson, Peter; Lauri, Laura S.

    2014-05-01

    Nature tourism has been a growing business sector in the Barents area during the recent decades. With the purpose to develop nature tourism in a sustainable way, a cooperation project ABCGheritage - Arctic Biological, Cultural and Geological Heritage has been carried out. Project has received partial funding from the EU Kolarctic ENPI program. In the geoheritage part of the project the main activities were aimed to develop pro-environmental ways of geotourism in the area. The three main participants in the geoheritage part of the project are the Geological Survey of Finland, Northern Finland Office, the Geological Institute of the Kola Science Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Bioforsk Soil and Environment from northeastern Norway. The duration of the project is 2012-2014 and most of the work has already been completed even if most of the results are not published yet. Totally ten different tasks have been implemented in the geological part of the project. The largest task has been the preparation of a geological outdoor map and guide book of the Khibiny Tundra locating in the central part of the Kola Peninsula. In Finland already 11 such maps have been published, and the experiences gained during their production have been used in this project, too. Geological heritage trails to the Khibiny Tundra have also been created and they will be drawn on the map. The second concrete result is the Barents Tour for Geotourist -guide, which will be published as a guide book, web pages and an exhibition. The route comprises ca 35 best geological demonstration sites along the circle route from northern Finland to northeastern Norway, from there to Kola Peninsula and then back to Finland. Information of the route will be available for all interested travelers. In addition to the geological outdoor map of the Khibiny Tundra and "Barents Tour for Geotourists"-guide, the primary outputs of the project are the geological nature trails on the field, geological demonstration sites with uniform signposts and educational data packages on geological heritage. The main target groups are pupils and teachers at schools, especially on elementary stage. Tourists and locals visiting protected and recreational areas and other heritage sites will also benefit from the results. Personnel working in education and tourism will get new targets and background data for their clients. Final beneficiaries are local inhabitants, entrepreneurs and companies through positive impact to local economy and communities.

  11. [Health status, morbidity and injury rate in divers serving in the Kola North].

    PubMed

    Myznikov, I L; Polishchuk, Yu S

    2014-01-01

    The authors analyzed the health status of military personnel (males) of the Northern Fleet who did call-up military service (n = 420) and served on contract (n = 1370) in special diving positions in the Kola Arctic over the past few years. For the comparison of the rate of the decline of health level in different conditions of service the authors presented the averaged results of studies previously performed in the same period of time in the service personnel of coastal military units in the European North, troops from the surface ship crews and crew nuclear submarine. In the article there are considered the features of the primary disease and injury. Research and monitoring of causative-consecutive relationships between the features of military professional activity and the level and structure of primary morbidity rate allow to form the main directions of vocational rehabilitation for fleet specialists. PMID:25842499

  12. Kimama Well - Borehole Geophysics Database

    SciTech Connect

    Shervais, John

    2011-07-04

    The Snake River Plain (SRP), Idaho, hosts potential geothermal resources due to elevated groundwater temperatures associated with the thermal anomaly Yellowstone-Snake River hotspot. Project HOTSPOT has coordinated international institutions and organizations to understand subsurface stratigraphy and assess geothermal potential. Over 5.9km of core were drilled from three boreholes within the SRP in an attempt to acquire continuous core documenting the volcanic and sedimentary record of the hotspot: (1) Kimama, (2) Kimberly, and (3) Mountain Home. The Kimama drill site was set up to acquire a continuous record of basaltic volcanism along the central volcanic axis and to test the extent of geothermal resources beneath the Snake River aquifer. Data submitted by project collaborator Doug Schmitt, University of Alberta

  13. Kimberly Well - Borehole Geophysics Database

    SciTech Connect

    Shervais, John

    2011-07-04

    The Snake River Plain (SRP), Idaho, hosts potential geothermal resources due to elevated groundwater temperatures associated with the thermal anomaly Yellowstone-Snake River hotspot. Project HOTSPOT has coordinated international institutions and organizations to understand subsurface stratigraphy and assess geothermal potential. Over 5.9km of core were drilled from three boreholes within the SRP in an attempt to acquire continuous core documenting the volcanic and sedimentary record of the hotspot: (1) Kimama, (2) Kimberly, and (3) Mountain Home. The Kimberly drill hole was selected to document continuous volcanism when analysed in conjunction with the Kimama and is located near the margin of the plain. Data submitted by project collaborator Doug Schmitt, University of Alberta

  14. Surveying of a borehole for position determination

    SciTech Connect

    Russell, A. W.; Russell, M. K.

    1985-04-02

    A borehole is surveyed by positioning at the mouth of the borehole a survey instrument having a casing and a three-axis rate gyroscope unit mounted within the casing, and sensing at least two components of gravity in at least two mutually transverse directions with respect to the survey instrument by means of a gravity sensor unit. The survey instrument is then moved along the borehole with the start and finish of the run being at the mouth of the borehole or at some known reference along the path of the borehole. During the run the rates of rotation about three non-coplanar axes are sensed at a series of locations along the length of the borehole by means of the rate gyroscope unit. The position of the borehole at each measuring location is then calculated by determining the initial set of direction cosines from the sensed gravity components and an assumed initial value of the azimuth angle and incrementing these values using the rates of rotation sensed by the rate gyroscope unit to obtain the sets of direction cosines at subsequent measuring locations.

  15. Advanced motor driven clamped borehole seismic receiver

    DOEpatents

    Engler, B.P.; Sleefe, G.E.; Striker, R.P.

    1993-02-23

    A borehole seismic tool is described including a borehole clamp which only moves perpendicular to the borehole. The clamp is driven by an electric motor, via a right angle drive. When used as a seismic receiver, the tool has a three part housing, two of which are hermetically sealed. Accelerometers or geophones are mounted in one hermetically sealed part, the electric motor in the other hermetically sealed part, and the clamp and right angle drive in the third part. Preferably the tool includes cable connectors at both ends. Optionally a shear plate can be added to the clamp to extend the range of the tool.

  16. SOLAR HEAT INJECTION INTO BOREHOLES: A PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Michel Bernier; Ali Salim Shirazi

    2007-01-01

    This paper focuses on solar heat injection into boreholes that are linked to ground-source heat pumps (GSHP) used for space conditioning of residential housing. The advantage of solar heat injection is that it increases the ground temperature in the vicinity of the borehole which can lead to a reduction of the borehole length. A simple borehole sizing method is proposed

  17. Borehole Summary Report for Waste Treatment Plant Seismic Borehole C4993

    SciTech Connect

    Rust, Colleen F.; Barnett, D. BRENT; Bowles, Nathan A.; Horner, Jake A.

    2007-02-28

    A core hole (C4998) and three boreholes (C4993, C4996, and C4997) were drilled to acquire stratigraphic and downhole seismic data to model potential seismic impacts and to refine design specifications and seismic criteria for the Waste Treatment Plant (WTP) under construction on the Hanford Site. Borehole C4993 was completed through the Saddle Mountains Basalt, the upper portion of the Wanapum Basalt, and associated sedimentary interbeds, to provide a continuous record of the rock penetrated by all four holes and to provide access to the subsurface for geophysical measure¬ment. Presented and compiled in this report are field-generated records for the deep mud rotary borehole C4993 at the WTP site. Material for C4993 includes borehole logs, lithologic summary, and record of rock chip samples collected during drilling through the months of August through early October. The borehole summary report also includes documentation of the mud rotary drilling, borehole logging, and sample collection.

  18. Modern pollen and stomate deposition in lake surface sediments from across the treeline on the Kola Peninsula, Russia

    Microsoft Academic Search

    B. R. Gervais; G. M. MacDonald

    2001-01-01

    We sampled and analyzed surface sediments from 31 lakes along a latitudinal transect crossing the coniferous treeline on the Kola Peninsula, Russia. The major vegetation zones along the transect were tundra, birch-forest tundra, pine-forest tundra, and forest. The results indicate that the major vegetation types in our study area have distinct pollen spectra. Sum-of-squares cluster analysis and principal components analysis

  19. The microstructural effects of aqueous extract of Garcinia kola (Linn) on the hippocampus and cerebellum of malnourished mice

    PubMed Central

    Ajayi, Sunday A; Ofusori, David A; Ojo, Gideon B; Ayoka, Oladele A; Abayomi, Taiwo A; Tijani, Adekilekun A

    2011-01-01

    Objective To assess the neuroprotective effects of aqueous extract of Garcinia kola on neurotoxin administered malnourished mice adopting histological procedure. Methods The study was carried out using thirty-two adult malnourished mice which were randomly assigned into four groups (n=8): A, B, C and D. Group A served as control, while the other groups served as the experimental groups. Animals in group A were fed malnourished diet ad libitum and given water liberally. Animals in group B were administered with 3-Nitropropionic acid (3-NP) (neurotoxin) only at 20 mg/kg body weight, group C were given only Garcinia kola extracts, and group D were pre-treated with Garcinia kola extracts at 200 mg/kg for seven days prior to administration of neurotoxin at 20 mg/kg body weight. After three days of neurotoxins administration in the relevant groups, the brains were excised and fixed in formal calcium for histological processing. Results The study showed that hippocampal and cerebellar neurons of animals in group B exhibited some cellular degeneration and blood vessel blockage, which were not seen in groups A, C and D. Cresyl violet staining was least intense in group B than in groups A, C and D. Despite the fact that animals in group D has equal administration of 3-Nitropropionic acid concentration, there were no traces of neural degeneration as it was evidenced in group B. Conclusions It is concluded that Garcinia kola has protective effects on the neurons of the hippocampus and cerebellum of malnourished mice. PMID:23569771

  20. Comparison of the Schumann resonance parameters in horizontal magnetic and electric fields according to observations on the Kola Peninsula

    Microsoft Academic Search

    V. C. Roldugin; A. N. Vasiljev; A. A. Ostapenko

    2006-01-01

    The measurements of horizontal electric components at extremely low frequencies (0.1–20 Hz) have been started in the high-latitude observatory of Lovozero in the Kola Peninsula. It is found that the electric components are not less informative than the horizontal magnetic ones for Schumann resonance study. The diurnal variations in amplitude, frequency, and bandwidth of the first Schumann resonance mode in

  1. Comparison of the Schumann resonance parameters in horizontal magnetic and electric fields according to observations on the Kola Peninsula

    Microsoft Academic Search

    V. C. Roldugin; A. N. Vasiljev; A. A. Ostapenko

    2006-01-01

    The measurements of horizontal electric components at extremely low frequencies (0.1-20 Hz) have been started in the high-latitude observatory of Lovozero in the Kola Peninsula. It is found that the electric components are not less informative than the horizontal magnetic ones for Schumann resonance study. The diurnal variations in amplitude, frequency, and bandwidth of the first Schumann resonance mode in

  2. Seismic Waves in a Borehole - A Review

    E-print Network

    Toksoz, M. N.

    1983-01-01

    The propagation of seismic waves in an open borehole is reviewed. The principal wave types are the refracted P and S waves and the two guided waves - pseudo-Rayleigh and Stoneley. The dispersion properties of the guided ...

  3. Fracture compliance estimation using borehole tube waves

    E-print Network

    Bakku, Sudhish Kumar

    We tested two models, one for tube-wave generation and the other for tube-wave attenuation at a fracture intersecting a borehole that can be used to estimate fracture compliance, fracture aperture, and lateral extent. In ...

  4. Using boreholes as windows into groundwater ecosystems.

    PubMed

    Sorensen, James P R; Maurice, Louise; Edwards, François K; Lapworth, Daniel J; Read, Daniel S; Allen, Debbie; Butcher, Andrew S; Newbold, Lindsay K; Townsend, Barry R; Williams, Peter J

    2013-01-01

    Groundwater ecosystems remain poorly understood yet may provide ecosystem services, make a unique contribution to biodiversity and contain useful bio-indicators of water quality. Little is known about ecosystem variability, the distribution of invertebrates within aquifers, or how representative boreholes are of aquifers. We addressed these issues using borehole imaging and single borehole dilution tests to identify three potential aquifer habitats (fractures, fissures or conduits) intercepted by two Chalk boreholes at different depths beneath the surface (34 to 98 m). These habitats were characterised by sampling the invertebrates, microbiology and hydrochemistry using a packer system to isolate them. Samples were taken with progressively increasing pumped volume to assess differences between borehole and aquifer communities. The study provides a new conceptual framework to infer the origin of water, invertebrates and microbes sampled from boreholes. It demonstrates that pumping 5 m(3) at 0.4-1.8 l/sec was sufficient to entrain invertebrates from five to tens of metres into the aquifer during these packer tests. Invertebrates and bacteria were more abundant in the boreholes than in the aquifer, with associated water chemistry variations indicating that boreholes act as sites of enhanced biogeochemical cycling. There was some variability in invertebrate abundance and bacterial community structure between habitats, indicating ecological heterogeneity within the aquifer. However, invertebrates were captured in all aquifer samples, and bacterial abundance, major ion chemistry and dissolved oxygen remained similar. Therefore the study demonstrates that in the Chalk, ecosystems comprising bacteria and invertebrates extend from around the water table to 70 m below it. Hydrogeological techniques provide excellent scope for tackling outstanding questions in groundwater ecology, provided an appropriate conceptual hydrogeological understanding is applied. PMID:23936176

  5. Compaction bands induced by borehole drilling

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. Katsman; E. Aharonov; B. C. Haimson

    2009-01-01

    Drilling experiments in rock blocks subjected to pre-existing true triaxial far-field stresses simulating real in situ conditions\\u000a often result in localized failure around the created borehole, which brings about the formation of borehole breakouts. In\\u000a weakly bonded quartz-rich porous sandstones breakouts take the form of narrow tabular (slot-like) openings extending along\\u000a a plane perpendicular to the maximum applied-stress direction. Scanning

  6. PBO Borehole Strain and Siesmic Network

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D. Mencin; M. Jackson; G. Anderson; K. Hodgkinson; M. Hasting; T. Dittman; W. Johnson; C. Meertens

    2007-01-01

    UNAVCO is a non-profit, community-based organization funded by the National Science Foundation to install and operate the geodetic component of EarthScope called the Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO). UNAVCO will install 103 borehole tensor strainmeters\\/seismometers and 28 borehole tiltmeters These instruments will be used to study the three-dimensional strain field resulting from deformation across the active boundary zone between the Pacific

  7. Borehole Inspection System for large diameter holes

    Microsoft Academic Search

    W. L. Hawkins; R. D. Oliver; M. J. Lavelle

    1987-01-01

    A color camera developed for underwater applications has been adapted for use as a large diameter Borehole Inspection System (BIS). This video\\/photographic system has pan and tilt capabilities and remotely interchangeable lenses. A compass provides an azimuth for orientation. It is designed to operate in boreholes ranging in diameter from 1.2 m to 3.0 m. The system has a 180

  8. Archean to Paleoproterozoic polymetamorphic history of the Salma eclogite in Kola Peninsula, Russia

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Imayama, Takeshi; Oh, Chang-Whan; Park, Chan-Soo; Yi, Keewook; Jung, Haemyeong

    2015-04-01

    One of the most important questions in the Earth Science is when and how plate tectonics operate in the Precambrian time. The tectonic and thermal evolution of the Precambrian eclogite is significant key for understanding the Precambrian geodynamic mechanisms. Eclogites in Kola Peninsula, Russia are some of the oldest eclogites of the world, but there has been much debate about the timing of eclogite-facies metamorphism: Archean (e.g. Volodichev et al. 2004; Mints et al., 2010) or Paleoproterozoic (e.g. Skublob et al., 2011, 2012). The controversy is mainly because of the lack of zircon dating coupled with the formation of garnet and omphacite. In this study, we present geochronological, petrographic, and geochemical data from the Salma eclogites in the Kola Peninsula, Russia to characterize subduction and collision processes in the Precambrian. Microstructural observations, P-T analyses, zircon inclusion analyses, and U-Pb zircon dating revealed multiple metamorphic stages that the Salma eclogite underwent. The amphibolite facies metamorphic event firstly occurred at 2.73-2.72 Ga during Archean. In the Paleoproterozoic period, the Salma eclogites underwent prograde stage of epidote-amphibolite facies metamorphism. The eclogite facies metamorphic event took place under the P-T condition of 16-18 kbar and 740-770 °C at 1.89-1.88 Ga, with a subsequent granulite facies metamorphism during decompression stage from 18 kbar to 9-12 kbar. Finally, later amphibolite facies metamorphism occurred at 8-10 kbar and 590-610 °C on cooling. The Archean metamorphic zircons that contain inclusions of Grt + Am + Bt + Pl + Qtz + Rt are unzoned grains with dark CL, and they are relatively enriched in HREE. In contrast, the 1.89-1.88 Ga sector or concentric zoned zircons with pale-grey CL include inclusions of Grt + Omp + Ca-Cpx + Am + Bt + Qtz + Rt, and they have the flat pattern of HREE due to the amounts of abundant garnet during the eclogite-facies metamorphism. Whole rock chemistry indicates that these eclogites were originally tholeiitic basalts formed at the mid-ocean ridge. Our data suggest that the ocean plate was exposed once during Archean, and then they deeply subducted to form the eclogite and exhumed during Paleoproterozoic. The 1.89-1.88 Ga eclogite-facies metamorphism implies that the continent-continent collision between the Kola and Karelian continents occurred during the Paleoproterozoic, rather than the Archean. The prograde metamorphism of epidote-amphibolite facies for the Salma eclogites represents a warm subduction in the Paleoproterozoic, as well as some Phanerozoic eclogites such as the Besshi District, Sambagawa (Enami et al., 1994), and Hubei Province, central China (Zhou et al., 1993) and as the tectonic blocks in the Franciscan Complex, California (Oh and Liou 1990).

  9. Analysis of Dipole Antenna Eccentered in a Borehole for Borehole Radar

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. Ebihara; Y. Inoue

    2007-01-01

    In this paper, we analyze response of borehole radar that use an electrically small dipole antenna in an eccentric borehole. Our approach is an extended version of the pseudoanalytic formulation, which was previously applied for analysis of an induction logging tool. In order to verify the calculation method, we did two experiments. The first one is measurement of monopole antenna

  10. Modification of a Hughes tiltmeter to a borehole tiltmeter

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gerstenecker, C.

    Earth tidal tilt measurements in mines are influenced by cavity effects. Therefore, the modification of tiltmeters to borehole instruments is useful, since the cavity effect may be avoided in boreholes. The principle of the design of the Hughes tiltmeter and of borehole equipment is described. The diameter of the borehole case is similar to that of the Askania vertical pendulum. Hence the Hughes tiltmeter can be installed in boreholes drilled for Askania pendulums. To achieve proper operation of the instrument, the electronics had to be reconstructed and integrated in the borehole case. Devices for remote adjustment of the tiltmeter in the borehole, self test, temperature, and air pressure sensors complete the borehole equipment. The borehole tiltmeter is connected via a 60 m long cable with the control unit, containing the necessary power supplies, analog control instruments and adjustment knobs.

  11. Distribution and pathways of heavy metals and sulphur in the vicinity of the copper-nickel smelters in Nikel and Zapoljarnij, Kola Peninsula, Russia, as revealed by different sample media

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Viktor Chekushin; C REIMANN

    1996-01-01

    A pilot project for a regional environmental geochemical mapping project covering 188,000 km2 of an area exposed to severe airborne deposition of heavy metals and sulphur originating from the Nismelters of the Kola Peninsula, Russia, was initiated by the Central Kola Expedition and the Geological Surveys of Finland and Norway in 1992. To select the best suited sample media as

  12. Identification and antibacterial evaluation of bioactive compounds from Garcinia kola (Heckel) seeds.

    PubMed

    Seanego, Christinah T; Ndip, Roland N

    2012-01-01

    We assessed the bioactivity of G. kola seeds on Streptococcus pyogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, Plesiomonas shigelloides and Salmonella typhimurium. The crude ethyl acetate, ethanol, methanol, acetone and aqueous extracts were screened by the agar-well diffusion method and their activities were further determined by Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) and Minimum Bactericidal Concentration (MBC) assays. The extracts were fractionated by Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC). Bioautography was used to assess the activity of the possible classes of compounds present in the more active extracts. Column chromatography was used to purify the active compounds from the mixture, while GC-MS was used to identify the phytocomponents of the fractions. The inhibition zone diameters of the extracts ranged from 0-24 ± 1.1 mm, while MIC and MBC values ranged between 0.04-1.25 mg/mL and 0.081-2.5 mg/mL, respectively. The chloroform/ethyl acetate/formic acid (CEF) solvent system separated more active compounds. The MIC of the fractions ranged between 0.0006-2.5 mg/mL. CEF 3 (F3), CEF 11 (F11) and CEF 12 (F12) revealed the presence of high levels of linoleic acid, 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid and 2,3-dihydro-3,5-dihydroxy-6-methyl ester, respectively. The results obtained from this study justify the use of this plant in traditional medicine and provide leads which could be further exploited for the development of new and potent antimicrobials. PMID:22728354

  13. Time of formation and genesis of yttrium-zirconium mineralization in the Sakharjok massif, Kola Peninsula

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Vetrin, V. R.; Skublov, S. G.; Balashov, Yu. A.; Lyalina, L. M.; Rodionov, N. V.

    2014-12-01

    The Kola geotectonic province in the northeastern Fennoscandian Shield accommodates a significant number of alkaline rock massifs differing in age. They are of mantle and mantle-crustal origin (alkali and nepheline syenites, carbonatites) and related to crustal sources (Neoarchean alkali granites). Among them, the Neoarchean Sakharjok nepheline syenite massif is related to the oldest intrusions of this kind bearing yttrium-zirconium mineralization. The crystallization of alkali syenite pertaining to the first intrusive phase of the intrusive Sakharjok massif is dated to 2645 ± 7 Ma, and this implies that this syenite postdated alkali granites (2.66-2.67 Ga). To date the yttrium-zirconium ore, we applied the local U-Pb method to zircon crystals occurring in the mineralized block hosted in nepheline syenite. The earliest fragments of zircon crystallized 1832 ± 7 Ma ago; the age of metamorphism is estimated at 1784 ± 13 Ma. These dates indicate the Paleoproterozoic age of the yttrium-zirconium mineralization, which was formed as a product of fluid reworking of the Neoarchean nepheline syenite of the Sakharjok massif.

  14. Development of a geothermal acoustic borehole televiewer

    SciTech Connect

    Heard, F.E.; Bauman, T.J.

    1983-08-01

    Most geothermal wells are drilled in hard rock formations where fluid flow is through systems of open fractures. Productivity of these wells is usually determined by the extent of intersection of the wellbore with the fracture system. A need exists for fracture mapping methods and tools which can operate in a geothermal environment. In less hostile environments, the acoustic borehole televiewer has been shown to be a useful tool for determining location, orientation, and characterization of fractures as they intersect the borehole and for general wellbore and casing inspection. The development conducted at Sandia National Laboratories to adapt an acoustic borehole televiewer for operation in a geothermal environment is described. The modified instrument has been successfully tested at temperatures as high as 280/sup 0/C and pressures up to 5000 psi, and used successfully to map fractures and casing damage in geothermal wells.

  15. Excess plutonium disposition: The deep borehole option

    SciTech Connect

    Ferguson, K.L.

    1994-08-09

    This report reviews the current status of technologies required for the disposition of plutonium in Very Deep Holes (VDH). It is in response to a recent National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report which addressed the management of excess weapons plutonium and recommended three approaches to the ultimate disposition of excess plutonium: (1) fabrication and use as a fuel in existing or modified reactors in a once-through cycle, (2) vitrification with high-level radioactive waste for repository disposition, (3) burial in deep boreholes. As indicated in the NAS report, substantial effort would be required to address the broad range of issues related to deep bore-hole emplacement. Subjects reviewed in this report include geology and hydrology, design and engineering, safety and licensing, policy decisions that can impact the viability of the concept, and applicable international programs. Key technical areas that would require attention should decisions be made to further develop the borehole emplacement option are identified.

  16. Model accurately predicts directional borehole trajectory

    SciTech Connect

    Mamedbekov, O.K. (Azerbaijan State Petroleum Academy, Baku (Azerbaijan))

    1994-08-29

    Theoretical investigations and field data analyses helped develop a new method of predicting the rate of inclination change in a deviated well bore to help reduce the frequency and magnitude of doglegs. Predicting borehole dogleg severity is one of the main problems in directional drilling. Predicting the tendency and magnitude of borehole deviation and comparing them to the planned well path makes it possible to improve bottom hole assembly (BHA) design and to reduce the number of correction runs. The application of adaptation models for predicting the rate of inclination change if measurement-while-drilling systems are used results in improved accuracy of prediction, and therefore a reduction in correction runs.

  17. 30 CFR 75.1315 - Boreholes for explosives.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...2010-07-01 false Boreholes for explosives. 75.1315 Section 75.1315 ...SAFETY STANDARDS-UNDERGROUND COAL MINES Explosives and Blasting § 75.1315 Boreholes for explosives. (a) All explosives fired...

  18. 30 CFR 75.1315 - Boreholes for explosives.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ...2013-07-01 false Boreholes for explosives. 75.1315 Section 75.1315 ...SAFETY STANDARDS-UNDERGROUND COAL MINES Explosives and Blasting § 75.1315 Boreholes for explosives. (a) All explosives fired...

  19. 30 CFR 75.1315 - Boreholes for explosives.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ...2011-07-01 false Boreholes for explosives. 75.1315 Section 75.1315 ...SAFETY STANDARDS-UNDERGROUND COAL MINES Explosives and Blasting § 75.1315 Boreholes for explosives. (a) All explosives fired...

  20. 30 CFR 75.1315 - Boreholes for explosives.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ...2012-07-01 false Boreholes for explosives. 75.1315 Section 75.1315 ...SAFETY STANDARDS-UNDERGROUND COAL MINES Explosives and Blasting § 75.1315 Boreholes for explosives. (a) All explosives fired...

  1. 30 CFR 75.1315 - Boreholes for explosives.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ...2014-07-01 false Boreholes for explosives. 75.1315 Section 75.1315 ...SAFETY STANDARDS-UNDERGROUND COAL MINES Explosives and Blasting § 75.1315 Boreholes for explosives. (a) All explosives fired...

  2. Effect of borehole stress concentration on compressional wave velocity measurements

    E-print Network

    Fang, Xinding

    2013-01-01

    Formation elastic properties near a borehole may be altered from their original state due to the stress concentration around the borehole. This could lead to a biased estimation of formation elastic properties measured ...

  3. Effects of borehole stability on well log data

    E-print Network

    Grandi Karam, Samantha, 1973-

    2003-01-01

    In this thesis we analyze the effects of borehole irregularities on well logs and develop methods to obtain reliable formation properties from such logs. Data from a well in eastern Venezuela are analysed. Borehole ...

  4. Predicting stress-induced anisotropy around a borehole

    E-print Network

    Fang, Xinding

    2012-01-01

    Formation elastic properties near a borehole may be altered from their original state due to the stress concentration around the borehole. This could result in a biased estimation of formation properties but could provide ...

  5. Method for isolating two aquifers in a single borehole

    DOEpatents

    Burklund, Patrick W. (Livermore, CA)

    1985-10-22

    A method for isolating and individually instrumenting separate aquifers within a single borehole. A borehole is first drilled from the ground surface, through an upper aquifer, and into a separating confining bed. A casing, having upper and lower sections separated by a coupling collar, is lowered into the borehole. The borehole is grouted in the vicinity of the lower section of the casing. A borehole is then drilled through the grout plug and into a lower aquifer. After the lower aquifer is instrumented, the borehole is grouted back into the lower portion of the casing. Then the upper section of the casing is unscrewed via the coupling collar and removed from the borehole. Finally, instrumentation is added to the upper aquifer and the borehole is appropriately grouted. The coupling collar is designed to have upper right-hand screw threads and lower left-hand screw thread, whereby the sections of the casing can be readily separated.

  6. A borehole jack for deformability, strength, and stress measurements in a 2-inch borehole

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Goodman, R. E.; Hovland, H. J.; Chirapuntu, S.

    1971-01-01

    A borehole jack devised for lunar exploration is described and results of its use in simulated lunar solids are presented. A hydraulic cylinder mounted between two stiff plates acts to spread the plates apart against the borehole walls when pressured. The spreading is measured by a displacement transducer and the load is measured hydraulically. The main improvement over previous instruments is the increased stroke, which allows large deformations of the borehole. Twenty-eight pistons are used to obtain a high hydraulic efficiency, and three return pistons are also provided. Pressure-deformation curves were obtained for each test on Lunar Soil Simulant No. 2, a light gray silty basalt powder.

  7. Borehole breakdown pressure with drilling fluids—I. Empirical results

    Microsoft Academic Search

    N. Morita; A. D. Black; G.-F. Fuh

    1996-01-01

    Mining and civil engineering industries sometimes use drilling muds for stabilizing a borehole during drilling wells for methane drainage, geothermal energy and radioactive waste disposal. Standard theories predicting borehole breakdown pressure assume breakdown occurs when a small fracture initiates at a location where the largest tangential stress at the borehole reaches the tensile strength of formation. Fracturing tests conducted in

  8. Spatiotemporal relationships of dike magmatism in the Kola region, the Fennoscandian Shield

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Fedotov, Zh. A.; Bayanova, T. B.; Serov, P. A.

    2012-11-01

    A brief geological and petrographic characterization of the Early Precambrian dike complexes of the Kola region is given along with data on new estimates of dike age and analysis of their distribution over the entire Fennoscandian Shield. The emplacement of dikes in the Archean core of the shield continued after consolidation of the sialic crust 2.74-1.76 Ga ago. After the Svecofennian Orogeny, dikes continued to form in the west in the area of newly formed crust, while the amagmatic period began in the Archean domain. The intense formation of dikes in the Svecofennian domain lasted approximately for 1 Ga (1.8-0.84 Ga). The younger igneous rocks in the crustal domains of different age are less abundant and localized at their margins. A similar distribution of dikes is characteristic of other shields in different continents. This implies that the formation of the sialic crust in the shields is not completed by its consolidation and formation of the craton. For 1 Ga after completion of this process, the crust is underplated by mantle-derived magmas. This process is reflected at the Earth's surface in the development of mantle-derived mafic and anorogenic granitoid magmatism. The process of crust formation is ended as the subcratonic lithosphere cools and the amagmatic period of the craton history is started. Beginning from this moment, the manifestations of cratonic magmatism were related either to the superposed tectonomagmatic reactivation of the cold craton under the effect of crust formation in the adjacent mobile belts or to the ascent of mantle plumes.

  9. Entry Boreholes Summary Report for the Waste Treatment Plant Seismic Boreholes Project

    SciTech Connect

    Horner, Jake A.

    2007-02-28

    This report describes the 2006 fiscal year field activities associated with the installation of four cable-tool-drilled boreholes located within the boundary of the Waste Treatment Plant (WTP), DOE Hanford site, Washington. The cable-tool-drilled boreholes extend from surface to ~20 ft below the top of basalt and were utilized as cased entry holes for three deep boreholes (approximately 1400 ft) that were drilled to support the acquisition of sub-surface geophysical data, and one deep corehole (1400 ft) that was drilled to acquire continuous core samples from underlying basalt and sedimentary interbeds. The geophysical data acquired from these boreholes will be integrated into a seismic response model that will provide the basis for defining the seismic design criteria for the WTP facilities.

  10. Continuous borehole telemetry system and method

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. M. Jackson; V. E. Koval

    1983-01-01

    In situations where it is necessary to directionally drill boreholes from the surface in a substantially horizontal attitude, such as for pipeline river crossings, the precise directional parameters of drilling become critical. A system of tools for efficiently accommodating the precise directional steering of the drilling includes a continuous electrical communications path within a drill string; which path provides steering

  11. Groundwater flow dynamic investigation without drilling boreholes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Moustafa, Mahmoud

    2015-02-01

    The flow net map is a basic tool for groundwater flow dynamics investigation. In areas where there are no boreholes or piezometers are not available, constructing flow net map may be difficult. This work proposes a simple methodology to construct flow net map without drilling boreholes. The flow net map constructed using the proposed approach represents an expected flow net map, which can draw conceptual flow model of the site. The major benefit from constructing the expected flow net map is it gives guidance for locating new boreholes for site investigation, carrying out investigation of the groundwater flow directions and estimating recharge/discharge from the site boundary. An illustrative example for the proposed approach was presented to show how the data required to construct the expected flow net map can be collected. The constructed, expected flow net map using the proposed methodology was compared with actual flow net map constructed from measured water levels. Both maps give consistent hydrological information about the site. The suggested approach represents a simple and cheap way to carry out investigation of groundwater flow dynamics in areas where there are no boreholes are available.

  12. 30 CFR 75.1322 - Stemming boreholes

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ...used for stemming. (g) The diameter of a water stemming bag shall be within 1/4 of an inch of the diameter of the drill bit used to drill the borehole. (h) Water stemming bags shall be constructed of tear-resistant and flame-resistant...

  13. 30 CFR 75.1322 - Stemming boreholes.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ...used for stemming. (g) The diameter of a water stemming bag shall be within 1/4 of an inch of the diameter of the drill bit used to drill the borehole. (h) Water stemming bags shall be constructed of tear-resistant and flame-resistant...

  14. Apparatus for ejecting fluid in a borehole

    Microsoft Academic Search

    E. R. Basham; W. D. Smith

    1972-01-01

    An apparatus for ejecting a fluid in a borehole penetrating subterranean formations includes (1) the conventional surface equipment, wire line, and downhole tool; (2) a motor driving an accurate dispensing cylinder and piston; and (3) a measuring and stopping means connected with the motor for measuring when a predetermined quantity of fluid has been ejected and for stopping the motor.

  15. Fiber optic communication in borehole applications

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. J. Franco; J. R. Morgan

    1997-01-01

    The Telemetry Technology Development Department have, in support of the Advanced Geophysical Technology Department and the Oil Recovery Technology Partnership, developed a fiber optic communication capability for use in borehole applications. This environment requires the use of packaging and component technologies to operate at high temperature (up to 175°C) and survive rugged handling. Fiber optic wireline technology has been developed

  16. Borehole devices actuated by fluid pressure

    Microsoft Academic Search

    F. R. George; M. R. Smith

    1987-01-01

    An apparatus is described for actuating a perforating device downhole in a borehole extending from the surface of the earth and containing fluid therein. The apparatus is attached to an end of a tubing string extending from the surface of the earth and having the perforating device attached to the other end thereof. The apparatus comprises: a body; a port

  17. EXPERIMENTAL COMPARISON OF FOUR BOREHOLE HEAT EXCHANGERS

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. ACUÑA; B. PALM

    2008-01-01

    The most common way to exchange heat with the bedrock in ground source heat pump applications is circulating a secondary fluid through a closed U-pipe loop in a vertical borehole. This fluid transports the heat from the rock to the ground source heat pump evaporator. The quality of the heat exchange with the ground and the necessary pumping power to

  18. Annual layers in polar firn detected by Borehole Optical Stratigraphy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hawley, Robert L.; Waddington, Edwin D.; Alley, Richard B.; Taylor, Kendrick C.

    2003-08-01

    We have developed a system called Borehole Optical Stratigraphy which can detect annual layers in boreholes in polar firn. Borehole Optical Stratigraphy consists of a downhole camera package and post-processing routines, which allow us to measure the intensity of light emitted from an on-board source and returned from the borehole wall. We manually identify the annual layers in this optical signal. We used this system at Siple Dome, Antarctica, in the 2001-2002 austral summer season. Our results agree well with counts of annual layers detected with two different methods in an ice core recovered 50 meters from our borehole.

  19. Efficacy of Garcinia kola 0.5% Aqueous Eye Drops in Patients with Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma or Ocular Hypertension

    PubMed Central

    Adefule-Ositelu, Adebukunola O.; Adegbehingbe, Bernice O.; Adefule, Adebayo K.; Adegbehingbe, Olayinka O.; Samaila, Elsie; Oladigbolu, Kehinde

    2010-01-01

    Purpose: To evaluate the intraocular pressure (IOP) lowering efficacy of Garcinia kola 0.5% aqueous solution eye drops in patients with newly diagnosed primary open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension (POAG/OH). Materials and Methods: A randomized, double-masked, multicenter, active-controlled prospective study. Patients who met the inclusion criteria were randomly assigned in equal numbers to receive Timolol 0.5% eye drops as a control medication (A = Group 1 eyes) or Garcinia kola 0.5% eye drops as the study medication (B = Group 2 eyes). All drops were instilled at 6 am and 6 pm daily. Goldman applanation tonometry was performed at 9 am, 12 pm and 3 pm at baseline, week-6, week-12 and week-24 visits. Voluntary and actively elicited reports of adverse events were documented. The mean change in IOP over 24 weeks was the primary outcome measure. Both groups were compared for statistically significant differences at all visits. A P < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: A total of 178 patients were randomly assigned to G. kola and Timolol groups. At baseline there were no differences in mean IOP between groups, based on age, sex, or diagnosis. At the end of the study period (24th week), the mean (± SD) reduction in IOP was 12.93 ± 2.3 mmHg (47.8% ± 0.8% reduction) in G. Kola group and 13.09 ± 2.8 mm Hg (48.2% ± 1.03% reduction) in the Timolol group (P > 0.05). Adverse events were mild in nature with no statistically significant differences between groups (P > 0.05). Conclusions: Garcinia kola ophthalmic solution significantly reduces IOP as compared to baseline. The IOP lowering effect of both treatments was equivalent. PMID:20543944

  20. Low Noise Borehole Triaxial Seismometer Phase II

    SciTech Connect

    Kerr, James D; McClung, David W

    2006-11-06

    This report describes the preliminary design and the effort to date of Phase II of a Low Noise Borehole Triaxial Seismometer for use in networks of seismic stations for monitoring underground nuclear explosions. The design uses the latest technology of broadband seismic instrumentation. Each parameter of the seismometer is defined in terms of the known physical limits of the parameter. These limits are defined by the commercially available components, and the physical size constraints. A theoretical design is proposed, and a preliminary prototype model of the proposed instrument has been built. This prototype used the sensor module of the KS2000. The installation equipment (hole locks, etc.) has been designed and one unit has been installed in a borehole. The final design of the sensors and electronics and leveling mechanism is in process. Noise testing is scheduled for the last quarter of 2006.

  1. Development of a magnetostrictive borehole seismic source

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. P. Cutler; G. E. Sleefe; R. G. Keefe

    1997-01-01

    A magnetostrictive borehole seismic source was developed for use in high resolution crosswell surveys in environmental applications. The source is a clamped, vertical-shear, swept frequency, reaction-mass shaker design consisting of a spring pre-loaded magnetostrictive rod with permanent magnet bias, drive coils to induce an alternating magnetic field, and an integral tungsten reaction mass. The actuator was tested extensively in the

  2. Promising pneumatic punchers for borehole drilling

    SciTech Connect

    A.A. Lipin [Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation). Institute of Mining, Siberian Branch

    2005-03-15

    The state of borehole drilling by downhole pneumatic punchers and their potential use in open and underground mining as well as in exploration for reliable sampling are analyzed. Performance specification is presented for the new-generation pneumatic punchers equipped with a pin tool, effectively operating at a compressed-air pressure of 0.5-0.7 MPa, and with an additional extended exhaust from the power stroke chamber during working cycle.

  3. Advances in borehole geophysics for hydrology

    SciTech Connect

    Nelson, P.H.

    1982-01-01

    Borehole geophysical methods provide vital subsurface information on rock properties, fluid movement, and the condition of engineered borehole structures. Within the first category, salient advances include the continuing improvement of the borehole televiewer, refinement of the electrical conductivity dipmeter for fracture characterization, and the development of a gigahertz-frequency electromagnetic propagation tool for water saturation measurements. The exploration of the rock mass between boreholes remains a challenging problem with high potential; promising methods are now incorporating high-density spatial sampling and sophisticated data processing. Flow-rate measurement methods appear adequate for all but low-flow situations. At low rates the tagging method seems the most attractive. The current exploitation of neutron-activation techniques for tagging means that the wellbore fluid itself is tagged, thereby eliminating the mixing of an alien fluid into the wellbore. Another method uses the acoustic noise generated by flow through constrictions and in and behind casing to detect and locate flaws in the production system. With the advent of field-recorded digital data, the interpretation of logs from sedimentary sequences is now reaching a sophisticated level with the aid of computer processing and the application of statistical methods. Lagging behind are interpretive schemes for the low-porosity, fracture-controlled igneous and metamorphic rocks encountered in the geothermal reservoirs and in potential waste-storage sites. Progress is being made on the general problem of fracture detection by use of electrical and acoustical techniques, but the reliable definition of permeability continues to be an elusive goal.

  4. Effect of borehole design on electrical impedance tomography measurements

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mozaffari, Amirpasha; Huisman, Johan Alexander; Treichel, Andrea; Zimmermann, Egon; Kelter, Matthias; Vereecken, Harry

    2015-04-01

    Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT) is a sophisticated non-invasive tool to investigate the subsurface in engineering and environmental studies. To increase the depth of investigation, EIT measurements can be made in boreholes. However, the presence of the borehole may affect EIT measurements. Here, we aim to investigate the effect of different borehole components on EIT measurements using 2,5-D and 3D finite element modeling and unstructured meshes. To investigate the effect of different borehole components on EIT measurements, a variety of scenarios were designed. In particular, the effect of the water-filled borehole, the PVC casing, and the gravel filter were investigated relative to complex resistivity simulations for a homogenous medium with chain and electrode modules. It was found that the results of the complex resistivity simulations were best understood using the sensitivity distribution of the electrode configuration under consideration. In all simulations, the sensitivity in the vicinity of the borehole was predominantly negative. Therefore, the introduction of the water-filled borehole caused an increase in the real part of the impedance, and a decrease (more negative) in the imaginary part of the simulated impedance. The PVC casing mostly enhanced the effect of the water-filled borehole described above, although this effect was less clear for some electrode configuration. The effect of the gravel filter mostly reduced the effect of the water-filled borehole with PVC casing. For EIT measurements in a single borehole, the highest simulated phase error was 12% for a Wenner configuration with electrode spacing of 0.33 m. This error decreased with increasing electrode spacing. In the case of cross-well configurations, the error in the phase shit was as high as 6%. Here, it was found that the highest errors occur when both current electrodes are located in the same borehole. These results indicated that cross-well measurements are less affected by the presence of the borehole than measurements in a single borehole.

  5. A borehole-to-surface electromagnetic survey

    SciTech Connect

    Tseng, Hung-Wen; Becker, A. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Wilt, M. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States); Descz-Pan, M.

    1995-12-31

    We have assessed the feasibility of borehole to surface electromagnetic measurements for fluid injection monitoring. To do this we performed a vertical electromagnetic profiling (VEMP) experiment at the University of California Richmond Field Station where a saline water injection zone was created at a subsurface depth of 30 meters. The methodology used is quite similar to the conventional seismic (VSP) procedure for surface to borehole measurements. In our case however, the transmitter was located in a PVC cased borehole while the receivers were deployed on the surface. With a carefully designed system operating at 9.6 kHz we were able to make measurements accurate to 1 % in amplitude and 1 degree in phase. The data profiles at surface were centered on the injection well and extended for 60 m on either side of it. Measurements were made at 5 m intervals. Although the VEMP process is quite vulnerable to near surface conductivity anomalies we readily detected the flat tabular target zone which was about 3 m thick and covered an area of about 120 M{sup 2}.

  6. Apparatus for drilling a curved subterranean borehole

    SciTech Connect

    Warren, T.M.; Mount, H.B.; Winters, W.J.

    1993-05-25

    Curve drilling assembly connectable to a rotary drill string for drilling a curved subterranean borehole having an inside radius and an outside radius, the assembly is described, comprising: curve guide means connectable with the drill string for deflecting the drill string toward the outside radius of a curved borehole; a rotary drill bit having a base portion disposed about a longitudinal bit axis for connection through the curve guide means with the drill string, a gauge portion disposed about the longitudinal bit axis and extending from the base portion, a face portion disposed about the longitudinal bit axis and extending from the gauge portion, and a plurality of cutting elements disposed on the face portion; a flexible joint for connecting the drill bit with the curve guide means; imbalance force means, rotatable with the drill string, for creating a net imbalance force along a net imbalance force vector substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal bit axis during drilling; and bearing means, rotatable with the drill string and located in the curve drilling assembly near the cutting elements for intersecting a force plane formed by the longitudinal bit axis and the net imbalance force vector and for substantially continuously contacting the borehole wall during drilling.

  7. Initial results of tuff borehole sealing experiments

    SciTech Connect

    Philip, J. [Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC (USA); Daemen, J.J.K. [Univ. of Arizona, Tucson (USA)

    1990-08-01

    Laboratory and field experiments are in progress to determine the performance that can be expected of cementitious and of earthen (bentonite) seals when emplaced in welded tuff. Laboratory testing includes materials characterization testing radial permeameter testing of cementitious borehole plugs emplaced in welded tuff cylinders, flow testing of bentonite and of bentonite/crushed tuff plugs, axial strength of cementitious borehole plugs emplaced in welded tuff, and fracture grouting experiments. Experimental work is performed in Apache Leap tuff, a formation exposed in east-central Arizona. Mineralogical, chemical, hydrological and mechanical characterization shows reasonable similarity between the Apache Leap tuff and the Topopah Spring tuff, the proposed Yucca Mountain repository host formation. The main conclusion from the mechanical characterization testing is that the tested tuff, not unexpectedly, is an extremely heterogeneous rock, with highly variable properties. A second notable observation is the extremely low saturated hydraulic conductivity of intact welded tuff, notwithstanding its very high porosity. Mixtures of bentonite and crushed tuff show that samples containing 25 or 35 percent bentonite (by weight) have permeabilities of the same order of magnitude as similarly prepared and emplaced samples consisting of bentonite only. Permeability is noticeably pressure-dependent. Short-term bond strengths of cementitious seals emplaced in tuff cylinders are moderately high, in the range of 3 to 8 MPa, with considerable variability. Results indicate a marked decrease in strength with increasing plug (or borehole) diameter. A pronounced strength loss occurs at 90C, but not at 70C. 12 refs., 6 figs.

  8. Computer simulation of borehole ground heat exchangers for geothermal heat pump systems

    Microsoft Academic Search

    C. K. Lee; H. N. Lam

    2008-01-01

    Computer simulation of borehole ground heat exchangers used in geothermal heat pump systems was conducted using three-dimensional implicit finite difference method with rectangular coordinate system. Each borehole was approximated by a square column circumscribed by the borehole radius. Borehole loading profile calculated numerically based on the prescribed borehole temperature profile under quasi-steady state conditions was used to determine the ground

  9. Borehole Paleoclimatology: In search of a minimum depth criterion for terrestrial borehole temperature profiles

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Beltrami, H.; Smerdon, J. E.; Matharoo, G.; Nickerson, N. R.

    2010-12-01

    One important uncertainty in borehole paleoclimatology that has been overlooked is the degree to which ground surface temperature (GST) reconstructions depend on the maximum depth of the profile. Because the vast majority of measured borehole temperature profiles are acquired from boreholes of opportunity, the maximum measurement depth in data used for paleoclimatic studies varies considerably (beginning at depths as shallow as 100-150 m and extending to depths of more than 1 km). The depth of the borehole is important because the downwelling climatic signal must be separated from the quasi-steady state thermal regime established by the energy in the Earth's interior. This component of the signal is estimated as a linear increase in temperature with depth from the lower section of a borehole temperature profile, which is assumed to be unperturbed by recent changes in climate at the surface. The validity of this assumption is dependent on both the subsurface thermophysical properties and the character of the downwelling climatic signal. Such uncertainties can significantly impact the determination of the quasi-steady state thermal regime, and consequently the magnitude of the temperature anomaly interpreted as a climatic signal. Here we illustrate how the minimum depth of a temperature-depth profile impacts the estimation of the climatic transient and the resultant GST reconstruction. In particular, we attempt to quantitatively illustrate the effects and uncertainties that arise from the analysis of borehole temperature logs of different depths. Our results demonstrate that widely different GST histories can be derived from a single temperature profile truncated at different depths. We show that borehole temperature measurements approaching 500-600 m depths provide the most robust GST reconstructions and are preferable for inferring past climatic variations at the ground surface. Furthermore, we find that the bias introduced by a temperature profile of depths shallower than 500-600 m remains even if the time span of the reconstruction target is shortened. We thus conclude that depths of 500-600 m are the desired minimum depth criterion for borehole-derived GST reconstructions that target the last 500-1000 years.

  10. Canister, Sealing Method And Composition For Sealing A Borehole

    DOEpatents

    Brown, Donald W. (Los Alamos, NM); Wagh, Arun S. (Orland Park, IL)

    2005-06-28

    Method and composition for sealing a borehole. A chemically bonded phosphate ceramic sealant for sealing, stabilizing, or plugging boreholes is prepared by combining an oxide or hydroxide and a phosphate with water to form slurry. The slurry is introduced into the borehole where the seal, stabilization or plug is desired, and then allowed to set up to form the high strength, minimally porous sealant, which binds strongly to itself and to underground formations, steel and ceramics.

  11. Accumulation and distribution of heavy metals in sediments and fish in the Kola Peninsula lakes under airborne contamination

    SciTech Connect

    Dauvalter, V.A.; Kashulin, N.A.; Lukin, A.A. [Institute of the North Industrial Ecology Problems, Murmansk (Russian Federation)

    1996-12-31

    The copper-nickel smelter complexes of Kola Peninsula are powerful sources of atmospheric contamination by heavy metals (Ni, Cu, Co, Cd, etc.) and acidic oxides (SO{sub 2}) deposited in precipitation and caused negative effects on local freshwater ecosystems. The rise of background levels occurs over large areas in the region. The aim of the investigations is to assess effects of the air contamination on lake ecosystems at different distances (from 15 to 120 km) from one of the main heavy metal pollution sources of the Kola Peninsula - smelters of the Pechenganickel Company. Negative effects of air pollution by the smelters on the freshwater ecosystems were recorded. Lake sediments accumulate very intensively heavy metals. Heavy metal contamination factors calculated as the quotient of concentration from the uppermost (0-1 cm) sediment to the mean preindustrial background value (concentrations from 20-30 cm sediment layers) for the investigated region reach up 120 for Ni and 76 for Cu in the lakes within a distance of 40 km from the smelters. The lakes in this region have very high contamination degree according classification by Hakanson (1980). Concentrations of Ni in organs and tissues of all studied fishes (whitefish, pike, perch, arctic char, brown trout) were considerably higher in the investigated lakes than in remote unpolluted lakes. There is tight positive correlation between Ni concentrations in surficial sediment (0-1 cm) and fish kidney (r = +0.854), as well as between values of contamination degree and Ni content in fish (r = +0.871).

  12. Ore geochemistry, zircon mineralogy, and genesis of the Sakharjok Y-Zr deposit, Kola Peninsula, Russia

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zozulya, D. R.; Lyalina, L. M.; Eby, N.; Savchenko, Ye. E.

    2012-04-01

    The Sakharjok Y-Zr deposit in Kola Peninsula is related to the fissure alkaline intrusion of the same name. The intrusion ˜7 km in extent and 4-5 km2 in area of its exposed part is composed of Neoarchean (2.68-2.61 Ma) alkali and nepheline syenites, which cut through the Archean alkali granite and gneissic granodiorite. Mineralization is localized in the nepheline syenite body as linear zones 200-1350 m in extent and 3-30 m in thickness, which strike conformably to primary magmatic banding and trachytoid texture of nepheline syenite. The ore is similar to the host rocks in petrography and chemistry and only differs from them in enrichment in zircon, britholite-(Y), and pyrochlore. Judging from geochemical attributes (high HSFE and some incompatible element contents (1000-5000 ppm Zr, 200-600 ppm Nb, 100-500 ppm Y, 0.1-0.3 wt % REE, 400-900 ppm Rb), REE pattern, Th/U, Y/Nb, and Yb/Ta ratios), nepheline syenite was derived from an enriched mantle source similar to that of contemporary OIB and was formed as an evolved product of long-term fractional crystallization of primary alkali basaltic melt. The ore concentrations are caused by unique composition of nepheline syenite magma (high Zr, Y, REE, Nb contents), which underwent subsequent intrachamber fractionation. Mineralogical features of zircon-the main ore mineral—demonstrate its long multistage crystallization. The inner zones of prismatic crystals with high ZrO2/HfO2 ratio (90, on average) grew during early magmatic stage at a temperature of 900-850°C. The inner zones of dipyramidal crystals with average ZrO2/HfO2 = 63 formed during late magmatic stage at a temperature of ˜500°C. The zircon pertaining to the postmagmatic hydrothermal stage is distinguished by the lowest ZrO2/HfO2 ratio (29, on average), porous fabric, abundant inclusions, and crystallization temperature below 500°C. The progressive decrease in ZrO2/HfO2 ratio was caused by evolution of melt and postmagmatic solution. The metamorphic zircon rims relics of earlier crystals and occurs as individual rhythmically zoned grains with an averaged ZrO2/HfO2 ratio (45, on average) similar to that of the bulk ore composition. The metamorphic zircon is depleted in uranium in comparison with magmatic zircon, owing to selective removal of U by aqueous metamorphic solutions. Zircon from the Sakharjok deposit is characterized by low concentrations of detrimental impurities, in particular, contains only 10-90 ppm U and 10-80 ppm Th, and thus can be used in various fields of application.

  13. Digital relief 3D model of the Khibiny massive (Kola peninsula)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chesalova, Elena; Asavin, Alex

    2015-04-01

    On the basis of maps of 1: 50,000 and 1: 200,000 3D model Khibiny massif developed. We used software ARC / INFO v10.2 ESRI. This project will be organised to build background for gas pollution monitoring network. We planned to use the model to estimate local heterogeneities in the composition of the atmosphere at the emanation of greenhouse gases in the area, the construction of models of vertical distribution of the content of trace gases in the rock mass. In addition to the project GIS digital elevation model contains layers of geological and tectonic map that allows us to estimate the area of the output of certain petrographic rock groups characterized by different ratios of emitted hydrocarbons (CH4/ H2). The model allows to construct a classification of fault in the array. At first glance, there are two groups of faults - the ancient associated with the formation of the intrusive phases sequence, and the young - due to recent tectonic shifts. Ancient faults form a common semicircular structure of the pluton cause overall asymmetry Khibin heights with the transition to the border area between the Khibiny and Lovoozero. Modern tectonics mainly represented by radial and chord faults which are formed narrow mountain valleys and troughs. It remains an open question as to which system fault (old or young) is more productive to gas emanations? On the one hand the system characterized by a large old depth, on the other hand a young more active faults. Address these issues require further detailed observations. The essential question is to assess the possibility of maintaining a constant concentration gradient of these impurities in the atmosphere due to gas emanations of fracture zones and areas enriched occluded gases. In the simulation of these processes can be used initially set parameters: 1 the flow rate of the gas impurities 2 the value of wind flows in closed and open valley 3 Assessment of thermal diffusion coefficients determined by the temperature gradient at the bottom and at the edge of the valley. Changing these parameters for different climatic seasons allows us to estimate the duration of the existence of gas in homogeneities in the aerial under soil and up soil layers. Complex ring structure site and manifestations of recent tectonic movements allow it to allocate more closed areas with different plant-land cover and different geomorphological features. In particular stand out - bogs, forest area on the slopes and riparian forest zone, the zone of mountain tundra and rocky plateau. Designated areas should be considered together with the full history of the evolution relief Khibin, processes of decrease glaciers and their occurrence. One of the results of the work performed is the allocation within the array of closed circuses, paleo-ice landforms drumlin and moraine ridges. These landforms represent the latest stage of the glacial history of glaciation on the Kola Peninsula and the Arctic coast. Estimated areal characteristics of different forms. In some cases it was possible to separate a sequence of glacial relief forms, which suggests staging a retreat of glaciers in the area. The project highlighted areas open mining apatite ores in Khibiny massif. Career located in the inner part of the massif form a closed area drain mine water pollution and wind. While the new career located on the border of the array and the forest zone characterized by a single watershed and accordingly included in the ecological life support cycle of residential villages and towns of Kirovsk and Apatity. This fact forces us to view mining activity as a powerful source of contamination. Designed GIS project thus can be used to solve a number of problems geomorphological orientation. In addition a number of application issues - the environment, paleoclimatology, geotectonic can be successfully addressed on the basis of the digital 3D model.

