Cracking the Puzzle of Rock Fracture with Crystal Clues – Dr Stephen E. Laubach, University of Texas at Austin

Dec 12, 2017 | earth and environment

Drs Stephen Laubach, Jon Olson and Rob Lander and their team at The University of Texas at Austin are investigating the relationship between growth of fractures in rock, and chemical processes that occur within and around fracture openings. They are working to construct reliable models that predict how fracture patterns develop deep in the Earth. This builds an understanding of the paths that fluids travel deep underground, which is valuable to industries that extract resources contained within rocks, and to those that store waste materials underground.

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