  14. Borehole sounding device with sealed depth and water level sensors

    DOEpatents

    Skalski, Joseph C.; Henke, Michael D.

    2005-08-02

    A borehole device having proximal and distal ends comprises an enclosure at the proximal end for accepting an aircraft cable containing a plurality of insulated conductors from a remote position. A water sensing enclosure is sealingly attached to the enclosure and contains means for detecting water, and sending a signal on the cable to the remote position indicating water has been detected. A bottom sensing enclosure is sealingly attached to the water sensing enclosure for determining when the borehole device encounters borehole bottom and sends a signal on the cable to the remote position indicating that borehole bottom has been encountered.

  15. Borehole measurement of NMR characteristics of earth formations

    SciTech Connect

    Kleinberg, R.L.; Griffin, D.D.; Fukuhara, M.; Sezginer, A.; Chew, W.C.

    1991-10-08

    This paper describes an apparatus for investigating a characteristic of earth formations traversed by a borehole, comprising a body adapted for longitudinal movement in the borehole. It comprises: first means for producing a static and substantially homogeneous magnetic field in volume of the formation directed to one side of the body, the volume being elongated in the longitudinal direction of the borehole axis and having a substantial cross-sectional extent in a plane perpendicular to the direction of the borehole axis; and second means for radiating the volume of formation with oscillating magnetic fields and for detecting a signal representative of nuclear magnetic precession of a population of particles in the formation.

  16. Mountain Home Well - Borehole Geophysics Database

    DOE Data Explorer

    Shervais, John

    The Snake River Plain (SRP), Idaho, hosts potential geothermal resources due to elevated groundwater temperatures associated with the thermal anomaly Yellowstone-Snake River hotspot. Project HOTSPOT has coordinated international institutions and organizations to understand subsurface stratigraphy and assess geothermal potential. Over 5.9km of core were drilled from three boreholes within the SRP in an attempt to acquire continuous core documenting the volcanic and sedimentary record of the hotspot: (1) Kimama, (2) Kimberly, and (3) Mountain Home. The Mountain Home drill hole is located along the western plain and documents older basalts overlain by sediment. Data submitted by project collaborator Doug Schmitt, University of Alberta

  17. Mountain Home Well - Borehole Geophysics Database

    SciTech Connect

    Shervais, John

    2012-11-11

    The Snake River Plain (SRP), Idaho, hosts potential geothermal resources due to elevated groundwater temperatures associated with the thermal anomaly Yellowstone-Snake River hotspot. Project HOTSPOT has coordinated international institutions and organizations to understand subsurface stratigraphy and assess geothermal potential. Over 5.9km of core were drilled from three boreholes within the SRP in an attempt to acquire continuous core documenting the volcanic and sedimentary record of the hotspot: (1) Kimama, (2) Kimberly, and (3) Mountain Home. The Mountain Home drill hole is located along the western plain and documents older basalts overlain by sediment. Data submitted by project collaborator Doug Schmitt, University of Alberta

  18. A borehole-to-surface electromagnetic survey

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Tseng, H.-W.; Becker, A.; Wilt, M.J.; Deszcz-Pan, M.

    1998-01-01

    The results of a limited field trial confirm the usefulness of borehole-to-surface electromagnetic (EM) measurements for monitoring fluid extraction. A vertical EM profiling experiment was done at the University of California Richmond Field Station, where we simulated a brine spill plume by creating a saline water injection zone at a depth of 30 m. The data acquisition mode was analogous to the reverse vertical seismic profiling (VSP) configuration used for seismic measurements in that the EM transmitter traversed the PVC-cased borehole used for fluid injection and extraction while the receivers were deployed on the surface. The EM measurements were made at 9.6 kHz with an accuracy of 1% in signal amplitude and 1??in signal phase. Observations were taken at 5-m intervals along two intersecting profiles that were centered on the injection well and extended for 60 m on either side of it. The presence of the injected salt water, at the expected 30 m depth, was indicated clearly by differences between the pre-extraction and postextraction data. A limited amount of numerical modeling showed that the experimental data were consistent with the presence of two superposed saline plumes. The uppermost of these, located at 26 m depth, was 2 m thick and had an area of 30 m2. The lower plume, located at 30 m, is the major cause of the observed anomally, as it has an areal extent of 120 m2 and a thickness of 3 m. Surprisingly, the measurements were very sensitive to the presence of cultural surficial conductivity anomalies. These spurious effect were reduced by spatial filtering of the data prior to interpretation.The results of a limited field trial confirm the usefulness of borehole-to-surface electromagnetic (EM) measurements for monitoring fluid extraction. A brine spill plume is simulated by creating a saline water injection zone at a depth of 30 m. The data acquisition mode was analogous to the reverse vertical seismic profiling (VSP) configuration used for seismic measurements in that the EM transmitter traversed the polyvinyl chloride-cased borehole used for fluid injection and extraction while the receivers were deployed on the surface. Observations were taken at 5-m intervals along two intersecting profiles that were centered on the injection well and extended for 60 m on either side of it.

  19. Moisture monitoring in large diameter boreholes

    SciTech Connect

    Tyler, S.

    1985-11-19

    The results of both laboratory and field experiments indicate that the neutron moisture gauge traditionally used in soil physics experiments can be extended for use in large diameter (up to 15 cm) steel-cased boreholes with excellent results. This application will permit existing saturated zone monitoring wells to be used for unsaturated zone monitoring of recharge, redistribution and leak detection from waste disposal facilities. Its applicability to large diameter cased wells also gives the soil physicist and ground-water hydrologist and new set of monitoring points in the unsaturated zone to study recharge and aquifer properties. 6 refs., 6 figs., 2 tabs.

  20. Phase Identification of Seismic Borehole Samples

    SciTech Connect

    Crum, Jarrod V.; Riley, Brian J.

    2006-11-01

    This report documents the phase identification results obtained by x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis of samples taken from borehole C4998 drilled at the Waste Treatment Plant (WTP) on the Hanford Site (REF). XRD samples were taken from fractures and vesicles or are minerals of interest at areas of interest within the basalt formations cored. The samples were powder mounted and analyzed. Search-match software was used to select the best match from the ICDD mineral database based on peak locations and intensities.

  1. 30 CFR 57.12083 - Support of power cables in shafts and boreholes.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ...2013-07-01 false Support of power cables in shafts and boreholes. 57.12083 Section 57... § 57.12083 Support of power cables in shafts and boreholes. Power cables in shafts and boreholes shall be fastened securely in...

  2. Characterization of an unstable rock mass based on borehole logs and diverse borehole radar data

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Spillmann, Thomas; Maurer, Hansruedi; Willenberg, Heike; Evans, Keith F.; Heincke, Björn; Green, Alan G.

    2007-01-01

    Unstable rocky slopes are major hazards to the growing number of people that live and travel though mountainous regions. To construct effective barriers to falling rock, it is necessary to know the positions, dimensions and shapes of structures along which failure may occur. To investigate an unstable mountain slope distinguished by numerous open fracture zones, we have taken advantage of three moderately deep (51.0-120.8 m) boreholes to acquire geophysical logs and record single-hole radar, vertical radar profiling (VRP) and crosshole radar data. We observed spallation zones, displacements and borehole radar velocity and amplitude anomalies at 16 of the 46 discontinuities identified in the borehole optical televiewer images. The results of the VRP and crosshole experiments were disappointing at our study site; the source of only one VRP reflection was determined and the crosshole velocity and amplitude tomograms were remarkably featureless. In contrast, much useful structural information was provided by the single-hole radar experiments. Radar reflections were recorded from many surface and borehole fracture zones, demonstrating that the strong electrical property contrasts of these features extended some distance into the adjacent rock mass. The single-hole radar data suggested possible connections between 6 surface and 4 borehole fractures and led to the discovery of 5 additional near-surface fracture zones. Of particular importance, they supplied key details on the subsurface geometries and minimum subsurface lengths of 8 of the 10 previously known surface fracture zones and all of the newly discovered ones. The vast majority of surface fracture zones extended at least 40-60 m into the subsurface, demonstrating that their depth and surface dimensions are comparable.

  3. Care of World War II convoy casualties in the Kola area of north Russia. Part 2--The Royal Naval Auxiliary Hospital, Vaenga.

    PubMed

    McMillan, G H

    1996-01-01

    The Royal Naval Auxiliary Hospital at Vaenga, North Russia was operational from October 1942 to July 1945. Care and treatment were provided to 752 male and one female in-patients from Arctic convoy merchant ships and their escorts and Allied personnel who became sick or injured while in the Kola area. One hundred and forty nine of the men were casualties of enemy action. An account is given of the hospital's structure, staff, organisation and work. PMID:8776939

  4. Preparative isolation and identification of tyrosinase inhibitors from the seeds of Garcinia kola by high-speed counter-current chromatography

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Christopher Okunji; Slavko Komarnytsky; Georgie Fear; Alexander Poulev; David M. Ribnicky; Peter I. Awachie; Yoichiro Ito; Ilya Raskin

    2007-01-01

    In continuation of our search for bioactive natural products that can be used for the treatment of dermatological disorders associated with melanin hyperpigmentation, 50 extracts\\/fractions from 21 families of medicinal plants from West and Central Africa were evaluated for inhibitory activity against tyrosinase (E:C:1.14.18.1), the rate-limiting enzyme in melanin synthesis. Four extracts including the methanol extract of Garcinia kola seeds

  5. Eco-friendly corrosion inhibitors: inhibitive action of ethanol extracts of Garcinia kola for the corrosion of mild steel in H2SO4 solutions

    Microsoft Academic Search

    P. C. Okafor; V. I. Osabor; E. E. Ebenso

    2007-01-01

    Purpose – This paper aims to investigate the inhibitive effect of ethanol extracts of Garcinia kola (EXG) for the corrosion of mild steel in H2SO4 solutions. The study is another trial to find a cheap and environmentally safe inhibitor for mild steel corrosion. Design\\/methodology\\/approach – The inhibition efficiency has been evaluated using the hydrogen evolution technique at 30-60°C. The mechanism

  6. An unusually rich scuttle fly fauna (Diptera, Phoridae) from north of the Arctic Circle in the Kola Peninsula, N. W. Russia

    PubMed Central

    Disney, R. H. L.

    2013-01-01

    Abstract 64 species of Phoridae, in 6 genera, are reported from the Kola Peninsula, north of the Arctic Circle. The new species Megaselia elenae and Megaselia kozlovi are described. 33 species of Megaselia, only known from females, are given code numbers. Keys to the species of all the females of Megaselia and Phora are provided; and also a key to the males European Megaselia species with a notopleural cleft. PMID:24194655

  7. Second ILAW Site Borehole Characterization Plan

    SciTech Connect

    SP Reidel

    2000-08-10

    The US Department of Energy's Hanford Site has the most diverse and largest amounts of radioactive tank waste in the US. High-level radioactive waste has been stored at Hanford since 1944. Approximately 209,000 m{sup 3} (54 Mgal) of waste are currently stored in 177 tanks. Vitrification and onsite disposal of low-activity tank waste (LAW) are embodied in the strategy described in the Tri-Party Agreement. The tank waste is to be retrieved, separated into low- and high-level fractions, and then immobilized. The low-activity vitrified waste will be disposed of in the 200 East Area of the Hanford Site. This report is a plan to drill and characterize the second borehole for the Performance Assessment. The first characterization borehole was drilled in 1998. The plan describes data collection activities for determining physical and chemical properties of the vadose zone and saturated zone on the northeast side of the proposed disposal site. These data will then be used in the 2005 Performance Assessment.

  8. Borehole Seismic Observatories for Monitoring Crustal Processes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Stephen, Ralph; Petitt, Robert; Pettigrew, Thomas

    2010-05-01

    Since 1991 the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) and its successor the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) have developed an observatory technology to monitor hydrological processes (temperature, pressure, and pore fluid sampling) in boreholes drilled on the deep seafloor. The borehole observatory equipment is called Circulation Obviation Retrofit Kit (CORK). Adding seismometers to CORKs (SeisCORKs) would enable monitoring of small earthquake events (mb about -2 or -3) associated with the hydrological processes. For example: 1) After an earthquake event fluid may flow in the formation in response to the changing stress regime. Down to what magnitude of event do the pressure transients in the well respond? 2) Fluid flow causes small earthquakes. One mechanism for example is by changing the temperature of the rocks which expand and contract, altering the stress regime. 3) Laboratory studies of rock deformation show that shear fracture is preceded by the coalescence of interacting tensile microcracks which are observed as "acoustic emissions". By placing high frequency geophones (up to 2000sps sampling) next to faults it may be possible to observe these "acoustic" precursors to rock failure. SeisCORKs will acquire micro- and nano-earthquake information that is simultaneous and co-located with the pressure, temperature, pore water chemistry and pore water biology measurements in the seafloor.

  9. Multi-barrier borehole canister designs for a tuff repository

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D. E. James; R. L. Skaggs; S. Mohansingh

    1994-01-01

    Initial dimensions are presented for proposed multi-barrier spent fuel borehole canisters using coated shells combined with sacrificial anodes and alkaline, oxide barriers to adjust potential and pH of the exterior shell into thermodynamically passive or immune regions of the Pourbaix diagram. Configuration of the 3 PWR canister is similar to the 1983 Site Characterization Project (SCP) borehole design. Canister dimensions

  10. Borehole climate reconstructions: Spatial structure and hemispheric averages

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Henry N. Pollack; Jason E. Smerdon

    2004-01-01

    (1) Ground surface temperature (GST) reconstructions determined from temperature profiles measured in terrestrial boreholes, when averaged over the Northern Hemisphere, estimate a surface warming of ? 1 K during the interval AD 1500- 2000. Other traditional proxy-based estimates suggest less warming during the same interval. Mann et al. (2003a) have raised two issues with regard to borehole-based reconstructions. The first

  11. Apparatus and method to communicate information in a borehole

    Microsoft Academic Search

    F. L. Watson; D. H. Van Steenwyk

    1984-01-01

    The invention concerns efficient transmission of borehole survey signals or data from depth level in a borehole or well to the well surface, for analysis, display or recordation; further it concerns supply of DC power downwardly to the instrumentation via the same wireline via which such survey data or signals are transmitted upwardly.

  12. Physicochemical quality of boreholes in Densu Basin of Ghana

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. Amoako; A. Y. Karikari; O. D. Ansa-Asare

    2011-01-01

    Physico-chemical characteristics of 74 boreholes from communities within Densu Basin were assessed following procedures outlined in Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater. The aim was to assess the status of the boreholes water quality for any contamination for management action to ensure the quality of health of the people in the area. The water quality parameters analyzed

  13. INSTALLATION OF A POST-ACCIDENT CONFINEMENT HIGH-LEVEL RADIATION MONITORING SYSTEM IN THE KOLA NUCLEAR POWER STATION (UNIT 2) IN RUSSIA

    SciTech Connect

    GREENE,G.A.; GUPPY,J.G.

    1998-09-01

    This is the final report on the INSP project entitled, ``Post-Accident Confinement High-Level Radiation Monitoring System'' conducted by BNL under the authorization of Project Work Plan WBS 1.2.2.6 (Attachment 1). This project was initiated in February 1993 to assist the Russians in reducing risks associated with the continued operation of older Soviet-designed nuclear power plants, specifically the Kola VVER-440/230 Unit 2, through improved accident detection capability, specifically by the installation of a dual train high-level radiation detection system in the confinement of Unit 2 of the Kola NPP. The major technical objective of this project was to provide, install and make operational the necessary hardware inside the confinement of the Kola NPP Unit 2 to provide early and reliable warning of the release of radionuclides from the reactor into the confinement air space as an indication of the occurrence of a severe accident at the plant. In addition, it was intended to provide hands-on experience and training to the Russian plant workers in the installation, operation, calibration and maintenance of the equipment in order that they may use the equipment without continued US assistance as an effective measure to improve reactor safety at the plant.

  14. A combined surface and borehole seismic survey at the COSC-1 borehole

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Simon, Helge; Krauß, Felix; Hedin, Peter; Buske, Stefan; Giese, Rüdiger; Juhlin, Christopher

    2015-04-01

    The ICDP project COSC (Collisional Orogeny in the Scandinavian Caledonides) focuses on the mid Paleozoic Caledonide Orogen in Scandinavia in order to better understand orogenic processes, from the past and in recent active mountain belts. The Scandinavian Caledonides provide a well preserved example of a Paleozoic continent-continent collision. Surface geology in combination with geophysical data provide control of the geometry of the Caledonian structure, including the allochthon and the underlying autochthon, as well as the shallow W-dipping décollement surface that separates the two and consist of a thin skin of Cambrian black shales. During spring/summer 2014 the COSC-1 borehole was drilled to approx. 2.5 km depth near the town of Åre (western Jämtland/Sweden) with nearly 100 % of core recovery and cores in best quality. After the drilling was finished, a major seismic survey was conducted in and around the COSC-1 borehole which comprised both seismic reflection and transmission experiments. Besides a high resolution zero-offset VSP (Vertical Seismic Profiling) experiment also a multi-azimuthal walkaway VSP survey took place. For the latter the source points were distributed along three profile lines centered radially around the borehole. For the central part up to 2.5 km away from the borehole, a hydraulic hammer source was used, which hits the ground for about 20 s with an linear increasing hit rate. For the far offset shots up to 5 km, explosive sources were used. The wavefield of both source types was recorded in the borehole using an array of 15 three-component receivers with a geophone spacing of 10 m. This array was deployed at 7 different depth levels during the survey. At the same time the wavefield was also recorded at the surface by 180 standalone three-component receivers placed along each of the three up to 10 km long lines, as well as with a 3D array of single-component receivers in the central part of the survey area around the borehole. Here we present first preliminary processing results from the multi-azimuthal walkaway VSP survey and the data that were recorded along the three surface lines. The data quality is generally very good and the shot gathers show many clear and strong reflections up to six seconds two-way-traveltime. In a first step the data set was used to derive a detailed velocity model around the borehole from the inversion of first arrival traveltimes, which is essential for the application of any further imaging approaches. This velocity model was compared to the available logging informations from the COSC-1 borehole and with velocity models derived from older existing high resolution reflection seismic profiles. The further data processing will employ advanced seismic imaging techniques in order to image and characterize the small scale structures around the COSC-1 borehole including the analysis of anisotropic effects caused by aligned fractures and faults and their relation to the stress regime.

  15. Martian alkaline basites chemically resemble basic rocks of the Lovozero alkaline massif, Kola peninsula

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kochemasov, G.

    The comparative wave planetology [1, 5] successfully overcomes the most principal martian test having now analyses of alkaline rocks from Columbia Hills [2, 3, 4]. This kind of rocks was predicted earlier on basis of the wave paradigm having stated that "the higher planetary relief range - the higher density difference between lithologies composing hypsometrically (tectonically) contrasting blocks [5]. This paradigm declares that "celestial bodies are dichotomic"(Theorem 1), "celestial bodies are sectoral" (Theorem 2), "celestial bodies are granular"(Theorem 3), "angular momenta of different level blocks tend to be equal" (Theorem 4)[1, 5]. Mars is a typical terrestrial planet but the farthest from Sun and thus with the smallest tide effects. Nevertheless it has the highest relief range and seems to be most distorted (ellipsoid in shape) and broken by deep fissures. The wave approach explains this by a warping action of standing waves of 4 ortho- and diagonal directions - they are the longest and highest in the martian case. These interfering warping waves caused by the elliptic keplerian orbits implying periodically changing accelerations and inertia-gravity forces produce inevitable tectonic dichotomy (the fundamental wave 1 long 2?R), sectoring (wave 2, ?R, and other overtones), granulation. A granule size depends on an orbital frequency: the higher frequency the smaller granule. The Earth's granule, as a scale, is ?R/4 (see it in NASA's PIA04159), Venus ` ?R/6, Mercury's ?R/16, Mars' ?R/2 (the sizes are strictly tied to orb. fr.). Along with the granule sizes increase relief ranges ( Mercury ˜5 km, Venus 14, Earth 20, Mars ˜30) and compositional (density) difference between lowland and highland lithologies [5]. The lowland compositions become Fericher and denser: enstatite (Mercury), Mg-basalt (Venus), tholeiite (Earth), Fe-basalt (Mars). The highland compositions get less dense, lighter: anorthosite, alkaline basalt, andesite and conditional "albitite" (syenite, granite) for Mars [5]. Actually the martian missions successively discovered andesite, dacite, low-Fe highlands. Now "Spirit" has found on a small outlier of highlands -Columbia Hills -a batch of thinly layered gently dipping light rocks that surely are not impact melts as at very short distance there is a sharp transition from light Fe-poor to ultrabasic rocks (on opposite slopes of this small hill) [6]. This layered sequence of more or less altered and weathered rocks resembles differentiated sequences of Lovozero and other alkaline and UB-alkaline massifs of Kola Peninsula (though fresh and much richer in alkalis). Here we compare compositions of alkaline basic rocks of Columbia Hills (dyke or sill [4]) with that of basic volcanics and a later dyke at Lovozero. 5 analyses in wt.%: 1-Backstay (tra1 chybasalt) & 2-Irvine (basalt) of CH, 3-augiteporphyrite, 4-essexite-porphyrite, 5- alkali- lamprophyre dyke of Lovozero. SiO2 -49.9, 47.7, 45.78, 48.09, 41.57; TiO2 - 0.93, 1.07, 7.80, 2.35, 2.92; Al2 O3 -13.2; 10.8, 8.08; 13.74; 11.77; Fe2 O3 -3.40, 7.79 (4.99), 5.90, 6.00, 4.53; FeO -10.6, 12.5 (15.0), 8.65, 7.60, 8.28; MnO -0.25, 0.37, 0.12, 0.17, 0.28; MgO -8.36, 10.8, 7.61, 7.19, 10.59; CaO -6.09, 6.12, 10.73, 8.77, 11.24; Na2 O -4.02, 2.72, 2.80, 2.84, 3.63; K2 O -1.02, 0.69, 1.97, 2.09, 1.38. Compositional similarities between basites occurring in alkaline conditions on both planets can be found. References: [1] Kochemasov G.G. (1999) Theorems of wave planetary tectonics // Geophys. Res. Abstr., v. 1, # 3, 700; [2] Gellert R. et al. (2006) JGR Planets, v. 111, #E2, EO2505; [3] Squyres S.W. et al. (2006) JGR Planets, v.111, #E2, EO2511; [4] McSween H.Y. et al. (2006) JGR Planets, submitted ; [5] Kochemasov G. G. (1995) Golombek M.P., Edgett K.S., Rice J.W. Jr. (Eds). Mars Pathfinder Landing Site Workshop II: Characteristics of the Ares Vallis Region and Field trips to the Channeled Scabland, Washington. LPI Tech. Rpt. 95-01. Pt.1.LPI, Houston, 1995, 63 pp.; [6] Mittlefehldt D.W.

  16. Head assembly for multiposition borehole extensometer

    DOEpatents

    Frank, Donald N. (Livermore, CA)

    1983-01-01

    A head assembly for a borehole extensometer and an improved extensometer for measuring subsurface subsidence. A plurality of inflatable anchors provide discrete measurement points. A metering rod is fixed to each of the anchors which are displaced when subsidence occurs, thereby translating the attached rod. The head assembly includes a sprocket wheel rotatably mounted on a standpipe and engaged by a chain which is connected at one end to the metering rod and at the other end to a counterweight. A second sprocket wheel connected to the standpipe also engages the chain and drives a connected potentiometer. The head assembly converts the linear displacement of the metering rod to the rotary motion of the second sprocket wheel, which is measured by the potentiometer, producing a continuous electrical output.

  17. Borehole plugging materials development program, report 2

    SciTech Connect

    Gulick, C.W. Jr.; Boa, J.A. Jr.; Walley, D.M.; Buck, A.D.

    1980-02-01

    The data for 2 yr of grout mixtures durability studies developed for the borehole plugging program of the Nuclear Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) are reported. In addition, data for 1 yr of durability studies of grout mixture field samples used to plug the ERDA No. 10 exploratory drill hole near the WIPP site are included. The grout samples and the data do not show any evidence of deterioration during the durability studies that include exposure to brine at both ambient and elevated temperatures. The data include strength, compressional wave velocity, dynamic modulus, expansion, weight change, porosity, permeability, bond strength, chemical analysis of cements, and petrographic examinations. The work was performed at the Concrete Division of the Structures Laboratory of the US Army Engineer Waterways Experiments Station (WES), Vicksburg, Mississippi. The work is continuing at WES.

  18. Impact of maximum borehole depths on inverted temperature histories in borehole paleoclimatology

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Beltrami, H.; Smerdon, J. E.; Matharoo, G. S.; Nickerson, N.

    2011-02-01

    A quantitative assessment is presented for the impact of the maximum depth of a temperature-depth profile on the estimate of the climatic transient and the resultant ground surface temperature (GST) reconstruction used in borehole paleoclimatology. The depth of the profile is important because the downwelling climatic signal must be separated from the quasi-steady state thermal regime established by the energy in the Earth's interior. This component of the signal is estimated as a linear increase in temperature with depth from the lower section of a borehole temperature profile, which is assumed to be unperturbed by recent changes in climate at the surface. The validity of this assumption is dependent on both the subsurface thermophysical properties and the character of the downwelling climatic signal. Such uncertainties can significantly impact the determination of the quasi-steady state thermal regime, and consequently the magnitude of the temperature anomaly interpreted as a climatic signal. The quantitative effects and uncertainties that arise from the analysis of temperature-depth profiles of different depths are presented. Results demonstrate that widely different GST histories can be derived from a single temperature profile truncated at different depths. Borehole temperature measurements approaching 500-600 m depths are shown to provide the most robust GST reconstructions spanning 500 to 1000 ybp. It is further shown that the bias introduced by a temperature profile of depths shallower than 500-600 m remains even if the time span of the reconstruction target is shortened.

  19. Impact of maximum borehole depths on inverted temperature histories in borehole paleoclimatology

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Beltrami, H.; Smerdon, J. E.; Matharoo, G. S.; Nickerson, N.

    2011-07-01

    A quantitative assessment is presented for the impact of the maximum depth of a temperature-depth profile on the estimate of the climatic transient and the resultant ground surface temperature (GST) reconstruction used in borehole paleoclimatology. The depth of the profile is important because the downwelling climatic signal must be separated from the quasi-steady state thermal regime established by the energy in the Earth's interior. This component of the signal is estimated as a linear increase in temperature with depth from the lower section of a borehole temperature profile, which is assumed to be unperturbed by recent changes in climate at the surface. The validity of this assumption is dependent on both the subsurface thermophysical properties and the character of the downwelling climatic signal. Such uncertainties can significantly impact the determination of the quasi-steady state thermal regime, and consequently the magnitude of the temperature anomaly interpreted as a climatic signal. The quantitative effects and uncertainties that arise from the analysis of temperature-depth profiles of different depths are presented. Results demonstrate that widely different GST histories can be derived from a single temperature profile truncated at different depths. Borehole temperature measurements approaching 500-600 m depths are shown to provide the most robust GST reconstructions spanning 500 to 1000 yr BP. It is further shown that the bias introduced by a temperature profile of depths shallower than 500-600 m remains even if the time span of the reconstruction target is shortened.

  20. Development of a hydraulic borehole seismic source

    SciTech Connect

    Cutler, R.P.

    1998-04-01

    This report describes a 5 year, $10 million Sandia/Industry project to develop an advanced borehole seismic source for use in oil and gas exploration and production. The development Team included Sandia, Chevron, Amoco, Conoco, Exxon, Raytheon, Pelton, and GRI. The seismic source that was developed is a vertically oriented, axial point force, swept frequency, clamped, reaction-mass vibrator design. It was based on an early Chevron prototype, but the new tool incorporates a number of improvements which make it far superior to the original prototype. The system consists of surface control electronics, a special heavy duty fiber optic wireline and draw works, a cablehead, hydraulic motor/pump module, electronics module, clamp, and axial vibrator module. The tool has a peak output of 7,000 lbs force and a useful frequency range of 5 to 800 Hz. It can operate in fluid filled wells with 5.5-inch or larger casing to depths of 20,000 ft and operating temperatures of 170 C. The tool includes fiber optic telemetry, force and phase control, provisions to add seismic receiver arrays below the source for single well imaging, and provisions for adding other vibrator modules to the tool in the future. The project yielded four important deliverables: a complete advanced borehole seismic source system with all associated field equipment; field demonstration surveys funded by industry showing the utility of the system; industrial sources for all of the hardware; and a new service company set up by their industrial partner to provide commercial surveys.

  1. Development of a magnetostrictive borehole seismic source

    SciTech Connect

    Cutler, R.P.; Sleefe, G.E.; Keefe, R.G.

    1997-04-01

    A magnetostrictive borehole seismic source was developed for use in high resolution crosswell surveys in environmental applications. The source is a clamped, vertical-shear, swept frequency, reaction-mass shaker design consisting of a spring pre-loaded magnetostrictive rod with permanent magnet bias, drive coils to induce an alternating magnetic field, and an integral tungsten reaction mass. The actuator was tested extensively in the laboratory. It was then incorporated into an easily deployable clamped downhole tool capable of operating on a standard 7 conductor wireline in borehole environments to 10,000{degrees} deep and 100{degrees}C. It can be used in either PVC or steel cased wells and the wells can be dry or fluid filled. It has a usable frequency spectrum of {approx} 150 to 2000 Hz. The finished tool was successfully demonstrated in a crosswell test at a shallow environmental site at Hanford, Washington. The source transmitted signals with a S/N ratio of 10-15 dB from 150-720 Hz between wells spaced 239 feet apart in unconsolidated gravel. The source was also tested successfully in rock at an oil field test site, transmitting signals with a S/N ratio of 5-15 dB over the full sweep spectrum from 150-2000 Hz between wells spaced 282 feet apart. And it was used successfully on an 11,000{degrees} wireline at a depth of 4550{degrees}. Recommendations for follow-on work include improvements to the clamp, incorporation of a higher sample rate force feedback controller, and increases in the force output of the tool.

  2. The buckling of drillstrings in curved sections of boreholes

    SciTech Connect

    Sampaio, J.H.B. Jr. [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

    1998-12-31

    A model for the buckling of drillstrings within curved boreholes is important in the drilling of extended reach and horizontal wells. It has been noted in drilling operations that a curved borehole increases the buckling resistance of the drillstring compared to a straight borehole. The effects of the curvature, however, cannot be correctly determined from the current buckling models developed for straight boreholes, from where the current models for curved boreholes in the literature borrow their fundamentals. A mathematical model for analyzing buckling of drillstring within curved boreholes has been developed. This model predicts the unloading buckling force of a drillstring. The results show that one can apply higher axial forces at the bit and obtain longer extended reach or horizontal sections without putting the drillstring under risk of helical buckling and the consequent lock-up of the column. The model presented here, called the Hypergeometric Model, uses an analytical method employing an inclined beam-column theory with moving boundary conditions. The boundaries are numerically adjusted until a fit between the buckled section and the curved borehole is obtained. The buckling force varies with the inclination along the curved section of a borehole. Thus buckling force curves as functions of inclination can be derived and used in simulations and drillstring design. Excellent experimental results compared to the predictions support the model. This model also includes friction effects between the drillstring and the borehole wall. In this paper, the author presents the mathematics of the Hypergeometric Model with an illustrative result. The experimental results, simulations and field applications are deferred to a following presentation.

  3. Borehole mining oil sands is compatible with environment

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1981-05-01

    The US Bureau of Mines borehole mining system for oil sands is discussed. The object of the program was to develop an environmentally feasible method of mining shallow oil sands without removing the overburden. The method entails extracting oil sands through a single borehole by cutting into the sands around the borehole with a high pressure water jet, and pumping the resulting slurry to the surface. The system was successfully field tested at a site in the Midway-Sunset Oil Field near Taft, in Kern County, California. During the two-month period during and following mining operations, no significant ground surface subsidence of ground water pollution was detected. (JMT)

  4. A prediction method of borehole stability based on seismic attribute technology

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Wu Chao; Chen Mian; Jin Yan

    2009-01-01

    Borehole instability in drilling engineering can bring about serious problems of drilling quality and safety. Based on the close relationships between seismic and well log information, the prediction method of borehole stability is presented to effectively control borehole instability. Conventional and nonlinear seismic attributes are extracted from borehole-side seismic traces of impending drilling well and drilled offset well respectively. Then

  5. Estimation of three-dimensional coherent source positions with a directional borehole radar by MUSIC algorithm

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Satoshi Ebihara; Motoyuki Sato; Hiroaki Niitsuma

    1997-01-01

    A borehole radar is one form of ground penetrating radars, which operates in a borehole. The significant feature of a borehole radar is its accessibility to targets. Most conventional borehole radar use dipole antennas, which are omnidirectional. However, in many engineering applications, the three-dimensional positions of targets such as fractures and pipes should be accurately determined. We have designed and

  6. Emissions from the copper-nickel industry on the Kola Peninsula and at Noril'sk, Russia

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Boyd, Ron; Barnes, S.-J.; De Caritat, P.; Chekushin, V.A.; Melezhik, V.A.; Reimann, C.; Zientek, M.L.

    2009-01-01

    Published estimates for base metal emissions from the copper-nickel industry on the Kola Peninsula are re-examined in the light of (a) chemical data on the composition of the ores; (b) official emission figures for 1994; and (c) modelled emissions based on dry and wet deposition estimates derived from data for snow and rain samples collected in 1994. The modelled emissions, official emission figures and chemical data are mutually compatible for Ni, Cu and Co and show that previously published figures underestimated the emissions of the major elements, Ni and Cu (though within the same order of magnitude) and overestimated the emissions of As, Pb, Sb and Zn by up to several orders of magnitude, in some cases exceeding the calculated total input to the plants. Published estimates have neglected information on the nature and chemistry of the ores processed in metallurgical industries in the Noril'sk area of Siberia and the Urals. Revised emission estimates for 1994, using knowledge of the chemistry of the ores, are proposed: taken with published information on total emissions up to 2000 these data give an indication of emission levels in more recent years. ?? 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Autumn migration and wintering areas of Peregrine Falcons Falco peregrinus nesting on the Kola Peninsula, northern Russia

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Ganusevich, S.A.; Maechtle, T.L.; Seegar, W.S.; Yates, M.A.; McGrady, M.J.; Fuller, M.; Schueck, L.; Dayton, J.; Henny, C.J.

    2004-01-01

    Four female Peregrine Falcons Falco peregrinus breeding on the Kola Peninsula, Russia, were fitted with satellite-received transmitters in 1994. Their breeding home ranges averaged 1175 (sd = ??714) km2, and overlapped considerably. All left their breeding grounds in September and migrated generally south-west along the Baltic Sea. The mean travel rate for three falcons was 190 km/day. Two Falcons wintered on the coasts of France and in southern Spain, which were, respectively, 2909 and 4262 km from their breeding sites. Data on migration routes suggested that Falcons took a near-direct route to the wintering areas. No prolonged stopovers were apparent. The 90% minimum convex polygon winter range of a bird that migrated to Spain encompassed 213 km2 (n = 54). The area of the 50% minimum convex polygon was 21.5 km2 (n = 29). Data from this study agree with others from North America that show that Falcons breeding in a single area do not necessarily follow the same migratory path southward and do not necessarily use the same wintering grounds.

  8. Holocene climate variability on the Kola Peninsula, Russian Subarctic, based on aquatic invertebrate records from lake sediments

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ilyashuk, Elena A.; Ilyashuk, Boris P.; Kolka, Vasily V.; Hammarlund, Dan

    2013-05-01

    Sedimentary records of invertebrate assemblages were obtained from a small lake in the Khibiny Mountains, Kola Peninsula. Together with a quantitative chironomid-based reconstruction of mean July air temperature, these data provide evidence of Holocene climate variability in the western sector of the Russian Subarctic. The results suggest that the amplitude of climate change was more pronounced in the interior mountain area than near the White Sea coast. A chironomid-based temperature reconstruction reflects a warming trend in the early Holocene, interrupted by a transient cooling at ca. 8500-8000 cal yr BP with a maximum drop in temperature (ca. 1°C) around 8200 cal yr BP. The regional Holocene Thermal Maximum, characterized by maximum warmth and dryness occurred at ca. 7900-5400 cal yr BP. During this period, July temperatures were at least 1°C higher than at present. The relatively warm and dry climate persisted until ca. 4000 cal yr BP, when a pronounced neoglacial cooling was initiated. Minimum temperatures, ca. 1-2°C lower than at present, were inferred at ca. 3200-3000 cal yr BP. Faunal shifts in the stratigraphic profile imply also that the late-Holocene cooling was followed by a general increase in effective moisture.

  9. BoreholeAR: A mobile tablet application for effective borehole database visualization using an augmented reality technology

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lee, Sangho; Suh, Jangwon; Park, Hyeong-Dong

    2015-03-01

    Boring logs are widely used in geological field studies since the data describes various attributes of underground and surface environments. However, it is difficult to manage multiple boring logs in the field as the conventional management and visualization methods are not suitable for integrating and combining large data sets. We developed an iPad application to enable its user to search the boring log rapidly and visualize them using the augmented reality (AR) technique. For the development of the application, a standard borehole database appropriate for a mobile-based borehole database management system was designed. The application consists of three modules: an AR module, a map module, and a database module. The AR module superimposes borehole data on camera imagery as viewed by the user and provides intuitive visualization of borehole locations. The map module shows the locations of corresponding borehole data on a 2D map with additional map layers. The database module provides data management functions for large borehole databases for other modules. Field survey was also carried out using more than 100,000 borehole data.

  10. Borehole and Ice Feature Annotation Tool (BIFAT): A program for the automatic and manual annotation of glacier borehole images

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Malone, Terry; Hubbard, Bryn; Merton-Lyn, Derek; Worthington, Paul; Zwiggelaar, Reyer

    2013-02-01

    We present a stand-alone software platform, Borehole and Ice Feature Annotation Tool (BIFAT), for the examination, annotation and analysis of glacier borehole images. This tool aids in the lengthy and often subjective process of annotating layers and other features in optical and acoustic glacier borehole televiewer logs. Since these view 360° around the full circumference of an exploratory borehole, intersecting planes are reconstructed on the televiewer image as sinusoids, the amplitude and phase of which can be used to calculate, respectively, the dip and direction of dip of each of these planes. The program aids in the annotation and examination of such planes, as well as a number of other features, including clusters and inclusions. BIFAT also provides an automatic layer detection option to aid and speed up the often lengthy process of identifying planar features in glacier borehole images. The software also shows promising results in rock borehole images and in the detection of planar layers in line-scan ice core images. We describe the capability and operation of BIFAT, and illustrate its application with reference to the automatic identification and annotation of sections from an optical televiewer (OPTV) borehole log from Roi Baudouin, Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica. The software is freely available for download from http://users.aber.ac.uk/byh/iceoptv.

  11. Borehole and Ice Feature Annotation Tool (BIFAT): A program for the automatic and manual annotation of glacier borehole images

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Malone, Terry; Hubbard, Bryn; Merton-Lyn, Derek; Worthington, Paul; Zwiggelaar, Reyer

    2013-04-01

    We present a stand-alone software platform, Borehole and Ice Feature Annotation Tool (BIFAT), for the examination, annotation and analysis of glacier borehole images. This tool aids in the lengthy and often subjective process of annotating layers and other features in optical and acoustic glacier borehole televiewer logs. Since these view 360° around the full circumference of an exploratory borehole, intersecting planes are reconstructed on the televiewer image as sinusoids, the amplitude and phase of which can be used to calculate, respectively, the dip and direction of dip of each of these planes. The program suite aids in the annotation and examination of such planes, as well as a number of other features, including clusters and inclusions. BIFAT also provides an automatic layer detection option to aid and speed up the often lengthy process of identifying planar features in glacier borehole images, and a semi-automatic inclusion detection tool. The software shows promising results in rock borehole images and in the detection of planar layers in line-scan ice core images. We describe the capability and operation of BIFAT, and illustrate its application with reference to the automatic identification and annotation of sections from optical televiewer (OPTV) borehole logs from a variety of ice masses including Roi Baudouin, Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica and Tsanfleuron Glacier, Switzerland. The software is freely available for download from http://users.aber.ac.uk/byh/iceoptv.

  12. Minor actinide waste disposal in deep geological boreholes

    E-print Network

    Sizer, Calvin Gregory

    2006-01-01

    The purpose of this investigation was to evaluate a waste canister design suitable for the disposal of vitrified minor actinide waste in deep geological boreholes using conventional oil/gas/geothermal drilling technology. ...

  13. Fracture characterization from seismic measurements in a borehole

    E-print Network

    Bakku, Sudhish Kumar

    2015-01-01

    Fracture characterization is important for optimal recovery of hydrocarbons. In this thesis, we develop techniques to characterize natural and hydraulic fractures using seismic measurements in a borehole. We first develop ...

  14. A drop-in-concept for deep borehole canister emplacement

    E-print Network

    Bates, Ethan Allen

    2011-01-01

    Disposal of high-level nuclear waste in deep boreholes drilled into crystalline bedrock (i.e., "granite") is an interesting repository alternative of long standing. Work at MIT over the past two decades, and more recently ...

  15. Canister design for deep borehole disposal of nuclear waste

    E-print Network

    Hoag, Christopher Ian

    2006-01-01

    The objective of this thesis was to design a canister for the disposal of spent nuclear fuel and other high-level waste in deep borehole repositories using currently available and proven oil, gas, and geothermal drilling ...

  16. Method and apparatus for suppressing waves in a borehole

    DOEpatents

    West, Phillip B.

    2005-10-04

    Methods and apparatus for suppression of wave energy within a fluid-filled borehole using a low pressure acoustic barrier. In one embodiment, a flexible diaphragm type device is configured as an open bottomed tubular structure for disposition in a borehole to be filled with a gas to create a barrier to wave energy, including tube waves. In another embodiment, an expandable umbrella type device is used to define a chamber in which a gas is disposed. In yet another embodiment, a reverse acting bladder type device is suspended in the borehole. Due to its reverse acting properties, the bladder expands when internal pressure is reduced, and the reverse acting bladder device extends across the borehole to provide a low pressure wave energy barrier.

  17. Physicochemical quality of boreholes in Densu Basin of Ghana

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. Amoako; A. Y. Karikari; O. D. Ansa-Asare

    Physico-chemical characteristics of 74 boreholes from communities within Densu Basin were assessed following procedures outlined\\u000a in Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater. The aim was to assess the status of the boreholes water quality\\u000a for any contamination for management action to ensure the quality of health of the people in the area. The water quality parameters\\u000a analyzed

  18. Deformation Monitoring by Borehole Geodetic Strainmeter in Turkey

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ozener, Haluk; Aktug, Bahadir; Karabulut, Hayrullah; Ergintav, Semih; Dogru, Asli; Yilmaz, Onur; Mencin, David; Mattioli, Glen; Johnson, Wade; Gottlieb, Mike; Van Boskirik, Liz

    2015-04-01

    This project is aimed to study three-dimensional strain field resulting from deformation through North Anatolian Fault System (NAFS) in Marmara Region, Turkey. Within this project, two borehole observatories consisting of borehole strainmeters, borehole seismometers, tiltmeters, and pore pressure sensors have been deployed in Istanbul. These installations have been supported by Istanbul Development Agency (ISTKA) (financially) and UNAVCO (technically). Istanbul, located near the most active parts of the North Anatolian Fault, has been monitored by different observing techniques such as seismic networks and continuous/survey-mode GPS networks for decades. Borehole strainmeters are very sensitive to deformation in the range of less than a month and can capture signals with superior precision at local spatial scales. In this project, it will be possible to determine the movements precisely which can not be monitored with available measurement systems in the middle and the eastern part of Marmara Sea through NAFS. Our long term objective is to build a borehole monitoring system in the region. By integrating various data obtained from borehole observatories, we expect to get a better understanding of dynamics in the western NAF. In this presentation, we introduce data and ongoing analysis obtained with strainmeters.

  19. The experimental results and analysis of a borehole radar prototype

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Liu, Sixin; Wu, Junjun; Dong, Hang; Fu, Lei; Wang, Fei

    2012-04-01

    A prototype of borehole radar has been successfully tested in three sites for different purposes under a field condition. The objective of the prototype is providing an effective down-hole tool for detecting targets in deep boreholes situated in a relatively high conductivity area such as the metal ores. The first testing site is at a geothermal field. The fractures extending more than 20 m from the borehole are delineated by the borehole radar in the single-hole reflection mode. The second testing site is located in a jade mine for basement evaluation. The cross-hole measurement mode was used to detect the cavities made by previous unorganized mining activities. Several high-velocity anomalies were found in the velocity profile and presumably the targets of the mine shafts and tunnels. The third test site is located in a mineralized belt characterized by low resistivity less than 1000 Ohm m, the surface-borehole measurement was carried out and the data were processed with velocity tomography. The low-velocity zone corresponds to a mineralized zone from geological records. The three testing results proved the readiness of this borehole radar prototype for further deployment in more complicated and realistic field situations.

  20. A Practical Introduction to Borehole Geophysics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Keller, George V.

    During 1986, the latest year for which data have been published, 57,036 deep wells were drilled in the United States and Canada in the search for oil and gas, and about 20,000 were drilled in the rest of the world. T he wells in North America penetrated some 46,328 miles into the Earth, providing access to an immense amount of otherwise invisible geology. Wells were also drilled for other reasons, such as the search for water, economic mineral resources, and even scientific information. Considering only the holes drilled for oil and gas, virtually every one has been logged with one or more geophysical surveys. In the last 40 years, several million such geophysical surveys have been run and are now preserved in various data libraries. This data base of geophysical surveys run in boreholes is perhaps the largest data base we have in the Earth sciences, and to date, it has been relatively little utilized for any purpose other than evaluating possible hydrocarbon content in suspected reservoir rocks. In the past decade there has been a growing interest in making more use of this data base, which may well explain the appearance of at least a half dozen books on geophysical well surveying over the last several years.

  1. P - T paths and tectonic evolution of shear zones separating high-grade terrains from cratons: examples from Kola Peninsula (Russia) and Limpopo Region (South Africa)

    Microsoft Academic Search

    L. L. Perchuk; T. V. Gerya; D. D. Van Reenen; C. A. Smit; A. V. Krotov

    2000-01-01

    Summary  ¶The petrology and P-T evolution of mica schists from two regional scale tectonic (shear) zones that separate high grade terrains (“mobile belts”)\\u000a from cratons are described. These are the 2.4–1.9?Ga Tanaelv Belt, a suture zone that separates the Lapland granulite complex\\u000a from the Karelian craton (Kola Peninsula–Fennoscandia), and the 2.69?Ga Hout River Shear Zone that separates the >?2.9?Ga\\u000a Kaapvaal craton

  2. Formation of slot-shaped borehole breakout within weakly cementedsandstones

    SciTech Connect

    Nakagawa, Seiji; Tomutsa, Liviu; Myer, Larry R.

    2005-06-10

    Breakout (wall failure) of boreholes within the earth can take several forms depending upon physical properties of the surrounding rock and the stress and flow conditions. Three distinctive modes of breakout are (I) extensile breakout observed in brittle rocks (e.g., Haimson and Herrick, 1986), (II) shear breakout in soft and clastic rocks (Zoback et al., 1985), and (III) fracture-like, slot-shaped breakout within highly porous granular rocks (Bessinger et al., 1997; Haimson and Song, 1998). During fluid production and injection within weakly cemented high-porosity rocks, the third type of failure could result in sustained and excessive sand production (disintegration of the rock's granular matrix and debris production). An objective of this research is to investigate the physical conditions that result in the formation of slot-shaped borehole breakout, via laboratory experiments. Our laboratory borehole breakout experiment was conducted using synthetic high-porosity sandstone with controlled porosity and strength. Block samples containing a single through-goring borehole were subjected to anisotropic stresses within a specially designed tri-axial loading cell. A series of studies was conducted to examine the impact of (1) stress anisotropy around the borehole, (2) rock strength, and (3) fluid flow rate within the borehole on the formation of slot-shaped borehole breakout. The geometry of the breakout was determined after the experiment using X-ray CT. As observed in other studies (Hamison and Song, 1998; Nakagawa and Myer, 2001), flow within a borehole plays a critical role in extending the slot-shaped breakout. The results of our experiments indicated that the width of the breakout was narrower for stronger rock, possibly due to higher resistance to erosion, and the orientation of the breakout plane was better defined for a borehole subjected to stronger stress anisotropy. In most cases, the breakout grew rapidly once the borehole wall started to fail. This 'run-away' failure growth is induced by monotonically increasing stress concentration at the breakout tips, although this effect may be augmented by the finite size of the sample.

  3. Cross-borehole flow analysis to characterize fracture connections in the Melechov Granite, Bohemian-Moravian Highland, Czech Republic

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Frederick L. Paillet; John H. Williams; Joseph Urik; Joseph Lukes; Miroslav Kobr; Stanislav Mares

    2011-01-01

    Application of the cross-borehole flow method, in which short pumping cycles in one borehole are used to induce time-transient flow in another borehole, demonstrated that a simple hydraulic model can characterize the fracture connections in the bedrock mass between the two boreholes. The analysis determines the properties of fracture connections rather than those of individual fractures intersecting a single borehole;

  4. Structural characterization and composition of Y-rich hainite from Sakharjok nepheline syenite pegmatite (Kola Peninsula, Russia)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lyalina, L.; Zolotarev, A.; Selivanova, E.; Savchenko, Ye.; Zozulya, D.; Krivovichev, S.; Mikhailova, Yu.

    2015-03-01

    Y-rich hainite occurs in nepheline syenite pegmatite of the Sakharjok massif (Kola Peninsula, Russia). It forms euhedral prismatic crystals up to 2 mm in length as well as rims around an unidentified mineral phase (silicate of Ca, Y, Zr and Ti). The mineral is triclinic, space group P-1, a 9.6054(10), b 5.6928(6), c 7.3344(7) Å, ? 89.903(2), ? 101.082(2), ? 100.830(2)°, V 386.32(7) Å3, Z = 1. The calculated density is 3.39 g/cm3. Chemical composition of Sakharjok hainite is different from the previously published data by much higher Y and Nb contents up to 0.72 and 0.20 atoms per formula unit, respectively, by the two- to five-fold depletion in the LREEs and by the strong enrichment of the HREEs. From the single-crystal X-ray diffraction data, there is a significant amount of Y in the M1 site associated with the absence of Zr in it. Nb and Zr are concentrated in the M5 site substituting Ti. Combination of single-crystal X-ray diffraction data and electron microprobe data give the empirical formula (Ca1.04Y0.63REE0.24Mn0.02)?1.93(Na0.92Ca0.77)?1.69Ca2.00(Na0.65Ca0.10)?0.75(Ti0.60Zr0.21Nb0.15Fe0.03)?0.99((Si4.00Al0.02)?4.02O14) (F2.61O1.39)?4.00.

  5. Geology of the Waste Treatment Plant Seismic Boreholes

    SciTech Connect

    Barnett, D. BRENT; Bjornstad, Bruce N.; Fecht, Karl R.; Lanigan, David C.; Reidel, Steve; Rust, Colleen F.

    2007-02-28

    In 2006, DOE-ORP initiated the Seismic Boreholes Project (SBP) to emplace boreholes at the Waste Treatment Plant (WTP) site in order to obtain direct Vs measurements and other physical property measurements in Columbia River basalt and interbedded sediments of the Ellensburg Formation. The goal was to reduce the uncertainty in the response spectra and seismic design basis, and potentially recover design margin for the WTP. The characterization effort within the deep boreholes included 1) downhole measurements of the velocity properties of the suprabasalt, basalt, and sedimentary interbed sequences, 2) downhole measurements of the density of the subsurface basalt and sediments, and 3) confirmation of the geometry of the contact between the various basalt and interbedded sediments through examination of retrieved core from the corehole and data collected through geophysical logging of each borehole. This report describes the results of the geologic studies from three mud-rotary boreholes and one cored borehole at the WTP. All four boreholes penetrated the entire Saddle Mountains Basalt and the upper part of the Wanapum Basalt where thick sedimentary interbeds occur between the lava flows. The basalt flows penetrated in Saddle Mountains Basalt included the Umatilla Member, Esquatzel Member, Pomona Member and the Elephant Mountain Member. The underlying Priest Rapids Member of the Wanapum Basalt was also penetrated. The Ellensburg Formation sediments consist of the Mabton Interbed, the Cold Creek Interbed, the Selah Interbed and the Rattlesnake Ridge Interbed; the Byron Interbed occurs between two flows of the Priest Rapids Member. The Mabton Interbed marks the contact between the Wanapum and Saddle Mountains Basalts. The thicknesses of the basalts and interbedded sediments were within expected limits. However, a small reverse fault was found in the Pomona Member flow top. This fault has three periods of movement and less than 15 feet of repeated section. Most of the movement on the fault appears to have occurred before the youngest lava flow, the 10.5 million year old Elephant Mountain Member was emplaced above the Pomona Member.

  6. The Plate Boundary Observatory Borehole Seismic Network

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hasting, M.; Eakins, J.; Anderson, G.; Hodgkinson, K.; Johnson, W.; Mencin, D.; Smith, S.; Jackson, M.; Prescott, W.

    2006-12-01

    As part of the NSF-funded EarthScope Plate Boundary Observatory, UNAVCO will install and operate 103 borehole seismic stations throughout the western United States. These stations continuously record three- component seismic data at 100 samples per second, using Geo-Space HS-1-LT 2-HZ geophones in a sonde developed by SONDI and Consultants (Duke University). Each seismic package is connected to an uphole Quanterra Q330 data logger and Marmot external buffer, from which UNAVCO retrieves data in real time. UNAVCO uses the Antelope software suite from Boulder Real-Time Technologies (BRTT) for all data collection and transfer, metadata generation and distribution, and monitoring of the network. The first stations were installed in summer 2005, with 19 stations installed by September 2006, and a total of 28 stations expected by December 2006. In a prime example of cooperation between the PBO and USArray components of EarthScope, the USArray Array Network Facility (ANF), operated by UC San Diego, handled data flow and network monitoring for the PBO seismic stations in the initial stages of network operations. We thank the ANF staff for their gracious assistance over the last several months. Data flow in real time from the remote stations to the UNAVCO Boulder Network Operations Center, from which UNAVCO provides station command and control; verification and distribution of metadata; and basic quality control for all data. From Boulder, data flow in real time to the IRIS DMC for final quality checks, archiving, and distribution. Historic data are available from June 2005 to the present, and are updated in real time with typical latencies of less than ten seconds. As of 1 September 2006, the PBO seismic network had returned 60 GB of raw data. Please visit http://pboweb.unavco.org for additional information on the PBO seismic network.

  7. Rare gas isotopes and parent trace elements in ultrabasic-alkaline-carbonatite complexes, Kola Peninsula: identification of lower mantle plume component

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tolstikhin, I. N.; Kamensky, I. L.; Marty, B.; Nivin, V. A.; Vetrin, V. R.; Balaganskaya, E. G.; Ikorsky, S. V.; Gannibal, M. A.; Weiss, D.; Verhulst, A.; Demaiffe, D.

    2002-03-01

    During the Devonian magmatism (370 Ma ago) ˜20 ultrabasic-alkaline-carbonatite complexes (UACC) were formed in the Kola Peninsula (north-east of the Baltic Shield). In order to understand mantle and crust sources and processes having set these complexes, rare gases were studied in ˜300 rocks and mineral separates from 9 UACC, and concentrations of parent Li, K, U, and Th were measured in ˜70 samples. 4He/ 3He ratios in He released by fusion vary from pure radiogenic values ˜10 8 down to 6 × 10 4. The cosmogenic and extraterrestrial sources as well as the radiogenic production are unable to account for the extremely high abundances of 3He, up to 4 × 10 -9 cc/g, indicating a mantle-derived fluid in the Kola rocks. In some samples helium extracted by crushing shows quite low 4He/ 3He = 3 × 10 4, well below the mean ratio in mid ocean ridge basalts (MORB), (8.9 ± 1.0) × 10 4, indicating the contribution of 3He-rich plume component. Magnetites are principal carriers of this component. Trapped 3He is extracted from these minerals at high temperatures 1100°C to 1600°C which may correspond to decrepitation or annealing primary fluid inclusions, whereas radiogenic 4He is manly released at a temperature range of 500°C to 1200°C, probably corresponding to activation of 4He sites degraded by U, Th decay. Similar 4He/ 3He ratios were observed in Oligocene flood basalts from the Ethiopian plume. According to a paleo-plate-tectonic reconstruction, 450 Ma ago the Baltica (including the Kola Peninsula) continent drifted not far from the present-day site of that plume. It appears that both magmatic provinces could relate to one and the same deep-seated mantle source. The neon isotopic compositions confirm the occurrence of a plume component since, within a conventional 20Ne/ 22Ne versus 21Ne/ 22Ne diagram, the regression line for Kola samples is indistinguishable from those typical of plumes, such as Loihi (Hawaii). 20Ne/ 22Ne ratios (up to 12.1) correlate well with 40Ar/ 36Ar ones, allowing to infer a source 40Ar/ 36Ar ratio of about 4000 for the mantle end-member, which is 10 times lower than that of the MORB source end-member. In ( 3He/ 22Ne) PRIM versus ( 4He/ 21Ne) RAD plot the Kola samples are within array established for plume and MORB samples; almost constant production ratio of ( 4He/ 21Ne) RAD ? 2 × 10 7 is translated via this array into ( 3He/ 22Ne) PRIM ˜ 10. The latter value approaches the solar ratio implying the non-fractionated solar-like rare gas pattern in a plume source. The Kola UACC show systematic variations in the respective contributions of in situ-produced radiogenic isotopes and mantle-derived isotopes. Since these complexes were essentially plutonic, we propose that the depth of emplacement exerted a primary control on the retention of both trapped and radiogenic species, which is consistent with geological observations. The available data allow to infer the following sequence of processes for the emplacement and evolution of Kola Devonian UACC: 1) Ascent of the plume from the lower mantle to the subcontinental lithosphere; the plume triggered mantle metasomatism not later than ˜700 to 400 Ma ago. 2) Metasomatism of the lithosphere (beneath the central part of the Kola Peninsula), including enrichment in volatile (e.g., He, Ne) and in incompatible (e.g., U, Th) elements. 3) Multistage intrusions of parental melts, their degassing, and crystallisation differentiation ˜370 Ma ago. 4) Postcrystallisation migration of fluids, including loss of radiogenic and of trapped helium. Based on model compositions of the principle terrestrial reservoirs we estimate the contributions (by mass) of the plume material, the upper mantle material, and the atmosphere (air-saturated groundwater), into the source of parent melt at ˜2%, 97.95%, and ˜0.05%, respectively.

  8. Analysis of borehole-radar reflection logs from selected HC boreholes at the Project Shoal area, Churchill County, Nevada

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Lane, J.W., Jr.; Joesten, P.K.; Pohll, G.M.; Mihevic, Todd

    2001-01-01

    Single-hole borehole-radar reflection logs were collected and interpreted in support of a study to characterize ground-water flow and transport at the Project Shoal Area (PSA) in Churchill County, Nevada. Radar logging was conducted in six boreholes using 60-MHz omni-directional electric-dipole antennas and a 60-MHz magnetic-dipole directional receiving antenna.Radar data from five boreholes were interpreted to identify the location, orientation, estimated length, and spatial continuity of planar reflectors present in the logs. The overall quality of the radar data is marginal and ranges from very poor to good. Twenty-seven reflectors were interpreted from the directional radar reflection logs. Although the range of orientation interpreted for the reflectors is large, a significant number of reflectors strike northeast-southwest and east-west to slightly northwest-southeast. Reflectors are moderate to steeply dipping and reflector length ranged from less than 7 m to more than 133 m.Qualitative scores were assigned to each reflector to provide a sense of the spatial continuity of the reflector and the characteristics of the field data relative to an ideal planar reflector (orientation score). The overall orientation scores are low, which reflects the general data quality, but also indicates that the properties of most reflectors depart from the ideal planar case. The low scores are consistent with reflections from fracture zones that contain numerous, closely spaced, sub-parallel fractures.Interpretation of borehole-radar direct-wave velocity and amplitude logs identified several characteristics of the logged boreholes: (1) low-velocity zones correlate with decreased direct-wave amplitude, indicating the presence of fracture zones; (2) direct-wave amplitude increases with depth in three of the boreholes, suggesting an increase in electrical resistivity with depth resulting from changes in mineral assemblage or from a decrease in the specific conductance of ground water; and (3) an increase in primary or secondary porosity and an associated change in mineral assemblage, or decrease in ground water specific conductance, was characterized in two of the boreholes below 300 m.The results of the radar reflection logging indicate that even where data quality is marginal, borehole-radar reflection logging can provide useful information for ground-water characterization studies in fractured rock and insights into the nature and extent of fractures and fracture zones in and near boreholes.

  9. A regularity-based modeling of oil borehole logs

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gaci, Said; Zaourar, Naima

    2013-04-01

    Multifractional Brownian motions (mBms) are successfully used to describe borehole logs behavior. These local fractal models allow to investigate the depth-evolution of regularity of the logs, quantified by the Hölder exponent (H). In this study, a regularity analysis is carried out on datasets recorded in Algerian oil boreholes located in different geological settings. The obtained regularity profiles show a clear correlation with lithology. Each lithological discontinuity corresponds to a jump in H value. Moreover, for a given borehole, all the regularity logs are significantly correlated and lead to similar lithological segmentations. Therefore, the Hölderian regularity is a robust property which can be used to characterize lithological heterogeneities. However, this study does not draw any relation between the recorded physical property and its estimated regularity degree for all the analyzed logs. Keywords: well logs, regularity, Hölder exponent, multifractional Brownian motion

  10. Surface and borehole radar data analysis for shallow aquifer characterization

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gloaguen, E.; Giroux, B.; Chouteau, M.; Marcotte, D.

    2004-05-01

    It is known that GPR data can supplement hydrogeological data for estimating the spatial distribution of porosity in an aquifer. However, to estimate porosity, the ground velocity has to be known or estimated precisely. Although the surface radar survey gives information on the stratigraphy, the estimation of the velocity is difficult and often lack accuracy. Borehole radar surveys in suitably located piezometers is helpful to obtain reliable estimates of the velocity field. Surface and borehole radar surveys were performed on a site displaying two aquifers. The shallow unconfined aquifer is separated from a semi-confined aquifer by a thin clay lens. The site is instrumented with piezometers where water levels are frequently monitored. Several radar profiles were obtained. The borehole survey consisted of several VRP and a complete tomographic scan between two holes. A porosity model was built combining drilling logs, surface GPR and borehole radar data. A tomographic algorithm based on slowness covariance modeling was first used to compute the velocity field between the holes. The reconstructed velocity field is composed of cells of constant velocity. This velocity model was used to perform 2D migration of the surface radar profiles. Then, the drilling logs and the migrated image were used to build a stratigraphical section of the subsurface between the holes. The velocity cells along the interpreted interfaces and along the boreholes are then fixed within a constrained tomographic process to produce a final velocity model. The values of the velocity constrains are selected based on the stratigraphical and log information. The final velocity model allowed to compute the porosity using Topp formulations. The computed porosity was compared with the one measured on sand samples. The estimates obtained by tomography are close to the values obtained on the sand samples. Within the interpretative model, we show that it is possible to estimate the spatial porosity distribution between holes using combined surface and borehole radar surveys.

  11. Reclamation report, Basalt Waste Isolation Project, boreholes 1990

    SciTech Connect

    Brandt, C.A.; Rickard, W.H. Jr.; Cadoret, N.A.

    1991-01-01

    The restoration of areas disturbed activities of the Basalt Waste Isolation Project (BWIP) has been undertaken by the US Department of Energy (DOE) in fulfillment of obligations and commitments made under the National Environmental Policy Act and the Nuclear Waste Policy Act. This restoration program comprises three separate projects: borehole reclamation, Near Surface Test Facility reclamation, and Exploratory Shaft Facility reclamation. Detailed descriptions of these reclamation projects may be found in a number of previous reports. This report describes the second phase of the reclamation program for the BWIP boreholes and analyzes its success relative to the reclamation objective. 6 refs., 14 figs., 13 tabs.

  12. Elements of a continuous-wave borehole radar. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Caffey, T.W.H. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States). Geophysical Technology Dept.

    1997-08-01

    The theory is developed for the antenna array for a proposed continuous-wave, ground-penetrating radar for use in a borehole, and field measurements are presented. Accomplishments include the underground measurement of the transmitting beam in the azimuth plane, active azimuth-steering of the transmitting beam, and the development of a range-to-target algorithm. The excellent performance of the antenna array supports the concept of a continuous-wave borehole radar. A field-prototype should be developed for use in both geothermal zones and for the exploration and recovery of oil and gas.

  13. 30 CFR 75.1319 - Weight of explosives permitted in boreholes in bituminous and lignite mines.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

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  14. 30 CFR 75.1319 - Weight of explosives permitted in boreholes in bituminous and lignite mines.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

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  15. 30 CFR 75.1319 - Weight of explosives permitted in boreholes in bituminous and lignite mines.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

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  16. 30 CFR 75.1319 - Weight of explosives permitted in boreholes in bituminous and lignite mines.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

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  17. 30 CFR 75.1319 - Weight of explosives permitted in boreholes in bituminous and lignite mines.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

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  18. An approach for predicting stress-induced anisotropy around a borehole

    E-print Network

    Fang, Xinding

    Formation elastic properties near a borehole may be altered from their original state due to the stress concentration around the borehole. This could result in a biased estimation of formation properties but could provide ...

  19. TRENDS IN BOREHOLE GEOPHYSICS FOR MINERAL EXPLORATION: ASSAYING AND REMOTE DETECTION.

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Daniels, Jeffrey J.

    1985-01-01

    Several borehole geophysical techniques have been developed in recent years. Assaying technique development has been concentrated on nuclear methods, with some progress being made on using electrical and magnetic properties for mineral identification. Adaptation of conventional surface geophysical techniques to the borehole for locating near-misses of mineralized zones has led to the development of borehole resistivity, electromagnetic (EM), gravity and magnetic methods to the borehole environment. This paper discusses some of the applications and pitfalls of these new techniques.

  20. Integrating geophysical and hydrochemical borehole-log measurements to characterize the Chalk aquifer, Berkshire, United Kingdom

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Marc Schürch; David Buckley

    2002-01-01

    .  Geophysical and hydrochemical borehole-logging techniques were integrated to characterize hydraulic and hydrogeochemical properties\\u000a of the Chalk aquifer at boreholes in Berkshire, UK. The down-hole measurements were made to locate fissures in the chalk,\\u000a their spatial extent between boreholes, and to determine the groundwater chemical quality of the water-bearing layers. The\\u000a geophysical borehole logging methods used were caliper, focused resistivity, induction

  1. Efficient 2D Bayesian inversion of borehole resistivity measurements Qinshan Yang*

    E-print Network

    Torres-Verdín, Carlos

    Efficient 2D Bayesian inversion of borehole resistivity measurements Qinshan Yang* and Carlos involved (Andrew et al., 2009). For instance, the 2D and 3D inversion of large borehole resistivity method to solve the 2D nonlinear inverse problem arising in the interpretation of borehole resistivity

  2. 10 CFR 60.134 - Design of seals for shafts and boreholes.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

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  3. 10 CFR 60.134 - Design of seals for shafts and boreholes.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

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  4. Diurnal fluctuations in borehole water levels: configuration of the drainage system beneath Bench Glacier, Alaska, USA

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Fudge, T. J.; Humphrey, Neil F.; Harper, Joel T.; Pfeffer, W. Tad

    Water levels were measured in boreholes spaced along the entire length of Bench Glacier, Alaska, USA, for a period in excess of 2 years. Instrumented boreholes were arranged as nine pairs along the center line of the glacier and an orthogonal grid of 16 boreholes in a 3600 m2 region at the center of the ablation area. Diurnal fluctuations of the water levels were found to be restricted to the late melt season. Pairs of boreholes spaced along the length of the ablation area often exhibited similar fluctuations and diurnal changes in water levels. Three distinct and independent types of diurnal fluctuations in water level were observed in clusters of boreholes within the grid of boreholes. Head gradients suggest water did not flow between clusters, and a single tunnel connecting the boreholes could not explain the observed pattern of diurnal water-level fluctuations. Inter-borehole and borehole-cluster connectivity suggests the cross-glacier width of influence of a segment of the drainage system connected to a borehole was limited to tens of meters. A drainage configuration whereby boreholes are connected to a somewhat distant tunnel by drainage pipes of differing lengths, often hundreds of meters, is shown with a numerical test to be a plausible explanation for the observed borehole behavior.

  5. Hydrologic utility of borehole temperatures in Areas 19 and 20, Pahute Mesa, Nevada Test Site

    Microsoft Academic Search

    E. J. Pottorff; S. J. Erikson; M. E. Campana

    1987-01-01

    Borehole temperature logs from Areas 19 and 20 of the Nevada Test Site were examined in an attempt to obtain quantitative information on the hydrologic regime of Pahute Mesa. A qualitative assessment of the logs proved useful for identifying borehole static water levels and areas of water influx into the borehole. However, the uncertain quality of the data and the

  6. Case Study: Louvered Screen Produces High Efficiency Boreholes for Mine Dewatering - Sub-Saharan Africa

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Each dewatering borehole within a dewatering system is designed to accommodate a dedicated pump whose capacity may be several thousand cubic meters of water per day. A typical network of dewatering boreholes (i.e. wellfield) is designed to operate continuously 24 hours-per day without interruption. Its demands for power or fuel are often high, particularly when the efficiencies of the boreholes

  7. Methods and apparatus for removal and control of material in laser drilling of a borehole

    DOEpatents

    Rinzler, Charles C; Zediker, Mark S; Faircloth, Brian O; Moxley, Joel F

    2014-01-28

    The removal of material from the path of a high power laser beam during down hole laser operations including drilling of a borehole and removal of displaced laser effected borehole material from the borehole during laser operations. In particular, paths, dynamics and parameters of fluid flows for use in conjunction with a laser bottom hole assembly.

  8. Field Demonstration of Slim-hole Borehole Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Logging Tool for Groundwater Investigations

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D. Walsh; P. Turner; I. Frid; R. Shelby; E. D. Grunewald; E. Magnuson; J. J. Butler; C. D. Johnson; J. C. Cannia; D. A. Woodward; K. H. Williams

    2010-01-01

    Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) methods provide estimates of free and bound water content and hydraulic conductivity, which are critically important for groundwater investigations. Borehole NMR tools have been available and widely used in the oil industry for decades, but only recently have been designed for small diameter boreholes typical of groundwater investigations. Field tests of an 89-mm-diameter borehole NMR logging

  9. An assessment of quality of water from boreholes in Bindura District, Zimbabwe

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Zvikomborero Hoko

    2008-01-01

    This study assessed the water quality of 144 boreholes in Bindura District in Mashonaland Province of Zimbabwe as part of a borehole rehabilitation project implemented by a local NGO. In previous studies it has been observed that some boreholes are not used for domestic purposes because of consumer perceived poor water quality. Consequently, communities have resorted to unsafe alternative water

  10. Estimation of Electromagnetic Parameters by Linear Dipole Array in a Borehole

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Hideharu Hanaoka; Satoshi Ebihara; Tsubasa Nakatsuka

    2008-01-01

    It is important to estimate conductivity and per- mittivity of formation around a borehole. Arrival time and amplitude of the direct wave in single-hole borehole radar is related to the electromagnetic parameters. In this paper, we propose a liner array of dipole antenna elements in a borehole for a receiver. We introduced an optical modula- tor to transfer the received

  11. Borehole Geophysics, Hydraulic Characteristics and Chemistry of Groundwater Flow in Fractured Granite With Very Low Permeability

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. Lukes; L. Rukavickova; T. Paces

    2005-01-01

    Three test boreholes 10.9 and 10.5 meters apart were drilled in a compact granite at locality Podles' in the Bohemian Massif of central Europe. The depths of the drill boreholes were 349, 300 and 296 m. The location of the boreholes form a triangle. The main goal of this study was to determine the degree to which the very compact

  12. Calibration facilities for borehole and surface environmental radiation measurements

    SciTech Connect

    Stromswold, D.C.

    1994-04-01

    Measuring radiation from contaminated soil and buildings is important in the cleanup of land areas and facilities. It provides the means for quantifying the amount of contamination and assessing the success of efforts to restore areas to acceptable conditions for public use. Instruments that measure in situ radiation from natural or radiochemically-contaminated earth formations must be calibrated in appropriate facilities to provide quantitative assessments of concentrations of radionuclides. For instruments that are inserted into boreholes, these calibration facilities are typically special models having holes for probe insertion and having sufficient size to appear radiometrically ``infinite`` in extent. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has such models at Hanford, Washington, and Grand Junction, Colorado. They are concrete cylinders having a central borehole and containing known, enhanced amounts of K, U, and Th for spectral gamma-ray measurements. Additional models contain U for calibrating neutron probes for fissile materials and total-count gamma-ray probes. Models for calibrating neutron probes for moisture measurements in unsaturated formations exist for steel-cased boreholes at Hanford and for uncased boreholes at the DOE`s Nevada Test Site. Large surface pads are available at Grand Junction for portable, vehicle-mounted, or airplane-mounted spectral gamma-ray detectors.

  13. Resolution of ground temperature histories inverted from borehole temperature data

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    Hugo Beltrami; Jean-Claude Mareschal

    1995-01-01

    Inversion methods have been used to determine ground temperature history from borehole temperature data. This paper examines the resolution of an inversion method based on singular value decomposition. The method includes in the constraints the rate of change of subsurface if available. The response of the Earth to a unit pulselike change in surface temperature and the model resolution were

  14. Electrical resistance tomography using steel cased boreholes as electrodes

    DOEpatents

    Daily, William D. (Livermore, CA); Ramirez, Abelardo L. (Pleasanton, CA)

    1999-01-01

    An electrical resistance tomography method using steel cased boreholes as electrodes. The method enables mapping the electrical resistivity distribution in the subsurface from measurements of electrical potential caused by electrical currents injected into an array of electrodes in the subsurface. By use of current injection and potential measurement electrodes to generate data about the subsurface resistivity distribution, which data is then used in an inverse calculation, a model of the electrical resistivity distribution can be obtained. The inverse model may be constrained by independent data to better define an inverse solution. The method utilizes pairs of electrically conductive (steel) borehole casings as current injection electrodes and as potential measurement electrodes. The greater the number of steel cased boreholes in an array, the greater the amount of data is obtained. The steel cased boreholes may be utilized for either current injection or potential measurement electrodes. The subsurface model produced by this method can be 2 or 3 dimensional in resistivity depending on the detail desired in the calculated resistivity distribution and the amount of data to constain the models.

  15. Directional borehole radar with dipole antenna array using optical modulators

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Satoshi Ebihara

    2004-01-01

    In this paper, we describe a directional borehole radar comprising a dipole antenna array with an optical modulator capable of determining the position of targets in three dimensions (3-D). Optical modulators using a Mach-Zehnder interferometer are used to transform electrical signals into optical signals at the feeding points of the dipole antennas. The advantages of using these modulators are that

  16. Recent developments in the optical televiewing of ice boreholes

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    Hubbard, Bryn

    2014-05-01

    Developed in the past few years, the optical televiewing (OPTV) of ice boreholes has now been successfully applied to temperate and polythermal valley glaciers, to Antarctic ice shelves, to a shallow borehole on the surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet, and recently to the NEEM deep ice borehole. Here, we report on several specific aspects of this work, outlining the capability of OPTV in glaciological analysis. These include: • Revealing the 3D internal structure of valley glaciers, e.g. identifying eight separate structural generations on Midre Lovénbreen, Svalbard; • Characterizing the internal ice facies forming the base of an Antarctic ice shelf rift, e.g. identifying three possible types of 'marine ice'; • Recording annual layering and allowing age-depth scales to be reconstructed for contrasting locations on both the Greenland and the Antarctic ice sheets. • Providing a proxy for snow, firn and ice density, based on calibrating an OPTV record of an Antarctic ice-shelf borehole with densities measured gravimetrically on corresponding core samples. • Reconstructing former surface melting and melt-pond formation on an Antarctic ice shelf, revealing that such melting is not a recent phenomenon. • Revealing aspects of the internal structure of the Greenland ice sheet at the NEEM deep ice drill site, e.g. the presence of ash layers and annual layering at depths of several hundreds of metres in the ice.

  17. Optimal surface temperature reconstructions using terrestrial borehole data

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    Bradley, Raymond S.

    climate sensitivity than the other proxy-based reconstructions (though if the assumed forcing historyOptimal surface temperature reconstructions using terrestrial borehole data Michael E. Mann,1 Scott prominent discrepancies with instrumental surface air temperature (SAT) estimates during the 20th century

  18. Zero-Offset VSP in the COSC-1 borehole

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    Krauß, Felix; Simon, Helge; Giese, Rüdiger; Buske, Stefan; Hedin, Peter; Juhlin, Christopher; Lorenz, Henning

    2015-04-01

    As support for the COSC drilling project (Collisional Orogeny in the Scandinavian Caledonides), an extensive seismic survey took place during September and October 2014 in and around the newly drilled borehole COSC-1. The main aim of the COSC project is to better understand orogenic processes in past and recently active mountain belts. For this an approx. 2.5 km deep borehole, with nearly 100% core recovery, was drilled in the Scandinavian Caledonides, close to the town of Åre in western Jämtland/Sweden. The seismic survey consisted of a high resolution zero-offset VSP (vertical seismic profiling) and a multi-azimuthal walkaway VSP experiment with receivers at the surface and in the borehole. For the zero-offset VSP (ZVSP) a hydraulic hammer source (VIBSIST 3000) was used and activated over a period of 20 seconds as a sequence of impacts with increasing hit frequency. For each source point, 25 seconds of data were recorded. The wavefield was recorded in the borehole by 15 three-component receivers using a Sercel Slimwave geophone chain with an inter-tool spacing of 10 meters. The ZVSP was designed to result in a geophone spacing of 2 meters over the whole borehole length. The source was about 30 meters away from the borehole and thus, provides a poor geometry to rotate 3C-data in greater depths. For this reason, a check shot position was defined in about 1.9 km distance to the borehole. With this offset shots, it is possible to rotate the components of the 3C receivers and to concentrate the S-wave energy on one component and thus, increase the signal-to-noise ratio of S-wave events. This offset source point was activated periodically for certain depth positions of the geophone chain. The stacked ZVSP-data show a high signal-to-noise ratio and good data quality. Frequencies up to 150 Hz were recorded. On the vertical component, clear direct P-wave arrivals are visible. Several P-wave reflections occur below 1600 meters depth. After rotating the components, further processing steps will be applied to sharpen the signal shape by signal deconvolution and to separate the upgoing and downgoing wavefields by f-k-filtering. P- and S-wave velocities as well as reflection events will be compared to available information from logging and geological interpretation of the drilled cores.

  19. Geology of the Waste Treatment Plant Seismic Boreholes

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    Barnett, D. Brent; Fecht, Karl R.; Reidel, Stephen P.; Bjornstad, Bruce N.; Lanigan, David C.; Rust, Colleen F.

    2007-05-11

    In 2006, the U.S. Department of Energy initiated the Seismic Boreholes Project (SBP) to emplace boreholes at the Waste Treatment Plant (WTP) site in order to obtain direct shear wave velocity (Vs) measurements and other physical property measurements in Columbia River basalt and interbedded sediments of the Ellensburg Formation. The goal was to reduce the uncertainty in the response spectra and seismic design basis, and potentially recover design margin for the WTP. The characterization effort within the deep boreholes included 1) downhole measurements of the velocity properties of the suprabasalt, basalt, and sedimentary interbed sequences, 2) downhole measurements of the density of the subsurface basalt and sediments, and 3) geologic studies to confirm the geometry of the contact between the various basalt and interbedded sediments through examination of retrieved core from the core hole and data collected through geophysical logging of each borehole. This report describes the results of the geologic studies from three mud-rotary boreholes and one cored borehole at the WTP. All four boreholes penetrated the entire Saddle Mountains Basalt and the upper part of the Wanapum Basalt where thick sedimentary interbeds occur between the lava flows. The basalt flows penetrated in Saddle Mountains Basalt included the Umatilla Member, Esquatzel Member, Pomona Member, and the Elephant Mountain Member. The underlying Priest Rapids Member of the Wanapum Basalt also was penetrated. The Ellensburg Formation sediments consist of the Mabton Interbed, the Cold Creek Interbed, the Selah Interbed, and the Rattlesnake Ridge Interbed; the Byron Interbed occurs between two flows of the Priest Rapids Member. The Mabton Interbed marks the contact between the Wanapum and Saddle Mountains Basalts. The thicknesses of the basalts and interbedded sediments were within expected limits. However, a small reverse fault was found in the Pomona Member flow top. This fault has three periods of movement and less than 15 ft of repeated section. Most of the movement on the fault appears to have occurred before the youngest lava flow, the 10.5-million-year-old Elephant Mountain Member, was emplaced above the Pomona Member.

  20. Horizontal stress anisotropy determined from acoustic full waveforms in borehole

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    Rousseau, A.

    2003-04-01

    Drilling inside competent formations, such as crystalline rocks, hard carbonated rocks or sandstones, involves stable stress modifications around the hole. For vertical boreholes, these modifications depend essentially on the horizontal state of stress, particularly on its anisotropy. They may significantly spread up to more than 0.5 meter from the hole. As the usual frequencies of the borehole acoustic waveforms are about 20 KHz, these modified stress areas should be taken into account in order to interpret the records of the body waves, because their corresponding wavelengths range between 0.25 m for P waves and 0.175 m for S waves. The observation of the borehole acoustic body waves which propagate inside gneisses and metabasites (KTB borehole in Bavaria), granites (boreholes of Soultz-sous-forest in Alsace, and those in Vendée), and compact sandstones and dolomites (Balazuc1 borehole in the South of France), allows us to determine two or sometimes three successive arrivals of P and S waves, although the formations are homogeneous and there is no reflector, such as a fracture. The hypothesis that the double P and S waves may be the result of the reflection of the body waves inside the stress modified areas is consistent with the calculated sizes of the paths of the supposed reflected waves. The theory of borehole rock mechanics does not predict sharp changes in the sizes of these areas as overburdened pressure increases ; but the values of the supposed sizes of the modified areas are, as a function of depth, scattered above and steady below the depth where the overburdened pressure appears equal to the maximum horizontal stress. The squeezing of micro-cracks by pressure is assumed to homogenise formation rheology, and therefore, only the steady values may be considered as representative. Matching the calculated steady values with the possible models of stress deformation can be managed from the horizontal stress anisotropy values, but the solutions are not univocal. The indeterminate results can then be cleared up by easily calculating the overburdened pressure at the depth of its equality with maximum horizontal stress.

  1. Characterization of Permeable Zones by the Measurement of Borehole Temperature

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    Tai, Tung-Lin; Chuang, Po-Yu; Lee, Tsai-Ping; Chia, Yeeping

    2015-04-01

    Subsurface temperature distribution has become an important issue in hydrogeologic studies. The major heat transfer mechanisms in porous medium are conduction and convection. Temperature profile in geological formations with different thermal conductivity would be controlled primarily by heat conduction. The temperature change related to water flows is caused by heat convection. Consequently, temperature profiles are affected by a variety of factors, such as surface temperature change, well diameter, groundwater level change, and water flows inside the borehole. In this study, we use temperature probe as a well logging device to investigate the borehole conditions. There is the depth correction for the time lag problem resulting from the equilibration time of the sensors during the logging process. Then the field measurement was conducted in a 60-m deep well in a gravelly aquifer to characterize the temperature profile of screened zone. In the shallow depth, the change of temperature is primarily influenced by seasonal variation and daily fluctuation. Below the depth of 30-m, the change of temperature was subject to geothermal gradient. However, the slope of temperature profiles changed at approximately 42-m deep, the top of well screen, and it indicated the effects of heat convection in the aquifer. In addition, the measured temperature in the borehole may not represent the actual temperature of aquifer. The measured temperature in the screened section changed continuously in response to pumping, but stabilized an hour data when 2 to 3 times of the borehole water volume is extracted. This phenomenon is related to the temperature mixing with the upper borehole water and aquifer permeability. On the other hand, if the aquifer permeability is high enough, it may influence the temperature profile in borehole through the high flow velocity. The test results indicated that, in order to obtain the actual temperature or chemical constituents, we have to pump 2 to 3 times of the borehole water volume in advance. Another field test was conducted in open holes in the fractured rock formation to characterize the preferential flow area. Detection of the temperature profile anomaly often indicates the lateral water flow inside the open holes due to the forced convection. Compared with results of the other logging devices, we found that temperature logging is possible to locate some relatively permeable fracture zones.

  2. Characterization of Vadose Zone Sediments Below the T Tank Farm: Boreholes C4104, C4105, 299-W10-196 and RCRA Borehole 299-W11-39

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    R JEFFREY. Serne; Bruce N. Bjornstad; Duane G. Horton; David C. Lanigan; Clark W. Lindenmeier; Michael J. Lindberg; Ray E. Clayton; Virginia L. LeGore; Keith N. Geiszler; Steven R. Baum; Michelle M. Valenta; Igor V. Kutnyakov; Tanya S. Vickerman; Robert D. Orr; Christopher F. Brown

    2004-01-01

    This report contains geologic, geochemical, and physical characterization data collected on sediment recovered from boreholes C4104 and C4105 in the T Tank Farm, and 299-W-11-39 installed northeast of the T Tank Farm. The measurements on sediments from borehole C4104 are compared to a nearby borehole 299-W10-196 placed through the plume from the 1973 T-106 tank leak. This report also presents

  3. Transformation of the chemical composition of the waters of small lakes on Kola Peninsula owing to a decrease in technogenic air pollution and to climate warming

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    Moiseenko, T. I.; Bazova, M. M.; Efimova, L. E.

    2014-05-01

    The emission of sulfur dioxide and metals from copper-nickel melting plants on Kola Peninsula (Russia) decreased pronouncedly over the last two decades. The decrease in the sulfate content and increase in the acid-neutralizing capability of waters were proven on the basis of the data of surveys on 75 small lakes repeated once every five years from 1990 to 2010. The variations of other parameters of the chemical composition of the waters of small lakes depend on the geological and landscape conditions of the formation of waters. The alkalinity and pH values increased in 46% of the lakes; 24% of them showed a further decrease of these parameters; and no reliable changes were traced in 31% of the lakes. The concentrations of Cu and Ni in the lacustrine water decreased 5-to 10-fold over the last two decades.

  4. Identification of the AntiListerial Constituents in Partially Purified Column Chromatography Fractions of Garcinia kola Seeds and Their Interactions with Standard Antibiotics

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    Penduka, D.; Buwa, L.; Mayekiso, B.; Basson, A. K.; Okoh, A. I.

    2014-01-01

    Partially purified fractions of the n-hexane extract of Garcinia kola seeds were obtained through column chromatography and their constituents were identified through the use of gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Three fractions were obtained by elution with benzene as the mobile phase and silica gel 60 as the stationery phase and these were named Benz1, Benz2, and Benz3 in the order of their elution. The antiListerial activities of these fractions were assessed through MIC determination and only Benz2 and Benz3 were found to be active with MIC's ranging from 0.625 to 2.5?mg/mL. The results of the GC-MS analysis showed Benz2 to have 9 compounds whilst Benz3 had 7 compounds, with the major compounds in both fractions being 9,19-Cyclolanost-24-en-3-ol, (3.?.) and 9,19-Cyclolanostan-3-ol,24-methylene-, (3.?.). The Benz2 fraction was found to have mainly indifferent interactions with ampicillin and penicillin G whilst mainly additive interactions were observed with ciprofloxacin. The Benz3 fraction's interactions were found to be 50% synergistic with penicillin G and 25% synergistic with ciprofloxacin and ampicillin. A commercially available 9,19-Cyclolanost-24-en-3-ol, (3.?.) was found not to exhibit any antiListerial activities at maximum test concentrations of 5?mg/mL, suggesting that the compound could be acting in synergy with the other compounds in the eluted fractions of Garcinia kola seeds. PMID:24527056

  5. PARTICLE DISPLACEMENTS ON THE WALL OF A BOREHOLE FROM INCIDENT PLANE WAVES.

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    Lee, M.W.

    1987-01-01

    Particle displacements from incident plane waves at the wall of a fluid-filled borehole are formulated by applying the seismic reciprocity theorem to far-field displacement fields. Such displacement fields are due to point forces acting on a fluid-filled borehole under the assumption of long wavelengths. The displacement fields are analyzed to examine the effect of the borehole on seismic wave propagation, particularly for vertical seismic profiling (VSP) measurements. When the shortest wavelength of interest is approximately 25 times longer than the borehole's diameter, the scattered displacements are proportional to the first power of incident frequency and borehole diameter. When the shortest wavelength of interest is about 40 times longer than the borehole's diameter, borehole effects on VSP measurements using a wall-locking geophone are negligible.

  6. Isotope-geochemical Sm-Nd, ENd and TDM data of the layered paleoproterozoic PGE massif Monchetundra (Kola peninsula)

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    Kunakkuzin, Evgeniy; Borisenko, Elena; Serov, Pavel

    2014-05-01

    Monchetundra massif is located in the central part of the Kola Peninsula and it is the south-eastern part of the Main Ridge Intrusion. The massif is subdivided into two up to five syngenetic zones by different researchers (Nazimova, Rayan, 2008, Nerovich et. al. 2009, Layered intrusions…p.1, 2004). According the isotope-geochronological and isotope-geochemical data it can identify at least four groups of rocks distinguishing by ages. The aim of this study is to identify the isotope-geochemical Sm-Nd (ENd and TDM) data of the mafic rocks of the massif Monchetundra. For the interpretation of these data it was selected 40 analyzes of rocks sampled during field works within Monchetundra massif in 2011-2012 and from the published data (Nerovich et. al., 2009, Bayanova et. al., 2010, Layered intrusions…p.2, 2004). The earliest group of rocks is dated by U-Pb zircon in 2521 ± 8 Ma (Bayanova et. al., 2010). It consist of metagabbroids of wide composition range from anorthosite up to gabbro, which also called «amphibole-plagioclase rocks» (Nerovich et. al., 2009) due to their strong metamorphic changes. These rocks are characterized by ENd values from -0.02 up to -2.23 (at the time of rocks formation) as well as mesoarchean and paleoarchean values of model ages. The second group of rocks is composed of medium- grained and coarse-grained mesocratic gabbronorites of trachytoid texture and their amphibolized varieties. The rocks of this group were dated in 2505 ± 6 Ma and 2501 ± 8 Ma (Layered intrusions…p.1., 2004). Values of ENd for these rocks vary from -1.70 up to +1.42, model ages correspond to the range from 2.7 up to 3.5 Ga. Leucocratic gabbronorites, gabbronorite-anorthosites of massive texture and their metamorphosed varieties with garnet and amphibole constitute the third group of Monchetundra massife rocks. The formation age of these rocks has been determined on zircon and baddeleyite by U-Pb method and it is 2471 ± 9 Ma, 2476 ± 17 Ma, 2456 ± 5 Ma and 2453 ± 4 Ma (Bayanova et. al., 2010, Mitrofanov et. al., 1993). Value of ENd for this group rocks vary from -3.38 to +2.08, and the values of the model ages range between 2.7 and 3.4 Ga. Dyke-shaped bodies of melanocratic troctolites are found within the southeastern slope of Monchetundra massif. These rocks are characterized by positive values of ENd varying from +2.01 to +3.28, and the values of model ages are close to 2.7 Ga. Gabbro-pegmatites occur at the upper part of the Monchtundra massif and are characterized by negative ENd values from -1.26 up to -0.63, and model ages of protolith range from 3.0 to 3.2 Ga. Isotope-geochemical Sm-Nd (ENd and TDM) data indicate the origining of gabbro massif from EM-1 mantle plume reservoir and this fact is confirmed by the ENd-ISr diagrams in accordance with published data (Bayanova et. al., 2009). The research is conducted with the financial support of RFBR 13-05-00493, OFI-M 13-05-12055, 14-05-93965 and 14-05-00484.

  7. Performance of a Borehole XRF Spectrometer for Planetary Exploration

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    Kelliher, Warren C.; Carlberg, Ingrid A.; Elam, W. T.; WIllard-Schmoe, Ella

    2007-01-01

    We have designed and constructed a borehole XRF Spectrometer (XRFS) as part of the Mars Subsurface Access program. It will be used to determine the composition of the Mars regolith at various depths by insertion into a pre-drilled borehole. The primary performance metrics for the instrument are the lower limits of detection over a wide range of the periodic table. Power consumption during data collection was also measured. The prototype instrument is complete and preliminary testing has been performed. Terrestrial soil Standard Reference Materials were used as the test samples. Detection limits were about 10 weight parts-per-million for most elements, with light elements being higher, up to 1.4 weight percent for magnesium. Power consumption (excluding ground support components) was 12 watts.

  8. Research on One Borehole Hydraulic Coal Mining System

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    XIA, Bairu; ZENG, Xiping; MAO, Zhixin

    The Borehole Hydraulic Coal Mining System (BHCMS) causes fragmentation of coal seams and removes coal slump through a drilled hole using high-pressure water jet. Then the mixture of coal and water as slurry are driven out of the borehole by hydraulic or air-lifting method, and are separated at the surface. This paper presents a case study of hydraulic borehole coal mining. The three key techniques of the BHCMS, namely, hydraulic lift of jet pump, air lift, and water jet disintegration are discussed and analyzed in this paper based on theoretical analysis and field experiments. Some useful findings have been obtained: (1) The design of jet pump, air lift system, and water jet has to be integrated appropriately in order to improve mining efficiency and coal recovery rate, and to decrease energy consumption. The design of hydraulic lift jet pump must meet the requirement of the minimum floating speed of coal particles. The optimization of nondimensional parameters and prevention of cavitation have to be considered in the design; (2) With regard to selecting the nozzle types of jet pump, center nozzle or annular nozzle can be selected according to the size of the removed particles; (3) Through air-lift and back pressure, the water head can be decreased to improve the lift capacity of jet pump and decrease the power loss. The air lift has great limitation if it is used solely to extract coal, but if it is employed in conjunction with jet pump, the lift capacity of jet pump can be increased greatly; (4) With water jets, the air lift can improve the fragmentation radius and capacity. The main factors that affect the effect of water jet are the submergible status of jet, jet pressure, and flowrate. The ideal jet of the monitor in the borehole hydraulic coal-mining system is a nonsubmergible free jet. Through air lift, the nonsubmergible free jet can be set up in the mining hole.

  9. 24 CHANNEL GEOPHONE ARRAY FOR HORIZONTAL OR VERTICAL BOREHOLES

    SciTech Connect

    Erik C. Westman

    2002-07-01

    This report describes the technical progress on a project to design and construct a multi-channel geophone array that improves tomographic imaging capabilities in both surface and underground mines. Especially important in the design of the array is sensor placement. One issue related to sensor placement is addressed in this report: the method of emplacing the array in a long, horizontal borehole. Improved imaging capabilities will produce energy, environmental, and economic benefits by increasing exploration accuracy and reducing operating costs.

  10. Deep borehole disposal of high-level radioactive waste

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Joshua S. Stein; Geoffrey A. Freeze; Patrick Vane Brady; Peter N. Swift; Robert Paul Rechard; Bill Walter Arnold; Joseph F. Kanney; Stephen J. Bauer

    2009-01-01

    Preliminary evaluation of deep borehole disposal of high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel indicates the potential for excellent long-term safety performance at costs competitive with mined repositories. Significant fluid flow through basement rock is prevented, in part, by low permeabilities, poorly connected transport pathways, and overburden self-sealing. Deep fluids also resist vertical movement because they are density stratified. Thermal

  11. ALTERNATIVES TO BOREHOLES FOR SITE STRENGTH AND EARTHQUAKE HAZARD ASSESSMENTS

    Microsoft Academic Search

    John N. Louie; Robert E. Abbott

    A thorough assessment of shallow shear velocity is important to both earthquake-hazard assessment and efficient foundation design. The only standard procedure for determining shear velocity, crosshole seismic (ASTM D4428), is not much used as it requires two boreholes with high-precision positional logs. Downhole shear-wave profiles in a single hole are adequately accurate, but still too expensive for many projects. We

  12. Fracture analysis in borehole acoustic images using mathematical morphology

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Xavier, Aldenize; Guerra, Carlos Eduardo; Andrade, André

    2015-06-01

    Fracture analysis is a geological task that treats so-called fracture attributes (location, direction (strike), slope (dip), and aperture) of the fractures that cross the borehole. It can be performed by direct measures on drill cores or interpreted on acoustic or electromagnetic images of the borehole wall. This activity has gained more importance in Brazil with the recent exploration of carbonate reservoirs of the Brazilian pre-salt. The acoustic imaging logging tool creates two images, the amplitude and the travel time. Only the amplitude image, which reflects the acoustic impedance of the borehole wall, is used to perform the fracture analysis. However, some misinterpretations may occur due to the qualitative nature of this interpretation being very dependent on the geologist’s expertise. Thus, we present a method of performing automation of the fracture analysis using acoustic amplitude images. This article is divided into two parts. In the first part, we present a mathematical model for the acoustic amplitude images along the borehole trajectory crossed by fractures. This model involves all fracture attributes in the generation of the images and is used to validate the results of fracture analysis. The second part presents the method for automatic fracture analysis. This method is composed of two stages. The first one performs fracture identification using an algorithm based on the mathematical morphology, which acts as an edge-detection tool that delimits the fracture region in the acoustic amplitude images. In the second stage, we apply an interpolating polynomial over the image region previously identified as fracture to extract the fracture attributes. The evaluation of this methodology is performed with synthetic images generated by the presented model that supports the results of the automatic fracture analysis performed using real acoustic amplitude images.

  13. ENERGY PERFORMANCE OF BOREHOLE THERMAL ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Hiroshi Ohga; Kenji Mikoda; Rio de Janeiro

    This paper describes the energy performance of an underground thermal energy storage system that consists of high efficiency heat pump and Borehole- Heat-Exchangers (BHE). The energy conservation concept of this system is operation of the heat pump at higher efficiency using the Water-Source-Heat- Pump (WSHP). For this concept, the seasonal storage system using BHE under the ground is adopted as

  14. Moisture content and recharge estimates at the Yakima Barricade borehole

    SciTech Connect

    Murphy, E.M.; Szescody, J.E.; Phillips, S.J.

    1991-12-01

    The DOE Deep Microbiology Program recently drilled a borehole near the Yakima Barricade, west of the 200 Areas. The area is vegetated by mature sagebrush. The borehole was drilled by cable tool and approximately every 1.5 m, sediment samples were collected in a bucket by the drill site geologist. Sediment samples for moisture content were sealed quickly Samples of opportunity'' were collected for the HSPA program (Hanford Site Performance Assessment), Isotope Recharge task. It should be noted that, although many QA Level II procedures were incorporated into the dulling and sampling, the Deep Microbiology Program is officially designated QA Level III, and therefore, the recharge values that we report here should only be usedfor planning purposes. A series of graphs illustrate the moisture content and chloride profiles in the Hanford Forrmtion at the Yakima Barricade Borehole. The gravimetric moisture content generally ranges between 0.01 and 0.08 in the first 70 m of sediment (only the first 30 m are shown in the figure), values that are typically found at the Hanford Site. The stratigraphy of this borehole is also attached. The first 1.5 m of the soil profile is Warden silt loam (designated eolian), followed by over 50 m of Hanford Formation. The Hanford Formation is composed of unconsolidated sands, silts, and gravels that were carried into the area by glacial flood waters during the close of the last Ice Age. Below the Hanford Formation is the Ringold Formation composed of semiconsolidated sediments. The water table is located at a depth of approximately 100 m.

  15. Moisture content and recharge estimates at the Yakima Barricade borehole

    SciTech Connect

    Murphy, E.M.; Szescody, J.E.; Phillips, S.J.

    1991-12-01

    The DOE Deep Microbiology Program recently drilled a borehole near the Yakima Barricade, west of the 200 Areas. The area is vegetated by mature sagebrush. The borehole was drilled by cable tool and approximately every 1.5 m, sediment samples were collected in a bucket by the drill site geologist. Sediment samples for moisture content were sealed quickly ``Samples of opportunity`` were collected for the HSPA program (Hanford Site Performance Assessment), Isotope Recharge task. It should be noted that, although many QA Level II procedures were incorporated into the dulling and sampling, the Deep Microbiology Program is officially designated QA Level III, and therefore, the recharge values that we report here should only be usedfor planning purposes. A series of graphs illustrate the moisture content and chloride profiles in the Hanford Forrmtion at the Yakima Barricade Borehole. The gravimetric moisture content generally ranges between 0.01 and 0.08 in the first 70 m of sediment (only the first 30 m are shown in the figure), values that are typically found at the Hanford Site. The stratigraphy of this borehole is also attached. The first 1.5 m of the soil profile is Warden silt loam (designated eolian), followed by over 50 m of Hanford Formation. The Hanford Formation is composed of unconsolidated sands, silts, and gravels that were carried into the area by glacial flood waters during the close of the last Ice Age. Below the Hanford Formation is the Ringold Formation composed of semiconsolidated sediments. The water table is located at a depth of approximately 100 m.

  16. Enhancement of Network Performance through Integration of Borehole Stations

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    Korger, Edith; Plenkers, Katrin; Clinton, John; Kraft, Toni; Diehl, Tobias; Husen, Stephan; Schnellmann, Michael

    2014-05-01

    In order to improve the detection and characterisation of weak seismic events across northern Switzerland/southern Germany, the Swiss Digital Seismic Network has installed 10 new seismic stations during 2012 and 2013. The newly densified network was funded within a 10-year project by NAGRA and is expected to monitor seismicity with a magnitude of completeness Mc (ML) below 1.3 and provide high quality locations for all these events. The goal of this project is the monitoring of areas surrounding potential nuclear waste repositories, in order to gain a thorough understanding of the seismotectonic processes and consequent evaluation of the seimsic hazard in the region. Northern Switzerland lies in a molasse basin and is densely populated. Therefore it is a major challenge in this region to find stations with noise characteristics low enough to meet the monitoring requirements. The new stations include three borehole sites equipped with 1 Hz Lennartz LE3D-BH velocity sensors (depths between 120 and 160 m), which are at critical locations for the new network but at areas where the ambient noise at the surface is too high for convential surface stations. At each borehole, a strong motion seismometer is also installed at the surface. Through placing the seismometers at depth, the ambient noise level is significantly lowered - which means detection of smaller local and larger regional events is enhanced. We present here a comparison of the performance of each of the three borehole stations, reflecting on the improvement in noise compared to surface installations at these sites, as well as with other conventional surface stations within the network. We also demonstrate the benefits in the operation network performance, in terms of earthquakes detected and located, which arise from installing borehole stations with lower background noise.

  17. Using Flow Logging Experiments to Bridge the Scale Gap in Borehole Geophysics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Paillet, F. L.

    2001-12-01

    Until the recent development of high-resolution borehole flow logging equipment, geophysical well logs were indirectly related to aquifer parameters such as porosity and permeability through various interpretation equations. Heat-pulse and electro-magnetic flowmeters allow the direct measurement of aquifer permeability in situ during borehole flow experiments. An important limitation on the interpretation such flow experiments is the scale of investigation, because permeability profiles derived from flow logs apply to the immediate vicinity of the borehole. A few local samples of the permeability of heterogeneous aquifers are unlikely to apply to large-scale flow within the aquifer. The aquifer scale limitation of geophysical logging is addressed by: 1) using a borehole flow model to interpret the large scale boundary conditions driving local borehole flow; and 2) using pulsed cross-borehole flow experiments to define hydraulic connections between boreholes. Conventional geophysical logs are used to identify generalized aquifer structure, including individual bedding planes or fractures conducting flow into or out of the borehole. A flow log model is used to quantify the local-scale hydraulic conductivity of the conduits intersecting the borehole, and to estimate the hydraulic head of the large-scale aquifer or aquifers to which those conduits are connected. These estimations can be interpreted in terms of large-scale aquifer structure. In a more direct and straightforward sampling of large-scale permeability, cross-borehole flow tests consist of experiments where one borehole is stressed for a short period, and the transient flow field induced by that stress is monitored in adjacent boreholes. These experiments are used to define the flow paths between boreholes, and to identify possible hidden connections short-circuiting those flow paths. Specific examples of local flow-log data used to define large-scale aquifer properties are given for study sites in Minnesota, Massachusetts, Maine, and New York.

  18. Chemical energy system for a borehole seismic source. [Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Engelke, R.; Hedges, R.O.

    1996-03-01

    We describe a detonation system that will be useful in the seismological examination of geological structures. The explosive component of this system is produced by the mixing of two liquids; these liquids are classified as non-explosive materials by the Department of Transportation. This detonation system could be employed in a borehole tool in which many explosions are made to occur at various points in the borehole. The explosive for each explosion would be mixed within the tool immediately prior to its being fired. Such an arrangement ensures that no humans are ever in proximity to explosives. Initiation of the explosive mixture is achieved with an electrical slapper detonator whose specific parameters are described; this electrical initiation system does not contain any explosive. The complete electrical/mechanical/explosive system is shown to be able to perform correctly at temperatures {le}120{degrees}C and at depths in a water-filled borehole of {le} 4600 ft (i.e., at pressures of {le}2000 psig).

  19. Tsunami Signals Recorded By Plate Boundary Observatory Borehole Strainmeters

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hodgkinson, K.; Mencin, D.; Borsa, A.; Henderson, B.; Johnson, W.

    2012-04-01

    The Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO), the geodetic component of the US National Science Foundation funded Earthscope program, is designed to capture the continuous three-dimensional deformation field across the western United States plate boundary. Installed and maintained by UNAVCO, the observatory currently consists of over 1100 continuous GPS sites, 6 long-baseline laser strainmeters and 75 borehole strainmeters. PBO borehole strainmeters have recorded the arrival of tsunamis generated by the 2009 M8.0 Samoa, 2010 M8.8 Chile and 2011 M9.0 Tohoku earthquakes on the Pacific coast of North America. In our analysis of the strain data we find the following: the tsunami arrival times recorded by the strainmeters are consistent with those recorded by nearby tide-gauges, the data are of sufficient quality to compare the frequency content of the tidal signal in the days before and after the tsunami and, the strain measurements are comparable with those predicted by theory. In each case the strain measurements can be translated to water height estimates which are within centimeters of those recorded by tide gauges. It is possible that borehole strainmeters could play a role in providing a land-based, continuous, high-rate tsunami measurement system.

  20. Brine resistance of window materials for a Borehole Televiewer tool

    SciTech Connect

    Arnold, C. Jr.

    1982-02-01

    The Borehole Televiewer is a data logging tool that was developed to inspect boreholes and evaluate geological formations. Window failures were observed after the manufacturer of the tool replaced the elastomeric windows with windows made from polyimide (Vespel), a plastic material noted for its high thermal stability. In this work, it was demonstrated that while Vespel was quite stable thermally at 250/sup 0/C in an inert environment (argon), stress cracking occurred in the presence of brine at these temperatures over a period of 2 to 3 hours. Somewhat longer exposures to brine (24 hours) at 260/sup 0/C and 20.7 MPa resulted in extensive chemical reversion of polyimides. Acids and amines were detected by infrared analysis. In contrast, the mechanical and chemical properties of Teflon (poly(tetrafluorethylene)) were unaffected after exposure to brine under the same conditions. On the basis of these results, it was recommended that acoustic windows for the Borehole Televiewer be made of Teflon. It was also recommended that the configuration of the window be modified to allow for the tendency of Teflon to flow under stress.

  1. Method and apparatus for coupling seismic sensors to a borehole wall

    DOEpatents

    West, Phillip B.

    2005-03-15

    A method and apparatus suitable for coupling seismic or other downhole sensors to a borehole wall in high temperature and pressure environments. In one embodiment, one or more metal bellows mounted to a sensor module are inflated to clamp the sensor module within the borehole and couple an associated seismic sensor to a borehole wall. Once the sensing operation is complete, the bellows are deflated and the sensor module is unclamped by deflation of the metal bellows. In a further embodiment, a magnetic drive pump in a pump module is used to supply fluid pressure for inflating the metal bellows using borehole fluid or fluid from a reservoir. The pump includes a magnetic drive motor configured with a rotor assembly to be exposed to borehole fluid pressure including a rotatable armature for driving an impeller and an associated coil under control of electronics isolated from borehole pressure.

  2. Borehole time domain reflectometry in layered sandstone: Impact of measurement technique on vadose zone process identification

    Microsoft Academic Search

    L. Jared West; Steven W. Truss

    2006-01-01

    The hydraulic behaviour of the vadose zone of a layered sandstone aquifer has been investigated using borehole-based Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR). Both a commercially available portable packer TDR system (TRIME-B3L Borehole Packer Probe) and specially designed borehole-emplaced TDR probes were used to monitor seasonal fluctuations in water content in the vadose zone of a layered sandstone over 1 year under

  3. Drilling-induced borehole-wall damage at spent fuel test-climax

    SciTech Connect

    Weed, H.C.; Durham, W.B.

    1982-12-01

    Microcracks in a sample of quartz monzonite from the Spent Fuel Test-Climax were measured by means of a scanning electron microscope in order to estimate the background level of damage near the borehole-wall. It appears that the hammer-drilling operation used to create the borehole has caused some microfracturing in a region 10 to 30 mm wide around the borehole. Beyond 30 mm, the level of microfracturing cannot be distinguished from background.

  4. MoM Analysis of Dipole Antennas in Crosshole Borehole Radar and Field Experiments

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Satoshi Ebihara; Yuuki Hashimoto

    2007-01-01

    In this paper, we propose a method-of-moments (MoM) analysis that includes the borehole effects on crosshole borehole radar, and we verify that the MoM represents the crosshole borehole radar data correctly. We derive the far-field approximation of an electric field radiated by an electric point source. In this derivation, we assume that the point source is in a cylindrically layered

  5. Multi-borehole electro-blast method for concrete monolith splitting off

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yudin, A. S.; Kuznetsova, N. S.; Lopatin, V. V.; Voitenko, N. V.

    2014-11-01

    The multi-borehole method of monolith splitting off by pulsed electrical discharge is presented. The experimental data of simultaneous and step by step discharge initiation for monolith splitting off with using of the polyethylene cartridge are given. The simultaneous initiation of discharge in two boreholes with 30 cm spacing, transferred energy in each borehole about 23 kJ as well as sequential initiation of discharge with transferred energy in one borehole about 47 kJ are investigated. The concrete splitting off with the dimensions of 300×300×650 mm by six boreholes with step-by-step initiation in each borehole and with total energy of about 280 kJ as well as the concrete splitting off with dimensions of 300×300×300 mm by the four boreholes with simultaneous initiation in each two boreholes and the total energy of about 90 kJ take place. It is shown that the simultaneous multi-borehole initiation of the electrical discharge leads to the cracks formation in predefined direction and to the directional solid splitting off. The experimental results show that the simultaneous discharge initiation in comparison with step-by-step one has advantage in consumed energy.

  6. Diurnal Fluctuations in Borehole Water Levels: Configuration of the Drainage System Beneath Bench Glacier, Alaska

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Humphrey, N. F.; Harper, J. T.; Pfeffer, W. T.

    2006-12-01

    Water levels were measured in boreholes spaced along the entire length of Bench Glacier, Alaska for a period in excess of two years. Instrumented boreholes were arranged as 9 pairs along the centerline of the glacier and an orthogonal grid of 16 boreholes at the center of the ablation area. Diurnal fluctuations of the water levels were found to be unique to the melt season. Pairs of boreholes along the length of the ablation area regularly had similar water levels and fluctuations. In the grid of boreholes, three independent types of diurnal fluctuations in water were observed - the magnitudes and base levels of the fluctuations were distinct with each type. Therefore, water was not flowing between boreholes of separate sets and a single tunnel connecting the boreholes could not explain the observed diurnal water level fluctuations. A drainage configuration whereby boreholes are connected to a low-pressure tunnel by drainage pipes of differing lengths was shown with a numerical test to be a plausible alternative. The cross glacier width of influence of a borehole was determined to be no greater than 70 meters in a cross glacier direction. The grid water level records also showed that no uniform basal pressure exists during summer over even a small area of the bed.

  7. Condensed listing of surface boreholes at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Project through 31 December 1995

    SciTech Connect

    Hill, L.R.; Aguilar, R.; Mercer, J.W. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States); Newman, G. [GRAM, Inc., Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    1997-01-01

    This report contains a condensed listing of Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) project surface boreholes drilled for the purpose of site selection and characterization through 31 December 1995. The US Department of Energy (DOE) sponsored the drilling activities, which were conducted primarily by Sandia National Laboratories. The listing provides physical attributes such as location (township, range, section, and state-plane coordinates), elevation, and total borehole depth, as well as the purpose for the borehole, drilling dates, and information about extracted cores. The report also presents the hole status (plugged, testing, monitoring, etc.) and includes salient findings and references. Maps with borehole locations and times-of-drilling charts are included.

  8. CORK-Lite: Bringing Legacy Boreholes Back to Life

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Edwards, K. J.; Wheat, C. G.; Pettigrew, T.; Jannasch, H. W.; Becker, K.; Davis, E. E.; Villinger, H. W.; Bach, W.

    2012-12-01

    The primary goal for Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Exp 336 to North Pond, on the western flank of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at 22°N, is to elucidate the microbial community structure, origin, and activity within a defined geochemical, hydrological, and geological setting (Expedition 336 Scientists, 2012). The goals are to be met by conducting downhole and well-head microbiological experiments utilizing borehole observatories. The plan to achieve this goal included the modernization of an existing borehole observatory (CORK; Davis et al., 1992) at Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP) Hole 395A, the deployment of two new CORKs (one shallow and one deep), and the recovery and analysis of sediment and basalt. After the deployment of two CORKs, one in DSDP Hole 395A and the other in a shallow crustal hole tens of meters away (Hole U1382A), the next operation was to drill, case, and instrument a deep borehole at Site U1383, about 5 km to the north-northeast. The planned deep hole at U1383B began as designed (Expedition 336 Scientists, 2012). The 20-inch casing and re-entry cone were deployed and an 18.5-inch hole was drilled through 52.8 m of sediment and into basement (67.8 meters below seafloor (mbsf)). The 16-inch casing was deployed and the borehole deepened with a 14.75-inch tri-cone bit. Unfortunately, the tri-cone bit failed at 89.9 mbsf. Given the uncertainty of successfully recovering the bit and continuing drilling of this hole, a new hole (U1383C), about 25 m away, was started and later instrumented. With the successful deployment of the CORK at Hole U1383C, it was critical to seal Hole U1383B so that the open borehole would not "short circuit" the natural regional hydrologic flow. While on IODP Exp. 336 the plan quickly evolved from a simple seal for Hole U1383B to a newly designed CORK that could be deployed by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). The design and operations for this new "CORK-lite" were conceived at sea. The first step was to modify an ROV platform with strength members below the platform to guide it in place when deployed from the ship in a "free-fall" mode. The second step was to design a CORK system that could seal the borehole and in consultation with ROV pilots, make sure the design was compatible with ROV operations. Operations were successful and a new instrumented "legacy hole" are now in place in the seafloor at North Pond. The platform was built and deployed during Expedition 336; the seal and instrumentation for long-term pressure monitoring and possible fluid sampling were built later and deployed successfully with the ROV Jason four months after the expedition. The success of this program has implication for instrumentation of numerous other "legacy" holes drilled as part of DSDP/ODP/IODP for combined hydrogeological, microbiological, and geochemical experimentation.

  9. One Year of Data of Scimpi Borehole Measurements

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Insua, T. L.; Moran, K.; Kulin, I.; Farrington, S.; Newman, J. B.; Riedel, M.; Scherwath, M.; Heesemann, M.; Pirenne, B.; Iturrino, G. J.; Masterson, W.; Furman, C.

    2014-12-01

    The Simple Cabled Instrument for Measuring Parameters In-Situ (SCIMPI) is a new subseafloor observatory designed to study dynamic processes in the subseabed using a simple and low-cost approach compared to a Circulation Obviation Retrofit Kit (CORK). SCIMPI was successfully installed at the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Site U1416 during IODP Expedition 341S in May 2013. SCIMPI is designed to measure pore pressure, temperature and electrical resistivity over time in a borehole. The first SCIMPI prototype comprises nine modules joined in a single array by flexible cables. Multiple floats keep the system taut against a sinker bar weight located on SCIMPI and resting on the bottom of the borehole. All the modules record temperature and electrical resistivity, and three are also equipped with pressure sensors. Currently, SCIMPI operates as an autonomous instrument with a data logger that is recovered using an ROV. The second recovery of the SCIMPI data logger took place during the Ocean Networks Canada maintenance cruise, Wiring the Abyss 2014, on May 25th, 2014. The pressure sensor data show a stable trend in which tidal effects are observed in through the one year deployment. The temperature measurements in all the modules became stable over time with smaller variations over the last several months. The only temperature sensor differing from this trend is the shallowest, located at 8 meters below seafloor. This module shows a sudden spike of ~20°C that on April 5th, 2014, an event that was repeated several times from April 25th until recovery of modules. The electrical resistivity sensors show variations over time that could be related to gas hydrate dynamics at the Site. Interpretation of these data is speculative at this time but borehole-sealing processes as well as the formation of gas hydrate are potential processes influencing the recordings. SCIMPI will soon be connected to Ocean Networks Canada's NEPTUNE observatory at Clayoquot Slope node to provide real-time data from this subseafloor observatory.

  10. 24-CHANNEL GEOPHONE ARRAY FOR HORIZONTAL OR VERTICAL BOREHOLES

    SciTech Connect

    Erik C. Westman

    2002-07-01

    This report describes the technical progress on a project to design and construct a multi-channel geophone array that improves tomographic imaging capabilities in both surface and underground mines. Especially important in the design of the array is sensor placement. One issue related to sensor placement is addressed in this report: the method for clamping the sensor once it is emplaced in the borehole. If the sensors (geophones) are not adequately coupled to the surrounding rock mass, the resulting data will be of very poor quality. Improved imaging capabilities will produce energy, environmental, and economic benefits by increasing exploration accuracy and reducing operating costs.

  11. 24 CHANNEL GEOPHONE ARRAY FOR HORIZONTAL OR VERTICAL BOREHOLES

    SciTech Connect

    Erik C. Westman

    2003-06-01

    This report describes the technical progress on a project to design and construct a multichannel geophone array that improves tomographic imaging capabilities in both surface and underground mines. Especially important in the design of the array is sensor placement. One issue related to sensor placement is addressed in this report: the method for clamping the sensor once it is emplaced in the borehole. If the sensors (geophones) are not adequately coupled to the surrounding rock mass, the resulting data will be of very poor quality. Improved imaging capabilities will produce energy, environmental, and economic benefits by increasing exploration accuracy and reducing operating costs.

  12. 24-CHANNEL GEOPHONE ARRAY FOR HORIZONTAL OR VERTICAL BOREHOLES

    SciTech Connect

    Erik C. Westman

    2002-08-01

    This report describes the technical progress on a project to design and construct a multi-channel geophone array that improves tomographic imaging capabilities in both surface and underground mines. Especially important in the design of the array is sensor placement. One issue related to sensor placement is addressed in this report: the method for clamping the sensor once it is emplaced in the borehole. If the sensors (geophones) are not adequately coupled to the surrounding rock mass, the resulting data will be of very poor quality. Improved imaging capabilities will produce energy, environmental, and economic benefits by increasing exploration accuracy and reducing operating costs.

  13. 24-CHANNEL GEOPHONE ARRAY FOR HORIZONTAL OR VERTICAL BOREHOLES

    SciTech Connect

    Erik C. Westman

    2003-01-01

    This report describes the technical progress on a project to design and construct a multichannel geophone array that improves tomographic imaging capabilities in both surface and underground mines. Especially important in the design of the array is sensor placement. One issue related to sensor placement is addressed in this report: the method for clamping the sensor once it is emplaced in the borehole. If the sensors (geophones) are not adequately coupled to the surrounding rock mass, the resulting data will be of very poor quality. Improved imaging capabilities will produce energy, environmental, and economic benefits by increasing exploration accuracy and reducing operating costs.

  14. Reconstruction of microseismogram from various waves in a borehole 

    E-print Network

    Soetandio, Soetjipno

    1983-01-01

    REFERENCES APPENDIX A APPENDIX B APPENDIX C APPENDIX D APPENDIX E V I TA 14 22 32 33 36 47 57 66 67 69 76 79 81 84 118 LIST OF FIGURES Fi gure Page Principle of acoustic well logging Geometrical configuration of borehole Source... ur 3 u + (36) r az 3 u u r ~u z T ee + (A + 2u) --- + (37) Br r z t zz Bu r ar ur uz + (~+2u)---- r z (38) 6z gu e az (3g) aur 3 u rz + 8 z ar (4o) 'er au Ue (41) where T 's are the components of the stress tensor...

  15. Water inflow into boreholes during the Stripa heater experiments

    SciTech Connect

    Nelson, P.H.; Rachiele, R.; Remer, J.S.; Carlsson, H.

    1981-04-01

    During the operation of three in-situ heater experiments at Stripa, Sweden, groundwater flowed into many of the instrumentation and heater boreholes. These flows were recovered and measured routinely. The records of water inflow indicate two origins: inflow attributed to local hydrological pressure gradients, and water migration from cracks closing under the rapidly increasing, thermal-induced stress changes. The latter component appeared as a main pulse that occurred when the heaters were turned on, and lasted about 30 to 40 days, steadily declining over the next several months, and decreasing sharply when heater power was decreased or stopped. The magnitude of the total inflow per hole ranged over more than five decades, from 0.1 to over 10,000 liters over the 500 to 600 day time periods. When plotted against the logarithm of total volume, the frequency distribution displays a normal curve dependence with a mean of approximately 10 liters. Of this amount, 1 to 2 liters of flow into 38-mm-diam boreholes accompanied an increase in applied heat load. These amounts are compatible with rock porosities of a fraction of one percent. Inflow into the 3.6 and 5.0 kW heater holes peaked within 3 to 6 days after heater turn on, then declined to zero inflow, with no further inflow measured for the remainder of the experiments. In the heater holes of the time-scaled experiment, which operated at 1.125 kW or less, the initial pulse of inflow took much longer to decay, and 7 of 8 heater holes continued to flow throughout the experiment. The packing off and isolation of a borehole some 40 m distant in the ventilation drift dramatically increased the inflow into the heater holes in one of the three heater experiments. This demonstrated the existence of permeable flow paths among a number of boreholes. The records of water inflow demonstrate the need for a thorough understanding of the nature of fluid flow and storage in fractured crystalline rock.

  16. Effect of kolaviron, a biflavonoid complex from Garcinia kola seeds, on the antioxidant, hormonal and spermatogenic indices of diabetic male rats.

    PubMed

    Adaramoye, O A; Lawal, S O

    2014-10-01

    The antihyperglycaemic effect of kolaviron (KV), a biflavonoid from Garcinia kola has been established in previous studies. In this study, we investigated the effect of KV (200 mg kg(-1) ) on the antioxidant, hormonal and spermatogenic indices of alloxan-diabetic male rats, and metformin hydrochloride (MET) (30 mg kg(-1) ) served as standard drug. The results showed that KV and MET significantly (P < 0.05) decreased the fasting blood glucose of the diabetic rats. Also, untreated and MET-treated diabetic groups had significantly (P < 0.05) lower body-weight gain and relative weights of testes. In addition, epididymal sperm abnormalities were increased, whereas sperm count, motility, testicular protein and sialic acid were decreased in untreated diabetic group. Also, antioxidant parameters, reduced glutathione, catalase, superoxide dismutase, glutathione-S-transferase and glutathione peroxidase were significantly (P < 0.05) reduced in the testes with a concomitant increase in lipid peroxidation in untreated diabetic group. Furthermore, untreated diabetic group had significantly (P < 0.05) lower levels of testosterone, luteinising and follicle-stimulating hormones relative to controls. Treatment with KV restored the relative weights of testes, activities of antioxidant enzymes, sperm and hormonal indices of the diabetic animals. This study demonstrated the role of KV to promote fertility in diabetic male rats by enhancing the hormonal and antioxidant status of the rats. PMID:24007369

  17. Tectonic Stress at IODP Site C0002, Nankai, Indicated by Borehole Resistivity Images of Two Boreholes Drilled under Different Annulus Pressures

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chang, C.; Song, I.; Lee, H.

    2014-12-01

    We constrain tectonic stresses at IODP Site C0002 in Nankai accretionary prism, SW Japan, using two boreholes drilled under different annular borehole pressures (APRS). The two vertical boreholes (C0002A and C0002F drilled in 2007 and 2012, respectively) are located at the southern margin of Kumano forearc, respectively drilled to depths of 1402 and 2006 mbsf. The two holes were drilled in different drilling modes: riserless drilling for C0002A and riser drilling for C0002F. Both holes were image-logged soon after drill bit penetration using the logging-while-drilling resistivity-at-the-bit tool, from which we detected borehole wall stress indicators (borehole breakouts and drilling-induced tensile fractures (DITFs)). We assume that there should be little difference in tectonic stress between the two drill sites (70 m apart) and between the two time frames (5 years apart). The resistivity images show that the patterns of borehole wall failures are dramatically contrast between the two boreholes, i.e., clear and continuous breakouts and no DITFs in C0002A, whereas intermittent breakouts and DITFs in C0002F, which is due to the difference in APRS between the two holes. Such different APRS and associated distinct borehole wall failure patterns enable us to constrain possible tectonic stress states that can produce observed borehole wall failures for given APRS conditions. Our analysis shows that while the stress states in the forearc sediments are predominantly in favor of normal faulting, those in the deeper accretionary prism are favorable for either strike-slip or reverse faulting although the differential stresses (between least and major horizontal principal stresses) are not significantly large. Throughout the drill depths, the borehole wall failures indicate that the maximum horizontal principal stress direction is NE-SW (perpendicular to subduction direction). However, a series of borehole wall failure zones at 1930-1980 mbsf, if they are breakouts, may indicate a stress rotation to NW-SE, which needs further investigation.

  18. Characterization plan for the immobilized low-activity waste borehole

    SciTech Connect

    Reidel, S.P.; Reynolds, K.D.

    1998-03-01

    The US Department of Energy`s (DOE`s) Hanford Site has the most diverse and largest amounts of radioactive tank waste in the US. High-level radioactive waste has been stored at Hanford in large underground tanks since 1944. Approximately 209,000 m{sup 3} (54 Mgal) of waste are currently stored in 177 tanks. Vitrification and onsite disposal of low activity tank waste (LAW) are embodied in the strategy described in the Tri-Party Agreement. The tank waste is to be retrieved, separated into low- and high-level fractions, and then immobilized by private vendors. The DOE will receive the vitrified waste from private vendors and dispose of the low-activity fraction in the Hanford Site 200 East Area. The Immobilized Low-Activity Waste Disposal Complex (ILAWDC) is part of the disposal complex. This report is a plan to drill the first characterization borehole and collect data at the ILAWDC. This plan updates and revises the deep borehole portion of the characterization plan for the ILAWDC by Reidel and others (1995). It describes data collection activities for determining the physical and chemical properties of the vadose zone and the saturated zone at and in the immediate vicinity of the proposed ILAWDC. These properties then will be used to develop a conceptual geohydrologic model of the ILAWDC site in support of the Hanford ILAW Performance Assessment.

  19. Climatic warming in North America: Analysis of borehole temperatures

    SciTech Connect

    Deming, D. [Univ. of Oklahoma, Norman, OK (United States)

    1995-06-16

    The primary database used to assess climatic warming over the last 100 to 150 years is the history of surface air temperatures (SATs) as recorded on a daily basis for weather forecasting. Climatic information missing from the truncated SAT record may be found in borehole temperature profiles. Changes in ground surface temperature (GST) propagate into the subsurface, exponentially decreasing in amplitude with increasing time and depth. Studies to date have shown that changes in SAT tend to be tracted in GST changes and GST is a valid indicator of climate change. Studies of borehole temperatures provide a relatively good constraint on the total magnitude of warming; inferences concerning the date at which the warming trend began and the rate at which it proceeded are much less certain. The available evidence from both GST and SAT studies is sonsistant with a major climatic warming over the North American Continent that likely began near the middle of the 19th century in the east, later in the west. The magnitude of warming in the east estimated from changes in GST significantly exceeds that estimated from SAT. A cause and effect relationship between anthropogenic activities and climatic warming cannot be demonstrated unambiguously at the present time. 29 refs., 2 figs.

  20. Borehole inclinometer monument for millimeter horizontal geodetic control accuracy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bilham, Roger

    1993-10-01

    A geodetic monument is described whose horizontal position may be monitored relative to points 30 m deep to an accuracy of 0.5 mm, and to points more than 2 km to a potential accuracy of 2 mm. The monument incorporates a 7 cm diameter borehole lining equipped with orthogonal alignment grooves that guide a portable inclinometer during measurements. The inclinometer is raised incrementally from the base of the hole to measure the tilt of contiguous 0.5-m-long segments of the borehole prior to geodetic occupation. Integrating the results yields a measure of the surface monument's position. Random errors increase with the square root of the number of downhole measuremnts N as 0.03 square root of N mm (N=2d for d-m-deep hole). Systematic errors are approximately 0.02% of the lateral offset of the base of the hole relative to the surface monument. Unlike previous monuments the inclinometer-based system permits surface and subsurface instability to be characterized, and the effectiveness of the monument to be monitored.

  1. Reversible rigid coupling apparatus and method for borehole seismic transducers

    DOEpatents

    Owen, Thomas E. (Helotes, TX); Parra, Jorge O. (Helotes, TX)

    1992-01-01

    An apparatus and method of high resolution reverse vertical seismic profile (VSP) measurements is shown. By encapsulating the seismic detector and heaters in a meltable substance (such as wax), the seismic detector can be removably secured in a borehole in a manner capable of measuring high resolution signals in the 100 to 1000 hertz range and higher. The meltable substance is selected to match the overall density of the detector package with the underground formation, yet still have relatively low melting point and rigid enough to transmit vibrations to accelerometers in the seismic detector. To minimize voids in the meltable substance upon solidification, the meltable substance is selected for minimum shrinkage, yet still having the other desirable characteristics. Heaters are arranged in the meltable substance in such a manner to allow the lowermost portion of the meltable substance to cool and solidify first. Solidification continues upwards from bottom-to-top until the top of the meltable substance is solidified and the seismic detector is ready for use. To remove, the heaters melt the meltable substance and the detector package is pulled from the borehole.

  2. Detailed Measurement of Horizontal Groundwater Velocities Without a Borehole

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bakker, M.; Calje, R.; Van der Made, K. J.; Schaars, F.

    2014-12-01

    A new methodology has been developed to measure horizontal groundwater velocities in unconsolidated aquifers. Groundwater velocities are measured with a heat tracer experiment. Temperature is measured along fiber optic cables using a Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) system. Fiber optic cables and a separate heating cable are pushed into the ground to depths of tens of meters. The groundwater is heated with the heating cable and the response is measured along several nearby fiber optic cables. The measured temperature responses are used to estimate the distribution of the magnitude and direction of the horizontal groundwater velocity over the entire depth of the cables. The methodology has been applied in a phreatic aquifer in the dune area along the Dutch coast. Significant variations of groundwater velocities with depth were observed even though the dune sand is relatively homogeneous. Major advantages of the new methodology are that the fiber optic cables are in direct contact with the groundwater and that the cables and installation are relatively cheap. No expensive boreholes are needed and consequently measurements are not affected by movement and mixing of water inside a borehole.

  3. Integrated borehole logging methods for wellhead protection applications

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Paillet, F.L.; Pedler, W.H.

    1996-01-01

    Modeling of ground water infiltration and movement in the wellhead area is a critical part of an effective wellhead protection program. Such models depend on an accurate description of the aquifer in the wellhead area so that reliable estimates of contaminant travel times can be used in defining a protection area. Geophysical and hydraulic measurements in boreholes provide one of the most important methods for obtaining the data needed to specify wellhead protection measures. Most effective characterization of aquifers in the wellhead vicinity results when a variety of geophysical and hydraulic measurements are made where geophysical measurements can be calibrated in terms of hydraulic variables, and where measurements are made at somewhat different scales of investigation. The application of multiple geophysical measurements to ground water flow in the wellhead area is illustrated by examples in alluvial, fractured sedimentary, and fractured crystalline rock aquifers. Data obtained from a single test well are useful, but cannot indicate how conductive elements in the aquifer are connected to form large-scale flow paths. Geophysical and hydraulic measurements made in arrays of observation boreholes can provide information about such large-scale flow paths, and are especially useful in specifying aquifer properties in wellhead protection studies.

  4. Subsurface thermal effects of deforestation and borehole climatology

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Nitoiu, D.; Beltrami, H.

    2004-12-01

    Changes in land surface conditions such as deforestation or forest fires modify the energy balance at the ground surface. Such energy imbalances appear as subsurface transient thermal signals superimposed on the climatic signal and the steady state geothermal field. Removal of the forest canopy increases the solar radiation reaching the ground surface. The associated increase in albedo is compensated by a decrease in evapotranspiration and the ground gains energy causing the surface temperature to increase. In the context of the ground surface energy balance and the thermal regime of the subsurface, the forest floor organic matter layer acts as a thermal insulator and moisture-retaining layer covering the ground. The integrated transient thermal signals caused by the rearrangement of the energy budget at the air-ground interface and by the variation of forest floor organic matter layer after deforestation are propagated and recorded in the subsurface. In this study, we examine the effects of deforestation on borehole temperature data by applying a first-order correction method to the subsurface data. We simulate the ground surface temperature variation following deforestation using a combined power and exponential function, based on data obtained from a chronosequence study of the evolution of forest floor organic matter mass. We show that the effects of deforestation on the subsurface temperatures, though important, are much smaller than previously thought. The application of this correction to the borehole temperature data from areas affected by land use changes may allow their incorporation into climatological studies.

  5. Induced temperature gradients to examine groundwater flowpaths in open boreholes.

    PubMed

    Banks, Eddie W; Shanafield, Margaret A; Cook, Peter G

    2014-01-01

    Techniques for characterizing the hydraulic properties and groundwater flow processes of aquifers are essential to design hydrogeologic conceptual models. In this study, rapid time series temperature profiles within open-groundwater wells in fractured rock were measured using fiber optic distributed temperature sensing (FO-DTS). To identify zones of active groundwater flow, two continuous electrical heating cables were installed alongside a FO-DTS cable to heat the column of water within the well and to create a temperature difference between the ambient temperature of the groundwater in the aquifer and that within the well. Additional tests were performed to examine the effects of pumping on hydraulic fracture interconnectivity around the well and to identify zones of increased groundwater flow. High- and low-resolution FO-DTS cable configurations were examined to test the sensitivities of the technique and compared with downhole video footage and geophysical logging to confirm the zones of active groundwater flow. Two examples are presented to demonstrate the usefulness of this new technique for rapid characterization of fracture zones in open boreholes. The combination of the FO-DTS and heating cable has excellent scope as a rapid appraisal tool for borehole construction design and improving hydrogeologic conceptual models. PMID:24475970

  6. Borehole measurement of NMR characteristics of earth formations

    SciTech Connect

    Kleinberger, R.L.; Griffin, D.D.; Fukuhara, M.; Sezginer, A.

    1991-10-08

    This paper describes an apparatus for investigating a characteristic of earth formation traversed by a borehole, comprising a body adapted for longitudinal movement in the borehole. It comprises: first means for producing a static and substantially homogeneous magnetic field in a volume of the formation directed to one side of the body; second means for radiating the volume of formation with oscillating magnetic fields and for detecting signals representative of nuclear magnetic precession of a population of particles in the formation, the second means including: antenna means; circuit means for driving the antenna means to produce oscillating magnetic fields at a frequency in the neighborhood of the NMR precession frequency of the population of particles in the volume of the formation; and Q-switching means for rapidly switching the Q value of the antenna means form a very high value to a low value, the Q-switching means comprising a field effect transistor, and optical-electronic means for switching the transistor on and off.

  7. Coupon holder for corrosion test downhole in a borehole

    SciTech Connect

    Ford, M.B.

    1992-03-17

    This patent describes a wellbore having a downhole pump at the lower end of a production tubing string, a sucker rod string positioned within a production tubing and connected to reciprocate the downhole pump, the combination with the sucker rod string of an apparatus for measuring the rate of corrosion downhole in the borehole. It comprises a main body having opposed ends, means for forming a connection at the opposed ends by which the main body is series connected within the rod string to thereby suspend the apparatus downhole in the borehole, and further comprising; an axial chamber formed by an interior wall surface in the main body; radial ports extending through a sidewall of the main body and communicating the axial chamber with the exterior of the main body; wherein, the radial ports are oblated and include a lower curved end which is sloped downwardly and outwardly with respect to the longitudinal axis whereby reciprocation of the apparatus forces well fluid to flow through the chamber into contact with the coupon; the main body being comprised of an upper member and a lower member; means threadedly attaching the upper and lower members together in a removable manner; the chamber being a bore formed in the lower member; the insulating means being mounted to an end wall of the upper member; the end wall also defining the upper end of the chamber, the coupon extending downwardly into the bore formed in the lower member.

  8. Insights into aquifer vulnerability and potential recharge zones from the borehole response to barometric pressure changes

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Mahmoud El Araby; Noelle Odling; Roger Clark; Jared West

    2010-01-01

    Borehole water levels fluctuate in response to deformation of the surrounding aquifer caused by surface loading due to barometric pressure or strain caused by Earth and ocean tides. The magnitude and nature of this response mainly depend on the hydraulic properties of the aquifer and overlying units and borehole design. Thus water level responses reflect the effectiveness of a confining

  9. Borehole Time Domain Reflectometry in Layered Sandstone: Impact of Measurement Technique on Vadose Zone Process Identification

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. W. Truss

    2004-01-01

    An investigation is reported into the hydraulic behaviour of the vadose zone of a layered sandstone aquifer using borehole-based Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR). TDR has been widely applied to shallow soils but has seen limited application at greater depth and in cemented lithologies due to the difficulty of installing conventional TDR probes in rock and from boreholes. Here, flat TDR

  10. First in situ determination of ground and borehole thermal properties in Latin America

    Microsoft Academic Search

    P. Roth; A. Georgiev; A. Busso; E. Barraza

    2004-01-01

    The design of a ground heat exchanger for Underground Thermal Energy Storage (UTES) applications requires, among other parameters, knowledge of the thermal properties of the soil (thermal conductivity, borehole thermal resistance and undisturbed soil temperature). In situ determination of these properties can be done by installing a vertical borehole heat exchanger (BHE) and performing the so-called thermal response test (TRT).

  11. Method and device for determining the transmissibility of a fluid-conducting borehole layer

    SciTech Connect

    Krauss-kalweit, I.

    1982-09-14

    A method and apparatus for determining the transmissibility of a fluid-conducting layer (Stratum), such as an aquifer that is accessible through a borehole. The fluid-level in the borehole is stimulated to a periodic or an aperiodic damped oscillation. By measuring and reading the motion of the fluid-level and evaluating the motion, the transmissibility can be calculated.

  12. Strengthening borehole configuration from the retaining roadway for greenhouse gas reduction: a case study.

    PubMed

    Xue, Fei; Zhang, Nong; Feng, Xiaowei; Zheng, Xigui; Kan, Jiaguang

    2015-01-01

    A monitoring trial was carried out to investigate the effect of boreholes configuration on the stability and gas production rate. These boreholes were drilled from the retaining roadway at longwall mining panel 1111(1) of the Zhuji Coalmine, in China. A borehole camera exploration device and multiple gas parameter measuring device were adopted to monitor the stability and gas production rate. Research results show that boreholes 1~8 with low intensity and thin casing thickness were broken at the depth of 5~10 m along the casing and with a distance of 2~14 m behind the coal face, while boreholes 9~11 with a special thick-walled high-strength oil casing did not fracture during the whole extraction period. The gas extraction volume is closely related to the boreholes stability. After the stability of boreholes 9~11 being improved, the average gas flow rate increased dramatically 16-fold from 0.13 to 2.21 m3/min, and the maximum gas flow rate reached 4.9 m3/min. Strengthening boreholes configuration is demonstrated to be a good option to improve gas extraction effect. These findings can make a significant contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the coal mining industry. PMID:25633368

  13. Backfilling of cavities produced in borehole mining operations. Open file report (final) July 1978June 1979

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. H. Marvin; G. S. Knoke; W. R. Archibald

    1979-01-01

    This report presents the results of a program to develop backfilling techniques to mitigate undesirable effects of hydraulic borehole uranium mining. To prevent ground subsidence and to allow mining of adjacent uraniferous sandstone, large underground cavities, formed during the borehole mining process can be backfilled. Three techniques that were tested in the laboratory and the field with sand, and with

  14. Influence of leaky boreholes on cross-formational groundwater flow and contaminant transport

    Microsoft Academic Search

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

    1995-01-01

    Abandoned and improperly sealed boreholes, monitoring wells, and water supply wells are common features at many contaminated sites. These features can act as conduits that transmit contaminants between aquifers separated by otherwise continuous aquitards. In this work the leaky boreholes are represented as highly conductive one-dimensional line elements superimposed onto a mesh of three-dimensional finite elements representing the porous medium.

  15. Climate from borehole data: Energy fluxes and temperatures since Hugo Beltrami

    E-print Network

    Beltrami, Hugo

    Climate from borehole data: Energy fluxes and temperatures since 1500 Hugo Beltrami Environmental Geophysics: Inverse theory. Citation: Beltrami, H., Climate from borehole data: Energy fluxes surface [Beltrami et al., 2002] for the last 500 to 1000 years. There are, however, some important

  16. Process for producing energy from water flowing down a borehole and recovery same

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Daly

    1992-01-01

    This patent describes a system for producing energy from water flow. It comprises: providing a vertical borehole of sufficient depth to convert liquid water to steam through geothermal energy as the water travels theredown; positioning an internal feed pipe into the borehole; providing an air turbine on the upper end of the feed pipe to allow air flowing into the

  17. COMPLETION OF THE TRANSURANIC GREATER CONFINEMENT DISPOSAL BOREHOLE PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT FOR THE NEVADA TEST SITE

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Angela Colarusso; Bruce Crowe; John R. Cochran

    2003-01-01

    Classified transuranic material that cannot be shipped to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico is stored in Greater Confinement Disposal boreholes in the Area 5 Radioactive Waste Management Site on the Nevada Test Site. A performance assessment was completed for the transuranic inventory in the boreholes and submitted to the Transuranic Waste Disposal Federal Review Group. The performance

  18. Immobilized low-activity waste site borehole 299-E17-21

    SciTech Connect

    Reidel, S.P.; Reynolds, K.D.; Horton, D.G.

    1998-08-01

    The Tank Waste Remediation System (TWRS) is the group at the Hanford Site responsible for the safe underground storage of liquid waste from previous Hanford Site operations, the storage and disposal of immobilized tank waste, and closure of underground tanks. The current plan is to dispose of immobilized low-activity tank waste (ILAW) in new facilities in the southcentral part of 200-East Area and in four existing vaults along the east side of 200-East Area. Boreholes 299-E17-21, B8501, and B8502 were drilled at the southwest corner of the ILAW site in support of the Performance Assessment activities for the disposal options. This report summarizes the initial geologic findings, field tests conducted on those boreholes, and ongoing studies. One deep (480 feet) borehole and two shallow (50 feet) boreholes were drilled at the southwest corner of the ILAW site. The primary factor dictating the location of the boreholes was their characterization function with respect to developing the geohydrologic model for the site and satisfying associated Data Quality Objectives. The deep borehole was drilled to characterize subsurface conditions beneath the ILAW site, and two shallow boreholes were drilled to support an ongoing environmental tracer study. The tracer study will supply information to the Performance Assessment. All the boreholes provide data on the vadose zone and saturated zone in a previously uncharacterized area.

  19. Little Ice Age cold interval in West Antarctica: Evidence from borehole temperature at the West Antarctic

    E-print Network

    Severinghaus, Jeffrey P.

    Little Ice Age cold interval in West Antarctica: Evidence from borehole temperature at the West, especially in Antarctica. We present temperature data from a 300 m borehole at the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and West Antarctica suggests that the feedbacks amplifying the radiative forcing may not operate

  20. Microbiological analysis of multi-level borehole samples from a contaminated groundwater system

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. W. Pickup; G. Rhodes; M. L. Alamillo; H. E. H. Mallinson; S. F. Thornton; D. N. Lerner

    2001-01-01

    A range of bacteriological, geochemical process-related and molecular techniques have been used to assess the microbial biodegradative potential in groundwater contaminated with phenol and other tar acids. The contaminant plume has travelled 500 m from the pollutant source over several decades. Samples were obtained from the plume using a multi-level sampler (MLS) positioned in two boreholes (boreholes 59 and 60)

  1. Completion of the PBO Borehole Strainmeter Network: Network Results and Review of Processing Techniques

    Microsoft Academic Search

    K. Hodgkinson; A. Borsa; T. Dittmann; W. Gallaher; M. Gottlieb; B. Henderson; M. Jackson; W. Johnson; D. Mencin; J. Smith

    2008-01-01

    By October 2008 the NSF funded geodetic component of Earthscope, the Plate Boundary Observatory will be complete. As of September 2008 the strainmeter network within PBO consists of 70 co-located borehole strainmeters and seismometers, with borehole tiltmeters included at volcanic sites. The instruments are installed in arrays from Vancouver Island, Canada, to Anza in southern California. The network provides an

  2. ESTIMATION OF 3-D REFLECTOR POSITIONS BY DIRECTIONAL BOREHOLE RADAR WITH CYLINDRICAL DIPOLE ARRAY

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Satoshi Ebihara; Takafumi Ohnoki; Ryo Shinoda; Yasuyuki Kishimoto

    2007-01-01

    In this paper, we discuss criterion representing reliability of results estimated by directional borehole radar. This radar was developed for 3-D imaging of some objects such as fractures and faults. The operating frequencies of the radiated electromagnetic waves are between 10 and 500 MHz. Electrically small dipole antennas in a circle are arranged in a borehole, and we can estimate

  3. Influence of feed line on DOA estimation with dipole array antenna for directional borehole radar

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Satoshi Ebihara; Hanaoka Hideharu; Okumura Takashi

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, we investigate the influence of the feed lines on the radar signals in the dipole array antenna fed by coaxial cables for directional borehole radar. In this investigation, we utilize a model of dipole antenna elements in circle near a conducting cylinder in a borehole. The criterion proposed in this paper is calculated, and quantifies the influence

  4. MoM analysis of circular array resonance to design directional borehole radar

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Satoshi Ebihara; Kazunori Nakatani; Yukinori Fujita

    2004-01-01

    This paper investigates that resonance of a circular array influences estimation of azimuth of arrival waves for directional borehole radar with Method of Moment (MoM). In the developed radar system, receving dipole array antennas utilyzes optical modulators. Using the array antennas, we will be able to measure electric fields on a circle at several points in a borehole with no

  5. Means for improving pneumatic punches and increasing the efficiency of driving boreholes

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Kh. B. Tkach

    1995-01-01

    Pneumatic punches were developed originally for driving boreholes in the ground in order to lay underground communications without trenching [i]. After equipping these punches with tension reverse, they began to be used in driving vertical boreholes [2] for various purposes (sealing pockets in backfilling, forming molded-in-place piles, preparation of suspended floors, and so on). Technology has been developed recently for

  6. 2. LITHOSTRATIGRAPHY AND PALEOENVIRONMENTS OF THE ISLAND BEACH BOREHOLE, NEW JERSEY COASTAL PLAIN DRILLING PROJECT1

    Microsoft Academic Search

    James P. Owens; Kenneth G. Miller; Peter J. Sugarman

    We present lithostratigraphic and paleoenvironmental interpretations of the Island Beach borehole. This borehole provides the only Upper Cretaceous to lower Eocene section recovered by the New Jersey Coastal Plain Drilling Project (Ocean Drilling Program Leg 150X). Upper Cretaceous and Paleogene sections were deposited in relatively deep marine paleoenvironments (typically outer middle to outer neritic; 50 -200 m paleowater depths) as

  7. Device and method for imaging of non-linear and linear properties of formations surrounding a borehole

    DOEpatents

    Johnson, Paul A; Tencate, James A; Le Bas, Pierre-Yves; Guyer, Robert; Vu, Cung Khac; Skelt, Christopher

    2013-10-08

    In some aspects of the disclosure, a method and an apparatus is disclosed for investigating material surrounding the borehole. The method includes generating within a borehole an intermittent low frequency vibration that propagates as a tube wave longitudinally to the borehole and induces a nonlinear response in one or more features in the material that are substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the borehole; generating within the borehole a sequence of high frequency pulses directed such that they travel longitudinally to the borehole within the surrounding material; and receiving, at one or more receivers positionable in the borehole, a signal that includes components from the low frequency vibration and the sequence of high frequency pulses during intermittent generation of the low frequency vibration, to investigate the material surrounding the borehole.

  8. Site characterization data from the Area 5 science boreholes, Nevada Test Site, Nye County, Nevada

    SciTech Connect

    Blout, D.O.; Hammermeister, P.; Zukosky, K.A.

    1995-02-01

    The Science Borehole Project consists of eight boreholes that were drilled (from 45.7 m [150 ft] to 83.8 m [275 ft] depth) in Area 5 of the Nevada Test Site, Nye County, Nevada, on behalf of the US Department of Energy. These boreholes are part of the Area 5 Site Characterization Program developed to meet data needs associated with regulatory requirements applicable to the disposal of low-level and mixed waste at this site. This series of boreholes was specifically designed to characterize parameters controlling near-surface gas transport and to monitor changes in these and liquid flow-related parameters over time. These boreholes are located along the four sides of the approximately 2.6-km{sup 2} (1-mi{sup 2}) Area 5 Radioactive Waste Management Site to provide reasonable spatial coverage for sampling and characterization. Laboratory testing results of samples taken from core and drill cuttings are reported.

  9. Borehole geophysical and flowmeter data for eight boreholes in the vicinity of Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam, Lake Seminole, Jackson County, Florida

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Clarke, John S.; Hamrick, Michael D.; Holloway, O. Gary

    2011-01-01

    Borehole geophysical logs and flowmeter data were collected in April 2011 from eight boreholes to identify the depth and orientation of cavernous zones within the Miocene Tampa Limestone in the vicinity of Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam in Jackson County, Florida. These data are used to assess leakage near the dam. Each of the eight boreholes was terminated in limestone at depths ranging from 84 to 104 feet. Large cavernous zones were encountered in most of the borings, with several exceeding 20-inches in diameter. The cavernous zones generally were between 1 and 5 feet in height, but a cavern in one of the borings reached a height of about 6 feet. The resistivity of limestone layers penetrated by the boreholes generally was less than 1,000 ohm-meters. Formation resistivity near the cavernous zones did not show an appreciable contrast from surrounding bedrock, probably because the bedrock is saturated, owing to its primary permeability. Measured flow rates in the eight boreholes determined using an electromagnetic flowmeter were all less than ±0.1 liter per second. These low flow rates suggest that vertical hydraulic gradients in the boreholes are negligible and that hydraulic head in the various cavernous zones shows only minor, if any, variation.

  10. Simple, Affordable and Sustainable Borehole Observatories for Complex Monitoring Objectives

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kopf, A.; Freudenthal, T.; Ratmeyer, V.; Wefer, G.

    2014-12-01

    Seafloor drill rigs are remotely operated systems that provide a cost effective means to recover sedimentary records of the upper sub-seafloor deposits. Recent increases in their payload included downhole logging tools or autoclave coring systems. We here report on another milestone in using seafloor rigs: The development and installation of shallow borehole observatories. Three different systems have been developed for the MeBo seafloor drill, which is operated by MARUM, Univ. Bremen, Germany. A simple design, the MeBoPLUG, separates the inner borehole from the overlying ocean by using o-ring seals at the conical threads of the drill pipe. The systems are self-contained and include data loggers, batteries, thermistors and a differential pressure sensor. A second design, the so-called MeBoCORK, is more sophisticated and also hosts an acoustic modem for data transfer and, if desired, fluid sampling capability using osmotic pumps. Of these MeBoCORKs, two systems have to be distinguished: The CORK-A (A = autonomous) can be installed by the MeBo alone and monitors pressure and temperature inside and above the borehole (the latter for reference). The CORK-B (B = bottom) has a higher payload and can additionally be equipped with geochemical, biological or other physical components. Owing to its larger size, it is installed by ROV and utilises a hotstab connection in the upper portion of the drill string. Either design relies on a hostab connection from beneath which coiled tubing with a conical drop weight is lowered to couple to the formation. These tubes are fluid-saturated and either serve to transmit pore pressure signals or collect pore water in the osmo-sampler. The third design, the MeBoPUPPI (Pop-Up Pore Pressure Instrument), is similar to the MeBoCORK-A and monitors pore pressure and temperature in a self-contained manner. Instead of transferring data upon command using an acoustic modem, the MeBoPUPPI contains a pop-up telemetry with Iridium link. After a predefined period, the data unit with satellite link is released, ascends to the sea surface, and remains there for up to two weeks while sending the long-term data sets to shore. In 2012, 2 MeBoPLUGs, 1 MeBoCORK-A and 1 MeBoCORK-B were installed with MeBo in the Nankai Trough, Japan, and data were successfully downloaded from the CORKs.

  11. Borehole GPR data inversion for hydro-geophysical applications

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Deiana, R.; Cassiani, G.; Rossi, M.; Vignoli, G.; Binley, A.

    2011-12-01

    Borehole GPR has been frequently used as a technique to investigate the structure of the shallow subsurface and monitor therein the evolution of moisture content in time and space. However, the apparent simplicity with which borehole GPR data can be inverted and interpreted does not guarantee that the results are meaningful and correct for hydrological uses. In this contribution we analyze in particular Zero Offset Profiles (ZOP) and Vertical Radar Profiles (VRP). The reconstruction of the GPR velocity vertical profile from VRP travel-time data is a ill-posed problem with a finite number of measurements and imprecise data. In the framework of Tikhonov regularization theory, ill-posedness can be tackled by introducing a regularizing functional (stabilizer). The role of this functional is to incorporate a-priori assumptions about the geometrical and/or physical properties of the solution. One of these assumptions could be the existence of sharp boundaries separating rocks with different physical properties. In order to overcome the smooth moisture content profiles often obtained from VRP data, we apply a method based on the minimum support stabilizer to the VRP travel-time inverse problem. We compare traditional smooth inversion results with our proposed sharp reconstructions. Using synthetic examples, we demonstrate that in case of profiles containing sharp discontinuities, the minimum support stabilizer allows for a correct recovery of the profile shape and velocity value of the target. We also applied the proposed approach to real-life cases where VPRs have been used to derive a moisture content profile as a function of depth. In these real cases, the derived sharp profiles are consistent with other evidence, such as GPR reflections and known locations of the water table. In the case of ZOPs, we also propose a method that overcomes the smoothing effect inherent in the simplest data inversion approaches. ZOP borehole measurements are very useful to detect subsoil dielectric properties, due to their simplicity in data collection, treatment and analysis. The easiest inversion of ZOP data is the direct-wave approach, where point ZOP travel times are converted into velocity and subsequently into dielectric constant and then moisture content estimates. This approach can be misleading as it does not take into account two essential factors: volume averaging (Fresnel zone) and critical wave refractions, that can occur in presence of sharp vertical boundaries. We apply an approach based on an electromagnetic (EM) wave simulator and a stochastic Monte Carlo framework. In this manner both averaging and critically refracted wave effects are taken into account. Results from synthetic and real ZOP datasets are statistically analysed to deduce what kind of moisture content distributions are resolvable what is the associated degree of uncertainty.

  12. Fiber optic DTS in sealed and heated boreholes for active groundwater flow characterization

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Coleman, Thomas; Parker, Beth; Cherry, John; Mondanos, Michael

    2013-04-01

    In recent years, advances in technology have allowed temperature profiling to evolve to offer new insight into fractured rock hydrogeology. Temperature profiles in open boreholes within fractured rock have long been used to identify and characterize flow in the rock formation and/or in the borehole. An advance in temperature logging makes use of precision temperature profiles collected using wireline trolling methods in a heated borehole to identify fractures with active groundwater flow by creating a thermal disequilibrium and monitoring the temperature response. A second development is based on collecting wireline temperature profiles within a sealed borehole to eliminate short circuiting effects caused by the open borehole conduit. The borehole is temporarily sealed with a flexible impervious fabric liner so that the water column in the borehole is static and cross-connection is eliminated. Though highly precise temperature and spatial measurements are possible using these techniques, the temporal resolution is limited by the rate at which the wireline probe can be raised and lowered in the borehole. There is a need to measure temperature profiles continuously over time to characterize transient processes. Fibre optic distributed temperature sensing (DTS) is a technique that allows for collecting temperature profiles continuously. This tool was advanced by the oil and gas industry for collecting temperature data in multi kilometer deep boreholes over relatively coarse measurement scales. In contrast, very fine spatial and temperature resolutions are needed for freshwater contaminant fractured rock hydrogeology where the scale of interest is much more acute. Recent advances in the spatial, temperature, and temporal resolution of DTS systems allow this technology to be adapted well to the shallow subsurface environment. This project demonstrates the first application of DTS used in conjunction with flexible borehole liners in a heated borehole environment. The integration of DTS, active heating, and lined boreholes was tested in the context of fractured rock site characterization. DTS heat pulse tests were carried out in two boreholes located at a well characterized research site in Guelph, ON, Canada. The capabilities for long-term and high temporal resolution site monitoring and characterization from the developed methods were assessed. The results of this technique are promising and indicate evidence for identifying active groundwater flow. Advancements to the DTS heat pulse method are possible to offer further improved insight into natural groundwater flow systems.

  13. COSC-1 technical operations: drilling and borehole completion

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Rosberg, Jan-Erik; Bjelm, Leif; Larsson, Stellan; Juhlin, Christopher; Lorenz, Henning; Almqvist, Bjarne

    2015-04-01

    COSC-1, the first out of the two planned fully cored boreholes within the COSC-project, was completed in late August 2014. Drilling was performed using the national scientific drilling infrastructure, the so called Riksriggen, operated by Lund University, and resulted in a 2495.8 m deep borehole with almost 100 % core recovery. The rig is an Atlas Copco CT20C diamond core-drill rig, a rig type commonly used for mineral exploration. A major advantage with this type of drill rig compared to conventional rotary rigs is that it can operate on very small drill sites. Thus, it leaves a small environmental footprint, in this case around 1000 m2. The rig was operated by 3 persons over 12 hour shifts. Before the core drilling started a local drilling company installed a conductor casing down to 103 m, which was required for the installation of a Blow Out Preventer (BOP). The core drilling operation started using H-size and a triple tube core barrel (HQ3), resulting in a hole diameter of 96 mm and a core diameter of 61.1 mm down to 1616 m. In general, the drilling using HQ3 was successful with 100 % core recovery and core was acquired at rate on the order 30-60 m/day when the drilling wasn't interrupted by other activities, such as bit change, servicing or testing. The HRQ-drill string was installed as a temporary casing from surface down to 1616 m. Subsequently, drilling was conducted down to 1709 m with N-size and a triple tube core barrel (NQ3), resulting in a hole diameter of 75.7 mm and a core diameter of 45 mm. At 1709 m the coring assembly was changed to N-size double tube core barrel (NQ), resulting in a hole diameter of 75.7 mm and a core diameter of 47.6 mm and the core barrel extended to 6 m. In this way precious time was saved and the good rock quality ensured high core recovery even with the double tube. In general, the drilling using NQ3 and NQ was successful with 100 % core recovery at around 36 m/day by the end of the drilling operation. The main problem during the drilling operation was caused by brand new drill rods that were bent beyond tolerance. These bent drill rods caused increased friction during drilling, resulting in an increased torque and consequently a too low RPM. Thus, drill bits wore out faster than normal. Despite of this, the target depth was reached, but later than planned to the drill bits being replaced more frequently. However, it can be concluded that the drilling operation was successful as evidenced by drilling almost 2400 m with full core recovery of top quality cores and no drilling crew accidents. The COSC-borehole is the deepest drilled hole in Sweden using H- and N-size and the deepest hole ever drilled by an Atlas Copco CT20C. The present borehole is cased down to 103 m and the rest of the hole, around 2400 m, is left as an open-hole completion.

  14. Borehole-plugging-materials development program report 3

    SciTech Connect

    Gulick, C.W. Jr.; Boa, J.A.; Buck, A.D.

    1982-03-01

    This report gives data for up to 4 yr of durability studies of grout mixtures developed for the borehole plugging program of the Nuclear Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). Samples from field plugging oprations for the Bell Canyon Test and ERDA-10 drill hole are included in the durability studies. Specimens of all mixtures had phase compositions and microstructures that were considered normal for these mixtures at these ages. All of the specimens of the various grout mixtures (including fresh and salt water) have maintained acceptable physical properties as measured by compressive strength, compressional wave velocity, dynamic modulus of elasticity, and permeability to water. Porosity and expansion data under differing exposure conditions have been collected for continuing study evaluation. The work was performed and is continuing at the Structures Laboratory of the US Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station (WES), Vicksburg, Mississippi.

  15. Qualitative performance assessment of a borehole disposal system

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    Vicente, R. [Institute of Energy and Nuclear Research, Sao Paulo (Brazil)

    2007-07-01

    A program for disposing disused sealed radiation sources (DSRS) in a deep borehole demands, besides engineering for construction, operation and closure, great effort to characterize the site and conduct a safety assessment of the disposal system. The cost of running a safety assessment may be much greater than the costs to build and operate the facility, and expenditures with the necessary expertise and analytical infrastructure may threaten the technical and economic feasibility of such enterprise in developing countries. In this paper we propose that the safety of repositories be evaluated in terms of compliance with a set of requirements. Besides, we present an example of a preliminary list of rules, based on IAEA and ICRP guidance documents, with which disposal systems for DSRS should comply to get approval. (authors)

  16. Exploring the oceanic crust deep biosphere through subsurface borehole observatories

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    Orcutt, Beth

    2015-04-01

    During Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expeditions 327 and 336, several new subsurface borehole observatories were installed in oceanic crust, with a primary motivation to access the deep biosphere in these poorly understood environments. These new observatories have enabled unprecedented opportunities to collect high-quality samples for microbiological analysis, including metagenomic and single cell genomic investigations of the unique microbial communities living "on the rocks." This presentation will provide an overview of recent discoveries, focusing on the observatories on the Juan de Fuca Ridge flank and highlighting adaptations to life in the subsurface gleaned from genomic approaches. The presentation will also highlight opportunities for continued observatory-based research within the International Ocean Discovery Program.

  17. Probe for temperature logging of deep cold boreholes

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    Zangirolami, M.; Cavagnero, G.; Rossi, A.

    2003-04-01

    A new probe has been developed for measuring some physical parameters in deep cold boreholes such as those of the European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica (EPICA), which is targeted to drill two holes through the ice sheet down to the bedrock at DOME C and at Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica. The probe is operative in the temperature range 0 to -60^oC and for pressures up to 35 MPa, down to 3500 m depth and in the presence of aggressive fluid filling. The probe is equipped with : 1) a set of four thermometers. Three are fitted in the expandable arms of the probe, to log the temperature of the ice-wall. The fourth thermometer is fitted into a static arm in a central position, between the previous three, and logs the temperature of the borehole fluid, for comparison. Thermistor-type sensors have been selected, with a resolution of 2 mK in the interval near 0^oC. During laboratory tests a time constant of 2.7 s was obtained for the thermal sensors fitted in their protective case. After final assemblage of the probe the sensors were calibrated in the laboratory against a standard precision thermometer, over the range 0 to -60^oC; 2) a sensor for differential measurement of the pressure of the liquid column of the drill fluid, with a resolution of a few 10-6 MPa, sufficient to detect any convective cells, induced by the dishomogeneous composition of the mixing fluids; 3) a manometer (strain gauge) for measuring the hydrostatic pressure of the fluid column in the full range 0 to 35 MPa, from the surface to bottom hole, with a resolution better than 0.001 of the full range; 4) a vertical depth meter for direct measurement of depth on the wall of the borehole, to eliminate any uncertainties caused by variations in the length of the electro-mechanical drilling wire due to the fatigue and strain of drilling operations. The progressive depths are measured by a wheel counter and encoder on the upper arms of the probe, with an expected resolution better than 10-3; 5) a caliper device, fitted into the upper arms of the probe, to measure the diameter of the bore-hole, with a resolution of 0.1 mm. The signals from these sensors are processed by a microprocessor-based electronic device set up into the probe. In order to improve the measurement accuracy, the electronics package is enclosed into a thermostatic case. The signals are amplified and A/D converted. The data are transmitted by modem through the drilling wire to the computer at wellhead. The system is fitted with an external software to communicate with the probe, on a PC platform.

  18. Research of the acoustic influence on residual magnetization of rocks containing magnetite from the various geological structures of the Kola Peninsula

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    Zhirova, Anzhela

    2015-04-01

    The aim of the study is influence of acoustic waves on the magnetization of rocks of Kola Peninsula under different experimental parameters. The results and further research in this field are of interest in the development of problems of nonlinear geophysics, as well as address some issues in materials science. To study the acoustic influence on the residual magnetization of rocks we used the samples of magnetite-calcite rocks with a high content of magnetite from the Kovdor massif, and weakly magnetic rocks: (a) ultramafic rock of the Kola composite terrane; (b) gabbro-norite from layered intrusions of Pana; c) metagabbro-norite of the Belomorsky mobile belt. The samples previously demagnetized by the time-variable magnetic field, subjected to three cycles of ultrasonic influence with increasing time of influence and further measurement of the residual magnetization. The dependence of the residual magnetization of the magnetite-calcite rock from the time of testing is determined. As a result of multiple influences on the samples of gabbro-norit, ultramafic rock and metagabbro-norit was obtained a weak change of the vector of the residual magnetization. Thus the study of the residual magnetization of the samples with different content of ferromagnetic mineral found a significant difference in the nature of the magnetic response of rocks. So the high magnetic magnetite-calcite rock from the Kovdor massif detects a significant increase of the magnetization from the first seconds of the ultrasound influence. The magnetic response of other rocks to external influence is weaker. The dependence of the residual magnetization of these rocks from the time of influence either not observed or observed on the last cycle of the experiment in terms of a significant increase of time of the acoustic influence. Magnetic properties of rocks associated with the ferromagnetic minerals. These minerals are usually dispersed in the form of small grains in total dia - and paramagnetic mass, which is the main volume of the rocks. The number of the dispersed (accessory) minerals determines the magnetic susceptibility and residual magnetization of rocks. Magnetite-calcite rock from Kovdor massif, for which the dependence of the magnetic state from the time of acoustic influence was determined, contains a significant amount of the ferromagnetic mineral. While in the others of the samples the content of the ferromagnetic does not exceed 1 - 2 %. As a result of three cycles of the experiment it is found that the magnetite-calcite rocks with the large crystals of magnetite and the complex domain structure reveals significant changes of the vector of the residual magnetization and its dependence on time of the influence of the elastic oscillations. While the magnetic properties of the samples with insignificant inclusions of the ferromagnetic minerals are more stable. This study was supported by the Russian Science Fund (project nos. 14-17-00751).

  19. Further Analysis of Borehole Flow-Meters in Granular Aquifers

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    Crisman, S. A.; Molz, F. J.

    2001-12-01

    The borehole flow-meter has emerged as a powerful tool for identifying conductive fractures in fractured rock aquifers and intermediate-scale heterogeneities in hydraulic conductivity (K) distributions in granular aquifers [Hess, Canadian Geotechnical J., 23, 69, 1986; Molz et al., Water Resour. Res., 25, 1677, 1989]. A common analysis technique applied to flow-meter data [Molz and Young, The Log Analyst, 3, 13, 1993] is based on a numerical study of transient flow in multi-layered aquifers by Javandel and Witherspoon [Water Resour. Res., 5, 856, 1969], the purpose of which was to determine the time required for flow to a well to become horizontal in the near vicinity of the well bore and proportional to the hydraulic conductivity distribution. Ultimately, the criterion that resulted was questioned by Ruud and Kabala [Water Resour. Res., 32, 845, 1996] and shown to be potentially lacking in some respects. The Javandel and Witherspoon study did not consider the effect of specific storage (Ss) changes fully, while the Ruud and Kabala study was limited to aquifers of 2 and 5 layers. Most aquifers are not strictly layered, and there is a significant degree of correlation between K and Ss. Therefore, the present study extends the powerful analysis technique of Javandel and Witherspoon to many layered aquifers with realistic K and Ss values. Governing equations are non-dimensionalized in such a way that dimensionless drawdown versus dimensionless time curves at different positions in the aquifer approach the unique Theis curve when flow becomes horizontal in the near-well vicinity and proportional to the corresponding K distribution in the vertical. From these results, practical criteria are derived for performing borehole flow-meter tests in granular aquifers.

  20. Thermal-Mechanical Modeling of Deep Borehole Disposal of High-Level Radioactive Waste

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    Arnold, B. W.; Clayton, D. J.; Herrick, C. G.; Hadgu, T.

    2010-12-01

    Disposal of high-level radioactive waste, including spent nuclear fuel, in deep (3 to 5 km) boreholes is a potential option for safely isolating these wastes from the surface and near-surface environment. Existing drilling technology permits reliable and cost-effective construction of such deep boreholes. Conditions favorable for deep borehole disposal in crystalline basement rocks, including low permeability, high salinity, and geochemically reducing conditions, exist at depth in many locations, particularly in geologically stable continental regions. Isolation of waste depends, in part, on the effectiveness of borehole seals and potential alteration of permeability in the disturbed host rock surrounding the borehole. Coupled thermal-mechanical-hydrologic processes induced by heat from the radioactive waste may impact the disturbed zone near the borehole and borehole wall stability. Numerical simulations of the coupled thermal-mechanical response in the host rock surrounding the borehole were conducted with three software codes or combinations of software codes. Software codes used in the simulations were FEHM, JAS3D, Aria, and Adagio. Simulations were conducted for disposal of spent nuclear fuel assemblies and for the higher heat output of vitrified waste from the reprocessing of fuel. Simulations were also conducted for both isotropic and anisotropic ambient horizontal stress in the host rock. Physical, thermal, and mechanical properties representative of granite host rock at a depth of 4 km were used in the models. Simulation results indicate peak temperature increases at the borehole wall of about 30 °C and 180 °C for disposal of fuel assemblies and vitrified waste, respectively. Peak temperatures near the borehole occur within about 10 years and decline rapidly within a few hundred years and with distance. The host rock near the borehole is placed under additional compression. Peak mechanical stress is increased by about 15 MPa (above the assumed ambient isotropic stress of 100 MPa) at the borehole wall for the disposal of fuel assemblies and by about 90 MPa for vitrified waste. Simulated peak volumetric strain at the borehole wall is about 420 and 2600 microstrain for the disposal of fuel assemblies and vitrified waste, respectively. Stress and volumetric strain decline rapidly with distance from the borehole and with time. Simulated peak stress at and parallel to the borehole wall for the disposal of vitrified waste with anisotropic ambient horizontal stress is about 440 MPa, which likely exceeds the compressive strength of granite if unconfined by fluid pressure within the borehole. The relatively small simulated displacements and volumetric strain near the borehole suggest that software codes using a nondeforming grid provide an adequate approximation of mechanical deformation in the coupled thermal-mechanical model. Additional modeling is planned to incorporate the effects of hydrologic processes coupled to thermal transport and mechanical deformation in the host rock near the heated borehole. Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Company, for the United States Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  1. Summary Report of Geophysical Logging For The Seismic Boreholes Project at the Hanford Site Waste Treatment Plant.

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    Gardner, Martin G.; Price, Randall K.

    2007-02-01

    During the period of June through October 2006, three deep boreholes and one corehole were drilled beneath the site of the Waste Treatment Plant (WTP) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Hanford Site near Richland, Washington. The boreholes were drilled to provide information on ground-motion attenuation in the basalt and interbedded sediments underlying the WTP site. This report describes the geophysical logging of the deep boreholes that was conducted in support of the Seismic Boreholes Project, defined below. The detailed drilling and geological descriptions of the boreholes and seismic data collected and analysis of that data are reported elsewhere.

  2. Kolaviron, a Garcinia kola biflavonoid complex, protects against ischemia/reperfusion injury: pertinent mechanistic insights from biochemical and physical evaluations in rat brain.

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    Akinmoladun, Afolabi C; Akinrinola, Bolanle L; Olaleye, M Tolulope; Farombi, Ebenezer O

    2015-04-01

    The pathophysiology of stroke is characterized by biochemical and physical alterations in the brain. Modulation of such aberrations by therapeutic agents affords insights into their mechanism of action. Incontrovertible evidences that oxidative stress is involved in the pathophysiology of neurologic disorders have brought antioxidative compounds, especially plant phytochemicals, under increasing focus as potential remedies for the prevention and management of neurodegenerative diseases. Kolaviron, a biflavonoid complex isolated from Garcinia kola Heckel (Guttiferae) was evaluated for neuroprotectivity in brains of male Wistar rats submitted to bilateral common carotid artery occlusion-induced global ischemia/reperfusion injury (I/R). Animals were divided into six groups: sham treated, vehicle (I/R), 50 mg/kg kolaviron + I/R, 100 mg/kg kolaviron + I/R, 200 mg/kg kolaviron + I/R and quercetin (20 mg/kg i.p.) + I/R. The common carotid arteries were occluded for 30 min followed by 2 h of reperfusion. Relative brain weight and brain water content were determined and oxidative stress and neurochemical markers were also evaluated. I/R caused significant decreases in glutathione level and the activities of enzymic antioxidants, the sodium pump and acetylcholinesterase while significant increases were recorded in relative brain weight, brain water content, lipid peroxidation and the activities of glutamine synthetase and myeloperoxidase. There was a remarkable ablation of I/R induced oxidative stress, neurochemical aberrations and brain edema in animals pretreated with kolaviron. The results suggested that the protection afforded by kolaviron probably involved regulation of redox and electrolyte homeostasis as well as anti-inflammatory and antiexcitotoxic mechanisms. PMID:25638229

  3. Kolaviron, a biflavonoid complex of Garcinia kola seeds modulates apoptosis by suppressing oxidative stress and inflammation in diabetes-induced nephrotoxic rats.

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    Ayepola, Omolola R; Cerf, Marlon E; Brooks, Nicole L; Oguntibeju, Oluwafemi O

    2014-12-15

    Diabetic nephropathy is a complex disease that involves increased production of free radicals which is a strong stimulus for the release of pro-inflammatory factors. We evaluated the renal protective effect of kolaviron (KV) - a Garcinia kola seed extract containing a mixture of 5 flavonoids, in diabetes-induced nephrotoxic rats. Male Wistar rats were divided into 4 groups: untreated controls (C); normal rats treated with kolaviron (C+KV); untreated diabetic rats (D); kolaviron treated diabetic rats (D+KV). A single intraperitoneal injection of streptozotocin (STZ, 50mg/kg) was used for the induction of diabetes. Renal function parameters were estimated in a clinical chemistry analyzer. Markers of oxidative stress in the kidney homogenate were analyzed in a Multiskan Spectrum plate reader and Bio-plex Promagnetic bead-based assays was used for the analysis of inflammatory markers. The effect of kolaviron on diabetes-induced apoptosis was assessed by TUNEL assay. In the diabetic rats, alterations in antioxidant defenses such as an increase in lipid peroxidation, glutathione peroxidase (GPX) activity and a decrease in catalase (CAT) activity, glutathione (GSH) levels and oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) were observed. There was no difference in superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity. Diabetes induction increased apoptotic cell death and the levels of interleukin (IL)-1? and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-? with no effect on IL-10. Kolaviron treatment of diabetic rats restored the activities of antioxidant enzymes, reduced lipid peroxidation and increased ORAC and GSH concentration in renal tissues. Kolaviron treatment of diabetic rats also suppressed renal IL-1?. The beneficial effects of kolaviron on diabetes-induced kidney injury may be due to its inhibitory action on oxidative stress, IL-1? production and apoptosis. PMID:25481391

  4. Trace-element study and uranium-lead dating of perovskite from the Afrikanda plutonic complex, Kola Peninsula (Russia) using LA-ICP-MS

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    Reguir, Ekaterina P.; Camacho, Alfredo; Yang, Panseok; Chakhmouradian, Anton R.; Kamenetsky, Vadim S.; Halden, Norman M.

    2010-11-01

    The U-Pb geochronology of perovskite is a powerful tool in constraining the emplacement age of silica-undersaturated rocks. The trace-element and U-Pb isotopic compositions of perovskite from clinopyroxenite and silicocarbonatite from the Afrikanda plutonic complex (Kola, Russia) were determined by laser-ablation inductively-coupled mass-spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS). In addition, the Sr isotopic composition of perovskite was measured by isotope-dilution mass-spectrometry to better constrain the relations between its host rocks. Perovskite from the two rock types shows a different degree of enrichment in Na, Mg, Mn, Pb, Fe, Al, V, rare-earth elements, Zr, Hf, Th, U and Ta. The perovskite 87Sr/86Sr values are within analytical uncertainty of one another and fall within the range of mantle values. The 206Pb/238U ages (corrected for common lead using 207Pb-method) of perovskite from silicocarbonatite statistically yield a single population with a weighted mean of 371 ± 8 Ma (2?; MSWD = 0.071). This age is indistinguishable, within uncertainty, to the clinopyroxenite weighted mean 206Pb/238U age of 374 ± 10 Ma (2?; MSWD = 0.18). Our data are in good agreement with the previous geochronological study of the Afrikanda complex. The observed variations in trace-element composition of perovskite from silicocarbonatite and clinopyroxenite indicate that these rocks are not related by crystal fractionation. The Sr isotopic ratios and the fact that the two rocks are coeval suggest that they were either produced from a single parental melt by liquid immiscibility, or from two separate magmas derived at different degrees of partial melting from an isotopically equilibrated, but modally complex mantle source.

  5. Drilling, logging, and testing information from borehole UE-25 UZ{number_sign}16, Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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    Thamir, F.; Thordarson, W.; Kume, J.; Rousseau, J. [Geological Survey, Denver, CO (United States). Yucca Mountain Project Branch; Long, R. [Dept. of Energy, Las Vegas, NV (United States); Cunningham, D.M. Jr. [Science Applications International Corp., Las Vegas, NV (United States)

    1998-09-01

    Borehole UE-25 UZ{number_sign}16 is the first of two boreholes that may be used to determine the subsurface structure at Yucca Mountain by using vertical seismic profiling. This report contains information collected while this borehole was being drilled, logged, and tested from May 27, 1992, to April 22, 1994. It does not contain the vertical seismic profiling data. This report is intended to be used as: (1) a reference for drilling similar boreholes in the same area, (2) a data source on this borehole, and (3) a reference for other information that is available from this borehole. The reference information includes drilling chronology, equipment, parameters, coring methods, penetration rates, completion information, drilling problems, and corrective actions. The data sources include lithology, fracture logs, a list of available borehole logs, and depths at which water was recorded. Other information is listed in an appendix that includes studies done after April 22, 1994.

  6. Borehole field calibration and measurement of low-concentration manganese by decay gamma rays ( Maryland, USA).

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    Mikesell, J.L.; Senftle, F.E.; Lloyd, T.A.; Tanner, A.B.; Merritt, C.T.; Force, E.R.

    1986-01-01

    The Mn concentration in the Arundel clay formation, Prince Georges County, Maryland, was determined from a borehole by using delayed neutron activation. Then neutrons were produced by a 100 mu g 252Cf source. The 847 keV gamma ray of Mn was detected continuously, and its counting rate was measured at intervals of 15 s as the measuring sonde was moved at a rate of 0.5 cm/s. The borehole measurements compared favourably with a chemical core analysis and were unaffected by water in the borehole.-from Authors

  7. Borehole-geophysical investigation of the University of Connecticut landfill, Storrs, Connecticut

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    Johnson, Carole D.; Haeni, F.P.; Lane, John W.; White, Eric A.

    2002-01-01

    A borehole-geophysical investigation was conducted to help characterize the hydrogeology of the fractured-rock aquifer and the distribution of unconsolidated glacial deposits near the former landfill and chemical waste-disposal pits at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut. Eight bedrock boreholes near the landfill and three abandoned domestic wells located nearby were logged using conventional and advanced borehole-geophysical methods from June to October 1999. The conventional geophysical-logging methods included caliper, gamma, fluid temperature, fluid resistivity, and electromagnetic induction. The advanced methods included deviation, optical and acoustic imaging of the borehole wall, heat-pulse flowmeter, and directional radar reflection. Twenty-one shallow piezometers (less than 50-feet deep) were logged with gamma and electromagnetic induction tools to delineate unconsolidated glacial deposits. Five additional shallow bedrock wells were logged with conventional video camera, caliper, electromagnetic induction, and fluid resistivity and temperature tools. The rock type, foliation, and fracturing of the site were characterized from high-resolution optical-televiewer (OTV) images of rocks penetrated by the boreholes. The rocks are interpreted as fine- to medium-grained quartz-feldspar-biotite-garnet gneiss and schist with local intrusions of quartz diorite and pegmatite and minor concentrations of sulfide mineralization similar to rocks described as the Bigelow Brook Formation on regional geologic maps. Layers containing high concentrations of sulfide minerals appear as high electrical conductivity zones on electromagnetic-induction and borehole-radar logs. Foliation in the rocks generally strikes to the northeast-southwest and dips to the west, consistent with local outcrop observations. The orientation of foliation and small-scale gneissic layering in the rocks, however, varies locally and with depth in some of the boreholes. In two of the boreholes, the foliation strikes predominantly to the northwest and dips to the northeast. Although small-scale faults and lithologic discontinuities were observed in the OTV data, no large-scale faults were observed that appear on regional geologic maps. Fractures were located and characterized through the use of conventional geophysical, OTV, acoustic-televiewer (ATV), and borehole-radar logs. The orientation of fractures varies considerably across the site; some fractures are parallel to the foliation, whereas others cross-cut the foliation. Many of the transmissive fractures in the bedrock boreholes strike about N170?E and N320?E with dips of less than 45?. Other transmissive fractures strike about N60?E with dips of more than 60?. Most of the transmissive fractures in the domestic wells strike about N60?E and N22?E with dips of more than 45?. The strike of N60?E is parallel to the trend of a thrust fault that appears on regional geologic maps. Vertical flow in the boreholes was measured with the heat-pulse flowmeter under ambient and (or) pumping conditions. Results of ATV, OTV, and conventional logs were used to locate specific zones for flowmeter testing. Ambient downflow was measured in three boreholes, ambient upflow was measured in two other boreholes, and both ambient downflow and upflow were measured in a sixth borehole. The other five bedrock boreholes and domestic wells did not have measurable vertical flow. The highest rate of ambient flow was measured in the background borehole in which upflow and downflow converged and exited the borehole at a fracture zone near a depth of 62 feet. Ambient flow of about 340 gallons per day was measured. In the other five wells, ambient flow of about 20 to 35 gallons per day was measured. Under low-rate pumping (0.25 to 1 gallon per minute), one to six inflow zones were identified in each well. Usually the fractures that are active under ambient conditions contribute to the well under pumping conditions. To prevent

  8. Novel finite-element approach applied to borehole quadrupole dispersion analysis in stress-sensitive formations

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    Jorgensen, Ole

    Near a borehole, stress concentration effects may cause a complex spatial variation of elastic anisotropy. Stress-induced sonic anisotropy results when moduli and velocities are stress dependent and the state of stress is ...

  9. 30 CFR 57.12083 - Support of power cables in shafts and boreholes.

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    2011-07-01

    ...LABOR METAL AND NONMETAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH SAFETY AND HEALTH STANDARDS-UNDERGROUND METAL AND NONMETAL MINES Electricity Underground Only § 57.12083 Support of power cables in shafts and boreholes. Power cables in shafts and...

  10. 30 CFR 57.12083 - Support of power cables in shafts and boreholes.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ...LABOR METAL AND NONMETAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH SAFETY AND HEALTH STANDARDS-UNDERGROUND METAL AND NONMETAL MINES Electricity Underground Only § 57.12083 Support of power cables in shafts and boreholes. Power cables in shafts and...

  11. 30 CFR 57.12083 - Support of power cables in shafts and boreholes.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ...LABOR METAL AND NONMETAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH SAFETY AND HEALTH STANDARDS-UNDERGROUND METAL AND NONMETAL MINES Electricity Underground Only § 57.12083 Support of power cables in shafts and boreholes. Power cables in shafts and...

  12. Regional Examples of Geological Settings for Nuclear Waste Disposal in Deep Boreholes

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    Sapiie, B.

    This report develops and exercises broad-area site selection criteria for deep boreholes suitable for disposal of spent nuclear fuel and/or its separated constituents. Three candidates are examined: a regional site in the ...

  13. Importance of neutron energy distribution in borehole activation analysis in relatively dry, low-porosity rocks

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    Senftle, F.E.; Moxham, R.M.; Tanner, A.B.; Philbin, P.W.; Boynton, G.R.; Wager, R.E.

    1977-01-01

    To evaluate the importance of variations in the neutron energy distribution in borehole activation analysis, capture gamma-ray measurements were made in relatively dry, low-porosity gabbro of the Duluth Complex. Although sections of over a meter of solid rock were encountered in the borehole, there was significant fracturing with interstitial water leading to a substantial variation of water with depth in the borehole. The linear-correlation coefficients calculated for the peak intensities of several elements compared to the chemical core analyses were generally poor throughout the depth investigated. The data suggest and arguments are given which indicate that the variation of the thermal-to-intermediate-to-fast neutron flux density as a function of borehole depth is a serious source of error and is a major cause of the changes observed in the capture gamma-ray peak intensities. These variations in neutron energy may also cause a shift in the observed capture gamma-ray energy.

  14. 30 CFR 57.22241 - Advance face boreholes (I-C mines).

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    2014-07-01

    ...LABOR METAL AND NONMETAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH SAFETY AND HEALTH STANDARDS-UNDERGROUND METAL AND NONMETAL MINES Safety Standards for Methane in Metal and Nonmetal Mines Ventilation § 57.22241 Advance face boreholes (I-C...

  15. 30 CFR 57.22241 - Advance face boreholes (I-C mines).

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    2012-07-01

    ...LABOR METAL AND NONMETAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH SAFETY AND HEALTH STANDARDS-UNDERGROUND METAL AND NONMETAL MINES Safety Standards for Methane in Metal and Nonmetal Mines Ventilation § 57.22241 Advance face boreholes (I-C...

  16. 30 CFR 57.22241 - Advance face boreholes (I-C mines).

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    2013-07-01

    ...LABOR METAL AND NONMETAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH SAFETY AND HEALTH STANDARDS-UNDERGROUND METAL AND NONMETAL MINES Safety Standards for Methane in Metal and Nonmetal Mines Ventilation § 57.22241 Advance face boreholes (I-C...

  17. Towards an effective automated interpretation method for modern hydrocarbon borehole geophysical images 

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    Thomas, Angeleena

    2012-06-25

    Borehole imaging is one of the fastest and most precise methods for collecting subsurface data that provides high resolution information on layering, texture and dips, permitting a core-like description of the subsurface. ...

  18. An evaluation of the feasibility of disposal of nuclear waste in very deep boreholes

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    Anderson, Victoria Katherine, 1980-

    2004-01-01

    Deep boreholes, 3 to 5 km into igneous rock, such as granite, are evaluated for next- generation repository use in the disposal of spent nuclear fuel and other high level waste. The primary focus is on the stability and ...

  19. Acoustic and optical borehole-wall imaging for fractured-rock aquifer studies

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    Williams, J.H.; Johnson, C.D.

    2004-01-01

    Imaging with acoustic and optical televiewers results in continuous and oriented 360?? views of the borehole wall from which the character, relation, and orientation of lithologic and structural planar features can be defined for studies of fractured-rock aquifers. Fractures are more clearly defined under a wider range of conditions on acoustic images than on optical images including dark-colored rocks, cloudy borehole water, and coated borehole walls. However, optical images allow for the direct viewing of the character of and relation between lithology, fractures, foliation, and bedding. The most powerful approach is the combined application of acoustic and optical imaging with integrated interpretation. Imaging of the borehole wall provides information useful for the collection and interpretation of flowmeter and other geophysical logs, core samples, and hydraulic and water-quality data from packer testing and monitoring. ?? 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. BLIND TESTS OF REFRACTION MICROTREMOR ANALYSIS AGAINST SYNTHETICS AND BOREHOLE DATA

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    as measured by sixteen downhole profiles varied from 442- 764 m/s; and adjacent boreholes show the existence of the subsurface than do downhole or crosshole measurements. ReMi results represent average shear-wave velocities

  1. Borehole geophysical investigation of a formerly used defense site, Machiasport, Maine, 2003-2006

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    Johnson, Carole D.; Mondazzi, Remo A.; Joesten, Peter K.

    2011-01-01

    The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, collected borehole geophysical logs in 18 boreholes and interpreted the data along with logs from 19 additional boreholes as part of an ongoing, collaborative investigation at three environmental restoration sites in Machiasport, Maine. These sites, located on hilltops overlooking the seacoast, formerly were used for military defense. At each of the sites, chlorinated solvents, used as part of defense-site operations, have contaminated the fractured-rock aquifer. Borehole geophysical techniques and hydraulic methods were used to characterize bedrock lithology, fractures, and hydraulic properties. In addition, each geophysical method was evaluated for effectiveness for site characterization and for potential application for further aquifer characterization and (or) evaluation of remediation efforts. Results of borehole geophysical logging indicate the subsurface is highly fractured, metavolcanic, intrusive, metasedimentary bedrock. Selected geophysical logs were cross-plotted to assess correlations between rock properties. These plots included combinations of gamma, acoustic reflectivity, electromagnetic induction conductivity, normal resistivity, and single-point resistance. The combined use of acoustic televiewer (ATV) imaging and natural gamma logs proved to be effective for delineating rock types. Each of the rock units in the study area could be mapped in the boreholes, on the basis of the gamma and ATV reflectivity signatures. The gamma and mean ATV reflectivity data were used along with the other geophysical logs for an integrated interpretation, yielding a determination of quartz monzonite, rhyolite, metasedimentary units, or diabase/gabbro rock types. The interpretation of rock types on the basis of the geophysical logs compared well to drilling logs and geologic mapping. These results may be helpful for refining the geologic framework at depth. A stereoplot of all fractures intersecting the boreholes indicates numerous fractures, a high proportion of steeply dipping fractures, and considerable variation in fracture orientation. Low-dip-angle fractures associated with unloading and exfoliation are also present, especially at a depth of less than 100 feet below the top of casing. These sub-horizontal fractures help to connect the steeply dipping fractures, making this a highly connected fracture network. The high variability in the fracture orientations also increases the connectivity of the fracture network. A preliminary comparison of all fracture data from all the boreholes suggests fracturing decreases with depth. Because all the boreholes were not drilled to the same depth, however, there is a clear sampling bias. Hence, the deepest boreholes are analyzed separately for fracture density. For the deepest boreholes in the study, the intensity of fracturing does not decline significantly with depth. It is possible the fractures observed in these boreholes become progressively tighter or closed with depth, but this is difficult to verify with the borehole methods used in this investigation. The fact that there are more sealed fractures at depth (observed in optical televiewer logs in some of the boreholes) may indicate less opening of the sealed fractures, less water moving through the rock, and less weathering of the fracture infilling minerals. Although the fracture orientation remained fairly constant with depth, differences in the fracture patterns for the three restoration sites indicate the orientation of fractures varies across the study area. The fractures in boreholes on Miller Mountain predominantly strike northwest-southeast, and to a lesser degree they strike northeast. The fractures on or near the summit of Howard Mountain strike predominantly east-west and dip north and south, and the fractures near the Transmitter Site strike northeast-southwest and dip northwest and southeast. The fracture populations for the boreholes on or near the summit of Howard Mountain show more variation than at the other two sites. This vari

  2. The effect of error in theoretical Earth tide on calibration of borehole strainmeters

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    Langbein, John

    2010-01-01

    Since the installation of borehole strainmeters into the ground locally distorts the strain in the rock, these strainmeters require calibration from a known source which typically is the Earth tide. Consequently, the accuracy of the observed strain changes from borehole strainmeters depends upon the calibration derived from modeling the Earth tide. Previous work from the mid-1970s, which is replicated here, demonstrate that the theoretical tide can differ by 30% from the tide observed at surface-mounted, long-baseline strainmeters. In spite of possible inaccurate tidal models, many of the 74 borehole strainmeters installed since 2005 can be “calibrated”. However, inaccurate tidal models affect the amplitude and phase of observed transient strain changes which needs to be considered along with the precision of the data from the inherent drift of these borehole instruments. In particular, the error from inaccurate tidal model dominates the error budget in the observation of impulsive, sub-daily, strain-transients.

  3. Estimation of percolation flux from borehole temperature data at Yucca Mountain, Nevada.

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    Bodvarsson, G S; Kwicklis, E; Shan, C; Wu, Y S

    2003-01-01

    Temperature data from the unsaturated zone (UZ) at Yucca Mountain are analyzed to estimate percolation-flux rates and overall heat flux. A multilayer, one-dimensional analytical solution is presented for determining percolation flux from temperature data. Case studies have shown that the analytical solution agrees very well with results from the numerical code, TOUGH2. The results of the analysis yield percolation fluxes in the range from 0 to 20 mm/year for most of the deep boreholes. This range is in good agreement with the results of infiltration studies at Yucca Mountain. Percolation flux for the shallower boreholes, however, cannot be accurately determined from temperature data alone because large gas flow in the shallow system alters the temperature profiles. Percolation-flux estimates for boreholes located near or intersecting major faults are significantly higher than those for other boreholes. These estimates may be affected by gas flow in the faults. PMID:12714282

  4. Breakthroughs in Seismic and Borehole Characterization of Basalt Sequestration Targets

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    Sullivan, E. C.; Hardage, Bob A.; McGrail, B. Peter; Davis, Klarissa N.

    2011-04-01

    Mafic continental flood basalts form a globally important, but under-characterized CO2 sequestration target. The Columbia River Basalt Group (CRBG) in the northwestern U.S. is up to 5 km thick and covers over 168,000 km2. In India, flood basalts are 3 km thick and cover greater than 500,000 km2. Laboratory experiments demonstrate that the CRBG and other basalts react with formation water and super critical (sc) CO2 to precipitate carbonates, thus adding a potential mineral trapping mechanism to the standard trapping mechanisms of most other types of CO2 sequestration reservoirs. Brecciated tops of individual basalt flows in the CRBG form regional aquifers that locally have greater than 30% porosity and three Darcies of permeability. Porous flow tops are potential sites for sequestration of gigatons of scCO2 in areas where the basalts contain unpotable water and are at depths greater than 800 m. In this paper we report on the U.S. DOE Big Sky Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership surface seismic and borehole geophysical characterization that supports a field test of capacity, integrity, and geochemical reactivity of CRBG reservoirs in eastern Washington, U.S.A. Traditional surface seismic methods have had little success in imaging basalt features in on-shore areas where the basalt is thinly covered by sediment. Processing of the experimental 6.5 km, 5 line 3C seismic swath included constructing an elastic wavefield model, identifying and separating seismic wave modes, and processing the swath as a single 2D line. Important findings include: (1) a wide variety of shear wave energy modes swamp the P-wave seismic records; (2) except at very short geophone offsets, ground roll overprints P-wave signal; and (3) because of extreme velocity contrasts, P-wave events are refracted at incidence angles greater than 7-15 degrees. Subsequent removal of S-wave and other noise during processing resulted in tremendous improvement in image quality. The application of wireline logging to onshore basalts is underexploited. Full waveform sonic logs and resistivity-based image logs acquired in the 1250 m basalt pilot borehole provide powerful tools for evaluating geomechanics and lithofacies. The azimuth of the fast shear wave is parallel to SH and records the changes through time in basalt flow and tectonic stress tensors. Combined with image log data, azimuthal S-wave data provide a borehole technique for assessing basalt emplacement and cooling history that is related to the development of reservoirs and seals, as well as the orientation of tectonic stresses and fracture systems that could affect CO2 transport or containment. Reservoir and seal properties are controlled by basalt lithofacies, and rescaled P- and S- wave slowness curves, integrated with image logs, provide a tool for improved recognition of subsurface lithofacies.

  5. Simple, affordable and sustainable borehole observatories for complex monitoring objectives

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    Kopf, A.; Freudenthal, T.; Ratmeyer, V.; Bergenthal, M.; Lange, M.; Fleischmann, T.; Hammerschmidt, S.; Seiter, C.; Wefer, G.

    2014-12-01

    Seafloor drill rigs are remotely operated systems that provide a cost effective means to recover sedimentary records of the upper sub-seafloor deposits. Recent increases in their payload included downhole logging tools or autoclave coring systems. We here report on another milestone in using seafloor rigs: the development and installation of shallow borehole observatories. Three different systems have been developed for the MARUM-MeBo seafloor drill, which is operated by MARUM, University of Bremen, Germany. A simple design, the MeBoPLUG, separates the inner borehole from the overlying ocean by using o-ring seals at the conical threads of the drill pipe. The systems are self-contained and include data loggers, batteries, thermistors and a differential pressure sensor. A second design, the so-called MeBoCORK, is more sophisticated and also hosts an acoustic modem for data transfer and, if desired, fluid sampling capability using osmotic pumps. Of these MeBoCORKs, two systems have to be distinguished: the CORK-A (A = autonomous) can be installed by the MeBo alone and monitors pressure and temperature inside and above the borehole (the latter for reference). The CORK-B (B = bottom) has a higher payload and can additionally be equipped with geochemical, biological or other physical components. Owing to its larger size, it is installed by ROV and utilises a hotstab connection in the upper portion of the drill string. Either design relies on a hotstab connection from beneath which coiled tubing with a conical drop weight is lowered to couple to the formation. These tubes are fluid-saturated and either serve to transmit pore pressure signals or collect pore water in the osmo-sampler. The third design, the MeBoPUPPI (Pop-Up Pore Pressure Instrument), is similar to the MeBoCORK-A and monitors pore pressure and temperature in a self-contained manner. Instead of transferring data upon command using an acoustic modem, the MeBoPUPPI contains a pop-up telemetry with Iridium link. After a predefined period, the data unit with satellite link is released, ascends to the sea surface, and remains there for up to two weeks while sending the long-term data sets to shore. In summer 2012, two MeBoPLUGs, one MeBoCORK-A and one MeBoCORK-B were installed with MeBo on German RV Sonne in the Nankai Trough area, Japan. We have successfully downloaded data from the CORKs, attesting that coupling to the formation worked and pressure records were elevated relative to the seafloor reference. In the near future, we will further deploy the first two MeBoPUPPIs. Recovery of all monitoring systems by ROV is planned for 2016.

  6. Surface and borehole electromagnetic imaging of conducting contaminant plumes

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    Berryman, J. G., LLNL

    1998-07-01

    Electromagnetic induction tomography is a promising new tool for imaging electrical conductivity variations in the earth. The EM source field is produced by induction coil (magnetic dipole) transmitters deployed at the surface or in boreholes. Vertical and horizontal component magnetic field detectors are deployed in other boreholes or on the surface. Sources and receivers are typically deployed in a configuration surrounding the region of interest. The goal of this procedure is to image electrical conductivity variations in the earth, much as x-ray tomography is used to image density variations through cross-sections of the body. Although such EM field techniques have been developed and applied, the algorithms for inverting the magnetic field data to produce the desired images of electrical conductivity have not kept pace. One of the main reasons for the lag in the algorithm development has been the fact that the magnetic induction problem is inherently three dimensional; other imaging methods such as x-ray and seismic can make use of two-dimensional approximations that are not too far from reality, but we do not have this luxury in EM induction tomography. In addition, previous field experiments were conducted at controlled test sites that typically do not have much external noise or extensive surface clutter problems often associated with environmental sites. To use the same field techniques in environments more typical of cleanup sites requires a new set of data processing tools to remove the effects of both noise and clutter. The goal of this project is to join theory and experiment to produce enhanced images of electrically conducting fluids underground, allowing better localization of contaminants and improved planning strategies for the subsequent remediation efforts. After explaining the physical context in more detail, this report will summarize the progress made in the first 18 months of this project: (1) on code development and (2) on field tests of these methods. We conclude with a brief statement of the research directions for the remainder of this three year project.

  7. Determining resistivity of a geological formation using circuitry located within a borehole casing

    DOEpatents

    Vail III, William Banning

    2006-01-17

    Geological formation resistivity is determined. Circuitry is located within the borehole casing that is adjacent to the geological formation. The circuitry can measure one or more voltages across two or more voltage measurement electrodes associated with the borehole casing. The measured voltages are used by a processor to determine the resistivity of the geological formation. A common mode signal can also be reduced using the circuitry.

  8. P- and S-Receiver Function Analysis of Borehole Broadband Ocean Bottom Seismic Data

    Microsoft Academic Search

    P. Kumar; H. Kawakatsu; M. Shinohara; T. Kanazawa; E. Araki; K. Suyehiro

    2008-01-01

    We use P- (Prf) and S-receiver functions (Srf) techniques to decipher the lithospheric thickness of oceanic plates using the borehole broadband seismological data set. These stations are deployed under Japanese Ocean Hemisphere network Project (OHP): WP1 and WP2 in the Philippine sea and the northwestern Pacific ocean, respectively. Both the stations are located in a borehole of depth ~500m with

  9. Borehole logging for radium-226: recommended procedures and equipment. Final report

    Microsoft Academic Search

    K. B. Olsen; V. W. Thomas

    1984-01-01

    Field investigations and a literature review were conducted to determine whether existing well-logging techniques are suitable for measuring ²²Ra at remedial action sites. These methods include passive gamma-ray measurement techniques using NaI(Tl) and, occasionally, intrinsic germanium detectors. Parameters that must be considered when logging boreholes at remedial action sites include: (1) casing material and thickness, (2) water in the borehole,

  10. Seismic monitoring with a shallow borehole-geophone array at the COSC-1 drilling site

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Schmelzbach, Cedric; Juhlin, Christopher; Giese, Rüdiger; Malin, Peter; Maurer, Hansruedi; Robertsson, Johan; Reiser, Fabienne; Greenhalgh, Stewart; Bärlocher, Christoph

    2015-04-01

    An array of borehole geophones was installed at the COSC-1 drilling site with the aim to continuously monitor seismic signals originating from controlled source experiments, ambient and drill-bit noise as well as natural seismicity. These seismic data can provide detailed information on the structure of the elastic parameter distribution around the COSC-1 borehole at the 10's to 100's of meter scale. For this monitoring experiment, nine three-component seismic sensors were deployed in the depth interval from 20 to 100 m below the surface in two shallow boreholes next to the COSC-1 main borehole and the output signals were continuously recorded over five months from late April to late September 2014. This time period includes a short 'quiet' time interval just before the start of the drilling in May, the entire drilling activities until August, and the subsequent vertical-seismic profiling (VSP) experiment in September. In total, around 2.6 terabytes of seismic data were recorded and will be jointly analyzed with other seismic data and supporting geological information. The seismic-data analysis of the five-month records will focus on several aspects. For example, we will explore, what information on the geological structure along the main borehole can be extracted by continuously listening to the drill-bit noise. The data acquired with the shallow monitoring array during the VSP experiments complements the VSP recordings with a geophone chain located at greater depths in the main borehole. The VSP data recorded with the monitoring array can aid in, for example, the seismic-reflection and seismic-refraction processing to image the shallow structure around the borehole (top most few 100's of meters). In addition, recordings of ambient noise from the borehole array may provide information on the shallow subsurface structure at the COSC-1 drilling site. Finally, signals from local earthquakes may be identified, providing information on the natural seismicity of the area.

  11. High resolution temperature monitoring in a borehole, detection of the deterministic signals in noisy environment

    Microsoft Academic Search

    V. ?ermák; J. Šafanda; M. Krešl

    2008-01-01

    Temperature was monitored as a function of time at several selected depth levels in a slim experimental borehole. The hole\\u000a is 15 cm in diameter, 150 m deep, and effectively sealed from the influx of ground water by a plastic tube of 5 cm diameter.\\u000a The mean temperature gradient is 19.2 mK\\/m. The borehole was drilled in 1993 and has

  12. Super-resolution of coherent targets by a directional borehole radar

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Satoshi Ebihara; Motoyuki Sato; Hiroaki Niitsuma

    2000-01-01

    An analytical method based on the multiple signal classification (MUSIC) algorithm is applied to three-dimensional (3D) estimation of target positions using a directional borehole radar. A cylindrical conformal array on a conducting cylinder in a borehole was used for experimental measurements estimating the position of targets. It is also shown that the algorithm provides much better resolution than the Fourier-based

  13. Vadose zone flow model parameterisation using cross-borehole radar and resistivity imaging

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Andrew Binley; Giorgio Cassiani; Roy Middleton; Peter Winship

    2002-01-01

    Cross-borehole geoelectrical imaging, in particular electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) and transmission radar tomography, can provide high-resolution images of hydrogeological structures and, in some cases, detailed assessment of dynamic processes in the subsurface environment. Through appropriate petrophysical relationships, these tools offer data suitable for parameterising and constraining models of groundwater flow. This is demonstrated using cross-borehole radar and resistivity measurements collected

  14. Electromagnetic cross-borehole survey of a site proposed for an urban transit station

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. J. Lytle; K. A. Dines; E. F. Laine; D. L. Lager

    1978-01-01

    LLL has developed and tested an electromagnetic method for probing between boreholes and has applied the method to characterize the site for a future urban rapid-transit station--the Forest Glen\\/Georgia Avenue station, Washington, DC. Using this technique, the subsurface region's transmission properties were determined by sending a continuous-wave (cw) electromagnetic signal between a transmitter and a receiver in different boreholes. From

  15. Neural network technology for automatic fracture detection in sonic borehole image data 

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    Schnorrenberg, Frank Theo

    1992-01-01

    NEURAL NETWORK TECHNOLOGY FOR AUTOMATIC FRACTURE DETECTION IN SONIC BOREHOLE IMAGE DATA A Thesis by FRANK THEO SCHNORRENBERG Submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies of Texas A&M University tn partial fulfillment of the requirements... for the degree of MASTER OF SC1ENCE December 1992 Major Subject: Computer Science NEURAL NETWORK TECHNOLOGY FOR AUTOMATIC FRACTURE DETECTION IN SONIC BOREHOLE IMAGE DATA A Thesis by FRANK THEO SCHNORRENBERG Subnutted to the Office of Graduate Studies...

  16. Development of the Borehole 2-D Seismic Tomography Software Using MATLAB

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    Nugraha, A. D.; Syahputra, A.; Fatkhan, F.; Sule, R.; Hendriyana, A.

    2011-12-01

    We developed 2-D borehole seismic tomography software that we called "EARTHMAX-2D TOMOGRAPHY" to image subsurface physical properties including P-wave and S-wave velocities between two boreholes. We used Graphic User Interface (GUI) facilities of MATLAB programming language to create the software. In this software, we used travel time of seismic waves from source to receiver by using pseudo bending ray tracing method as input for tomography inversion. We can also set up a model parameterization, initial velocity model, ray tracing processes, conduct borehole seismic tomography inversion, and finally visualize the inversion results. The LSQR method was applied to solve of tomography inversion solution. We provided the Checkerboard Test Resolution (CTR) to evaluate the model resolution of the tomography inversion. As validation of this developed software, we tested it for geotechnical purposes. We then conducted data acquisition in the "ITB X-field" that is located on ITB campus. We used two boreholes that have a depth of 39 meters. Seismic wave sources were generated by impulse generator and sparker and then they were recorded by borehole hydrophone string type 3. Later on, we analyzed and picked seismic arrival time as input for tomography inversion. As results, we can image the estimated weathering layer, sediment layer, and basement rock in the field depicted by seismic wave structures. More detailed information about the developed software will be presented. Keywords: borehole, tomography, earthmax-2D, inversion

  17. Using borehole images to quantify reservoir quality and stratigraphic distribution

    SciTech Connect

    Roestenburg, J.W. (Schlumberger Geophysics Nusantara, Jakarta (Indonesia))

    1994-07-01

    Understanding the distribution of good-quality reservoir rock in a prospective formation is essential to improved reserves computation and maximized production. High-resolution borehole images provide a rapid and efficient method to evaluate reservoir quality over extended sequences. Microconductivity curves from images are evaluated using modal analysis on histograms to establish specific populations. These populations are assigned to electrofacies, which are discriminated using other logs and core data to generate a lithofacies column. Net pay, or sand counts, are computed based on the distribution of log-derived lithofacies. Reservoir distribution is based on the integration of structural and stratigraphic image analyses. This method is applied to two different reservoirs, the first example is of a well developed, valley-fill sequence comprising thick, stacked fluvial-deltaic channel sands. These sands are over 100 ft thick, have >20% porosity, and over 200 md permeability. The distribution and thickness of optimum quality reservoir is random, however. The second example is of multiple, small scale, depositional units between 3 in. and 24 in., which have 15% porosity with >500 md permeability. The net thickness and exact position of high-quality reservoir intervals is not apparent from standard logs, but becomes clear after image analysis.

  18. Analysis of induced temperature anomalies along borehole heat exchangers

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    Lindner, Michael; Schelenz, Sophie; Stollberg, Reiner; Gossel, Wolfgang; Dietrich, Peter; Vienken, Thomas

    2015-04-01

    Over the last years, the thermal use of the shallow subsurface for heat generation, cooling, and thermal energy storage has increased. However, the injection or extraction of heat potentially drives changes in the subsurface temperature regime; especially in urban areas. The presented case study investigates the intensive use of borehole heat exchangers (BHE) and their potential thermal impacts on subsurface temperatures, as well as thermal interactions between individual BHE's for a residential neighborhood in Cologne, Germany. Based on on-site subsurface parameterization, a 3D subsurface model was designed, using the finite element software FEFLOW (DHI WASY). The model contains five BHE, extracting 8.2 kW, with a maximum BHE depth of 38 m, whereby the thickness of the unsaturated zone is 22 m. The simulated time span is 10 years. This study focusses on two questions: How will different BHE arrangements vary in terms of temperature plume formation and potential system interaction and what is the influence of seasonal subsurface heat storage on soil and ground water temperatures.

  19. Investigations of tilt measurements using shallow borehole tiltmeters

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    Wyatt, F.; Berger, J.

    1980-01-01

    An array of shallow borehole tiltmeters has been operated at Pinon Flat Observatory since early in 1977. The data from this array are examined for coherence between the individual instruments and compared with the corresponding data from three 732-m laser strainmeters. In general, there is no significant coherence between the signals from the tiltmeters outside the microseismic and tidal bands even though they are spaced as closely as 10 m apart. Comparisons with the strain records show that the observed tilt noise power exceeds the strain noise power by 25-40 dB over the band from 0.000001 to 1 Hz. Analysis of the coherence estimates establishes the necessity for an unacceptably large (approximately 1000) array of instruments in order to determine the common tectonic signals. The observed secular tilt rates are from 40 to 450 times the observed secular strain rates for the same period. The theoretical noise power limit of the tilt transducer renders the instrument incapable of recording background noise at a quiet site over the band from 0.0001 to 0.1 Hz.

  20. Advances in directional borehole radar data analysis and visualization

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Smith, D.V.G.; Brown, P.J., II

    2002-01-01

    The U.S. Geological Survey is developing a directional borehole radar (DBOR) tool for mapping fractures, lithologic changes, and underground utility and void detection. An important part of the development of the DBOR tool is data analysis and visualization, with the aim of making the software graphical user interface (GUI) intuitive and easy to use. The DBOR software system consists of a suite of signal and image processing routines written in Research Systems' Interactive Data Language (IDL). The software also serves as a front-end to many widely accepted Colorado School of Mines Center for Wave Phenomena (CWP) Seismic UNIX (SU) algorithms (Cohen and Stockwell, 2001). Although the SU collection runs natively in a UNIX environment, our system seamlessly emulates a UNIX session within a widely used PC operating system (MicroSoft Windows) using GNU tools (Noer, 1998). Examples are presented of laboratory data acquired with the prototype tool from two different experimental settings. The first experiment imaged plastic pipes in a macro-scale sand tank. The second experiment monitored the progress of an invasion front resulting from oil injection. Finally, challenges to further development and planned future work are discussed.

  1. KTB completes first year of drilling on ultradeep borehole

    SciTech Connect

    Aalund, L.R.

    1991-11-11

    This paper reports on the third phase in the world's deep drilling project which ended with the borehole at a depth of 3,003 m or 9,852 ft. The scientific probe into the lithosphere near the German/Czechoslovakian border in Bavaria is on schedule and now well into the fourth phase that will carry it to a depth of 6,000 m (19,684 ft). At mid-September, the hole depth was 4,250 m. The final objective is a depth of 10-12 km or some 33,000-40,000 ft. The operations reflect the intense planning that has gone into the project, designated the German Continental Deep Drilling Program, or KTB (Kontinentales Tiefbohr-programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland). Although all the drilling has been and will be in crystalline rock, it is certain that many of the new procedures, hardware, and measuring systems developed and being used will have practical application in conventional oil and gas drilling.

  2. Response of borehole extensometers to explosively generated dynamic loads

    SciTech Connect

    Patrick, W.C.; Brough, W.G.

    1980-08-25

    Commercially available, hydraulically anchored, multiple-point borehole extensometers (MPBX) were evaluated with respect to response to dynamic loads produced by explosions. This study is part of the DOE-funded Spent Fuel Test-Climax (SFT-C), currently being conducted in the Climax granitic stock at the Nevada Test Site. The SFT-C is an investigation of the feasibility of short-term storage and retrieval of spent nuclear reactor fuel assemblies at a plausible repository depth in granitic rock. Eleven spent fuel assemblies are stored at a depth of 420 m for three to five years, and will then be retrieved. MPBX units are used in the SFT-C to measure both excavation-induced and thermally induced rock displacements. Long-term reliability of extensometers in this hostile environment is essential in order to obtain valid data during the course of this test. Research to date shows conclusively that extensometers of this type continue to function reliably even though subjected to accelerations of 1.8 g; research also implies that they function well though subjected to accelerations in excess of 100 g. MPBX survivability during the first four months of testing at ambient temperatures was about 90 percent.

  3. Calibration models for density borehole logging - construction report

    SciTech Connect

    Engelmann, R.E.; Lewis, R.E.; Stromswold, D.C.

    1995-10-01

    Two machined blocks of magnesium and aluminum alloys form the basis for Hanford`s density models. The blocks provide known densities of 1.780 {plus_minus} 0.002 g/cm{sup 3} and 2.804 {plus_minus} 0.002 g/cm{sup 3} for calibrating borehole logging tools that measure density based on gamma-ray scattering from a source in the tool. Each block is approximately 33 x 58 x 91 cm (13 x 23 x 36 in.) with cylindrical grooves cut into the sides of the blocks to hold steel casings of inner diameter 15 cm (6 in.) and 20 cm (8 in.). Spacers that can be inserted between the blocks and casings can create air gaps of thickness 0.64, 1.3, 1.9, and 2.5 cm (0.25, 0.5, 0.75 and 1.0 in.), simulating air gaps that can occur in actual wells from hole enlargements behind the casing.

  4. Hydrologic testing methodology and results from deep basalt boreholes

    SciTech Connect

    Strait, S R; Spane, F A; Jackson, R L; Pidcoe, W W

    1982-05-01

    The objective of the hydrologic field-testing program is to provide data for characterization of the groundwater systems wihin the Pasco Basin that are significant to understanding waste isolation. The effort is directed toward characterizing the areal and vertical distributions of hydraulic head, hydraulic properties, and hydrochemistry. Data obtained from these studies provide input for numerical modeling of groundwater flow and solute transport. These models are then used for evaluating potential waste migration as a function of space and time. The groundwater system beneath the Hanford Site and surrounding area consists of a thick, accordantly layered sequence of basalt flows and associated sedimentary interbed that primarily occur in the upper part of the Columbia River basalt. Permeable horizons of the sequence are associated with the interbeds and the interflow zones within the basalt. The columnar interiors of a flow act as low-permeability aquitards, separating the more-permeable interflows or interbeds. This paper discusses the hydrologic field-gathering activities, specifically, field-testing methodology and test results from deep basalt boreholes.

  5. Evaluation of fiber optic distributed temperature sensing in characterization of borehole fractures: a laboratory experiment

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Roshan, Hamid; Queen, Gabriella; Andersen, Martin S.; Acworth, Ian R.

    2014-05-01

    Mapping of bedrock fractures in boreholes and the contribution of main fractures to groundwater flow have long been a significant challenge in the geosciences field. Advanced techniques such as formation micro-imager (FMI) are able to detect the location of downhole fractures and to characterise their properties, such as aperture and orientation. However, these techniques have not been designed to estimate flow from individual fractures and are, in many cases, economically unjustified. In recent years, Fiber Optic Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) has been used to detect the location of active fractures and their contribution to groundwater flow, however; the technique has not been evaluated in a controlled environment and the limitations of the technique have yet to be identified. For that reason, a fractured rock borehole with active fractures was simulated in a lab-scale experiment. A structure with two fractures was built in a cylindrical configuration around the borehole and placed inside a cylindrical reservoir. A coiled fibre optic cable was inserted in the centre of the borehole. In order to simulate groundwater interactions, water with distinct temperature was added to the reservoir. During tests, water from the borehole in the centre was pumped out of the system, while the fiber optic DTS recorded the temperature response. The location of the artificial fractures and their contribution to the flow rate were determined through analysis of the measured temperature data. The results show that for the experimental setup, the locations of the fractures are most easily detected from the early times of the temperature response. As the water with different temperature from the reservoir flows into the borehole, it changes the borehole temperature starting from around the fracture locations. With time, this anomaly disappears and the borehole temperature reaches a new steady state condition. The contribution of each fracture to the pumping flow can then be identified from a combination of early time temperature responses and the new steady state temperature inside the borehole. The experiment also revealed that for certain combinations of parameters (temperature difference between water in borehole and fracture, pumping flow rate and aperture of the fracture), there exists a threshold below which fracture locations and flow rates cannot be accurately detected by measuring the temperature response.

  6. Device and method for imaging of non-linear and linear properties of formations surrounding a borehole

    DOEpatents

    Johnson, Paul A; Tencate, James A; Le Bas, Pierre-Yves; Guyer, Robert; Vu, Cung Khac; Skelt, Christopher

    2013-11-05

    In some aspects of the disclosure, a method and an apparatus is disclosed for investigating material surrounding the borehole. The method includes generating a first low frequency acoustic wave within the borehole, wherein the first low frequency acoustic wave induces a linear and a nonlinear response in one or more features in the material that are substantially perpendicular to a radius of the borehole; directing a first sequence of high frequency pulses in a direction perpendicularly with respect to the longitudinal axis of the borehole into the material contemporaneously with the first acoustic wave; and receiving one or more second high frequency pulses at one or more receivers positionable in the borehole produced by an interaction between the first sequence of high frequency pulses and the one or more features undergoing linear and nonlinear elastic distortion due to the first low frequency acoustic wave to investigate the material surrounding the borehole.

  7. Calculation of unmitigated release from reverse circulation drilling of a borehole three meters south of borehole 41-15-09 near SST 241-SX-115

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    SCOTT, D.L.

    1999-05-27

    To more fully characterize the vadose zone near Single Shell Tank 241-SX-115, another borehole will be drilled and sampled by using reverse circulation drilling equipment. Compressed air propels the drill and sweeps out cuttings. Dose calculations in this document are performed for an unmitigated airborne release from the drill string. Doses were found not to exceed TWRS risk guideline values.

  8. Characterization of Vadose Zone Sediments Below the T Tank Farm: Boreholes C4104, C4105, 299-W10-196, and RCRA Borehole 299-W11-39

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    Serne, R. Jeffrey; Bjornstad, Bruce N.; Horton, Duane G.; Lanigan, David C.; Schaef, Herbert T.; Lindenmeier, Clark W.; Lindberg, Michael J.; Clayton, Ray E.; Legore, Virginia L.; Geiszler, Keith N.; Baum, Steven R.; Valenta, Michelle M.; Kutnyakov, Igor V.; Vickerman, Tanya S.; Orr, Robert D.; Brown, Christopher F.

    2008-09-11

    This report was revised in September 2008 to remove acid-extractable sodium data from Tables 4.8, 4.28, and 4.52. The sodium data was removed due to potential contamination introduced during the acid extraction process. The rest of the text remains unchanged from the original report issued in September 2004. The overall goal of the Tank Farm Vadose Zone Project, led by CH2M HILL Hanford Group, Inc., is to define risks from past and future single-shell tank farm activities at Hanford. To meet this goal, CH2M HILL Hanford Group, Inc. tasked scientists from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to perform detailed analyses on vadose zone sediments from within Waste Management Area (WMA) T-TX-TY. This report is the second of two reports written to present the results of these analyses. Specifically, this report contains all the geologic, geochemical, and selected physical characterization data collected on vadose zone sediment recovered from boreholes C4104 and C4105 in the T Tank Farm, and from borehole 299-W-11-39 installed northeast of the T Tank Farm. Finally, the measurements on sediments from borehole C4104 are compared with a nearby borehole drilled in 1993, 299- W10-196, through the tank T-106 leak plume.

  9. Insights into aquifer vulnerability and potential recharge zones from the borehole response to barometric pressure changes

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    El Araby, Mahmoud; Odling, Noelle; Clark, Roger; West, Jared

    2010-05-01

    Borehole water levels fluctuate in response to deformation of the surrounding aquifer caused by surface loading due to barometric pressure or strain caused by Earth and ocean tides. The magnitude and nature of this response mainly depend on the hydraulic properties of the aquifer and overlying units and borehole design. Thus water level responses reflect the effectiveness of a confining unit as a protective layer against aquifer contamination (and therefore groundwater vulnerability) and to potential aquifer recharge/discharge zones. In this study, time series of borehole water levels and barometric pressure are being investigated using time series analysis and signal processing techniques with the aim of developing a methodology for assessing recharge/discharge distribution and groundwater vulnerability in the confined/semi-confined part of the Chalk aquifer in East Yorkshire, UK. The chalk aquifer in East Yorkshire is an important source for industrial and domestic water supply. The aquifer water quality is threatened by surface pollution particularly by nitrates from agricultural fertilizers. The confined/semi-confined part of this aquifer is covered by various types of superficial deposits resulting in a wide range of the aquifer's degree of confinement. A number of boreholes have been selected for monitoring to cover all these various types of confining units. Automatic pressure transducers are installed to record water levels and barometric pressure measurements at each borehole on 15 minutes recording intervals. In strictly confined aquifers, borehole water level response to barometric pressure is an un-drained instantaneous response and is a constant fraction of the barometric pressure changes. This static confined constant is called the barometric efficiency which can be estimated simply by the slope of a regression plot of water levels versus barometric pressure. However, in the semi confined aquifer case this response is lagged due to water movement between the aquifer and the confining layer. In this case the static constant barometric efficiency is not applicable and the response is represented by a barometric response function which reflects the timing and frequency of the barometric pressure loading. In this study, the barometric response function is estimated using de-convolution techniques both in the time domain (least squares regression de-convolution) and in the frequency domain (discrete Fourier transform de-convolution). In order to estimate the barometric response function, borehole water level fluctuations due to factors other than barometric pressure should be removed (de-trended) as otherwise they will mask the response relation of interest. It is shown from the collected borehole data records that the main four factors other than barometric pressure contribute to borehole water level fluctuations. These are the rainfall recharge, Earth tides, sea tides and pumping activities close to the borehole location. Due to the highly variable nature of the UK weather, rainfall recharge shows a wide variation throughout the winter and summer seasons. This gives a complicated recharge signal over a wide range of frequencies which must be de-trended from the borehole water level data in order to estimate the barometric response function. Methods for removing this recharge signal are developed and discussed. Earth tides are calculated theoretically at each borehole location taking into account oceanic loading effects. Ocean tide effects on water levels fluctuations are clear for the boreholes located close to the coast. A Matlab code has been designed to calculate and de-trend the periodic fluctuations in borehole water levels due to Earth and ocean tides using the least squares regression technique based on a sum of sine and cosine fitting model functions. The program results have been confirmed using spectral analysis techniques.

  10. Summary of lithologic logging of new and existing boreholes at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, March 1994 to June 1994

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    Geslin, J.K.; Moyer, T.C.

    1995-04-01

    This report summarizes lithologic logging of core from boreholes at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, conducted from March 1994 to June 1994. Units encountered during logging include Quaternary-Tertiary alluvium and colluvium, Tertiary Rainier Mesa Tuff, all units in the Tertiary Paintbrush Group, and Tertiary Calico Hills Formation. Logging results are presented in a table of contact depths for core from unsaturated zone neutron (UZN) boreholes and graphic lithologic logs for core from north ramp geology (NRG) boreholes.

  11. Borehole Time Domain Reflectometry in Layered Sandstone: Impact of Measurement Technique on Vadose Zone Process Identification

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    West, J.; Truss, S. W.

    2004-12-01

    An investigation is reported into the hydraulic behaviour of the vadose zone of a layered sandstone aquifer using borehole-based Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR). TDR has been widely applied to shallow soils but has seen limited application at greater depth and in cemented lithologies due to the difficulty of installing conventional TDR probes in rock and from boreholes. Here, flat TDR probes that are simply in contact with, rather than inserted within the medium under investigation, have been developed and applied in a field study. Both a commercially available portable packer TDR system (TRIME-B3L Borehole Packer Probe) and specially designed TDR probes, permanently installed in boreholes on grouted-in packers were used to monitor seasonal fluctuations in moisture content in the vadose zone of a layered sandstone over one year under natural rainfall loading. The data show that the vadose zone contains seasonal perched water tables that form when downward percolating moisture reaches layers of fine grained sandstone and siltstone and causes local saturation. The formation of perched water tables is likely to lead to lateral flow bypassing the less permeable, finer layers. This contrasts with behaviour inferred from previous studies of the same aquifer that used borehole radar and resistivity, which suggested its vadose zone behaviour was characterized by uniform downwards migration of wetting fronts. To investigate the impact of measurement technique on observed response, the TDR data reported here were used to produce simulated zero offset profile (ZOP) borehole radar responses. This simulation confirmed the limited ability of ZOP borehole radar to detect key vadose zone processes, because the phenomenon of critical refraction minimizes the sensitivity of the results to high moisture content layers. The study illustrates that inappropriate technique selection results in hydrological process mis-identification, with serious consequences for the usefulness of data in hydrological modeling.

  12. Reference design and operations for deep borehole disposal of high-level radioactive waste.

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    Herrick, Courtney Grant; Brady, Patrick Vane; Pye, Steven; Arnold, Bill Walter; Finger, John Travis; Bauer, Stephen J.

    2011-10-01

    A reference design and operational procedures for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste in deep boreholes have been developed and documented. The design and operations are feasible with currently available technology and meet existing safety and anticipated regulatory requirements. Objectives of the reference design include providing a baseline for more detailed technical analyses of system performance and serving as a basis for comparing design alternatives. Numerous factors suggest that deep borehole disposal of high-level radioactive waste is inherently safe. Several lines of evidence indicate that groundwater at depths of several kilometers in continental crystalline basement rocks has long residence times and low velocity. High salinity fluids have limited potential for vertical flow because of density stratification and prevent colloidal transport of radionuclides. Geochemically reducing conditions in the deep subsurface limit the solubility and enhance the retardation of key radionuclides. A non-technical advantage that the deep borehole concept may offer over a repository concept is that of facilitating incremental construction and loading at multiple perhaps regional locations. The disposal borehole would be drilled to a depth of 5,000 m using a telescoping design and would be logged and tested prior to waste emplacement. Waste canisters would be constructed of carbon steel, sealed by welds, and connected into canister strings with high-strength connections. Waste canister strings of about 200 m length would be emplaced in the lower 2,000 m of the fully cased borehole and be separated by bridge and cement plugs. Sealing of the upper part of the borehole would be done with a series of compacted bentonite seals, cement plugs, cement seals, cement plus crushed rock backfill, and bridge plugs. Elements of the reference design meet technical requirements defined in the study. Testing and operational safety assurance requirements are also defined. Overall, the results of the reference design development and the cost analysis support the technical feasibility of the deep borehole disposal concept for high-level radioactive waste.

  13. Drag-out effect of piezomagnetic signals due to a borehole: The Mogi source as an example

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    Sasai, Y.; Johnston, M.J.S.; Tanaka, Y.; Mueller, R.; Hashimoto, T.; Utsugi, M.; Sakanaka, S.; Uyeshima, M.; Zlotnicki, J.; Yvetot, P.

    2007-01-01

    We show that using borehole measurements in tectonomagnetic experiments allows enhancement of the observed signals. New magnetic dipoles, which vary with stress changes from mechanical sources, are produced on the walls of the borehole. We evaluate such an effect quantitatively. First we formulate a general expression for the borehole effect due to any arbitrary source models. This is valid everywhere above the ground surface as well as within the cylindrical hole. A first-order approximate solution is given by a line of horizontal dipoles and vertical quadrupoles along the central axis of the borehole, which is valid above the ground surface and a slightly away (several tens of cm) from the top of the borehole. Selecting the Mogi model as an example, we numerically evaluated the borehole effect. It turned out that the vertical quadrupoles produce two orders of magnitude more intense magnetic field than the horizontal dipoles. The borehole effect is very local, i.e. detectable only within a few m from its outlet, since it is of the same order or more than the case without a borehole. However, magnetic lines of force cannot reach the ground surface from a deeper portion (> 10 m) of a borehole.

  14. Cross-borehole flow analysis to characterize fracture connections in the Melechov Granite, Bohemian-Moravian Highland, Czech Republic

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    Paillet, Frederick L.; Williams, John H.; Urik, Joseph; Lukes, Joseph; Kobr, Miroslav; Mares, Stanislav

    2012-02-01

    Application of the cross-borehole flow method, in which short pumping cycles in one borehole are used to induce time-transient flow in another borehole, demonstrated that a simple hydraulic model can characterize the fracture connections in the bedrock mass between the two boreholes. The analysis determines the properties of fracture connections rather than those of individual fractures intersecting a single borehole; the model contains a limited number of adjustable parameters so that any correlation between measured and simulated flow test data is significant. The test was conducted in two 200-m deep boreholes spaced 21 m apart in the Melechov Granite in the Bohemian-Moravian Highland, Czech Republic. Transient flow was measured at depth stations between the identified transmissive fractures in one of the boreholes during short-term pumping and recovery periods in the other borehole. Simulated flows, based on simple model geometries, closely matched the measured flows. The relative transmissivity and storage of the inferred fracture connections were corroborated by tracer testing. The results demonstrate that it is possible to assess the properties of a fracture flow network despite being restricted to making measurements in boreholes in which a local population of discrete fractures regulates the hydraulic communication with the larger-scale aquifer system.

  15. Multiple-Aquifer Characterization from Single Borehole Extensometer Records

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    Pope, J.P.; Burbey, T.J.

    2004-01-01

    Measurement and analysis of aquifer-system compaction have been used to characterize aquifer and confining unit properties when other techniques such as flow modeling have been ineffective at adequately quantifying storage properties or matching historical water levels in environments experiencing land subsidence. In the southeastern coastal plain of Virginia, high-sensitivity borehole pipe extensometers were used to measure 24.2 mm of total compaction at Franklin from 1979 through 1995 (1.5 mm/year) and 50.2 mm of total compaction at Suffolk from 1982 through 1995 (3.7 mm/year). Analysis of the extensometer data reveals that the small rates of aquifer-system compaction appear to be correlated with withdrawals of water from confined aquifers. One-dimensional vertical compaction modeling indicates measured compaction is the result of nonrecoverable hydrodynamic consolidation of the fine-grained confining units and interbeds, as well as recoverable compaction and expansion of coarse-grained aquifer units. The calibrated modeling results indicate that nonrecoverable specific storage values decrease with depth and range from 1.5 x 10-5/m for aquifer units to 1.5 x 10-4/m for confining units and interbeds. The aquifer and Potomac system recoverable specific storage values were all estimated to be 4.5 x 10-6/m, while the confining units and interbeds had values of 6.0 x 10-6/m. The calibrated vertical hydraulic conductivity values of the confining units and interbeds ranged from 6.6 x 10-4 m/year to 2.0 x 10-3 m/year. These parameter values will be useful in future management and modeling of ground water in the Virginia Coastal Plain.

  16. Borehole geophysics applied to ground-water investigations

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    Keys, W.S.

    1990-01-01

    The purpose of this manual is to provide hydrologists, geologists, and others who have the necessary background in hydrogeology with the basic information needed to apply the most useful borehole-geophysical-logging techniques to the solution of problems in ground-water hydrology. Geophysical logs can provide information on the construction of wells and on the character of the rocks and fluids penetrated by those wells, as well as on changes in the character of these factors over time. The response of well logs is caused by petrophysical factors, by the quality, temperature, and pressure of interstitial fluids, and by ground-water flow. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of analog records and computer analysis of digitized logs are used to derive geohydrologic information. This information can then be extrapolated vertically within a well and laterally to other wells using logs. The physical principles by which the mechanical and electronic components of a logging system measure properties of rocks, fluids, and wells, as well as the principles of measurement, must be understood if geophysical logs are to be interpreted correctly. Plating a logging operation involves selecting the equipment and the logs most likely to provide the needed information. Information on well construction and geohydrology is needed to guide this selection. Quality control of logs is an important responsibility of both the equipment operator and the log analyst and requires both calibration and well-site standardization of equipment. Logging techniques that are widely used in ground-water hydrology or that have significant potential for application to this field include spontaneous potential, resistance, resistivity, gamma, gamma spectrometry, gamma-gamma, neutron, acoustic velocity, acoustic televiewer, caliper, and fluid temperature, conductivity, and flow. The following topics are discussed for each of these techniques: principles and instrumentation, calibration and standardization, volume of investigation, extraneous effects, and interpretation and applications.

  17. Borehole Geophysics, Hydraulic Characteristics and Chemistry of Groundwater Flow in Fractured Granite With Very Low Permeability

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    Lukes, J.; Rukavickova, L.; Paces, T.

    2005-12-01

    Three test boreholes 10.9 and 10.5 meters apart were drilled in a compact granite at locality Podles' in the Bohemian Massif of central Europe. The depths of the drill boreholes were 349, 300 and 296 m. The location of the boreholes form a triangle. The main goal of this study was to determine the degree to which the very compact granite is fractured and what is the hydraulic conductivity of the fracture system. A combination of neutron log, electrical resistivity logs, gama gama log, fluid-resistivity log, and acoustic log was used to test the function of the fracture system. The hydraulic connection among the boreholes was determined from the fluid-resistivity log using injected salt as a tracer. The pressure communication through fractures among boreholes was investigated by a set of water pressure tests (WPT) in one borehole with simultaneous monitoring of responses in the other two holes equipped by a multipacker system. The connection of selected permeable fracture systems was verified by a combination of hydraulic stress tests in one borehole and simultaneous fluid-resistivity logging in other two boreholes. Indication of salt in water in adjoining boreholes was registered as anomalies on curves of the fluid-resistivity record. Several communications between boreholes were along a horizontal level, however, some connections were through combination of both horizontal and vertical fractures. The hydraulic connection between two of the boreholes was fast and straightforward. The connection with the third borehole was inexpressive. This difference was due to the position of the boreholes with regard to the direction of main fractures and the direction of natural groundwater flow. All fractures were identified using acoustic tele-viewer and inspection of core. The density of the fractures varied with depth. The density was 3 fractures per meter near surface, the density dropped to 0.9 fractures per meter at the depth of 80 m. Between 80 and 300 m, the density increased with depth to the maximum of 8.8 fractures per meter. The hydraulic conductivity of the fractured granite was investigated with WPT and slug tests. We measured the water loss at pressures 2.7x10-1 and 4.5x10-1 MPa. The water loss was tested in sections separated with the packers. The thickness of the sections varied from 1 to 50 meters. The water loss below 150 m was extremely low from 5x10-5 to 4x10-4 liters per minute per meter. Above 100 m depth the water loss varied from 3x10-3 to 7x10-1 L/min/m. The weathered zone to a depth of 25 m had a permeability of 2x10-6 m/s. The zone of opened fractures reached to a depth of 95 m with permeability from 2x10-9 to 2x10-7 m/s. Granite below 95 m had a dense net of fractures, however, the fractures were closed so that the permeability was very low from 2x10-12 to 4x10-9 m/s. After the logging and hydraulic tests, samplers of water were installed in four sections of one of the drill holes. Very small quantities of water are periodically pumped out and analyzed. Electric conductivity and chemical composition of groundwater from the granite returned to a natural composition not affected by injection of salt after several months. Water from the deepest section (230-296 m) reflects the influence of local stream water while water from the shallower sections reflects a prolonged or more intensive interaction with granite. This indicates also the complexity of the fracture system. The data are used to build a specific simulation model to represent groundwater flow and water-rock interaction in fractured granite.

  18. Physical model for the downhole orbital vibrator (DOV) - I. Acoustic and borehole seismic radiation

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    Leary, P. C.; Walter, L. A.

    2005-11-01

    The downhole orbital vibrator (DOV) applies the Vibroseis principle to borehole seismic sourcing. Accelerations by an internal rotating eccentric mass excite cylindrical pressure waves converted at the wellbore to seismic waves essentially within 20°-30° of the plane normal to the borehole. DOV pressure waves in open water are quantitatively described by a rotating point force radiating acoustic waves with displacement amplitude u(r) ~ 1/2 u0?R1/r, where R1=?2?dov/?watera2l/?2~ 1 mm is the DOV effective size for DOV radius a~ 5 cm, length l~ 1 m and acoustic radiation wavelength ?~ 10 m, and u0~ 1?m and ?x are, respectively, the frequency-independent DOV displacement amplitude and the direction cosine of the observer relative to the instantaneous point-force axis in the plane of the rotating point force. Crosswell seismic radiation amplitude, spectrum and angular dependence are quantitatively described by acoustic wave diffraction at a slit with DOV axial cross-section 2al, followed by conversion to seismic waves at the wellbore. Seismic wave displacement amplitudes u(r) ~u0?R2/r scale with effective radius R2~ 2al/?~ 1 cm. The frequency dependence of R2 is observed as linear frequency enhancement of the seismic wavelet spectrum relative to the source wavelet spectrum. DOV borehole P- and S-wave production peaks strongly in the plane of DOV rotation, with converted S waves both parallel to and transverse to the borehole axis. The small effective source sizes R1~ 1 mm and R2~ 1 cm at operational frequencies 50-350 Hz imply that DOV motion in a borehole is dynamically decoupled from the borehole wall. Dynamic decoupling allows DOV borehole seismic correlation wavelets to be quantitatively modelled in terms of a stable kinematic relation between source and sensor motion. Acoustic and seismic data rule out dipole-source action associated with claims for shear traction and primary S-wave radiation from boreholes. The stable linear kinetics of DOV acoustic action in borehole fluids produces (i) useful crosswell seismic signals at offsets to 650-800 m, (ii) negligible tube waves and (iii) stable seismic wavelets suited to in situ time-lapse seismic imaging of fluid migration fronts in crustal reservoirs.

  19. Mapping permeable fractures at depth in crystalline metamorphic shield rocks using borehole seismic, logging, and imaging

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    Chan, J.; Schmitt, D. R.; Nieuwenhuis, G.; Poureslami Ardakani, E.; Kueck, J.; Abasolo, M. R.

    2012-04-01

    The presence of major fluid pathways in subsurface exploration can be identified by understanding the effects of fractures, cracks, and microcracks in the subsurface. Part of a feasibility study of geothermal development in Northern Alberta consists of the investigation of subsurface fluid pathways in the Precambrian basement rocks. One of the selected sites for this study is in the Fort McMurray area, where the deepest well drilled in the oilsands region in Northeastern Alberta is located. This deep borehole has a depth of 2.3 km which offers substantial depth coverage to study the metamorphic rocks in the Precambrian crystalline basement of this study area. Seismic reflection profiles adjacent to the borehole reveal NW-SE dipping reflectors within the metamorphic shield rocks some of which appear to intersect the wellbore. An extensive logging and borehole seismic program was carried out in the borehole in July, 2011. Gamma ray, magnetic susceptibility, acoustic televiewer, electrical resistivity, and full-waveform sonic logs were acquired to study the finer scale structure of the rock formations, with vertical resolutions in the range of 0.05 cm to 80 cm. These logs supplement earlier electrical microscanner images obtained by the well operator when it was drilled. In addition, we are also interested in identifying other geological features such as zones of fractures that could provide an indication of enhanced fluid flow potential - a necessary component for any geothermal systems to be viable. The interpretation of the borehole logs reveals a highly conductive 13 m thick zone at 1409 m depth that may indicate communication of natural brines in fractures with the wellbore fluid. The photoelectric factor and magnetic susceptibility also appear anomalous in this zone. Formation MicroImager (FMI) log was used to verify the presence of fractures in the borehole in this conductive zone. This fracture zone may coincide with the dipping seismic reflectors in the reflection profile. To better understand the velocity structure and to look for the effects of fractures, a high resolution zero-offset vertical seismic profile (VSP) was conducted to measure the seismic responses at the borehole. VSP data can be used to delineate the structural and stratigraphic features surrounding the borehole that could not otherwise be resolved from surface seismic reflection data. A comparison of VSP data with borehole logging data is expected to provide information on the local lithological changes, mineral composition of rocks and on the presence of fractures.

  20. Using the Hypergeometric Model to analyze the buckling of drillstrings in curved boreholes

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    Sampaio, J.H.B. Jr. [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Eustes, A.W. III [Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States). Petroleum Engineering Dept.

    1998-12-31

    Current methodologies for analytically determining the onset of buckling of drillstrings within curved boreholes are limited. In this paper, the Hypergeometric Model is shown to be an effective model to determine drillstring buckling within curved boreholes. With the Hypergeometric Model, the analysis of drillstring buckling results in curves expressing the local buckling force versus the angle of inclination. The local buckling force alone, however, does not contain all the information required for a practical analysis. From the local buckling force curve, the positional buckling force is derived. The positional buckling force considers the distributed weight of the drillstring and the friction between the drillstring and the borehole wall. From this curve, the point of minimum resistance to buckling of the drillstring is determined. Using the local and positional buckling force curves, experimental results and simulations are presented. When multiple configurations exist (for example tapered drillstrings, tapered boreholes, multi-curved boreholes, or any combination of these), the analysis procedure uses superposition of two or more single configuration curves and a graphical algorithm. The Hypergeometric Model permits the optimization of the position of the crossing points (cross-over positioning, casing-shoe positioning, and change of curvature) to achieve extended reach with less risk and cost. The procedure for this model and examples are presented in this paper.

  1. In situ capture gamma-ray analysis of coal in an oversize borehole

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    Mikesell, J.L.; Dotson, D.W.; Senftle, F.E.; Zych, R.S.; Koger, J.; Goldman, L.

    1983-01-01

    In situ capture gamma-ray analysis in a coal seam using a high resolution gamma-ray spectrometer in a close-fitting borehole has been reported previously. In order to check the accuracy of the method under adverse conditions, similar measurements were made by means of a small-diameter sonde in an oversize borehole in the Pittsburgh seam, Greene County, Pennsylvania. The hole was 5 times the diameter of the sonde, a ratio that substantially increased the contribution of water (hydrogen) to the total spectral count and reduced the size of the sample measured by the detector. The total natural count, the 40K,count, and the intensities of capture gamma rays from Si, Ca, H, and Al were determined as a function of depth above, through, and below the coal seam. From these logs, the depth and width of the coal seam and its partings were determined. Spectra were accumulated in the seam for 1 h periods by using neutron sources of different strengths. From the spectra obtained by means of several 252Cf neutron sources of different sizes, the ultimate elemental analysis and ash content were determined. The results were not as good as those obtained previously in a close-fitting borehole. However, the results did improve with successively larger source-to-detector distances, i.e.,as the count contribution due to hydrogen in the water decreased. It was concluded that in situ borehole analyses should be made in relatively close-fitting boreholes. ?? 1983.

  2. Cement technology for borehole plugging: an interim report on permeability measurements of cementitious solids

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    McDaniel, E.W.

    1980-01-01

    The permeability of borehole plug solids and plug-wall rock junctions is a property of major interest in the Borehole Plugging Program. This report describes the equipment and techniques used to determine the permeabilities of possible borehole plugging materials and presents results from tests on various cementitious solids and plug-rock combinations. The cementitious solids were made from mixtures of cement, sand, salt, fly ash, and water. Three different types of cement and four different fly ashes were used. Permeabilities ranged from a high value of 3 x 10/sup -4/ darcy for a neat cement paste to a low of 5 x 10/sup -8/ darcy for a saltcrete containing 30 wt % sodium chloride. Miniature boreholes were made in the following four different types of rock: Westerly granite, Dresser basalt, Sioux quartzite, and St. Cloud granodiorite. These small holes were plugged with a mix consisting of 23 wt % Type I Portland cement, 20 wt % bituminous fy ash, 43.2 wt % sand, and 13.8 wt % water. After curing for 91 days at ambient temperature, the permeability of the plug-wall rock junctions ranged from 3 x 10/sup -5/ to < 1 x 10/sup -8/ darcy. Three of the four miniature plugged boreholes exhibited permeabilities of < 10 microdarcys.

  3. Effects of mudcake on the measurement of fluid flow properties using borehole acoustic waves

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    Tang, X.M. [New England Research, Inc., Braintree, MA (United States)

    1994-12-31

    The effect of mudcake on the borehole acoustic measurements has been in concern for many years. In this study, the author investigates the feasibility of using borehole acoustic waves to measure formation flow properties in the presence of mudcakes. The feasibility depends on whether there is significant pressure communication between borehole and formation pore fluid systems. His analyses show that this communication is determined by the ability of the mudcake to deform into or out of the pore opening, when there is a pressure differential between borehole and formation. Thus two critical parameters: mudcake shear rigidity and pore size, control this communication. He has formulated a theory to model the pressure communication. By using this theory and modeling the formation as Biot`s poroelastic solid, the effects of a mudcake on the borehole acoustic imaging and Stoneley wave measurements are evaluated. Some numerical results are also presented. Using the theory developed in this study, one can estimate the effects of a mudcake by measuring the mudcake shear rigidity. This study also suggests that the shear rigidity should be determined in conjunction with an appropriate viscoelastic model for the mudcake.

  4. A vibrational spectroscopic study of the phosphate mineral rimkorolgite (Mg,Mn2+)5(Ba, Sr)(PO4)4·8H2O from Kovdor massif, Kola Peninsula, Russia

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    Frost, Ray L.; López, Andrés; Theiss, Federick L.; Aarão, Guilherme Marcos; Scholz, Ricardo

    2014-11-01

    We have studied aspect of the molecular structure of the phosphate mineral rimkorolgite from Zheleznyi iron mine, Kovdor massif, Kola Peninsula, Russia, using SEM with EDX and vibrational spectroscopy. Qualitative chemical analysis shows a homogeneous phase, composed by P, Mg, Ba, Mn and Ca. Small amounts of Si were also observed. An intense Raman peak at 975 cm-1 is assigned to the PO43- ?1 symmetric stretching mode. The Raman band at 964 cm-1 is attributed to the HPO42- ?1 symmetric stretching vibration. Raman bands observed at 1016, 1035, 1052, 1073, 1105 and 1135 cm-1 are attributed to the ?3 antisymmetric stretching vibrations of the HPO42- and PO43- units. Complexity in the spectra of the phosphate bending region is observed. The broad Raman band at 3272 cm-1 is assigned to the water stretching vibration. Vibrational spectroscopy enables aspects on the molecular structure of rimkorolgite to be undertaken.

  5. Ar/Ar age data of muscovite from the Keivy Terrane (central Kola Peninsula, arctic European Russia) imply a prolonged fluid-assisted recrystallisation

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    de Jong, K.; Ruffet, G.; Marker, M.

    2012-04-01

    Single grain muscovite 40Ar/39Ar age data from metasediments of the Keivy Terrane point to a prolonged recrystallisation, and imply that the younger age set in metamorphic terranes with a long history cannot always be simply interpreted as due to late and slow cooling. The Keivy terrane is an element of the Palaeoproterozoic Lapland-Kola collisional belt developed along the northern margin of the Fennoscandian (Baltic) Shield. It comprises a lower series of late Archaean meta-volcanic rocks, intruded by earliest Palaeoproterozoic alkali granites that are covered by strongly deformed quartz-rich kyanite-staurolite-garnet-micaschists of the Keivy unit that have yielded magmatic zircons as young as ~2.35 Ga, which were derived from the substratum's alkaline granite. 40Ar/39Ar step-heating dating with a defocussed laser beam of muscovite grains from seven metasediments of the Keivy unit yielded saddle-shaped age spectra in most experiments. In five out of seven cases the base of the saddle corresponded to a plateau age in the range of 1667 to 1593 Ma (60-90% of the gas release; 1 sigma errors: 1.0-1.2 Ma). We do not simply interpret these 40Ar/39Ar ages in the classical way as due to cooling, because the saddle shape of the spectra enables a more complete and detailed interpretation. Saddle-shaped age spectra may result from the presence of different argon reservoirs in partially recrystallised and chemically distinct micas that degas over a different energy interval: a primary, not recrystallised or inherited domain (low and high temperature steps) and a newly formed or recrystallised one (saddle minimum in the intermediate steps). The younger subdomains formed by growth or recrystallisation could characterise the last isotopic record during an extended (re)crystallisation history. It is striking that 1612 and 1615 Ma saddle minimum ages in two samples correspond to a plateau age of 1612 Ma in another sample. Also elevated high and/or low temperature apparent ages of about 1654 Ma in one sample agree to a plateau age of 1657 Ma in another sample. These data would point to recrystallisation lasting about 45 million years, or even around 75 million years, taking the difference between the oldest and youngest plateau ages. The age difference between elevated apparent ages of high and/or low temperature steps and the plateau in individual age spectra can amount to similar lengths of time. The occurrence of overgrowth rims with uniform high-U/low-Th ratios and 1.70-1.72 Ga ages around older zircons, previously revealed by NORDSIM ion probe dating of some of the samples we used, also points to low-temperature fluid alteration. The tectonic meaning of the 1.67-1.59 Ga muscovite ages is unclear, but the age range is comparable to the Gothian orogeny (1.75-1.55 Ga) and the voluminous anorthosite-rapakivi magmatism (1.67-1.45Ga) in the southern Baltic Shield. The latter event has been linked to the Gothian orogeny when a long-lived calc-alkaline Cordilleran-type continental margin arc was developed along the western margin of the Baltic Shield, but also to rifting around the Palaeoproterozoic-Mesoproterozoic boundary.

  6. The rare-metal ore potential of the Proterozoic alkaline ultramafic massifs from eastern part of the Baltic Shield in the Kola alkaline province.

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    Sorokhtina, Natalia; Kogarko, Lia

    2014-05-01

    The Kola Alkaline Province consists of intrusions of two main stages of the intraplate alkaline magmatism. The early stage of igneous activity occurred in Proterozoic 1.9 billion years ago, the next in Paleozoic at 380 million years. The Proterozoic alkaline magmatism produced Gremyakha-Vyrmes and Elet'ozero large alkaline-ultrabasic massifs, Tiksheozero carbonatite massif and numerous small syenite complexes. Paleozoic magmatism on Baltic Shield exhibited more widely, than Proterozoic. The world largest Khibiny and Lovozero alkaline intrusions, numerous alkaline-ultrabasic massifs with carbonanites, alkaline dike swarms and diatremes were formed. It is well known that carbonatites of Paleozoic alkaline-ultrabasic massifs contain large-scale deposits of rare-metal ores (Afanasiev et al., 1998). The metasomatic rocks on foidolites and carbonatites of Gremyakha-Vyrmes are final products of differentiation of Proterozoic alkaline-ultrabasic magma enriched in incompatible elements, including Nb and Zr similar to Paleozoic carbonatites. The massif Gremyakha-Vyrmes is one of the largest titanomagnetite-ilmenite deposits in Russia associated with ultrabasites. Our investigation showed that albite-microcline and aegirine-albite metasomatites formed rich rare-metal ores consisting of 3.2 wt. % Nb2O5 and 0.7 ZrO2. Zircon and pyrochlore-group minerals represent the main minerals of rare-metal ores. The following evolutionary sequences of pyrochlore group minerals has been observed: betafite or U pyrochlore - Na-Ca pyrochlore - Ba-Sr pyrochlore - "silicified" pyrochlore - Fe-Nb, Al-Nb silicates. Such evolution from primary Nb oxides to secondary silicates under low temperature hydrothermal conditions is similar to the evolution of rare metal phases in Paleozoic alkaline massifs analogous to Lovozero syenites and in carbonatites. The rare metal minerals of Gremyakha-Vyrmes crystallized in high alkaline hydrothermal environment at increased activity of Nb, Ta, Zr, U, Th and at temperature near 600-650°C (according to isotopic graphite-calcite, biotite-pyroxene and zircon-rutile thermometers). The minerals of latest stages occurred under low-temperature, decrease of pH and high activity of Si, REE, Sr, Ba, Fe and Al. Isotope data obtained for carbonatites and metasomatites of the Gremiakha-Vyrmes massif linked to a mantle source. We suggest that carbonatites were the source of Nb, U, Th, Zr and REE. Metasomatic rocks accumulate rare metals and could be formed during the metasomatism triggered by intrusion of carbonatites into the alkaline and basic-ultrabasic complexes of the massif. The nepheline-feldspathoid-aegirine pegmatoids, carbonatite veins and breccia of Elet'ozero Proterozoic alkaline-ultrabasic massif formed rare-metal ores and showed genetic similarity to final products of differentiation of the Gremyakha-Vyrmes. Research covered by RFBR grant 13-05-12021.

  7. Middendorfite, K3Na2Mn5Si12(O,OH)36 · 2H2O, a new mineral species from the Khibiny pluton, Kola Peninsula

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pekov, I. V.; Chukanov, N. V.; Dubinchuk, V. T.; Zadov, A. E.

    2007-12-01

    Middendorfite, a new mineral species, has been found in a hydrothermal assemblage in Hilairite hyperperalkaline pegmatite at the Kirovsky Mine, Mount Kukisvumchorr apatite deposit, Khibiny alkaline pluton, Kola Peninsula, Russia. Microcline, sodalite, cancrisilite, aegirine, calcite, natrolite, fluorite, narsarsukite, labuntsovite-Mn, mangan-neptunite, and donnayite are associated minerals. Middendorfite occurs as rhombshaped lamellar and tabular crystals up to 0.1 × 0.2 × 0.4 mm in size, which are combined in worm-and fanlike segregations up to 1 mm in size. The color is dark to bright orange, with a yellowish streak and vitreous luster. The mineral is transparent. The cleavage (001) is perfect, micalike; the fracture is scaly; flakes are flexible but not elastic. The Mohs hardness is 3 to 3.5. Density is 2.60 g/cm3 (meas.) and 2.65 g/cm3 (calc.). Middendorfite is biaxial (-), ? = 1.534, ? = 1.562, and ? = 1.563; 2 V (meas.) = 10°. The mineral is pleochroic strongly from yellowish to colorless on X through brown on Y and to deep brown on Z. Optical orientation: X = c. The chemical composition (electron microprobe, H2O determined with Penfield method) is as follows (wt %): 4.55 Na2O, 10.16 K2O, 0.11 CaO, 0.18 MgO, 24.88 MnO, 0.68 FeO, 0.15 ZnO, 0.20 Al2O3, 50.87 SiO2, 0.17 TiO2, 0.23 F, 7.73 H2O; -O=F2-0.10, total is 99.81. The empirical formula calculated on the basis of (Si,Al)12(O,OH,F)36 is K3.04(Na2.07Ca0.03)?2.10(Mn4.95Fe0.13Mg0.06Ti0.03Zn0.03)?5.20(Si11.94Al0.06)?12O27.57(OH)8.26F0.17 · 1.92H2O. The simplified formula is K3Na2Mn5Si12(O,OH)36 · 2H2O. Middenforite is monoclinic, space group: P21/ m or P21. The unit cell dimensions are a = 12.55, b = 5.721, c = 26.86 Å; ? = 114.04°, V = 1761 Å3, Z = 2. The strongest lines in the X-ray powder pattern [ d, Å, ( I)( hkl)] are: 12.28(100)(002), 4.31(81)(11overline 4 ), 3.555(62)(301, 212), 3.063(52)(008, 31overline 6 ), 2.840(90)(312, 021, 30overline 9 ), 2.634(88)(21overline 9 , 1.0.overline 1 0, 12overline 4 ), 2.366(76)(22overline 6 , 3.1.overline 1 0, 32overline 3 ), 2.109(54)(42 33, 42 44, 51overline 9 , 414), 1.669(64)(2.2.overline 1 3, 3.2.overline 1 3, 62overline 3 , 6.1.overline 1 3), 1.614(56)(5.0.overline 1 6, 137, 333, 71overline 1 ). The infrared spectrum is given. Middendorfite is a phyllosilicate related to bannisterite, parsenttensite, and the minerals of the ganophyllite and stilpnomelane groups. The new mineral is named in memory of A.F. von Middendorff (1815 1894), an outstanding scientist, who carried out the first mineralogical investigations in the Khibiny pluton. The type material of middenforite has been deposited at the Fersman Mineralogical Museum, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.

  8. Combined simulation-optimization of borehole heat exchanger fields

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bayer, Peter; Beck, Markus; Hecht-Mendez, Jozsef; de Paly, Michael

    2013-04-01

    Currently, far more than one million ground-source heat pump systems are installed in Europe for space heating of buildings. Most of these are single, closed, vertical systems, with borehole heat exchangers (BHEs) that penetrate shallow aquifers down to a depth of about 100-200 m. Multiple BHE fields that are implemented for large-scale geothermal energy supply of buildings or district heating systems are of increasing importance. In comparison to the straightforward design of single BHE systems, concerted operation of several BHEs is more challenging. Multiple adjacent BHEs can interact and affect each other. Large-scale, non-uniform thermal anomalies are potentially generated in the ground. Mutual interaction among BHEs could have an influence on the overall system's performance and therefore, should be either circumvented or integrated in the operation strategy. However, so far strategic tuning of energy extraction rates of the individual BHEs in space and time has not been considered in practice. In our presentation, a combined simulation-optimization approach is presented to regulate the individual operation of BHEs. The BHE field is simulated analytically, by temporally and spatially superimposed line source equations, as well as in more detail in numerical models. Both conditions with and without horizontal groundwater flow are studied. Groundwater flow means an additional advective energy supply, which is advantageous but also complicates apposite multiple BHE adjustment. The optimization task is formulated in an objective function to minimize the thermal impact in the ground, to avoid extreme temperature anomalies, and by this, enhance heat pump performance. We select linear programming to optimize the time-dependent loads in a computationally efficient way. Evolutionary algorithms are utilized when the BHE positions are adjusted. In different hypothetical applications with given seasonal changing load profiles and variable BHE configurations we show that either individual BHE heat extraction or position optimization is sufficient, and that only little improvement potential exists for joint optimization of both aspects. It is also demonstrated that groundwater flow direction and velocity has substantial influence on the identified ideal BHE operation patterns. Increase of groundwater flow velocity means more energy supply, and thus a better thermal recovery for given energy extraction rates. As a consequence, this mitigates the benefit from optimized BHE operation.

  9. High-temperature batteries for geothermal and oil/gas borehole applications

    SciTech Connect

    GUIDOTTI,RONALD A.

    2000-05-25

    A literature survey and technical evaluation was carried out of past and present battery technologies with the goal of identifying appropriate candidates for use in geothermal borehole and, to a lesser extent, oil/gas boreholes. The various constraints that are posed by such an environment are discussed. The promise as well as the limitations of various candidate technologies are presented. Data for limited testing of a number of candidate systems are presented and the areas for additional future work are detailed. The use of low-temperature molten salts shows the most promise for such applications and includes those that are liquid at room temperature. The greatest challenges are to develop an appropriate electrochemical couple that is kinetically stable with the most promising electrolytes--both organic as well as inorganic--over the wide operating window that spans both borehole environments.

  10. Petrophysical properties, mineralogy, fractures, and flow tests in 25 deep boreholes at Yucca Mountain, Nevada

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Nelson, Philip H.; Kibler, Joyce E.

    2014-01-01

    As part of a site investigation for the disposal of radioactive waste, numerous boreholes were drilled into a sequence of Miocene pyroclastic flows and related deposits at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. This report contains displays of data from 25 boreholes drilled during 1979–1984, relatively early in the site investigation program. Geophysical logs and hydrological tests were conducted in the boreholes; core and cuttings analyses yielded data on mineralogy, fractures, and physical properties; and geologic descriptions provided lithology boundaries and the degree of welding of the rock units. Porosity and water content were computed from the geophysical logs, and porosity results were combined with mineralogy from x-ray diffraction to provide whole-rock volume fractions. These data were composited on plates and used by project personnel during the 1990s. Improvements in scanning and computer technology now make it possible to publish these displays.

  11. Evaluation of rock-mass state in Polish copper mines through monitoring the borehole deformations

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Orzepowski, Stanislaw; Butra, Jan

    2008-08-01

    Sensors for borehole deformation measurements in mining panel roofs, as well as a method of high-energy tremors risk evaluation, based on borehole deformation monitoring are described. There are differences in manners in which borehole deformation takes place prior to a high-energy tremor. A method for rock-mass instability detection in copper mining panels is developed and described, as well as a practical procedure for forecasting the rock-mass state. On the basis of 1351 "real time" forecasts made in the 10 copper mine panels during 5451 days and on the basis of the 55 high-energy tremors occurred, the evaluation of forecast effectiveness is presented. The mean chance value of occurrence of the high-energy tremor after a rock-mass stability forecast was evaluated as 1% and after a rock-mass instability forecast, as 20%.

  12. Device and method for generating a beam of acoustic energy from a borehole, and applications thereof

    DOEpatents

    Vu, Cung Khac; Sinha, Dipen N; Pantea, Cristian; Nihei, Kurt T; Schmitt, Denis P; Skelt, Christopher

    2013-10-01

    In some aspects of the invention, a method of generating a beam of acoustic energy in a borehole is disclosed. The method includes generating a first acoustic wave at a first frequency; generating a second acoustic wave at a second frequency different than the first frequency, wherein the first acoustic wave and second acoustic wave are generated by at least one transducer carried by a tool located within the borehole; transmitting the first and the second acoustic waves into an acoustically non-linear medium, wherein the composition of the non-linear medium produces a collimated beam by a non-linear mixing of the first and second acoustic waves, wherein the collimated beam has a frequency based upon a difference between the first frequency and the second frequency; and transmitting the collimated beam through a diverging acoustic lens to compensate for a refractive effect caused by the curvature of the borehole.

  13. Physical and chemical changes to rock near electrically heated boreholes at Spent Fuel Test-Climax

    SciTech Connect

    Beiriger, J.M.; Durham, W.B.; Ryerson, F.J.

    1985-01-01

    Sections of Climax Stock quartz monzonite taken from the vicinity of two electrically heated boreholes at Spent Fuel Test-Climax (SFT-C) have been studied by scanning electron microscopy and optical microscopy for signs of changes in crack structure and in mineralogy resulting from operations at SFT-C. The crack structure, as measured by density of cracks and average crack lengths was found not to have changed as a result of heating, regardless of distance from the heater hole. However, rock near the heater borehole sampled in the north heater drift was found to be more cracked than rock near the borehole sampled in the south heater drift. Mineralogically, the post-test samples are identical to the pre-test samples. No new phases have been formed as a result of the test. 10 refs., 6 figs., 8 tabs.

  14. Understanding the relationship between audiomagnetotelluric data and models, and borehole data in a hydrological environment

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    McPhee, D.K.; Pellerin, L.

    2008-01-01

    Audiomagnetotelluric (AMT) data and resulting models are analyzed with respect to geophysical and geological borehole logs in order to clarify the relationship between the two methodologies of investigation of a hydrological environment. Several profiles of AMT data collected in basins in southwestern United States are being used for groundwater exploration and hydrogeological framework studies. In a systematic manner, the AMT data and models are compared to borehole data by computing the equivalent one-dimensional AMT model and comparing with the two-dimensional (2-D) inverse AMT model. The spatial length is used to determine if the well is near enough to the AMT profile to quantify the relationship between the two datasets, and determine the required resolution of the AMT data and models. The significance of the quality of the borehole data when compared to the AMT data is also examined.

  15. Assessment of geophysical logs from borehole USW G-2, Yucca Mountain, Nevada

    SciTech Connect

    Nelson, P.H. [Geological Survey, Denver, CO (United States); Schimschal, U. [Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, CO (United States)

    1993-05-01

    Commercial logging contractors, Western Atlas, Schlumberger, and Edcon obtained borehole geophysical logs at the site of a potential high level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Drill hole USW-G2 was picked for this test of suitable logging tools and logging technology, both representing state-of-the-art technology by these commercial companies. Experience gained by analysis of existing core data and a variety of logs obtained earlier by Birdwell and Dresser Atlas served as a guide to a choice of logs to be obtained. Logs were obtained in water-filled borehole in zeolitized tuff (saturated zone) and in air-filled borehole largely in unaltered welded tuff (unsaturated zone).

  16. Impact of Groundwater Flow and Energy Load on Multiple Borehole Heat Exchangers.

    PubMed

    Emad Dehkordi, S; Schincariol, Robert A; Olofsson, Bo

    2015-07-01

    The effect of array configuration, that is, number, layout, and spacing, on the performance of multiple borehole heat exchangers (BHEs) is generally known under the assumption of fully conductive transport. The effect of groundwater flow on BHE performance is also well established, but most commonly for single BHEs. In multiple-BHE systems the effect of groundwater advection can be more complicated due to the induced thermal interference between the boreholes. To ascertain the influence of groundwater flow and borehole arrangement, this study investigates single- and multi-BHE systems of various configurations. Moreover, the influence of energy load balance is also examined. The results from corresponding cases with and without groundwater flow as well as balanced and unbalanced energy loads are cross-compared. The groundwater flux value, 10(-7) m/s, is chosen based on the findings of previous studies on groundwater flow interaction with BHEs and thermal response tests. It is observed that multi-BHE systems with balanced loads are less sensitive to array configuration attributes and groundwater flow, in the long-term. Conversely, multi-BHE systems with unbalanced loads are influenced by borehole array configuration as well as groundwater flow; these effects become more pronounced with time, unlike when the load is balanced. Groundwater flow has more influence on stabilizing loop temperatures, compared to array characteristics. Although borehole thermal energy storage (BTES) systems have a balanced energy load function, preliminary investigation on their efficiency shows a negative impact by groundwater which is due to their dependency on high temperature gradients between the boreholes and surroundings. PMID:25227154

  17. Borehole time domain reflectometry in layered sandstone: Impact of measurement technique on vadose zone process identification

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jared West, L.; Truss, Steven W.

    2006-03-01

    The hydraulic behaviour of the vadose zone of a layered sandstone aquifer has been investigated using borehole-based Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR). Both a commercially available portable packer TDR system (TRIME-B3L Borehole Packer Probe) and specially designed borehole-emplaced TDR probes were used to monitor seasonal fluctuations in water content in the vadose zone of a layered sandstone over 1 year under natural rainfall loading. The data show that the vadose zone contains seasonal perched water tables that form when downward percolating water reaches layers of fine grained sandstone and siltstone and causes local saturation. The formation of perched water tables is likely to lead to lateral flow bypassing the less permeable, finer layers. This contrasts with behaviour inferred from previous studies of the same aquifer that used borehole radar and resistivity, which suggested its vadose zone behaviour was characterized by uniform downwards migration of wetting fronts. To investigate the impact of measurement technique on observed response, the TDR data reported here were used to produce simulated zero offset profile (ZOP) borehole radar responses. This simulation confirmed the limited ability of ZOP borehole radar to detect key vadose zone processes, because the phenomenon of critical refraction minimizes the sensitivity of the results to high water content layers. The ability of the resistivity method to detect perched water table responses is also limited, because of the relatively large sampling volume of the technique. The study illustrates that inappropriate technique selection results in hydrological process mis-identification, with serious consequences for the usefulness of data in hydrological modeling.

  18. High energy gas fracture experiments in liquid-filled boreholes: potential geothermal application

    SciTech Connect

    Cuderman, J.F.; Chu, T.Y.; Jung, J.; Jacobson, R.D.

    1986-07-01

    High Energy Gas Fracturing is a tailored pulse fracturing technique which uses propellants to obtain controlled fracture initiation and extension. Borehole pressurization rates can be tailored, by suitable choice of propellants, to produce four or eight fractures radiating from the wellbore. High Energy Gas Fracture (HEGF) research is conducted at DOE's Nevada Test Site (NTS) in a tunnel complex where experiments can be done under realistic in situ stress conditions (1400 psi (9.7 MPa) overburden stress). Pressure measurements are made in the test borehole during all fracturing experiments. Experiments are mined back to provide direct observation of fracturing obtained. The initial objective of HEGF research was to develop multiple fracturing technology for application in gas well stimulation. HEGF research at NTS and in Devonian shale demonstration tests has resulted in a completed technology for multiple fracturing in uncased, liquid-free wellbores. Current resarch is directed toward extending the technique to liquid-filled boreholes for application in geothermal in addition to gas and oil wells. For liquid-free boreholes, multiple fracturing is specified in terms of pressure risetime required for a given borehole diameter. Propellants are mixed to achieve the desired risetime using a semiempirical mixing equation. The same techniques were successfully applied to fracturing in liquid-filled wellbores. However, the addition of liquid in the borehole results in a significantly more complicated fracturing behavior. Hydrodynamic effects are significant. Multiple fractures are initiated but only some propagated. Multiple- and hydraulic-type fracturing and wellbore crushing have been observed in the same experiment. The potential of using HEGB for geothermal well stimulation has been demonstrated through the present experiments. 18 refs., 40 figs., 4 tabs.

  19. Subseafloor seawater-basalt-microbe reactions: Continuous sampling of borehole fluids in a ridge flank environment

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wheat, C. Geoffrey; Jannasch, Hans W.; Fisher, Andrew T.; Becker, Keir; Sharkey, Jessica; Hulme, Samuel

    2010-07-01

    Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Hole 1301A was drilled, cased, and instrumented with a long-term, subseafloor observatory (CORK) on the eastern flank of the Juan de Fuca Ridge in summer 2004. This borehole is located 1 km south of ODP Hole 1026B and 5 km north of Baby Bare outcrop. Hole 1301A penetrates 262 m of sediment and 108 m of the uppermost 3.5 Ma basaltic basement in an area of warm (64°C) hydrothermal circulation. The borehole was instrumented, and those instruments were recovered 4 years later. Here we report chemical data from two continuous fluid samplers (OsmoSamplers) and temperature recording tools that monitored changes in the state of borehole (formation) fluids. These changes document the effects of drilling, fluid overpressure and flow, seawater-basalt interactions, and microbial metababolic activity. Initially, bottom seawater flowed into the borehole through a leak between concentric CORK casing strings. Eventually, the direction of flow reversed, and warm, altered formation fluid flowed into the borehole and discharged at the seafloor. This reversal occurred during 1 week in September 2007, 3 years after drilling operations ceased. The composition of the formation fluid around Hole 1301A generally lies within bounds defined by springs on Baby Bare outcrop (to the south) and fluids that discharged from Hole 1026B (to the north); deviations likely result from reactions with drilling products. Simple conservative mixing of two end-member fluids reveals reactions occurring within the crust, including nitrate reduction presumably by denitrifying microbes. The observed changes in borehole fluid composition provide the foundation for a conceptual model of chemical and microbial change during recharge of a warm ridge-flank hydrothermal system. This model can be tested through future scientific ocean drilling experiments.

  20. Analysis of aquifer tests conducted in borehole USW G-2, 1996, Yucca Mountain, Nevada

    SciTech Connect

    O`Brien, G.M.

    1998-08-01

    Borehole USW G-2 is located north of Yucca Mountain in a large-hydraulic-gradient area. Two single-borehole aquifer tests were conducted in the borehole during 1996. A 54.9-hour pumping period was conducted February 6--8, 1996, and a 408-hour pumping period was conducted April 8--25, 1996. The purpose of testing was to obtain estimates of the aquifer-system transmissivity and to determine if perched water was affecting the observed water level in borehole USW G-2. This report presents and analyzes data collected between February 6 and December 17, 1996. Analysis of the aquifer-test data indicated that fracture flow, dual-porosity flow, and boundary-affected flow conditions were observed in the drawdown and recovery data. Transmissivity estimates ranged from 2.3 to 12 meters squared per day. The most representative transmissivity estimate for the interval tested is the early-time mean transmissivity of 9.4 meters squared per day. The Calico Hills Formation was the primary formation tested, but the top 3 meters of the nonpumping water column was within the overlying Topopah Spring Tuff. Persistent residual drawdown following pumping more than 6 million liters of water during aquifer testing may indicate that the bore-hole intersected a perched water body. After 236 days of recovery, residual drawdown was 0.5 meter. The quantitative effect of the perched water on the observed water level in borehole USW G-2, however, cannot be determined with the available data.

  1. Vertical cross contamination of trichloroethylene in a borehole in fractured sandstone

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Sterling, S.N.; Parker, B.L.; Cherry, J.A.; Williams, J.H.; Lane, J.W., Jr.; Haeni, F.P.

    2005-01-01

    Boreholes drilled through contaminated zones in fractured rock create the potential for vertical movement of contaminated ground water between fractures. The usual assumption is that purging eliminates cross contamination; however, the results of a field study conducted in a trichloroethylene (TCE) plume in fractured sandstone with a mean matrix porosity of 13% demonstrates that matrix-diffusion effects can be strong and persistent. A deep borehole was drilled to 110 m below ground surface (mbgs) near a shallow bedrock well containing high TCE concentrations. The borehole was cored continuously to collect closely spaced samples of rock for analysis of TCE concentrations. Geophysical logging and flowmetering were conducted in the open borehole, and a removable multilevel monitoring system was installed to provide hydraulic-head and ground water samples from discrete fracture zones. The borehole was later reamed to complete a well screened from 89 to 100 mbgs; persistent TCE concentrations at this depth ranged from 2100 to 33,000 ??g/L. Rock-core analyses, combined with the other types of borehole information, show that nearly all of this deep contamination was due to the lingering effects of the downward flow of dissolved TCE from shallower depths during the few days of open-hole conditions that existed prior to installation of the multilevel system. This study demonstrates that transfer of contaminant mass to the matrix by diffusion can cause severe cross contamination effects in sedimentary rocks, but these effects generally are not identified from information normally obtained in fractured-rock investigations, resulting in potential misinterpretation of site conditions. Copyright ?? 2005 National Ground Water Association.

  2. Overview of high-temperature batteries for geothermal and oil/gas borehole power sources

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Guidotti, Ronald A.; Reinhardt, Frederick W.; Odinek, Judy

    Batteries currently used as power supplies for measurement while drilling (MWD) equipment in boreholes for oil and gas exploration use a modified lithium/thionyl chloride technology. These batteries are limited to operating temperatures below 200 °C. At higher temperatures, the batteries and the associated electronics must be protected by a dewar. Sandia National Laboratories has been actively engaged in developing suitable alternative technologies for geothermal and oil/gas borehole power sources that are based on both ionic liquid and solid-state electrolytes. In this paper, we present the results of our studies to date and the directions of future efforts.

  3. Vertical borehole design and completion practices used to remove methane gas from mineable coalbeds

    SciTech Connect

    Lambert, S.W.; Trevits, M.A.; Steidl, P.F.

    1980-08-01

    Coalbed gas drainage from the surface in advance of mining has long been the goal of researchers in mine safety. Bureau of Mines efforts to achieve this goal started about 1965 with the initiation of an applied research program designed to test drilling, completion, and production techniques for vertical boreholes. Under this program, over 100 boreholes were completed in 16 different coalbeds. The field methods derived from these tests, together with a basic understanding of the coalbed reservoir, represent an available technology applicable to any gas drainage program whether designed primarily for mine safety or for gas recovery, or both.

  4. Disposition of excess weapon plutonium in deep boreholes - site selection handbook

    SciTech Connect

    Heiken, G.; Woldegabriel, G.; Morley, R.; Plannerer, H.; Rowley, J.

    1996-09-01

    One of the options for disposing of excess weapons plutonium is to place it near the base of deep boreholes in stable crystalline rocks. The technology needed to begin designing this means of disposition already exists, and there are many attractive sites available within the conterminous United States. There are even more potential sites for this option within Russia. The successful design of a borehole system must address two criteria: (1) how to dispose of 50 metric tons of weapons plutonium while making it inaccessible for unauthorized retrieval, and (2) how to prevent contamination of the accessible biosphere, defined here as the Earth`s surface and usable groundwaters.

  5. A code to compute borehole fluid conductivity profiles with multiple feed points

    SciTech Connect

    Hale, F.V.; Tsang, C.F.

    1988-03-01

    Investigators wish to determine the flow characteristics of fractures intersecting a wellbore to understand the hydrologic behavior of fractured rocks. Often inflow from these fractures into the wellbore is at very low rates. A new procedure has been proposed and a corresponding method of analysis developed to obtain fracture inflow parameters from a time sequence of electric conductivity logs of the borehole fluid. The present report gives the details of equations and computer code used to compute borehole fluid conductivity distributions. Verification of the code used and a listing of the code are also given. 9 refs., 5 figs., 7 tabs.

  6. Experimental and numerical approaches for application of density and thermal neutron tools in slim borehole

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hwang, Seho; Shin, Jehyun; Won, Byeongho; Kim, Jongman

    2015-04-01

    To perform the groundwater investigation, geological surveys, geotechnical investigation, generally 3 inches diameter borehole is drilled, and PVC or steel casing having a 50 mm inner diameter is installed to prevent for collapse borehole in the case of shallow unconsolidated formation or fractured zone. In this case, well loggings for formation evaluation have many limitations, and especially radioactive tools having large diameter are basically difficult to apply. Available radioactive logs can be applied within the casing are natural gamma ray log, density log and neutron logs. Natural gamma ray log is used for estimation of shale volume, stratigraphic and facies classification such as shale and sandstone, and almost borehole environment can be corrected using manufactured charts. In the case of the small diameter borehole such as 50 mm diameter cased borehole, we should apply the small diameter radioactive logging tools. However the measured data is generally count per second. So we should convert the measured count per second to meaningful physical properties such as density or neutron porosity according to the strength of radioactive source, the distance between the source and the detector, the mud and casing type, and so on. In this study, the experimental and numerical methods are used to convert the measured count per second to density and neutron porosity for density and neutron logs logging tools having one detector. 1Ci Am-Be single neutron logs were compared using 3Ci Am-Be dual neutron logs in the same boreholes, and empirical relationship between the single and dual neutron log is derived. The diameter and lithology of target boreholes are 3 inches and granite, sandstone, mud, etc. The response characteristics for a very small diameter and no orientation of the radioactive source density logging (4 pi omni-directional source) were analyzed using the MCNP. Numerical modeling was performed while varying the distance of the radioactive source - detector, and source intensity. This result is expected to increase the reliability and applicability of density and neutron logs having single detector in the small diameter borehole.

  7. Mathematical model of gamma-ray spectrometry borehole logging for quantitative analysis

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    Schimschal, Ulrich

    1981-01-01

    A technique for analyzing gamma-ray spectral-logging data has been developed, in which a digital computer is used to calculate the effects of gamma-ray attentuation in a borehole environment. The computer model allows for the calculation of the effects of lithology, porosity, density, and the thickness of a horizontal layer of uniformly distributed radioactive material surrounding a centralized probe in a cylindrical borehole. The computer program also contains parameters for the calculation of the effects of well casing, drilling fluid, probe housing, and losses through the sodium-iodide crystal. Errors associated with the commonly used mathematical assumption of a point detector are eliminated in this model. (USGS)

  8. Deep Drilling Into the Chicxulub Impact Crater: Pemex Oil Exploration Boreholes Revisited

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    Fucugauchi, J. U.; Perez-Cruz, L.

    2007-05-01

    The Chicxulub structure was recognized in the 1940´s from gravity anomalies in oil exploration surveys by Pemex. Geophysical anomalies occur over the carbonate platform in NW Yucatan, where density and magnetic susceptibility contrasts with the carbonates suggested a buried igneous complex or basement uplift. The exploration program developed afterwards included several boreholes, starting with the Chicxulub-1 in 1952 and eventually comprising eight deep boreholes completed through the 1970s. The investigations showing Chicxulub as a large impact crater formed at the K/T boundary have relayed on the Pemex decades-long exploration program. Despite frequent reference to Pemex information, original data have not been openly available for detailed evaluation and incorporation with results from recent efforts. Logging data and core samples remain to be analyzed, reevaluated and integrated in the context of recent marine, aerial and terrestrial geophysical surveys and the drilling/coring projects of UNAM and ICDP. In this presentation we discuss the paleontological data, stratigraphic columns and geophysical logs for the Chicxulub-1 (1582m), Sacapuc-1 (1530m), Yucatan-6 (1631m) and Ticul-1 (3575m) boreholes. These boreholes remain the deepest ones drilled in Chicxulub and the only ones providing samples of the melt-rich breccias and melt sheet. Other boreholes include the Y1 (3221m), Y2 (3474m), Y4 (2398m) and Y5A (3003m), which give information on pre-impact stratigraphy and crystalline basement. We concentrate on log and microfossil data, stratigraphic columns, lateral correlation, integration with UNAM and ICDP borehole data, and analyses of sections of melt, impact breccias and basal Paleocene carbonates. Current plans for deep drilling in Chicxulub crater focus in the peak ring zone and central sector, with proposed marine and on-land boreholes to the IODP and ICDP programs. Future ICDP borehole will be located close to Chicxulub-1 and Sacapuc-1, which intersected the impact breccias at about 1 km and the melt and melt- rich breccias at some 1.3-1.4 km.

  9. Borehole temperature response for competing models of Laurentide ice sheet dynamics

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    Rath, Volker; Alvarez-Solas, Jorge; Robinson, Alex; Montoya-Redondo, Marisa

    2013-04-01

    Borehole temperature profiles (BTP) are not only the source for estimates of the background geothermal heat flow, but also allow the reconstruction of past surface temperature changes. Though shallow boreholes (e. g. less than 500 m) are abundant in most continental areas, their use is inhibited by the necessity of extracting the paleoclimatic signal present in the borehole temperature at any depth. However, assuming a long-term ground surface temperature history (GSTH), a generalized reduced temperature may be used for the interpretation of the shallow observations. To derive or test the required assumptions, very deep boreholes (say, > 2000 m) are highly important also for the investigation of shallow measurements. In areas which were influenced by the Last Glacial Period (LGP), the existence of the large scale ice sheets (e.g. the Laurentide or Weichselian), the spatial distribution of basal conditions, and the timing of their retreat have a major influence on the subsurface temperature regime. Though for parts of its history no longer directly related to atmospheric temperature, deep BTPs carry information on basal conditions, oceanic transgressions, and retreat histories, and can thus contribute to the confirmation/rejection, or even calibration of ice sheet models. From this it follows that a meaningful interpretation of the paleoclimatic signal can only proceed with a reasonable understanding of the regional ice sheet behavior, and, in order to quantify the effects, a calibrated numerical ice sheet model. From such a model, synthetic long term GSTHs may be generated, which can subsequently be used to derive the generalized reduced temperatures for the shallow BTPs. This approach is challenging in several aspects: (1) high-resolution, high-order/hybrid ice sheet models are only now emerging, and the physics at the base (e.g. ice streams) needs improvement; (2) a calibration in the sense of a Bayesian inverse problem are rare, and (3) appropriate sets of borehole data (including the corresponding metadata) still have to be collected and need to undergo strict quality control before being used. In addition, a methodological concept fora regional interpretation is missing. In this contribution we will compare the borehole temperature response for two ice sheet models of the Laurentide glaciation, differing in their dynamics. Both were realized by running the hybrid SIA/SSA code GRISLI in different modes. The subsurface temperature anomalies thus generated are significant. Unfortunately the existing deep boreholes in the area are not placed in areas of high sensitivity (e.g., Northern Quebec, Canadian Archipelago). Notwithstanding these difficulties, we will present results for some of these available boreholes in central and northern Canada and Alaska.

  10. Estimates of uranium content and radon flux for uranium mine dumps based on borehole radioactivity logs. Topical report

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Riedel

    1980-01-01

    In exploratory drilling to locate uranium deposits, borehole logs of gamma radiation from naturally radioactive elements are used to indicate the presence of uranium and the concentrations in which it is found at various depths. This report describes a method of using borehole log data to estimate uranium concentrations in the rock surrounding or overlying uranium deposits and to predict

  11. Simulation of wireline sonic logging measurements acquired with BoreholeEccentered tools using a high-order adaptive

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    Torres-Verdín, Carlos

    Simulation of wireline sonic logging measurements acquired with Borehole­Eccentered tools using for simulation of sonic measurements acquired with borehole-eccentered logging instruments. The resulting fre results indi- cate that for a wireline sonic tool operating in a fast formation, the main propagation

  12. 78 FR 40195 - Proposed Information Collection; Application for a Permit To Fire More than 20 Boreholes and/or...

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    2013-07-03

    ...DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Mine Safety and Health Administration...Application for a Permit To Fire More than 20 Boreholes...Currently, the Mine Safety and Health Administration...Application for a Permit to Fire More than 20 Boreholes...Extension. Agency: Mine Safety and Health Administration...Application for a Permit to Fire More than 20...

  13. Heat flow study at the Chinese Continental Scientific Drilling site: Borehole temperature, thermal conductivity, and radiogenic heat production

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Lijuan He; Shengbiao Hu; Shaopeng Huang; Wencai Yang; Jiyang Wang; Yusong Yuan; Shuchun Yang

    2008-01-01

    The Chinese Continental Scientific Drilling (CCSD) Project offers a unique opportunity for studying the thermal regime of the Dabie-Sulu ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic belt. In this paper, we report measurements of borehole temperature, thermal conductivity, and radiogenic heat production from the 5158 m deep main hole (CCSD MH). We have obtained six continuous temperature profiles from this borehole so far. The temperature

  14. State of lithospheric stress and borehole stability at Deep Sea Drilling Project site 504B, eastern equatorial Pacific

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    Roger H. Morin; Robin L. Newmark; Colleen A. Barton; Roger N. Anderson

    1990-01-01

    Hole 504B in the eastern equatorial Pacific is the deepest hole to penetrate oceanic basement, extending more than 1,500 m beneath the seafloor. Two borehole televiewer (BHTV) logs have been combined and processed in terms of both acoustic amplitude and travel time in order to evaluate the extent and distribution of rock failure along the borehole wall. A histogram of

  15. Hydraulic communication in crystalline rock between the two boreholes of the continental deep drilling project in Germany

    Microsoft Academic Search

    W. Kessels; J. Kück

    1995-01-01

    Hydraulic communication was established at a depth of about 4000 m between the two boreholes of the Continental Deep Drilling Project in the Federal Republic of Germany (KTB). The distance between the two boreholes at this depth is approx. 250 m. The proven communication was stimulated by a draw down test and by casing cementation in the KTB main hole.

  16. Spectral gamma-ray logging report for the six new characterization boreholes in the 100-FR-1 operable unit

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    Meznarich, R.A., Westinghouse Hanford

    1996-09-13

    Six characterization boreholes were drilled, sampled, logged, and abandoned in the 100-FR-1 Operable Unit. The geophysical logging was carried out with the Radionuclide Logging System (RLS) to determine the levels of radioactive contaminants in the subsurface. Five of the six boreholes penetrated contamination that was successfully assayed with the RLS data.

  17. Borehole deviation surveys are necessary for hydraulic fracture monitoring Leo Eisner, Schlumberger Cambridge Research, Petr Bulant, Charles University in Prague, Jol H. Le Calvez*,

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    Cerveny, Vlastislav

    Borehole deviation surveys are necessary for hydraulic fracture monitoring Leo Eisner, Schlumberger Not performing accurate borehole deviation surveys for hydraulic fracture monitoring (HFM) and neglecting fracture parameters. Introduction Recently a large number of hydraulic fracture treatments have been

  18. Borehole seismic studies of a volcanic succession from the Lopra-1\\/1A borehole in the Faroe Islands, northern North Atlantic

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Philip Christie; Ian Gollifer; David Cowper

    2006-01-01

    Extruded basalt flows overlying sedimentary sequences present a challenge to hydrocarbon explora- tion using reflection seismic techniques. The Lopra-1\\/1A re-entry well on the Faroese island of Suðuroy allowed us to study the seismic characteristics of a thick sequence of basalt flows from well logs and borehole seismic recordings. Data acquired during the deepening operation in 1996 are presented here. The

  19. Some logistical considerations in designing a system of deep boreholes for disposal of high-level radioactive waste.

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    Gray, Genetha Anne; Brady, Patrick Vane [Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM] [Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM; Arnold, Bill Walter [Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM] [Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

    2012-09-01

    Deep boreholes could be a relatively inexpensive, safe, and rapidly deployable strategy for disposing Americas nuclear waste. To study this approach, Sandia invested in a three year LDRD project entitled %E2%80%9CRadionuclide Transport from Deep Boreholes.%E2%80%9D In the first two years, the borehole reference design and backfill analysis were completed and the supporting modeling of borehole temperature and fluid transport profiles were done. In the third year, some of the logistics of implementing a deep borehole waste disposal system were considered. This report describes what was learned in the third year of the study and draws some conclusions about the potential bottlenecks of system implementation.

  20. GPR borehole reflection experiments constrain fracture geometry in a crystalline rock aquifer, Ploemeur, Brittany, France

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    Dorn, Caroline; Linde, Niklas; Doetsch, Joseph; Le Borgne, Tanguy; Bour, Olivier

    2010-05-01

    Fluid flow in fractured crystalline aquifers is mainly controlled by the geometry and connectivity of permeable fractures. Deterministic imaging of individual 3D flow paths between boreholes in fractured rock is so far not possible using either geophysical or hydrological data. At a hydrogeological research site in Ploemeur, France, we explore the utility of combining Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) data collected within boreholes with single- and crosshole flowmeter data to stochastically invert for possible fracture distributions. Previous hydrological and borehole logging indicate that the water flow at the site is mainly focussed in a few fractures. Here we focus on the analysis of single- and crosshole GPR reflection data and to what extent interpreted reflectors can be correlated with available hydrologic and borehole logging data. GPR data were acquired using 100 and 250 MHz antennas along 4 neighbouring wells (70-100 m deep). The surrounding rock matrix in the depth range of interest (40-100 m) consists of intact granite with a high electrical resistivity. Consequently, GPR signal attenuation is weak and large reflection coefficients are expected to occur mainly at rock-fracture interfaces. Multifold singlehole GPR data were collected in common offset gathers every 0.25 m using 16 (4) different offsets for the 100 (250) MHz antennas. To separate the reflected energy from direct waves and source-generated noise, we subjected the data to a processing scheme that included bandpass and eigenvector filtering, muting, prestack Kirchhoff time migration and stacking. The signal-to-noise-ratios were much improved compared to a traditional single-offset section. The final stacked and migrated sections clearly image several fracture zones and individual fractures (dipping 40-90°) located at 2-20 m radial distance away from the boreholes. We can correlate GPR reflections with most hydrologically important fractures that intersect a borehole at steep angles. Reflections originating from adjacent boreholes allowed us to redefine the well geometry that was originally obtained from borehole deviation logging. This new geometry was then used for crosshole GPR reflection data processing and traveltime inversion for which these new constraints were absolutely vital. The crosshole GPR data were collected in common source gathers. Transmitted and reflected signals were enhanced using the same prestack processing scheme as applied for the singlehole data. The final stacked and non-migrated sections image reflections and diffractions that originate from subvertical to subhorizontal dipping reflectors. Traveltime tomography revealed similar velocity ranges as those observed for the direct waves of the singlehole data, thereby supporting the borehole geometry used. By comparing the interpreted single- and crosshole GPR sections we construct a distribution of reflectors that correspond to fractures with certain possible geometries (distance to the borehole, dip, minimal length, dip direction). This allows us to significantly reduce the model space of possible fracture geometries. The resulting probabilistic distribution will be used to invert hydrological data (flowmeter and tracer test data). The static GPR experiments will be complemented with time-lapse GPR measurements to be carried out during saline tracer injection tests in hydrologically conductive fractures. These data will provide additional constraints on the geometry of preferential flow paths between the boreholes.

  1. Borehole Strain Measurements on Volcanoes: Insights from Montserrat and Hekla

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    Linde, A. T.; Sacks, S. I.

    2010-12-01

    In Fall 2000 we reported that data from Sacks-Evertson borehole strainmeters allowed a short term (~20 minutes) warning of an eruption of Hekla, Iceland, in 2000 and showed clear changes before an eruption of Izu-Oshima, Japan, in 1986. In 2002-2003 (CALIPSO program) we installed a small net of strainmeters near Montserrat’s Soufriere Hills Volcano, an active andesitic dome building volcano. We have sites in Long Valley and Hawaii (with USGS); at Vesuvius, Campi Flegrei area, Stromboli and (planned) Etna (with Italian colleagues). Gladwin strainmeters have been installed at Yellowstone and Mt. St. Helens (PBO). Our recent volcano research efforts have been on Montserrat and Hekla. Analyses of a very large dome collapse (Montserrat) in July 2003 (Voight et al, 2006) and an explosion in March 2004 (Linde et al., 2010) reveal a reservoir at about 5 km with a NW-SE trending dike extending from the reservoir to about 1.5 km from the surface. A number of explosions require only a narrow conduit (15 m radius) that extends from the top of the dike to the surface (Voight et al. 2010); others have a different strain signature and require deeper sources. A 1 month long clear strain excursion required an additional contribution from a reservoir at about 11 km (Hautmann et al. in prep). Many small signals with similar strain change patterns take place over much shorter time scales (2 - 20 mins) are presumably due to gas transfer. We now realize, from the 2000 eruption of Hekla, that the magma geometry is quite different from that in all earlier models. The reservoir is about 11 km deep but the dike that breaks the surface in Hekla's characteristic fissure eruption does not extend to the reservoir as had been thought; but to no more than about 1 km. Although undetectable by any available surface measurements, there must be a conduit to connect the reservoir to the dike. In Sturkell et al. (in prep) we propose that this conduit is now sufficiently large in diameter to remain fluid during the 10 years between eruptions, explaining the dramatic change in eruption interval of about 60-80 years up till 1947 to the current 10 years. For both the 2000 eruption of Hekla and the small March 2004 explosion at Montserrat our strainmeters record clear strain changes before any surface activity, due to mass movement from the reservoir into the shallower dike. This allows an estimate of the bulk modulus of the reservoir for each volcano. For Montserrat we get 7 GPa, implying a few percent of free gas, consistent with other estimates. For Hekla the estimate is surprisingly high, more than 40 GPa, implying no free gas in the reservoir of this volcano whose eruption initiates with a >10 km high plume. This is consistent with the fluid conduit. The expansion during the last 10 years of strainmeter monitoring on volcanoes has been less extensive than we would like but nevertheless we have seen some progress in that direction. We remain strong advocates for an expanded strainmeter role in the future.

  2. Characterization of Vadose Zone Sediments Below the C Tank Farm: Borehole C4297 and RCRA Borehole 299-E27-22

    SciTech Connect

    Brown, Christopher F.; Serne, R. JEFFREY; Bjornstad, Bruce N.; Horton, Duane G.; Lanigan, David C.; Clayton, Ray E.; Valenta, Michelle M.; Vickerman, Tanya S.; Kutnyakov, Igor V.; Geiszler, Keith N.; Baum, Steven R.; Parker, Kent E.; Lindberg, Michael J.

    2006-10-18

    The overall goal of the Tank Farm Vadose Zone Project, led by CH2M HILL Hanford Group, Inc., is to define risks from past and future single-shell tank farm activities at Hanford. To meet this goal, CH2M HILL Hanford Group, Inc. tasked scientists from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to perform detailed analyses on vadose zone sediments from within Waste Management Area (WMA) C. This report is the first of two reports written to present the results of these analyses. Specifically, this report contains all the geologic, geochemical, and selected physical characterization data collected on vadose zone sediment recovered from borehole C4297, installed adjacent to Tank C-105, and from borehole 299-E27-22, installed directly north of the C Tank Farm. Sediments from borehole 299-E27-22 were considered to be background uncontaminated sediments against which to compare contaminated sediments for the C Tank Farm characterization effort. This report also presents our interpretation of the data in the context of sediment types, the vertical extent of contamination, the migration potential of the contaminants, and the likely source of the contamination in the vadose zone and groundwater below the C Tank Farm. The information presented in this report supports the A-AX, C and U Waste Management Area field investigation report(a) in preparation by CH2M HILL Hanford Group, Inc. A core log was generated for both boreholes and a geologic evaluation of all core samples was performed at the time of opening. Aliquots of sediment from the borehole core samples were analyzed and characterized in the laboratory for the following parameters: moisture content, gamma-emitting radionuclides, one-to-one water extracts (which provide soil pH, electrical conductivity, cation, trace metal, and anion data), total carbon and inorganic carbon content, and 8 M nitric acid extracts (which provide a measure of the total leachable sediment content of contaminants). Two key radiocontaminants, technetium-99 and uranium-238, along with other trace metals were determined in acid and water extracts by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry.

  3. Understanding the Chena Hot Springs, Alaska, geothermal system using temperature and pressure data from exploration boreholes

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Kamil Erkan; Gwen Holdmann; Walter Benoit; David Blackwell

    2008-01-01

    Chena Hot Springs is a small, moderate temperature, deep circulating geothermal system, apparently typical of those associated to hot springs of interior Alaska. Multi-stage drilling was used in some exploration boreholes and was found to be useful for understanding subsurface flow characteristics and developing a conceptual model of the system. The results illustrate how temperature profiles illuminate varying pressure versus

  4. Geophysical survey for proposed borehole 199-K-107A, 100-K Area

    SciTech Connect

    Mitchell, T.H.

    1994-11-30

    The objective of the survey was to locate subsurface obstructions that may affect the drilling of proposed borehole, 199-K-107A, located about 100 ft northwest of the 105 KW Building, 100-K Area. Based upon the results of the survey, possible drill sites within the zone, with the least likelihood of encountering identified obstructions, were identified. The ground-penetrating radar (GPR) system used for this work utilized a 300-megahertz antenna to transmit the electromagnetic (EM) energy into the ground. The transmitted energy is reflected back to a receiving antenna where variations in the return signal are recorded. Common reflectors include natural geologic conditions such as bedding, cementation, moisture, and clay, or man-made objects such as pipes, barrels, foundations, and buried wires. Several isolated anomalies, at various depths, are observed in the data. Additionally, two areas that appear disturbed, with perplexing character, are plotted. Because of the uncertain nature of these two areas, they were avoided when recommending a borehole location. Initially, the proposed borehole was staked at N130/E122. The new proposed borehole location is N139/E176. This location appears free of anomalies and is over 10 ft from interpreted linear anomalies/pipe-like features.

  5. Tunnel detection using a surface line current and borehole electromagnetic field measurements

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. M. Shope; J. R. Jr. Wayland; D. O. Lee

    1991-01-01

    A new technique for tunnel detection and location has recently been theoretically modeled and experimentally demonstrated. The objective of this research is to develop a general method for remotely detecting the presence of unauthorized tunneling activities using one or more boreholes and a surface source. A line current or dipole-dipole array, positioned on or near the surface of the earth,

  6. Idaho Springs tunnel detection experiments - dipole source and borehole field measurements

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D. O. Lee; J. R. Wayland; S. M. Shope

    1990-01-01

    A new technique for tunnel detection and location has been experimentally demonstrated. The objective of this work is to develop a general method for remotely sensing the presence of tunneling activities using one or more boreholes and a surface source. A dipole-dipole array, positioned on the surface of the earth, is used as the Transverse Electric (TE) current source. Subsurface

  7. Correlating Miocene sequences in onshore New Jersey boreholes (ODP Leg 150X) with global 18

    E-print Network

    Correlating Miocene sequences in onshore New Jersey boreholes (ODP Leg 150X) with global 18 O Miocene sequences that we dated with Sr isotopic stratigraphy. Sequence boundaries correlate with deep-level change. Maryland Miocene outcrops appear to correlate with New Jersey sequences and the 18 O record

  8. Simulation of Borehole Resistivity Tools Through Metal Casing at Different Frequencies Using a Goal

    E-print Network

    Torres-Verdín, Carlos

    , the second vertical difference of the electric potential) against the CPU time. Numerical results illustrate the agreement between numerical and analytical results when the latter are available. I. INTRODUCTION Casing is commonly used to avoid collapse of wells in oil fields by inserting metallic pipes into the borehole

  9. Preliminary Characterization of a NAPL-Contaminated Site using Borehole Geophysical Techniques

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    Ajo-Franklin, Jonathan

    Preliminary Characterization of a NAPL-Contaminated Site using Borehole Geophysical Techniques a combination of seismic and radar information to understand site ge- ology and possible contaminant signatures existing contaminant sites [31] [13]. An outstanding problem with previous field studies is the difficulty

  10. Response Functions and Thermal Influence for Various Multiple Borehole Configurations in Ground Coupled Heat Pump Systems

    Microsoft Academic Search

    METKA PESL; DARKO GORICANEC; JURIJ KROPE

    2007-01-01

    Ground coupled heat pump (GCHP) utilizes the immense renewable storage capacity of the ground as a heat source or sink to provide space heating, cooling, and domestic hot water. GCHP systems are generally comprised of water source heat pumps and ground heat exchangers (GHEs). Consisting of closed- loop of pipes buried in boreholes, ground heat exchangers (GHEs) are devised for

  11. Tidal calibration of Plate Boundary Observatory borehole strainmeters: Roles of vertical and shear coupling

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Evelyn Roeloffs

    2010-01-01

    A multicomponent borehole strainmeter directly measures changes in the diameter of its cylindrical housing at several azimuths. To transform these measurements to formation strains requires a calibration matrix, which must be estimated by analyzing the installed strainmeter's response to known strains. Typically, theoretical calculations of Earth tidal strains serve as the known strains. This paper carries out such an analysis

  12. Limitations of Using Uniform Heat Flux Assumptions in Sizing Vertical Borehole Heat Exchanger Fields

    E-print Network

    of ground heat exchangers (GHE) used with ground source heat pump (GSHP) systems. These models can account approach with a parametric study. Keywords - Ground Source Heat Pumps; Borehole Heat Exchangers; Finite Line Source Theory; g-functions 1. Introduction Ground source heat pump (GSHP) systems are a widely

  13. Impact of maximum borehole depths on ground warming patterns: A spatial analysis over the Northern Hemisphere

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    Beltrami, Hugo; Matharoo, Gurpreet S.; Smerdon, Jason E.

    2013-04-01

    Past variations in the Earth's surface energy balance are preserved in the terrestrial subsurface and can be inferred from borehole temperature-depth profiles. These profiles are used to reconstruct past ground surface temperature (GST) histories. Recent work by Beltrami et al. (2011) has shown that estimated GST histories can be significantly impacted by the maximum depth of the borehole temperature measurement. In the present study, we use temperature-depth profiles measured at 558 sites distributed between 30o N and 60o N in the Northern Hemisphere. For each site, the background steady-state temperature profile is estimated using progressively deeper maximum depths of truncation. Additionally, GST histories are reconstructed using multiple maximum depth truncations. In order to control on the influence of the geographical sampling, shallow boreholes are dropped from the analysis once their depth is surpassed. The estimated temperature changes over 50-yr intervals are evaluated in these reconstructions as a function of the maximum truncation depth in the database. Similarly, the total terrestrial heat gain is also estimated using progressive depths of truncations. All calculations show a significant dependence on the maximum depths of the borehole profiles and further indicate the importance of this factor in estimates of past temperature and heat content histories derived from geothermal data. Further, calculations also show that the ground has warmed by 0.5o over last 100 years consistent with the earlier studies by Beltrami and Bourlon (2004).

  14. Commercialization of atom interferometers for borehole gravity gradiometry. Quarterly report, April--June 1993

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    Clauser, J.F.

    1993-08-01

    Results are presented for the following tasks completed this quarter: study the influence of vibrations of the logging tool itself; compile a list of borehole imposed constraints and tradeoffs for the design of a gadiometer; and formulate the requirements for a magnet system and determine the feasibility for use of a combination of permanent magnets and electromagnets to produce the necessary fields.

  15. Threshold of Breakout Formation: Stress Orientations and the Mechanics Borehole Failure

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    Moore, J. C.; Conin, M.; Flemings, P. B.; Urgeles, R.; Iturrino, G. J.

    2009-12-01

    Borehole breakouts in sedimentary sections at continental margins are common in ODP/IODP holes with resistivity imaging logs. Some examples show horizontally opposed low resistivity (conductive) zones that have been interpreted as breakouts and yield horizontal stress directions interpretable in terms of regional tectonics. Other examples show bilateral high resistivity anomalies that may represent incipient breakouts. These “resistive” breakouts show trends consistent with the more typical “conductive” breakouts. Resistive breakouts in the Gulf of Mexico show predicted hoop stresses around the borehole at well beyond failure, primarily because of the material is very weak and differential fluid pressure between the formation and the hole is high. Experiments on the sediments in this example indicate a relatively high strain before failure and a nearly perfectly plastic response after failure. Thus, the initial breakout process actually involves initial bulging into the borehole that extends the breakout towards the resistivity tool causing a high resistivity response. The small difference between initial and peak strength inhibits spallation into the borehole. “Resistive” breakouts occur in a number of ODP/IODP holes at circumPacific subduction zones and can we used to infer stress orientations along with the traditional “conductive” breakouts once the eye is tuned to their recognition. Overall in ODP/IODP holes breakouts, both incipient and evolved, comprise a reliable indicator of currently active horizontal stresses.

  16. Nonrotating, self-centering anchor assembly for anchoring a bolt in a borehole

    SciTech Connect

    Bevan, John E.; King, Grant W.

    1997-12-01

    An expandable anchor assembly is provided for anchoring the threaded end portion of an elongated roof bolt in a borehole. The anchoring assembly includes a hollow outer sleeve in the form of a plurality of symmetrically arranged, longitudinal segmented wall portions with exterior gripping teeth and an inner expander sleeve in the form of a corresponding plurality of longitudinal wall portions symmetrically arranged about a central axis to define an inner threaded cylindrical section. The inner sleeve is captured within and moveable axially relative to the outer sleeve. As the threaded end portion of the elongated bolt is inserted into the inner threaded cylindrical section of the inner sleeve from the trailing end to the leading end thereof, the inner sleeve expands over and clamps around the threaded end portion of the elongated bolt. Thereafter, partial withdrawal of the elongated bolt from the borehole causes the inner sleeve to axially move relative to the outer sleeve from the leading end toward the trailing end of the outer sleeve in a wedging action to cause the outer sleeve to radially expand and force engagement of the gripping teeth against the sidewall of the borehole to thereby secure the expandable anchor assembly and therewith the threaded end portion of the elongated bolt within the borehole.

  17. Geophysical survey for proposed borehole 199-K-108A, 100-K Area

    SciTech Connect

    Bergstrom, K.A.; Mitchell, T.H.

    1994-02-15

    The objective of the electromagnetic survey was to locate subsurface obstructions that may affect the drilling of proposed borehole, 199-K-108A, about 75 ft southeast of the 105 KW Building, 100-K Area. Based upon the results of the survey, possible drill sites within the zone, with the least likelihood of encountering identified obstructions, were identified.

  18. Deep Drilling Into the Chicxulub Impact Crater: Pemex Oil Exploration Boreholes Revisited

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. U. Fucugauchi; L. Perez-Cruz

    2007-01-01

    The Chicxulub structure was recognized in the 1940´s from gravity anomalies in oil exploration surveys by Pemex. Geophysical anomalies occur over the carbonate platform in NW Yucatan, where density and magnetic susceptibility contrasts with the carbonates suggested a buried igneous complex or basement uplift. The exploration program developed afterwards included several boreholes, starting with the Chicxulub-1 in 1952 and eventually

  19. Borehole flowmeter logging for the accurate design and analysis of tracer tests.

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    Basiricò, Stefano; Crosta, Giovanni B; Frattini, Paolo; Villa, Alberto; Godio, Alberto

    2015-04-01

    Tracer tests often give ambiguous interpretations that may be due to the erroneous location of sampling points and/or the lack of flow rate measurements through the sampler. To obtain more reliable tracer test results, we propose a methodology that optimizes the design and analysis of tracer tests in a cross borehole mode by using vertical borehole flow rate measurements. Experiments using this approach, herein defined as the Bh-flow tracer test, have been performed by implementing three sequential steps: (1) single-hole flowmeter test, (2) cross-hole flowmeter test, and (3) tracer test. At the experimental site, core logging, pumping tests, and static water-level measurements were previously carried out to determine stratigraphy, fracture characteristics, and bulk hydraulic conductivity. Single-hole flowmeter testing makes it possible to detect the presence of vertical flows as well as inflow and outflow zones, whereas cross-hole flowmeter testing detects the presence of connections along sets of flow conduits or discontinuities intercepted by boreholes. Finally, the specific pathways and rates of groundwater flow through selected flowpaths are determined by tracer testing. We conclude that the combined use of single and cross-borehole flowmeter tests is fundamental to the formulation of the tracer test strategy and interpretation of the tracer test results. PMID:25417730

  20. Resonance analysis of a circular dipole array antenna in cylindrically layered media for directional borehole radar

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    Satoshi EBIHARA; Takashi YAMAMOTO

    2006-01-01

    In this paper, we discuss the influence of a resonance on estimating direction of arrival (DOA) with a circular dipole array in a borehole (CAB). The resonance is caused by the phase-sequence of currents on the dipole antennas. Making use of method of moments (MoM) analysis, we predict resonant frequencies of the CAB and describe a mechanism for the resonance

  1. Physicochemical Studies of Water from Selected Boreholes in the Bosomtwi- Atwima-Kwanwoma District of Ghana

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    Marian Asantewah Nkansah; J. H. Ephraim

    The physicochemical parameters of water from 17 boreholes from 11 communities in the Bosomtwi-Atwima-Kwanwoma (BAK) District of the Ashanti Region of Ghana (West Africa) were determined within the period June 2006 to investigate their quality. Analyses were done on water samples for pH, Electrical conductivity (EC), Total dissolved solids (TDS), total hardness, colour, turbidity, SO4 2- , Cl - ,

  2. Method and apparatus for communicating between spaced locations in a borehole

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    Scherbatskoy

    1992-01-01

    This patent describes a borehole drilling arrangement employing a fluid circulation system and drill pipe containing a column of fluid, the method of controlling from a surface location the operation of a downhole apparatus by transmitting pressure signals through a signal transmission channel formed by the column of fluid. It comprises using a source of independent energy which is independent

  3. Influence of Mode Conversion at Borehole on Direction Finding with Dipole Array Antenna

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    S. Ebihara; Y. Inaida; R. Suzuki

    2007-01-01

    We investigate influence on DOA estimation with the circular dipole array antenna in a borehole (CAB), when the TE plane wave incident on the CAB. According to calculation of electromagnetic fields of the TE plane wave, vertical component of the electric field is excited by the cylindrical layers around the antenna, and these phenomena are called mode conversion in this

  4. Letter Report: Borehole Flow and Horizontal Hydraulic Conductivity with Depth at Well ER-12-3

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    P. Oberlander; C. Russell

    2005-09-01

    Borehole flow and fluid temperature during pumping were measured at well ER-12-3 at the Nevada Test Site in Nye County, Nevada. This well was constructed to characterize the carbonate aquifer. The well is cased from land surface to the total depth at 1,487 m (4,880 ft) below ground surface (bgs). Slotted screen is placed in an upper screened section from 1,095 to 1,160 m bgs (3,591 to 3,805 ft bgs) and in the lower screened section from 1,278 to 1,474 m bgs (4,191 to 4,834 ft bgs). Borehole flow velocity (LT-1) with depth was measured with an impeller flowmeter from the top of the screened section to the maximum accessible depth while the well was pumped and under ambient conditions. A complicating factor to data interpretation is that the well was not filter packed and there is significant upward and downward vertical flow in the open annulus under ambient and pumping conditions. The open annulus and large vertical flow velocities in the well casing result in the measured borehole flow rates being potentially highly nonrepresentative of conditions in the aquifer. Hydraulic conductivities calculated under these conditions would require unsupportable assumptions and would be subject to very large uncertainties. Borehole hydraulic conductivities are not presented under these conditions.

  5. Criterion for Estimation by Reflection Measurement with Array-type Directional Borehole Radar

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    Satoshi Ebihara; Takafumi Ohnoki; Ryo Shinoda; Yasuyuki Kishimoto

    2008-01-01

    In this paper, we discuss criterion representing reli- ability of results estimated by directional borehole radar. This radar was developed for 3-D imaging of some objects such as fractures and faults. The operating frequencies of the radiated electromagnetic waves are between 10 and 500 MHz. Electri- cally small dipole antennas in a circle are arranged in a bore- hole, and

  6. $\\\\hbox{HE}_{11}$ Mode Effect on Direct Wave in Single-Hole Borehole Radar

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Satoshi Ebihara; Akihito Sasakura; Taro Takemoto

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, we investigate the influence of radar sonde eccentricity on a direct wave between a transmitting and a receiving antenna in a single-hole borehole radar measurement. We analyze the direct wave using an analytical method with the approximated solution of branch cut integrals and that of residues of poles. According to our calculation, at high frequencies above 200

  7. Electromagnetic Analysis and Experiments for Directional Borehole Radar Using Optical Electric Field Sensors

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Satoshi Ebihara; Motoyuki Sato

    2000-01-01

    We propose to introduce an electric field sensor using LiNbO3 optical modulator to an array type directional borehole radar. It is great advantage to measure electric field very accurately with no electromagnetic disturbance in use of the electric field sensor. Furthermore, the sensor needs no battery and only small space to transfer electrical signals to optical signals. If the sensors

  8. Letter Report: Borehole Flow and Horizontal Hydraulic Conductivity with Depth at Well ER-12-4

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    Phil L. Oberlander; Charles E. Russell

    2005-12-31

    Borehole flow and fluid temperature during pumping were measured at well ER-12-4 at the Nevada Test Site in Nye County, Nevada. This well was constructed to characterize the carbonate aquifer. The well is cased from land surface to the total depth at 1,132 m (3,713 ft bgs) below ground surface (bgs). The screened section of the well consists of alternating sections of slotted well screen and blank casing from 948 to 1,132 m bgs (3,111 to 3,713 ft bgs). Borehole flow velocity (LT-1) with depth was measured with an impeller flowmeter from the top of the screened section to the maximum accessible depth while the well was pumped and under ambient conditions. A complicating factor to data interpretation is that the well was not filter packed and there is upward and downward vertical flow in the open annulus under ambient and pumping conditions. The open annulus in the well casing likely causes the calculated borehole flow rates being highly nonrepresentative of inflow from the formation. Hydraulic conductivities calculated under these conditions would require unsupportable assumptions and would be subject to very large uncertainties. Borehole hydraulic conductivities are not presented under these conditions.

  9. Depth estimation of the interface with surface waves by linear dipole array in crosshole borehole radar

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    Kazushi Kondo; Satoshi Ebihara

    2006-01-01

    In this paper, we propose crosshole borehole radar measurement exploiting surface waves to estimate a depth position of an interface. When there is inhomogeneity such as the interface, the surface waves are excited as well as direct wave from the transmitter to the receiver. The surface waves at the interface propagate, and illuminates the receiving dipole antennas. If the interface

  10. Borehole deformation measurements and internal structure of some rock glaciers in Switzerland

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Lukas Arenson; Martin Hoelzle; Sarah Springman

    2002-01-01

    In order to understand the mechanical processes that influence the deformation patterns of active rock glaciers, information about local horizontal and vertical deformations as well as knowledge of the internal structure and the temperature distribution is necessary. Results from borehole deformation measurements of three sites in the Swiss Alps show that despite different internal structures, similar phenomena can be observed.

  11. Effects of Sand-Bentonite Backfill Materials on the Thermal Performance of Borehole Heat Exchangers

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Huajun Wang; Yahui Cui; Chengying Qi

    2013-01-01

    The paper presents a quantitative analysis of the effects of sand-bentonite backfill materials on the thermal performance of borehole heat exchangers (BHEs). Laboratory thermal probe tests were conducted to measure the thermal conductivity of sand-bentonite mixtures under different mixed ratios. Based on microscopic observations, the mechanism of bentonite affecting heat conduction between the sand grains was analyzed. Then, field tests

  12. Hydrochemical borehole logs characterizing fluoride contamination in a crystalline aquifer (Maheshwaram, India)

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    Pauwels, Hélène; Négrel, Philippe; Dewandel, Benoit; Perrin, Jerome; Mascré, Cédric; Roy, Stéphane; Ahmed, Shakeel

    2015-06-01

    Hydrochemical borehole-loggings with a submersible Idronaut Ocean Seven 302 multiparameter probe equipped of F- and NO3-ion-selective electrodes in combination with EC, pH and dissolved oxygen, were applied for characterizing fluoride (F) contamination in a crystalline (hard-rock) aquifer of a small Indian agricultural watershed where groundwater is intensively abstracted for rice irrigation. A high accuracy of F concentrations determined in-situ-shown by comparing with laboratory analyses-was obtained through using conductivity logs for ionic strength consideration. Large variations in chemical composition and particularly of F-concentration were observed inside boreholes, though restricted to the weathered/fractured layer down to 30-35 m depth. This conforms to the hydrogeological model of a crystalline aquifer where most groundwater flow occurs in the shallow part of the fractured zone. The general trend of increasing F content with depth results from F accumulation through water-rock interaction, but the shape of the F profile depends on the connectivity of the fracture network close to the borehole. The concentrations seen within the water-table fluctuation zone locally suggest F input from fertilizers in groundwater, in addition to the earlier-demonstrated role of evaporation from irrigation return flow. It is also likely that, locally, the deepening of boreholes has contributed to increasing the population's vulnerability by tapping F-enriched groundwater at depth.

  13. Effective Stress and Permeability Redistributions Induced by Successive Roadway and Borehole Excavations

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    Hu, Shengyong; Zhou, Fubao; Liu, Yingke; Xia, Tongqiang

    2015-01-01

    Methane extraction from in-seam boreholes is the main approach for recovering methane in China. However, the methane concentration for this method is generally lower than 30 %, which incurs a risk of methane outbursts during pipeline transportation. To increase the methane concentration, we first conducted permeability experiments to investigate the relationships between the permeability and the effective stress at different stages in the complete effective stress-strain process. We then adopted FLAC3D software to calculate the stress distributions around roadways and boreholes after their consecutive excavations and thereby divided the coal mass around the roadway and borehole according to different effective stress stages to understand the gas flow characteristics. The results show that the coal mass along the radial direction of the roadway and borehole can be sequentially divided into four zones, including the full flow zone (FFZ), the transitive flow zone (TFZ), the flow-shielding zone (FSZ), and the in situ rock flow zone (IRFZ), which have been proven correct by field experiments. The methane in the IRFZ was difficult to extract because of the low permeability of coal mass in this zone. The permeability of the FSZ was lower than that of the IRFZ. The permeability along the interface between the FSZ and TFZ was nearly one time as low as that of the IRFZ, while the permeability of the FFZ was two orders of magnitude higher than that of the IRFZ. This four-zone division demonstrates the decaying mechanism of methane extraction concentration and flow in the in-seam borehole and can provide theoretical guidance for improvement of methane extraction.

  14. Impact of Groundwater Flow on Thermal Energy Storage and Borehole Thermal Interference

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    Emad Dehkordi, S.; Schincariol, Robert A.

    2013-04-01

    Borehole heat exchanger (BHE) systems are drawing increasing attention and popularity due to their potential energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, as well as their worldwide applicability. Consequently the concern for sustainable designs and proper implementation is rising too. Furthermore an improperly planned and executed system can be economically unjustifiable. To address these issues related design software and to some extent regulatory guidelines have been developed. Thermal input load function and interaction with the subsurface significantly affect thermal performance and sustainability of geothermal heat pump (GHP) systems. Of particular interest is the interaction of such systems with groundwater flow and its impacts. However the related guidelines and the design software do not seem to properly address this growing concern. Typically regulations do not distinguish between high and no groundwater flow conditions, nor do they specify a groundwater velocity threshold at which it becomes important. A further limitation is that most BHE design software used by industry assume a closed box approach discounting the heat transport in/out by the groundwater flow. To efficiently model grids of multiple BHEs, FEFLOW® 6 and the integrated BHE solution is used. Single and multiple borehole grids with U-tube heat exchanger are modeled and compared here. All boreholes are assigned equal heat extraction and flow rates; loop temperatures are then calculated over the system lifetime to compare the thermal efficiency and evaluate the thermal interference between boreholes. For the purpose of assessing the effect of groundwater flow on thermal storage as well as interference, multiple heat loads (balanced and unbalanced) are simulated. Groundwater velocity and borehole spacing are also varied to identify possible thresholds for each case. The study confirms the significance of groundwater flow in certain conditions. The results can be applied to improve the regulatory guidelines and design methods in regards with hydrogeological aspect of thermal and economical sustainability.

  15. Combined use of straddle packer testing and FLUTe profiling for hydraulic testing in fractured rock boreholes

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    Quinn, Patryk; Cherry, John A.; Parker, Beth L.

    2015-05-01

    A combination of high resolution hydraulic tests using straddle packers and transmissivity (T) profiling using the FLUTe flexible liner method (liner profiling) in densely fractured rock boreholes is shown to be efficient for the determination of the vertical distribution of T along the entire hole. The liner T profiling method takes a few hours or less to scan the entire borehole length resulting in a T profile. Under favorable conditions this method has good reliability for identifying the highest T zones identified by distinct decreases in liner velocity when these zones are covered by the descending liner. In contrast, for one short test interval (e.g., 1-2 m) the multiple-test, straddle-packer method takes a few hours to measure T with good precision and accuracy using a combination of steady-state and transient tests (e.g., constant head step tests, slug tests, and constant rate pumping tests). Because of the time consuming aspect of this multiple-test method, it is most efficient in each borehole to conduct straddle packer testing only in priority zones selected after assessment of other borehole data collected prior to packer testing. The T profile from the liner method is instrumental in selecting high permeable zones for application of the multiple-test method using straddle packers, which in turn, refines the T estimation from the liner profile. Results from three boreholes in densely fractured sandstone demonstrate this approach showing the synergistic use of the methods with emphasis on information important for determining hydraulic apertures.

  16. Hydrogeologic Testing During Drilling of COSC-1 Borehole: Application of FFEC Logging Method

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    Tsang, Chin-Fu; Rosberg, Jan-Erik; Sharma, Prabhakar; Niemi, Auli; Juhlin, Christopher

    2015-04-01

    Drilling of a deep borehole does not normally allow for hydrogeologic testing during the drilling period. The only time hydraulic testing is done during the drilling operations is when drilling experiences a large loss (or high return) of drilling fluid representing encountering of a large-transmissivity zone. Then, either the zone is cemented for drilling to continue or drilling is stopped for conducting, for example, a drill-stem test (DST), which involves installation of a packer above the drilling depth and performing a pressure or flow transient test. The first alternative means loss of critical information on in-situ hydraulic transmissivities and the second option enables the study of only the one high-transmissivity zone, with a significant delay of the drilling schedule. The drilling of the COSC-1 borehole at Åre, Northern Sweden, presented an opportunity of conducting a particular hydraulic testing with negligible impact on drilling schedule, yet providing important and accurate information on in-situ hydraulic conductivities on both high- and low-transmissivity zones, already during the drilling period. This information can be used to guide downhole fluid sampling programs and future detailed borehole testing. The particular testing method used is the Flowing Fluid Electric Conductivity (FFEC) Logging Method, which has the capability of identifying large and small hydraulically active zones and providing data for estimating their transmissivity values and local formation water salinity. In this paper, the method will be described and its application to the drilling of COSC-1 borehole presented. Results show that from 300 m to the borehole bottom at 2500 m, there are eight hydraulic active zones in COSC-1, with very low transmissivity values which range over one order of magnitude.

  17. The German Continental Deep Drilling Program KTB: Overview and major results

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Rolf Emmermann; Jörn Lauterjung

    1997-01-01

    The German Continental Deep Drilling Program (KTB) was designed to study the properties and processes of the deeper continental crust by means of a superdeep borehole. Major research themes were (1) the nature of geophysical structures and phenomena, (2) the crustal stress field and the brittle-ductile transition, (3) the thermal structure of the crust, (4) crustal fluids and transport processes,

  18. Finite-difference and frequency-wavenumber modeling of seismic monopole sources and receivers in fluid-filled boreholes

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    Kurkjian, A.L.; Coates, R.T. (Schlumberger Cambridge Research, Cambridge (United Kingdom)); White, J.E. (Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States). Dept. of Geophysics); Schmidt, H. (Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, MA (United States). Dept. of Ocean Engineering)

    1994-07-01

    In borehole seismic experiments the presence of the borehole has a significant effect on observations. Unfortunately, including boreholes explicitly in modeling schemes excludes the use of some methods (e.g., frequency-wavenumber) and adds prohibitively to the cost of others (e.g., finite difference). To overcome this problem, the authors use the concept of an effective source/receiver array to replace the explicit representation of the borehole by a distributed seismic source/receiver. This method mimics the presence of the borehole at seismic frequencies under a wide variety of conditions without adding a significant computational cost. It includes the effects of dispersive and attenuative tube wave propagation, the generation of secondary sources at interfaces and caliper changes, and the generation of conical waves in low-velocity layers. Comparison with a finite-difference scheme with an explicit borehole representation validates the approach. The modeling method applied to a continuity logging geometry demonstrates that the presence of guided waves does not uniquely imply bed connectivity. Results for a single-well imaging geometry emphasize the dominance of the tube wave in the hydrophone synthetics and demonstrates the necessity of using clamped geophones for single-well experiments. The concept of an effective source/receiver array is an efficient way of including borehole phenomena in seismic modeling methods at minimal extra computational cost.

  19. Analysis of aquifer tests conducted in boreholes USW WT-10, UE-25 WT No. 12, and USW SD-7, 1995-96, Yucca Mountain, Nevada

    SciTech Connect

    O`Brien, G.M.

    1997-09-01

    Single-borehole aquifer tests were conducted in three boreholes in the Yucca Mountain area between March 1995 and January 1996 to obtain estimates of borehole specific capacity and aquifer transmissivity. Analysis of aquifer testing in borehole USW SD-7 also resulted in an estimate of reservoir volume. Aquifer-test data were analyzed with the Cooper and Jacob straight-line method, two modified Theis nonequilibrium equation solutions, and a modified reservoir-limit solution. The highest estimates of transmissivity were in borehole USW WT-10, completed in the Topopah Spring Tuff. Mean transmissivity, based on the results of three drawdown tests, was 1,600 meters squared per day. Mean specific capacity in borehole USW WT-10 after 5 hours of pumping was 1,100 meters squared per day, and was estimated to be 740 meters squared per day after 24 hours of pumping. Aquifer testing in borehole UE-25 WT No. 12 appeared to be significantly affected by well losses. A mean transmissivity of 7 meters squared per day was obtained on the basis of analysis of three drawdown tests in borehole UE-25 WT No. 12. Mean specific capacity in borehole UE-25 WT No. 12, after 24 hours of pumping, was 7 meters squared per day. Borehole UE-25 WT No. 12 seemed to be producing water from fractures that could provide only a limited amount of water to the borehole.

  20. Characterization of Vadose Zone Sediments Below the T Tank Farm: Boreholes C4104, C4105, 299-W10-196 and RCRA Borehole 299-W11-39

    SciTech Connect

    Serne, R JEFFREY.; Bjornstad, Bruce N.; Horton, Duane G.; Lanigan, David C.; Lindenmeier, Clark W.; Lindberg, Michael J.; Clayton, Ray E.; LeGore, Virginia L.; Geiszler, Keith N.; Baum, Steven R.; Valenta, Michelle M.; Kutnyakov, Igor V.; Vickerman, Tanya S.; Orr, Robert D.; Brown, Christopher F.

    2004-09-01

    This report contains geologic, geochemical, and physical characterization data collected on sediment recovered from boreholes C4104 and C4105 in the T Tank Farm, and 299-W-11-39 installed northeast of the T Tank Farm. The measurements on sediments from borehole C4104 are compared to a nearby borehole 299-W10-196 placed through the plume from the 1973 T-106 tank leak. This report also presents the data in the context of sediment types, the vertical extent of contamination, the migration potential of the contaminants, and the likely source of the contamination in the vadose zone and groundwater below the T Tank Farm. Sediment samples were characterized for: moisture content, gamma-emission radionuclides, one-to-one water extracts (which provide soil pH, electrical conductivity, cation, trace metal, radionuclide and anion data), total carbon and inorganic carbon content, and 8 M nitric acid extracts (which provide a measure of the total leachable sediment content of contaminants). Overall, our analyses showed that common ion exchange is a key mechanism that influences the distribution of contaminants within that portion of the vadose zone affected by tank liquor. We observed slight elevated pH values in samples from borehole C4104. The sediments from the three boreholes, C4104, C4105, and 299-W10-196 do show that sodium-, nitrate-, and sulfate-dominated fluids are present below tank T-106 and have formed a salt plume. The fluids are more dilute than tank fluids observed below tanks at the SX and BX Tank Farms and slightly less than those from the most saline porewater found in contaminated TX tank farm sediments. The boreholes could not penetrate below the gravel-rich strata of the Ringold Formation Wooded Island member (Rwi) (refusal was met at about 130 ft bgs); therefore, we could not identify the maximum vertical penetration of the tank related plumes. The moisture content, pH, electrical conductivity, nitrate, and technetium-99 profiles versus depth in the three contaminated boreholes around T-106 do not clearly identify the leading edge of the plume. However, the profiles do collectively suggest that bulk of tank-related fluids (center of mass) still resides in Ringold Formation Taylor Flats member fine-grained sediments. Most of the chemical data, especially the nitrate and technetium-99 distributions with depth, support a flow conceptual model that suggests vertical percolation through the Hanford formation H2 unit near T-106 and then a strong horizontal spreading within the CCUu unit followed by more slow vertical percolation, perhaps via diffusion, into the deeper strata. Slow flushing by enhanced recharge and rapid snow melt events (Feb. 1979) appear to lead to more horizontal movement of the tank fluids downgradient towards C4105. The inventories as a function of depth of potential contaminants of concern, nitrate, technetium, uranium, and chromium, are provided. In-situ Kd values were calculated from water and acid extract measurements. For conservative modeling purposes we recommend using Kd values of 0 mL/g for nitrate, Co-60, and technetium-99, a value of 0.1 mL/g for uranium near borehole C4104 and 10 mL/g for U near borehole C4105, and 1 mL/g for chromium to represent the entire vadose zone profile from the bottoms of the tanks to the water table. A technetium-99 groundwater plume exists northeast and east of T WMA. The highest technetium-99 concentration in fiscal year 2003 was 9,200 pCi/L in well 299-W11-39. The most probable source for the technetium-99 is the T waste management area. Groundwater from wells in the west (upgradient) and north of WMA T appear to be highly influenced by wastes disposed to the cribs and trenches on the west side of the WMA. Groundwater from wells at the northeast corner and the east side of the WMA appears to be evolving towards tank waste that has leaked from T-101 or T-106.

  1. U and Th variability along a deep borehole in the Beiras Granite (Almeida, central Portugal)

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    Neves, Luis F.; Pereira, Alcides C.; Lamas, Rita R.; Machadinho, Ana

    2015-04-01

    The Beiras Granite, of late Hercynian age, occurs in central Portugal and has been object of several studies to evaluate its potential for deep geothermal projects. Most of the mineralogical and geochemical characteristics are similar to the granites of Cornwall, that were extensively studied for this purpose, namely at the Rosmanowes site. Radiogenic heat production, resulting from the presence of radiogenic elements (U, Th and K) in the rocks, can provide a significant contribution to the local heat flow. Understanding the variability of these elements with depth is of great importance for the development of numerical models of the possible geothermal reservoirs. In this work we report the results obtained for U and Th concentrations in a deep borehole with 1.000 meters carried out in the Beiras Granite, close to Almeida (central Portugal). A total of 128 samples were studied from the borehole, distributed between a depth of 200 meters up to 1000 meters. The analysis of the samples were carried out in the Laboratory of Natural Radioactivity of the University of Coimbra, using a Ortec gamma-ray Digibase system with a 3" NaI(Tl) detector. U was estimated from the activity of Bi-214 and Th from the activity of Tl-208, assuming secular equilibrium. The results obtained were first considered in two groups, since part of the granite in the borehole shows a variable degree of episienitization (Group I with no alteration, n=94; Group II vith visible alteration, n=34). The average results for the two Groups for U were 14.6 and 13.4 ppm and for Th 17.8 and 16.2 ppm, respectively. There is no statistical difference between the two groups for both elements. U shows a higher variability than Th, as a result of a few measurements with higher values (up to three times the average) that occur randomly along the borehole. These are likely related with increased uranium mobility in fractured zones. Both U and Th do not show any relation with depth along the borehole. We can conclude that radiogenic heat production can be estimated with a good degree of confidence from the results obtained in the borehole, that show a higher uranium content than previously observed from superficial samples. These results also provide good indications regarding the geothermal potential of the Beiras granite.

  2. Near surface characterisation of a limestone site using borehole and surface geophysics.

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    Sénéchal, G.; Hollender, F.; Rousset, D.

    2003-04-01

    The paper deals with the analysis of the respective performances and the optimization of geophysical methods used for the non-destructive imagery of rocks, from the surface to a depth of approximately 100 m. Different techniques, carried out from the surface or from boreholes, have been tested on the \\char`&{uml;}Médecin Hill\\char`&{uml;} (Centre d'Etude de Cadarache - 13108 St. Paul lez Durance - France). This test site consists in a low fractured limestone, crossed by several faults characterized by a near-vertical dip. The site was previously investigated by numerous other characterization methods (boreholes, surface geology, structural analysis, well logging, etc.): a well known structural 3D model is available. Each tested geophysical method is based on the determination of different physical parameters (elastic parameters, density, electrical resistivity, dielectric permittivity, etc.). In terms of resolution and depth of investigation, every geophysical method has its own drawbacks and advantages. High resolution seismic focuses between 20 and some hundred of meters of depth with a metric to decametric vertical resolution. GPR has a decimetric resolution but electromagnetic waves are strongly attenuated after a few meters of propagation. DC resistivity is a potential method so, resolution dramatically decreases with depth of investigation. The acquisition pattern of this last study leads to a depth of investigation around 15 m and a resolution of one to several meters. Several surface acquisitions have been performed within a 400 m line along which seven boreholes are located. From the high resolution reflection seismic data, we calculated a depth migrated section which displays the main interfaces affected by some near vertical faults. These results are compared to seismic data obtained from a borehole survey interpreted with the help of log data. A radar borehole survey, using tomographic and reflection pattern surveys provided improved information but only within a reduced volume around boreholes. During a four month period, several identical electric acquisitions along the studied line have been carried out. Resistivity data outlines the fractured character of the limestone. We discuss resistivity variation in time with respect to rain rates and fractures locations. Information coming from these various results shows the complementary of these different approaches. They must not be opposed but must be merged in order to extract a coherent geological model.

  3. Permanent installation of fibre-optic DTS cables in boreholes for temperature monitoring

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    Henninges, J.; Schrötter, J.; Erbas, K.; Böde, S.; Huenges, E.

    2003-04-01

    Temperature measurements have become an important tool for the monitoring of dynamic processes in the subsurface both in academia and industry. An innovative experimental design for the monitoring of spatial and temporal variations of temperature along boreholes was developed and successfully applied under extreme arctic conditions during a field experiment, which was carried out within the framework of the Mallik 2002 Production Research Well Program*. Three 40 m spaced, 1200 m deep wells were equipped with permanent fibre-optic sensor cables and the variation of temperature was measured deploying the Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) technology. The used DTS system enables the simultaneous online registration of temperature profiles along the three boreholes with a maximum spatial resolution of 0.25 m and a minimum sampling interval of 7 sec. After an individual calibration of the fibre-optic sensor cables a resolution of 0.3 °C of the measured temperature data could be achieved. A special feature of the experiment design is the installation of the sensor cables outside the borehole casing. The fibre-optic cables were attached to the outer side of the casing at every connector within intervals of approx. 12 m with cable clamps. The clamps enable a defined positioning of the cable around the perimeter of the casing and are protecting the cable from mechanical damage during installation. After completion the sensor cables are located in the cement annulus between casing and borehole wall. As an example of the performance of the described temperature logging technology data from the reaming of a 300 m thick cement plug inside the borehole is displayed, offering a unique opportunity to explore thermal processes in the near vicinity of a borehole during drilling. The temperature changes image the progress of the drill bit as well as changes in the mud circulation. Furthermore, local effects can be observed that relate to local thermal properties and technical features of the cable installation. (*) The program participants include 8 partners; The Geological Survey of Canada (GSC), The Japan National Oil Corporation (JNOC), GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (GFZ), United States Geological Survey (USGS), United States Department of the Energy (USDOE), India Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MOPNG)/Gas Authority of India (GAIL) and the Chevron-BP-Burlington joint venture group.

  4. Water borne transport of high level nuclear waste in very deep borehole disposal of high level nuclear waste

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    Cabeche, Dion Tunick

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this report is to examine the feasibility of the very deep borehole experiment and to determine if it is a reasonable method of storing high level nuclear waste for an extended period of time. The objective ...

  5. Site Characterization Data from the U3ax/bl Exploratory Boreholes at the Nevada Test Site

    SciTech Connect

    Bechtel Nevada; U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration Nevada Site Office

    2005-08-01

    This report provides qualitative analyses and preliminary interpretations of hydrogeologic data obtained from two 45-degree, slanted exploratory boreholes drilled within the Area 3 Radioactive Waste Management Site (RWMS) at the Nevada Test Site. Borehole UE-3bl-D1 was drilled beneath the U3ax/bl mixed waste disposal unit, and Borehole UE-3bl-U1 was drilled in undisturbed alluvium adjacent to the disposal unit. The U3ax/bl disposal unit is located within two conjoined subsidence craters, U3ax and U3bl, which were created by underground nuclear testing. Data from these boreholes were collected to support site characterization activities for the U3ax/bl disposal unit and the entire Area 3 RWMS. Site characterization at disposal units within the Area 3 RWMS must address the possibility that subsidence craters and associated disturbed alluvium of the chimneys beneath the craters might serve as pathways for contaminant migration. The two boreholes were drilled and sampled to compare hydrogeologic properties of alluvium below the waste disposal unit with those of adjacent undisturbed alluvium. Whether Borehole UE-3bl-D1 actually penetrated the chimney of the U3bl crater is uncertain. Analyses of core samples showed little difference in hydrogeologic properties between the two boreholes. Important findings of this study include the following: No hazardous or radioactive constituents of waste disposal concern were found in the samples obtained from either borehole. No significant differences in physical and hydrogeologic properties between boreholes is evident, and no evidence of significant trends with depth for any of these properties was observed. The values observed are typical of sandy materials. The alluvium is dry, with volumetric water content ranging from 5.6 to 16.2 percent. Both boreholes exhibit a slight increase in water content with depth, the only such trend observed. Water potential measurements on core samples from both boreholes show a large positive potential gradient (water moves upward, via evapotranspiration) for the entire vertical depth. Very little liquid flow occurs through the vadose zone. The direction of flow in the upper vadose zone (approximately the upper 35 meters) is upward, based on unsaturated hydraulic conductivity data, water potential data, and environmental tracer data.

  6. Portable apparatus and method for assisting in the removal and emplacement of pipe strings in boreholes

    DOEpatents

    Mitchell, Brian R.

    2005-03-22

    A portable pipe installation/removal support apparatus for assisting in the installation/removal of a series of connectable pipe strings from a ground-level borehole. The support apparatus has a base, an upright extending from the base, and, in an exemplary embodiment, a pair of catch arms extending from the upright to define a catch platform. The pair of catch arms serves to hold an upper connector end of a pipe string at an operator-convenient standing elevation by releasably catching an underside of a pipe coupler connecting two pipe strings of the series of connectable pipe strings. This enables an operator to stand upright while coupling/uncoupling the series of connectable pipe strings during the installation/removal thereof from the ground-level borehole. Additionally, a process for installing and a process for removing a series of connectable pipe strings is disclosed utilizing such a support apparatus.

  7. Performance of a Borehole X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer for Planetary Exploration

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Kelliher, Warren C.; Carlberg, Ingrid A.; Elam, W. T.; Willard-Schmoe, Ella

    2008-01-01

    We have designed and constructed a borehole X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer (XRFS) as part of the Mars Subsurface Access program [1]. It can be used to determine the composition of the Mars regolith at various depths by insertion into a pre-drilled borehole. The primary requirements and performance metrics for the instrument are to obtain parts-per-million (ppm) lower limits of detection over a wide range of elements in the periodic table (Magnesium to Lead). Power consumption during data collection was also measured. The prototype instrument is complete and preliminary testing has been performed. Terrestrial soil Standard Reference Materials were used as the test samples. Detection limits were about 10 weight ppm for most elements, with light elements being higher, up to 1.4 weight percent for magnesium. Power consumption (excluding ground support components) was 12 watts.

  8. Ground Water Level Measurements in Selected Boreholes Near the Site of the Proposed Repository

    SciTech Connect

    Page, H. Scott

    2007-11-29

    The Harry Reid Center for Environmental Studies (HRC) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) acquired quarterly and continuous data on water levels from approximately 26 boreholes that comprise a periodic monitoring network (Table 1) between October 2003 and September 2007. During this period we continued to observe and analyze short and long-term ground water level trends in periodically monitored boreholes. In this report we summarize and discuss four key findings derived from analysis of water level data acquired during this period: 1. Rapid ground water level rise after storm events in Forty Mile Canyon; 2. Seismically-induced ground water level fluctuations; 3. A sample of synoptic observations and barometric influences on short term fluctuations; and 4. Long term ground water level trends observed from mid-2001 through late-2005.

  9. Canister cryogenic system for cooling germanium semiconductor detectors in borehole and marine probes

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Boynton, G.R.

    1975-01-01

    High resolution intrinsic and lithium-drifted germanium gamma-ray detectors operate at about 77-90 K. A cryostat for borehole and marine applications has been designed that makes use of prefrozen propane canisters. Uses of such canisters simplifies cryostat construction, and the rapid exchange of canisters greatly reduces the time required to restore the detector to full holding-time capability and enhances the safety of a field operation where high-intensity 252Cf or other isotopic sources are used. A holding time of 6 h at 86 K was achieved in the laboratory in a simulated borehole probe in which a canister 3.7 cm diameter by 57 cm long was used. Longer holding times can be achieved by larger volume canisters in marine probes. ?? 1975.

  10. Method of measuring material properties of rock in the wall of a borehole

    DOEpatents

    Overmier, D.K.

    1984-01-01

    To measure the modulus of elasticity of the rock in the wall of a borehole, a plug is cut in the borehole wall. The plug, its base attached to the surrounding rock, acts as a short column in response to applied forces. A loading piston is applied to the top of the plug and compression of the plug is measured as load is increased. Measurements of piston load and plug longitudinal deformation are made to determine the elastic modulus of the plug material. Poisson's ratio can be determined by simultaneous measurements of longitudinal and lateral deformation of the plug in response to loading. To determine shear modulus, the top of the plug is twisted while measurements are taken of torsional deformation.

  11. Development and field testing of the high-temperature borehole televiewer

    SciTech Connect

    Duda, L.E.; Uhl, J.E.; Wemple, R.P.

    1990-01-01

    The High-Temperature Borehole Televiewer is a downhole instrument which provides acoustic pictures of the borehole walls that are suitable for casing inspection and fracture detection in geothermal wells. The Geothermal Drilling Organization has funded the development of a commercial tool survivable to temperatures up to 275{degree}C and pressures of 5000 psi. A real-time display on an IBM-compatible PC was included as part of the developmental effort. This paper describes the three principal components are: the mechanical section, the electronics, and the computer software and hardware. Each of these three components are described with special attention to important design changes most pertinent to a high temperature environment. The results of two field tests of the televiewer system are also described. 7 refs., 4 figs.

  12. Determination of Arsenic Concentration in Well and Borehole Waters in Zaria, Nigeria

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Musa, H.; Yakasai, I. A.; Musa, K. Y.; Isah, A. B.; Mshelbwala, K.

    The objective of this research is to determine the concentration of arsenic in wells and boreholes water in Zaria, to see whether the concentration level is sufficient enough to affect the health of the people living in the area under study. In this study arsenic concentrations of sixty well and five bore hole water samples collected from Zaria and environs were determined using standard procedures. The results obtained shows that arsenic concentrations ranged from <0.002 to 0.51 mg L-1, with 75% of the samples above the World Health Organization drinking water guideline. Bore whole water samples were found to contain less arsenic compared with the shallow well water samples studied. Most wells and boreholes in Zaria were found to be contaminated with abnormal concentration of arsenic sufficient enough to cause serious health hazards to the users.

  13. Laboratory and numerical evaluation of borehole methods for subsurface horizontal flow characterization.

    SciTech Connect

    Pedler, William H. (Radon Abatement Systems, Inc., Golden, CO); Jepsen, Richard Alan (Sandia National Laboratories, Carlsbad, NM)

    2003-08-01

    The requirement to accurately measure subsurface groundwater flow at contaminated sites, as part of a time and cost effective remediation program, has spawned a variety of flow evaluation technologies. Validation of the accuracy and knowledge regarding the limitations of these technologies are critical for data quality and application confidence. Leading the way in the effort to validate and better understand these methodologies, the US Army Environmental Center has funded a multi-year program to compare and evaluate all viable horizontal flow measurement technologies. This multi-year program has included a field comparison phase, an application of selected methods as part of an integrated site characterization program phase, and most recently, a laboratory and numerical simulator phase. As part of this most recent phase, numerical modeling predictions and laboratory measurements were made in a simulated fracture borehole set-up within a controlled flow simulator. The scanning colloidal borescope flowmeter (SCBFM) and advanced hydrophysical logging (NxHpL{trademark}) tool were used to measure velocities and flow rate in a simulated fractured borehole in the flow simulator. Particle tracking and mass flux measurements were observed and recorded under a range of flow conditions in the simulator. Numerical models were developed to aid in the design of the flow simulator and predict the flow conditions inside the borehole. Results demonstrated that the flow simulator allowed for predictable, easily controlled, and stable flow rates both inside and outside the well. The measurement tools agreed well with each other over a wide range of flow conditions. The model results demonstrate that the Scanning Colloidal Borescope did not interfere with the flow in the borehole in any of the tests. The model is capable of predicting flow conditions and agreed well with the measurements and observations in the flow simulator and borehole. Both laboratory and model results showed a lower limit of fracture velocity in which inflow occurs, but horizontal flow does not establish itself in the center of the borehole. In addition, both laboratory and model results showed circulation cells in the borehole above and below the fracture horizon. The length of the interval over which the circulating cells occurred was much larger than the interval of actual horizontal flow. These results suggest that for the simple fracture geometry simulated in this study, horizontal flow can be predictable and measurable, and that this flow is representative of the larger, near- field flow system. Additional numerical refinements and laboratory simulations of more robust, life- like fracture geometries should be considered. The preliminary conclusions of this work suggest the following: (1) horizontal flow in the fractured medium which is representative of the near- field flow conditions can be established in a wellbore; (2) this horizontal flow can be accurately measured and numerically predicted; (3) the establishment of directionally quantifiable horizontal flow is dependent on four parameters: borehole diameter, structure, permeability and the hydraulic gradient of the flowing feature; and, (4) by measuring three of these four parameters, the fourth parameter can be numerically derived through computer simulations.

  14. Device and method for generating a beam of acoustic energy from a borehole, and applications thereof

    DOEpatents

    Vu, Cung Khac; Sinha, Dipen N.; Pantea, Cristian; Nihei, Kurt T.; Schmitt, Denis P.; Skelt, Chirstopher

    2013-10-15

    In some aspects of the invention, a method of generating a beam of acoustic energy in a borehole is disclosed. The method includes generating a first acoustic wave at a first frequency; generating a second acoustic wave at a second frequency different than the first frequency, wherein the first acoustic wave and second acoustic wave are generated by at least one transducer carried by a tool located within the borehole; transmitting the first and the second acoustic waves into an acoustically non-linear medium, wherein the composition of the non-linear medium produces a collimated beam by a non-linear mixing of the first and second acoustic waves, wherein the collimated beam has a frequency based upon a difference between the first frequency range and the second frequency, and wherein the non-linear medium has a velocity of sound between 100 m/s and 800 m/s.

  15. Verification of velocity-resistivity relationships derived from structural joint inversion with borehole data

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Moorkamp, M.; Roberts, A. W.; Jegen, M.; Heincke, B.; Hobbs, R. W.

    2013-07-01

    We present results of three-dimensional joint inversion of seismic, magnetotelluric, and gravity data over a marine salt dome. Such structures are difficult to image with a single method, and our results demonstrate how combining different techniques can yield improved results. More importantly, we examine the reliability of velocity-conductivity relationships derived from structure-coupled joint inversion approaches. Comparison with a seismic reflection section shows that our models match the upper limit of the salt. Furthermore, velocity and resistivity logs from a borehole drilled into the salt dome's flank match, within error, those recovered by the inversion. The good match suggests that the difference in length scale does not have a significant effect in this case. This provides a strong incentive to incorporate borehole data into the joint inversion in the future and substantiates approaches that use the relationships derived from joint inversion models for lithological classification.

  16. Borehole studies of rock engineering problems in large scale laboratory equipment

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Daemen, Jaak J. K.

    A testing facility which includes provisions for access to a co-axial borehole in a cylindrical rock sample will provide the necessary means to study a number of engineering geomechanics problems that can not be investigated readily with presently available equipment. Examples include the stability of deep boreholes; the sealing performance of well cementing and plugging; the influence of size, shape, stress gradient and energy concentration effects on rock failure about underground openings (simulating deep shafts and tunnels in hard intact rock); influence of discontinuities and reinforcement on opening stability; ground-interaction modeling of tunnel support mechanics. Approximate ranges for desirable loading conditions (axial and laterial rock stress, fluid pressure and flow, temperature, geochemical environment) are suggested for some of these problems as well as requirements for in-hole instrumentation. A large scale laboratory testing facility will find immediate use for the study of many important rock engineering problems.

  17. A successful borehole drilled by cryogenic drilling in an arid, unconsolidated soil with boulders

    SciTech Connect

    Cavagnaro, P.; Simon, R.D.; Cooper, G.A. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Mineral Engineering

    1997-07-01

    An 80 foot deep borehole was drilled using a novel cryogenic drilling method. The freeze while drilling technique stabilizes the borehole wall while drilling by using conventional air rotary methods but with low temperature nitrogen gas (as cold as {minus}196 C) as the drilling fluid. The location of the field test was a semi-arid alluvial unconsolidated sedimentary formation at the Aerojet, Inc. site in Rancho Cordova, California. The geology was a sandy soil matrix containing cobbles and boulders. The test goal was to drill to 100 feet (30 m), but the test was terminated at 80 feet due to a failure of the swivel shaft and drill bit resulting from the very rough drilling conditions. No safety, technical, or operational problems were encountered that could prevent cryogenic drilling from becoming a standard technique for drilling in unstable near-surface formations.

  18. Active-distributed temperature sensing to continuously quantify vertical flow in boreholes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Read, T.; Bour, O.; Selker, J. S.; Bense, V. F.; Borgne, T. Le; Hochreutener, R.; Lavenant, N.

    2014-05-01

    We show how a distributed borehole flowmeter can be created from armored Fiber Optic cables with the Active-Distributed Temperature Sensing (A-DTS) method. The principle is that in a flowing fluid, the difference in temperature between a heated and unheated cable is a function of the fluid velocity. We outline the physical basis of the methodology and report on the deployment of a prototype A-DTS flowmeter in a fractured rock aquifer. With this design, an increase in flow velocity from 0.01 to 0.3 m s-1 elicited a 2.5°C cooling effect. It is envisaged that with further development this method will have applications where point measurements of borehole vertical flow do not fully capture combined spatiotemporal dynamics.

  19. A New, Small, Wireless Instrument to Determine Ground Thermal Conductivity In-Situ for Borehole Heat Exchanger Design

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Ernst Rohner; Ladislaus Rybach; Ulrich Schärli

    2005-01-01

    A small, light, wireless borehole probe has been developed and built which consists of pressure and temperature sensors and a mini-datalogger\\/programmed microprocessor in a closed metal tube, water-tight up to 100 bar. The probe (235mm long, 23mm dia, 99.8 g) sinks in completed but not yet working borehole heat exchangers (BHEs) through its own weight to the bottom of the

  20. Stress Damage in Borehole and Rock Cores; Developing New Tools to Update the Stress Map of Alberta

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jia, Q.; Schmitt, D. R.; Moeck, I. S.

    2013-12-01

    Knowledge of in situ stress enables us to determine the optimum borehole trajectory, predict fluid migration, and plan appropriately for geothermal and hydrocarbon production. Consequently, it is necessary to evaluate the state of stress in the Earth in order to design and efficiently operate engineered geothermal systems. This need motivates us to develop a new 3D model of stress for Alberta. This project mainly consists of three categories: investigating the impacts of in situ stress on borehole stability, fracture trajectory modelling and determining the stress state over an area in the northern part of Alberta. To date, we have created a MATLAB based program to calculate the stress concentrations for an arbitrarily oriented borehole in an isotropic or an arbitrarily oriented anisotropic medium subject to stress. The input to this model comes from static rock properties provided by measurements on a shale sample in the laboratory of our group. The result helps us to study the effects of rock material anisotropy on stress distribution, and it also shows the direction in which borehole failure is likely to grow. However, as the in situ stress is almost impossible to measure directly, we studied how fracture orientations identified from the borehole image log helps us to constrain in situ stress magnitudes and orientations. Moreover, based on the Mohr-Column criteria, we further assessed the tendency for both borehole tensile failure and compressive failure to occur in an isotropic formation as a function of the upper bound of rock strength and borehole fluid pressure limitations under a variety of stress states. For a given stress state and borehole orientation, tensile fracture can be tracked in the MATLAB program based on the assumption that tensile fractures are formed under pure tension. (This project is part of the Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative (HAI), which is a research collaboration between scientists in Germany and Canada on energy projects for cleaner energy production.)

  1. Detection of free vertical convection and double-diffusion in groundwater monitoring wells with geophysical borehole measurements

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Susann Berthold; Frank Börner

    2008-01-01

    Two algorithms for in-situ detection and identification of vertical free convective and double-diffusive flows in groundwater\\u000a monitoring wells or boreholes are proposed. With one algorithm the causes (driving forces) and with the other one the effects\\u000a (convection or double-diffusion) of vertical transport processes can be detected based on geophysical borehole measurements\\u000a in the water column. Five density-driven flow processes are

  2. Deriving Spatial and Temporal Statistics of Meltwater Infiltration Using a Bayesian Hierarchical Modeling Analysis of 10m Borehole Thermal Data

    Microsoft Academic Search

    N. F. Humphrey; S. V. Huzurbazar; A. Chatterjee; J. T. Harper; W. T. Pfeffer

    2008-01-01

    A snow traverse from the percolation to saturation zone of the Greenland ice sheet has obtained year long temperature records from 10m boreholes. Each borehole records a temporally and spatially dense (delta time: 15mins, delta space: 0.25m) vertical temperature distribution over the summer melt season and winter freeze-up. Analysis of this thermal data should be deterministic, except for the dominance

  3. Study on the relationship between lineaments and borehole specific capacity in a fractured and karstified limestone area in Vietnam

    Microsoft Academic Search

    V. T. Tam; F. De Smedt; O. Batelaan; A. Dassargues

    2004-01-01

    For a karstified limestone area in NW Vietnam, the relationship between the distribution of lineaments and borehole specific capacity is determined, resulting in the conclusion that not only the borehole geomorphological-hydrogeological position but also the lineament distribution influences the specific capacity.No significant spatial well yield patterns are evident in this highly fractured-karstified region. The supposition is that lineaments caused by

  4. Village water supply in Botswana: assessment of recommended yield for production boreholes in a semi-arid environment

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Carlsson, L.; Ntsatsi, J.

    2000-04-01

    More than 90% of the rural villages and settlements throughout Botswana have water supplies based on groundwater. The annual increase in water demand is about 0.3 × 10 6 m 3 and on average around 60 new boreholes are needed annually. In parallel with construction of new production boreholes for rural villages, there is an on-going rehabilitation of existing boreholes which have lost their original yield due to clogging, corrosion, encrustation, etc. The total annual cost of siting, drilling and testing of around 100 new production boreholes for rural villages water supply is estimated at around US$7.5 million (1997 price). Modelling of every groundwater resource for rural village water supply in Botswana is currently not feasible due to a lack of relevant and detailed information. A modelling exercise will assess the resource of the aquifer being studied, but can not give an assessment of the yield of each production borehole. Groundwater supply to rural villages is therefore currently based on the abstraction possible from established production boreholes. Test pumping data from these boreholes are the prime information in such an assessment. However safety factors and the fact that drought periods of longer duration are common in a semi-arid environment must also be considered. A computer program package TESTCURV developed by the Department of Water Affairs is a most useful tool in the assessment of yields for production boreholes for village water supply in Botswana, based on the performance of the well and the aquifer. No replenishment is assumed and the question of sustainable yield is not addressed by the program.

  5. The Plate Boundary Observatory Borehole Network: Combining Geodetic, Seismic and Environmental Data to Understand Plate Boundary Deformation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    K. M. Hodgkinson; D. Mencin; D. B. Henderson; A. A. Borsa; W. Johnson; M. H. Gottlieb; E. van Boskirk; W. Gallaher; O. Fox; J. Smith; M. E. Jackson

    2010-01-01

    The Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO), the geodetic component of the NSF-funded Earthscope program, is designed to capture the continuous three-dimensional deformation field across the western US plate boundary. Installed and maintained by UNAVCO, the observatory currently consists of over 1100 continuously operating GPS stations and 79 borehole installations. PBO boreholes are multi-instrumented sites containing a combination of strainmeters, seismometers, pore

  6. Short Communication Drilling and Installation of Boreholes for Permafrost Thermal Monitoring on Livingston Island in the Maritime Antarctic

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Miguel Ramos; Andreas Hasler; Gonzalo Vieira; Christian Hauck; Stephan Gruber

    Three new boreholes up to 25 m deep were drilled on Mount Reina Sofõ ´a (275 m a.s.l.), Livingston Island, where previous near-surface temperature measurements (mean annual ground temperatures of ? 2.1 to ? 2.68C) have indicated the presence of permafrost. A thermistor chain and logging system were installed in the deepest borehole, while the others were equipped with individual

  7. Coupling of geothermal heat pumps with thermal solar collectors using double U-tube boreholes with two independent circuits

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Parham Eslami-nejad; Michel Bernier

    2011-01-01

    This study presents an analytical model to predict steady-state heat transfer in double U-tube boreholes with two independent circuits operating with unequal mass flow rates and inlet temperatures. The model predicts the fluid temperature profiles in both circuits along the borehole depth. It accounts for fluid and pipe thermal resistance and thermal interaction among U-tube circuits. The proposed model is

  8. Characterization of Vadose Zone Sediments Below the TX Tank Farm: Boreholes C3830, C3831, C3832 and RCRA Borehole 299-W10-27

    SciTech Connect

    Serne, R. Jeffrey; Bjornstad, Bruce N.; Horton, Duane G.; Lanigan, David C.; Lindenmeier, Clark W.; Lindberg, Michael J.; Clayton, Ray E.; Legore, Virginia L.; Orr, Robert D.; Kutnyakov, Igor V.; Baum, Steven R.; Geiszler, Keith N.; Valenta, Michelle M.; Vickerman, Tanya S.

    2008-09-11

    This report was revised in September 2008 to remove acid-extractable sodium data from Tables 4.8, 4.28,4.43, and 4.59. The sodium data was removed due to potential contamination introduced during the acid extraction process. The rest of the text remains unchanged from the original report issued in April 2004. The overall goal of the Tank Farm Vadose Zone Project, led by CH2M HILL Hanford Group, Inc., is to define risks from past and future single-shell tank farm activities at Hanford. To meet this goal, CH2M HILL Hanford Group, Inc. tasked scientists from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to perform detailed analyses on vadose zone sediments from within Waste Management Area (WMA) T-TX-TY. This report is the first of two reports written to present the results of these analyses. Specifically, this report contains all the geologic, geochemical, and selected physical characterization data collected on vadose zone sediment recovered from boreholes C3830, C3831, and C3832 in the TX Tank Farm, and from borehole 299-W-10-27 installed northeast of the TY Tank Farm.

  9. Operation and life of the zetatron: A small neutron generator for borehole logging

    Microsoft Academic Search

    L. A. Shope; B. E. Barnaby; R. S. Berg; M. L. ONeal

    1981-01-01

    The zetatron is a small sealed-off D-T accelerator being used for pulsed neutron production in Uranium borehole logging experiments. The tube utilizes a zirconium gas reservoir, Penning type ion source, and up to 130 kV ion extraction with ion beam focussing and secondary electron supression. The mixed D-T beam is incident on a scandium film target and produces in the

  10. Petrophysical inversion of borehole array-induction logs: Part I — Numerical examples

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Faruk O. Alpak; Carlos Torres-Verdi?n; Tarek M. Habashy

    2006-01-01

    We have developed a new methodology for the quantitative petrophysical evaluation of borehole array-induction measure- ments. The methodology is based on the time evolution of the spatial distributions of fluid saturation and salt concentration at- tributed to mud-filtrate invasion. We use a rigorous formulation to account for the physics of fluid displacement in porous media resulting from water-base mud filtrate

  11. Geophysical surveys for proposed boreholes 299-W15-25, 26 and 27, 200 West Area

    SciTech Connect

    Mitchell, T.H.

    1995-01-01

    The objective of the survey was to locate subsurface obstructions that may affect the drilling of the proposed boreholes 299-W15-25, 299-w15-26, and 299-W15-27, north of the 321-Z building. The possible drill sites within the zone with the least likelihood of encountering identified obstructions were identified based on the results of the survey. Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) was the geophysical method chosen for the shallow characterization of this site.

  12. Interpretation of chemical and isotopic data from boreholes in the unsaturated zone at Yucca Mountain, Nevada

    Microsoft Academic Search

    I. C. Yang; G. W. Rattray; P. Yu

    1996-01-01

    Analyses of pore water from boreholes at Yucca Mountain indicate that unsaturated-zone pore water has significantly larger concentrations of chloride and dissolved solids than the saturated-zone water or perched-water bodies. Chemical compositions are of the calcium sulfate or calcium chloride types in the Paintbrush Group (Tiva Canyon, Yucca Mountain, Pah Canyon, and bedded tuffs), and sodium carbonate or bicarbonate type

  13. Three-dimensional interpretation of borehole-to-surface electromagnetic data

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Hung-Wen Tseng

    1999-01-01

    A new scheme, dubbed the modified extended Born approximation (MEBA), is developed for efficient three-dimensional (3-D) simulation and interpretation of geophysical electromagnetic (EM) data. This thesis is also devoted to demonstrating the feasibility of mapping the subsurface conductivity distribution using a borehole-to-surface technique in cases when only a single well is available for EM survey purposes. Originating from the integral

  14. Ground surface temperature history at a single site in southern Portugal reconstructed from borehole temperatures

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Correia, António; Šafanda, Jan

    2001-06-01

    Reliable reconstruction of ground surface temperature (GST) history from borehole temperatures can often be biased by convective heat transport, unrecognized thermal conductivity variations, topography and vegetation changes near borehole locations. To a great extent, all these factors are negligible in the case of a 200-m-deep borehole located near the town of Evora, in southern Portugal. This allows confidence in the interpretation of the borehole temperature versus depth ( T- z) profile in terms of the GST changes during the last 150-200 years. To obtain estimates of the GST history, the functional space inversion method was used, which allows incorporation of uncertainties in the data as a priori standard deviations. The method yielded a GST history that indicates warming of about 1 K since the second half of the last century to the middle of the 1990s, with an increase in the last 10-15 years. The results agree with the surface air temperatures (SAT) recorded at the Lisbon meteorological station since 1856, which display a warming trend with an amplitude of about 1 K for the same period. The reduced temperature of the studied T- z profile was used to extend the observed SAT series to times before the instrumental period by estimating the long-term pre-observational mean (POM). The shape of the reduced temperature curve is best fit by POM values that are a few 10ths of a degree Celsius higher than 15.6°C, which is the mean of the SAT series in the period 1856-1900.

  15. Magnetostratigraphy of borehole EY02-2 in the southern Yellow Sea and its paleoenvironmental significance

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Shulan Ge; Xuefa Shi; Rixiang Zhu; Yanguang Liu; Ping Yin; Lejun Liu

    2006-01-01

    Detailed rock magnetic and paleomagnetic studies have been undertaken on borehole EY02-2 (70m in length) in the southern Yellow\\u000a Sea (SYS). The main Curie point revealed by magnetic susceptibility-temperature (k-T) curve is 580–600C indicating magnetite dominance. The hysteresis loop parameters show large variation of magnetic mineral\\u000a size in different sedimentary contexts: it is larger in subtidal sediment than in terrigenous

  16. Analysis of in-situ rock joint strength using digital borehole scanner images

    SciTech Connect

    Thapa, B.B.

    1994-09-01

    The availability of high resolution digital images of borehole walls using the Borehole Scanner System has made it possible to develop new methods of in-situ rock characterization. This thesis addresses particularly new approaches to the characterization of in-situ joint strength arising from surface roughness. An image processing technique is used to extract the roughness profile from joints in the unrolled image of the borehole wall. A method for estimating in-situ Rengers envelopes using this data is presented along with results from using the method on joints in a borehole in porphyritic granite. Next, an analysis of the joint dilation angle anisotropy is described and applied to the porphyritic granite joints. The results indicate that the dilation angle of the joints studied are anisotropic at small scales and tend to reflect joint waviness as scale increases. A procedure to unroll the opposing roughness profiles to obtain a two dimensional sample is presented. The measurement of apertures during this process is shown to produce an error which increases with the dip of the joint. The two dimensional sample of opposing profiles is used in a new kinematic analysis of the joint shear stress-shear deformation behavior. Examples of applying these methods on the porphyritic granite joints are presented. The unrolled opposing profiles were used in a numerical simulation of a direct shear test using Discontinuous Deformation Analysis. Results were compared to laboratory test results using core samples containing the same joints. The simulated dilatancy and shear stress-shear deformation curves were close to the laboratory curves in the case of a joint in porphyritic granite.

  17. Gamma-Ray Spectrum Stabilization in a Borehole Probe Using a Light Emitting Diode

    Microsoft Academic Search

    David C. Stromswold; James E. Meisner

    1979-01-01

    A borehole probe which has a Light Emitting Diode (LED) implanted in a NaI detector has been constructed to collect spectral gamma-ray data for uranium exploration. The LED is pulsed to simulate light from gamma-ray interactions in the detector, and the resulting light is used as a reference to gain stabilize the detection system. The LED allows optimum gain sensitivity

  18. Development of a reliable method for in-situ ignition of coal through a lined borehole

    SciTech Connect

    Britten, J.A.; Thorsness, C.B.; Upadhye, R.S.; Field, J.E.

    1986-01-01

    Reliable permeability enhancement of a coal seam necessary for successful underground coal gasification (UCG), can be achieved by drilling a horizontal borehole low in the seam connecting gas injection and production wells. Economic considerations dictate that the number of burn modules per horizontally drilled hole be maximized and gas quality remain relatively constant. The controlled retracting injection point (CRIP) method developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory involves the insertion of a small-diameter retractable igniter tube terminated by a burner/nozzle assembly into the deviated borehole. A gaseous fuel is introduced in this tube to burn in an outer oxidant flow at the nozzle and ignite the coal at this point. As the UCG cavity develops to encompass inert overburden and the quality of the produced gas begins to drop, the small tube is retracted to a new point upstream and the coal ignited here to start a new UCG module. In this way a number of modules can be gasified from the same borehole, and the produced gas quality can be maintained for relatively long periods of time. For structural and flow conductance reasons the horizontal borehole must be lined with steel pipe, which the CRIP igniter must be able to burn through. Other considerations crucial to the successful CRIP operation are the method used for the remote ignition of the gaseous reactants, the time required to burn through the pipe as a function of ambient and flow conditions, and the degree of backburning of the steel pipe during the procedure. This paper summarizes previous field and laboratory development of the CRIP system, and describes recent efforts which tested burner designs and breakaway burner heads for in situ backup use, and measured burnthrough times for stainless steel pipes for a variety of gas flow rates and compositions. 6 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  19. Comparing shear-wave velocity profiles inverted from multichannel surface wave with borehole measurements

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Jianghai Xia; Richard D. Miller; Choon B. Park; James A. Hunter; James B. Harris; Julian Ivanov

    2002-01-01

    Recent field tests illustrate the accuracy and consistency of calculating near-surface shear (S)-wave velocities using multichannel analysis of surface waves (MASW). S-wave velocity profiles (S-wave velocity vs. depth) derived from MASW compared favorably to direct borehole measurements at sites in Kansas, British Columbia, and Wyoming. Effects of changing the total number of recording channels, sampling interval, source offset, and receiver

  20. Highlights of Recent CORK Hydrologic Borehole Observatory Results: Applications to Oceanography, Seismology, and Geodynamics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Davis, E. E.; Heesemann, M. L.

    2010-12-01

    Initial motivation for borehole hydrologic observatories came from the desire to observe natural temperatures and pressures and to sample fluids in permeable formations, where observations made at the time of drilling were dominated by drilling perturbations. As initial monitoring experiments proceeded, it became clear that sealed-hole CORK (“circulation obviation retrofit kit”) instrumentation could be used for other objectives, so their use expanded. Progressive improvements in power consumption and measurement resolution, and in some cases connections to shore provided recently by NEPTUNE-Canada (and in the future by DONET -Japan and OOI -U.S.A.), have further expanded the utility of borehole observatories well beyond that of early installations. Recent examples include documenting quasi-periodic turbidity currents in the Middle America Trench triggered by tidally stimulated sediment resuspension, slow slip across the full width of the subduction zone thrust off Costa Rica, post-seismic regional deformation in the Nankai Trough, and seismic “noise” generation in the northeast Pacific. In all cases, great value has been added to the data as a result of the borehole observations being placed in the context of concurrent observations from other types of monitoring instruments (e.g., current meters, seismometers, GPS receivers) deployed locally or regionally. Long observation periods have also been critical, since many of the phenomena of interest (e.g., slow slip events, earthquakes, and seasonally variable oceanographic events) occur infrequently. Coupling borehole observatories to seafloor cable systems will enhance many studies by allowing increased sampling rates, extended lifetime, precise timing, and coordinated complementary observations.

  1. Vertical-borehole ground-coupled heat pumps: A review of models and systems

    Microsoft Academic Search

    H. Yang; P. Cui; Z. Fang

    2010-01-01

    A large number of ground-coupled heat pump (GCHP) systems have been used in residential and commercial buildings throughout the world due to the attractive advantages of high efficiency and environmental friendliness. This paper gives a detailed literature review of the research and developments of the vertical-borehole GCHP technology for applications in air-conditioning. A general introduction on the ground source heat

  2. Simulation and inversion of borehole temperature profiles in surrogate climates: Spatial distribution and surface coupling

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. F. González-Rouco; H. Beltrami; E. Zorita; H. von Storch

    2006-01-01

    (1) A heat-conduction forward model driven by ground surface temperature from three 1000-year climate simulations with the state-of-the-art ECHO-g model has been used to simulate underground temperature perturbation profiles. An inversion approach has been applied to reconstruct ground surface temperature histories from the simulated profiles and to compare them with the climate model temperatures. Results support the skill of borehole

  3. The Effect of Borehole Flow on Salinity Profiles From Deep Monitor Wells in Hawaii

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Rotzoll, K.; Hunt, C. D.; El-Kadi, A. I.

    2008-12-01

    Ground-water resource management in Hawaii is based partly on salinity profiles from deep wells that are used to monitor the thickness of freshwater lenses and the transition zone between freshwater and saltwater. Vertical borehole flow in these wells may confound understanding of the actual salinity-depth profiles in the basaltic aquifers and lead to misinterpretations that hamper effective water-resource management. Causes and effects of borehole flow on salinity profiles are being evaluated at 40 deep monitor wells in Hawaii. Step- like changes in fluid electrical conductivity with respect to depth are indicative of borehole flow and are evident in almost all available salinity profiles. A regional trend in borehole flow direction, expected from basin-wide ground-water flow dynamics, is evident as major downward flow components in inland recharge areas and major upward flow components in discharge areas near the coast. The midpoint of the transition zone in one deep monitor well showed inconsequential depth displacements in response to barometric pressure and tidal fluctuations and to pumping from nearby wellfields. Commonly, the 1 mS/cm conductivity value is used to indicate the top of the transition zone. Contrary to the more stable midpoint, the depth of the 1 mS/cm conductivity value may be displaced by as much as 200 m in deep monitor wells near pumping wellfields. The displacement is complemented with an increase in conductivity at a particular depth in the upper part of the profile. The observed increase in conductivity is linear with increase in nearby pumpage. The largest deviations from expected aquifer-salinity profiles occur in deep monitor wells located in the area extending from east Pearl Harbor to Kalihi on Oahu, which coincides with the most heavily pumped part of the aquifer.

  4. Evidence for a little ice age and recent warming from a borehole temperature data inversion procedure

    SciTech Connect

    Fivez, J.; Thoen, J. [Laboratorium voor Akoestiek en Thermische Fysica, Department Natuurkunde, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200D, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium)

    2004-11-15

    In this article, we apply our analytical theory, published earlier in this journal, to obtain information on the earth surface temperature history from some borehole temperature data. Compared to the results of the five different methods applied to the same temperature data, our method seems to be easier, assumption-free, and yields internally consistent results. The results suggest a cooling a few centuries ago, followed by a continuing warming up to these days, in agreement with a little ice age scenario.

  5. Borehole temperatures and tree rings: Seasonality and estimates of extratropical Northern Hemispheric warming

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Robert N. Harris; David S. Chapman

    2005-01-01

    We construct an extratropical reduced temperature–depth profile for land areas north of 20°N latitude from the global borehole temperature database compiled for climate reconstruction. The mean reduced temperature profile compares well with a time series constructed from an initial baseline temperature (0.6° ± 0.1°C) and the last 140 years of gridded annual surface air temperature data diffused into the ground.

  6. Borehole temperatures and tree rings: Seasonality and estimates of extratropical Northern Hemispheric warming

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Robert N. Harris; David S. Chapman

    2005-01-01

    Received 28 February 2005; revised 18 July 2005; accepted 24 August 2005; published 14 October 2005. (1) We construct an extratropical reduced temperature-depth profile for land areas north of 20N latitude from the global borehole temperature database compiled for climate reconstruction. The mean reduced temperature profile compares well with a time series constructed from an initial baseline temperature (0.6 ±0

  7. Consolidation around a borehole embedded in media with double porosity under release of geostatic stresses

    Microsoft Academic Search

    X. Li

    2003-01-01

    The paper deals with the stress, displacement, pore and fissure pressures fields induced by the drilling and\\/or the pressurization of a vertical borehole in a formation of water-saturated porous media with double porosity. The solution includes the boundary condition of non-hydrostatic in situ state of stress. The solid skeleton is assumed to behave as a linearly poroelastic material with compressible

  8. Subseafloor seawater-basalt-microbe reactions: Continuous sampling of borehole fluids in a ridge flank environment

    Microsoft Academic Search

    C. Geoffrey Wheat; Hans W. Jannasch; Andrew T. Fisher; Keir Becker; Jessica Sharkey; Samuel Hulme

    2010-01-01

    Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Hole 1301A was drilled, cased, and instrumented with a long-term, subseafloor observatory (CORK) on the eastern flank of the Juan de Fuca Ridge in summer 2004. This borehole is located 1 km south of ODP Hole 1026B and 5 km north of Baby Bare outcrop. Hole 1301A penetrates 262 m of sediment and 108 m

  9. Temporal Shifts in the Geochemistry and Microbial Community Structure of an Ultradeep Mine Borehole Following Isolation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Duane P. Moser; T. C. Onstott; Jim K. Fredrickson; Fred J. Brockman; David L. Balkwill; G. R. Drake; S. M. Pfiffner; D. C. White; K. Takai; L. M. Pratt; J. Fong; B. Sherwood Lollar; G. Slater; T. J. Phelps; N. Spoelstra; M. Deflaun; G. Southam; A. T. Welty; B. J. Baker; J. Hoek

    2003-01-01

    A borehole draining a water-bearing dyke fracture at 3.2-km depth in a South African Au mine was isolated from the open mine environment. Geochemical, stable isotopic, nucleic acid-based, and phospholipid fatty acid (PLFA) analyses were employed as culture-independent means for assessing shifts in the microbial community and habitat as the system equilibrated with the native rock-water environment. Over a two-month

  10. Formation of Slot-Shaped Borehole Breakout Within Weakly Cemented Sandstones

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Seiji Nakagawa; Liviu Tomutsa; Larry R. Myer

    2005-01-01

    Breakout (wall failure) of boreholes within the earth can take several forms depending upon physical properties of the surrounding rock and the stress and flow conditions. Three distinctive modes of breakout are (I) extensile breakout observed in brittle rocks (e.g., Haimson and Herrick, 1986), (II) shear breakout in soft and clastic rocks (Zoback et al., 1985), and (III) fracture-like, slot-shaped

  11. First Microbial Community Assessment of Borehole Fluids from the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL)

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D. P. Moser; C. Anderson; S. Bang; T. L. Jones; D. Boutt; T. Kieft; B. Sherwood Lollar; L. C. Murdoch; S. M. Pfiffner; J. Bruckner; J. C. Fisher; J. Newburn; A. Wheatley; T. C. Onstott

    2010-01-01

    Fluid and gas samples were collected from two flowing boreholes at the 4100 (1,250 m) and 4850 ft (1478 m) levels of the former Homestake Gold Mine in Lead, South Dakota. Service- and flood water samples were also collected as comparative benchmarks. With a maximum depth of 8,000 ft, (2,438 m), this mine currently hosts the Sanford Laboratory and is

  12. Ground warming and continental energy storage in the Northern Hemisphere during the Common Era: Impact of borehole depth.

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Beltrami, H.; Matharoo, G. S.; Smerdon, J. E.

    2014-12-01

    Estimates of ground surface temperature changes and continental energystorage from geothermal data have become well accepted indicators of past climatic changes since industrialisation. Borehole reconstructions of these quantities over the Common Era have been used, inter alia, for the validation of general circulation models and to help quantify the overall energy budget of the global climate system. Recent analyses of geothermal data have been performed with data obtained from the borehole climatology data base of the International Heat Flow Commission that contains subsurface temperature profiles for over 600 sites spread across the Northern Hemisphere, with the majority of maximum borehole depths varying between 200 m to 600 m. Due to the nature of heat conduction, different depth ranges contain the record of past and persistent changes in the energy balance between the lower atmosphere and the ground for different time periods. Here we examine the dependency of estimated ground surface temperature histories and subsurface heat content changes on the maximum depth of the borehole temperature profile. We find that previous results remain unchanged for the period since industrialisation, but differ during earlier periods over the last millennium. We suggest that large-scale temperature reconstructions from terrestrial boreholes should be derived from datasets that comprise boreholes truncated at similar thermal depths. Analyses that do not control for the impacts of the depth of truncation are otherwise subject to difficult-to-estimate biases in temperature change estimates during the early and middle part of the last millennium.

  13. A Prototype Performance Assessment Model for Generic Deep Borehole Repository for High-Level Nuclear Waste - 12132

    SciTech Connect

    Lee, Joon H.; Arnold, Bill W.; Swift, Peter N.; Hadgu, Teklu; Freeze, Geoff; Wang, Yifeng [Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2012-07-01

    A deep borehole repository is one of the four geologic disposal system options currently under study by the U.S. DOE to support the development of a long-term strategy for geologic disposal of commercial used nuclear fuel (UNF) and high-level radioactive waste (HLW). The immediate goal of the generic deep borehole repository study is to develop the necessary modeling tools to evaluate and improve the understanding of the repository system response and processes relevant to long-term disposal of UNF and HLW in a deep borehole. A prototype performance assessment model for a generic deep borehole repository has been developed using the approach for a mined geological repository. The preliminary results from the simplified deep borehole generic repository performance assessment indicate that soluble, non-sorbing (or weakly sorbing) fission product radionuclides, such as I-129, Se-79 and Cl-36, are the likely major dose contributors, and that the annual radiation doses to hypothetical future humans associated with those releases may be extremely small. While much work needs to be done to validate the model assumptions and parameters, these preliminary results highlight the importance of a robust seal design in assuring long-term isolation, and suggest that deep boreholes may be a viable alternative to mined repositories for disposal of both HLW and UNF. (authors)

  14. Characterization of the microbial community in a legacy borehole in the igneous ocean crust

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Salas, E. C.; Bhartia, R.; Hug, W. F.; Reid, R.; Edwards, K. J.

    2012-12-01

    The deep subsurface continues to hold promise as a significant reservoir of the Earth's microbiota. However, the extent and nature of microbial communities in the subsurface is still uncertain. Current efforts at elucidating the scope of deep subsurface communities include development of methods for enumeration of cells and characterization of metabolic niches. These methods typically rely on bulk analysis of extracted core material or in situ enrichment studies. Legacy boreholes, such as 395A, which have been isolated from the overlying ocean and sediment, have been proposed as good model systems to study the subsurface in its native state. However, current methods for exploring these environments do not allow for real-time analysis and, in the case of molecular work which rely on dyes to produce fluorescence signals, can be challenging due to issues such as mineral auto-fluorescence and non-specific binding. The Deep Exploration Biosphere Investigative tool (DEBI-t) was developed to explore legacy boreholes and provide near real-time characterization of borehole environments. DEBI-t utilizes deep ultraviolet (224nm) excitation to induce fluorescence (280nm - 400nm) enabling detection and classification of microbes and organics in their native environment, without the need for tagging or sample processing. This capability will be discussed using results from IODP Expedition 336.

  15. Site study plan for borehole search and characterization, Deaf Smith County Site, Texas: Revision 1

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1987-12-22

    This site study plan describes the Borehole Search and Characterization field activities to be conducted during the early stages of Site Characterization at the Deaf Smith County site, Texas. The field program has been designed to provide data useful in addressing information/data needs resulting from Federal/State/Local regulatory requirements and repository program requirements. Air and ground surveys, an extensive literature search, and landowner interviews will be conducted to locate wells within and adjacent to the proposed nuclear waste repository site in Deaf Smith County. Initially, the study will center around the planned Exploratory Shaft Facilities location and will expand outward from that location. Findings from this study may lead to preparation of a new site study plan to search suspected borehole locations, and excavate or reenter known boreholes for additional characterization or remedial action. The Salt Repository Project (SRP) Networks specify the schedule under which the program will operate. The Technical Field Services Contractor (TFSC) is responsible for conducting the field program. Data will be handled and reported in accordance with established SRP procedures. A quality assurance program will be utilized to assure that activities affecting quality are performed correctly and that appropriate documentation is maintained. 13 refs., 6 figs., 3 tabs.

  16. Inference of past climate from borehole temperature data using Bayesian Reversible Jump Markov chain Monte Carlo

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hopcroft, Peter O.; Gallagher, Kerry; Pain, Chris C.

    2007-12-01

    Estimates of past climate derived from borehole temperatures are assuming a greater importance in context of the millennial temperature variation debate. However, recovery of these signals is usually performed with regularization which can potentially lead to underestimation of past variation when noise is present. In this work Bayesian inference is applied to this problem with no explicit regularization. To achieve this Reversible Jump Markov chain Monte Carlo is employed, and this allows models of varying complexity (i.e. variable dimensions) to be sampled so that it is possible to infer the level of ground surface temperature (GST) history resolution appropriate to the data. Using synthetic examples, we show that the inference of the GST signal back to more than 500 yr is robust given boreholes of 500m depth and moderate noise levels and discuss the associated uncertainties. We compare the prior information we have used with the inferred posterior distribution to show which parts of the GST reconstructions are independent of this prior information. We demonstrate the application of the method to real data using five boreholes from southern England. These are modelled both individually and jointly, and appear to indicate a spatial trend of warming over 500 yr across the south of the country.

  17. The U-tube: A new paradigm in borehole fluid sampling

    SciTech Connect

    Freifeld, B. M.

    2009-10-01

    Fluid samples from deep boreholes can provide insights into subsurface physical, chemical, and biological conditions. Recovery of intact, minimally altered aliquots of subsurface fluids is required for analysis of aqueous chemistry, isotopic composition, and dissolved gases, and for microbial community characterization. Unfortunately, for many reasons, collecting geofluids poses a number of challenges, from formation contamination by drilling to maintaining integrity during recovery from depths. Not only are there substantial engineering issues in retrieval of a representative sample, but there is often the practical reality that fluid sampling is just one of many activities planned for deep boreholes. The U-tube geochemical sampling system presents a new paradigm for deep borehole fluid sampling. Because the system is small, its ability to integrate with other measurement systems and technologies opens up numerous possibilities for multifunctional integrated wellbore completions. To date, the U-tube has been successfully deployed at four different field sites, each with a different deployment modality, at depths from 260 m to 2 km. While the U-tube has proven to be highly versatile, these installations have resulted in data that provide additional insights for improving future U-tube deployments.

  18. In situ flow testing of a cement borehole seal in welded tuff

    SciTech Connect

    Crouthamel, D.R. [Stone & Webster Engineering, Inc., Boston, MA (United States); Fuenkajorn, K. [Serata Geomechanics, Inc., Richmond, CA (United States); Daemen, J.J.K. [Univ. of Nevada, Reno (United States)

    1993-12-31

    Exploratory boreholes, shafts and tunnels drilled or excavated prior to or during the construction of a subsurface nuclear repository may create direct passages for radionuclide transport to the biosphere. Waste isolation at the Yucca Mountain repository suite will require that penetrations (boreholes, shafts, etc.) of the geological barrier be sealed, primarily to prevent excessive flow of groundwater and/or air into the emplaced wastes and to retard the migration of radionuclides to the accessible environment. Cement is being considered as part of multicomponent seals or plugs for the repository due to its relatively low permeability, high strength, longevity, and swelling capacity. Cement or concrete has long been used as a hydrological barrier in underground mines and in the oil and gas industry. However, insufficient tests data exists about the hydraulic performance of cement plugs under in-situ conditions (i.e. as affected by scale, and field installation and environment), and particularly about their long-term sealing effectiveness. The objectives of the research are to determine the hydraulic conductivities of the cement plug, host stuff, and their interface, and to identify the effects of size and field installation on the borehole plug performance.

  19. Basalt-flow imaging using a high-resolution directional borehole radar

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Moulton, C.W.; Wright, D.L.; Hutton, S.R.; Smith, D.V.G.; Abraham, J.D.

    2002-01-01

    A new high-resolution directional borehole radar-logging tool (DBOR tool) was used to log three wells at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL). The radar system uses identical directional cavity-backed monopole transmitting and receiving antennas that can be mechanically rotated while the tool is stationary or moving slowly in a borehole. Faster reconnaissance logging with no antenna rotation was also done to find zones of interest. The microprocessor-controlled motor/encoder in the tool can rotate the antennas azimuthally, to a commanded angle, accurate to a within few degrees. The three logged wells in the unsaturated zone at the INEEL had been cored with good core recovery through most zones. After coring, PVC casing was installed in the wells. The unsaturated zone consists of layered basalt flows that are interbedded with thin layers of coarse-to-fine grained sediments. Several zones were found that show distinctive signatures consistent with fractures in the basalt. These zones may correspond to suspected preferential flow paths. The DBOR data were compared to core, and other borehole log information to help provide better understanding of hydraulic flow and transport in preferential flow paths in the unsaturated zone basalts at the INEEL.

  20. A study to determine the merit of ocean borehole systems for acoustic detection

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Duennebier, F.; McCreery, C.; Harris, D.; Cessaro, R.; Fisher, C.

    1985-07-01

    Data obtained by an ocean borehole experiment at 44 deg N, 160 deg E was analyzed in order to evaluate the detection capability of a borehole seismic system as compared to an ocean bottom system. Absolute noise levels for the complete duration of the 64-day experiment were also determined, indicating the borehole site to be one of the quietest sites in the world. This report presents results of analysis of active and passive seismic signals and background noise recorded on an ocean subbottom (OSS-IV) and ocean bottom seismometers (OBS), for the purpose of determining their relative merits for acoustic detection. Results from OSS-IV noise and signal propagation studies document the increase in signal fidelity and signal-to-noise ratio obtained at this site. Attenuation analysis of short line data indicates that loss at OSS-IV is more than expected from spherical spreading, but the low noise level of the instrument makes it sensitive to sources in the ocean for long ranges.