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RECENT PAPERS

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2014 Selected Publications

Laubach, S.E., Eichhubl, P. Hargrove, P., Ellis, M.A., Hooker, J.N., 2014, Fault core and damage zone fracture attributes vary along strike owing to interaction of fracture growth, quartz accumulation, and differing sandstone composition. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 68, Part A, 207-226. doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2014.08.007 | view at publisher

Lander R.H., and Laubach, S.E., 2014, Insights into rates of fracture growth and sealing from a model for quartz cementation in fractured sandstones. Geological Society of America Bulletin, doi: 10.1130/B31092.1 (published online October 2014) | request reprint | view at publisher

Gale, J. F. W., Laubach, S. E., Olson, J. E., Eichhubl, P., and Fall, A., 2014, Natural fractures in shale: a review and new observations. AAPG Bulletin, v. 98, no. 11, p. 2165-2216. doi: 10.1306/08121413151 (published November 2014) | view at GSW

Hooker, J.N., Laubach, S.E., and Marrett, R., 2014, A universal power-law scaling exponent for fracture apertures in sandstone. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 126, no. 9-10, p. 1340-1362. doi: 10.1130/B30945.1 | request reprint | view at publisher

  • No. 14 Most Viewed article in journal, Fall 2014, according to publisher.

Anders, M. H., Laubach, S. E., and Scholz, C. H., 2014, Microfractures: a review. Journal of Structural Geology. doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2014.05.011 | request reprint | view at publisher

  • No. 1 Most Downloaded article, Journal of Structural Geology, Fall 2014, according to Publisher.

Fall, A., Eichhubl, P., Bodnar, R. J., Laubach, S. E., Davis, J. S., 2014, Natural hydraulic fracturing of tight-gas sandstone reservoirs, Piceance Basin, Colorado. Geological Society of America Bulletin. doi:10.1130/B31021.1 | view at publisher

Fan, Z.Q., Jin, Z.H., Johnson, S.E., 2014, Oil-gas transformation induced subcritical crack propagation and coalescence in petroleum source rocks. International Journal of Fracture, v. 185, nos. 1-2, p. 187-194.

Gasparrini, M., Sassi, W., Gale, J.F.W., 2014, Natural sealed fractures in mudrocks: A case study tied to burial history from the Barnett Shale, Fort Worth Basin, Texas, USA. Marine and Petroleum Geology 55, 122-141.

Wu, K., Olson, J.E., 2014, Mechanics analysis of interaction between hydraulic and natural fractures in shale reservoirs. Society of Petroleum Engineers. doi:10.15530/urtec-2014-1922946.

Hammes, U., and Gale, J. F. W., eds., 2014, Geology of the Haynesville Gas Shale in East Texas and West Louisiana: AAPG Memoir 105, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Tulsa, OK, 236 p. ISBN 9780891813859. | view at Publisher

Landry, C. J., Karpyn, Z. T., and Oyala, O., 2014, Pore-scale lattice Boltzmann Modeling and 4D X-ray computed microtomography imaging of fracture-matrix fluid transfer: Transport in Porous Media, v. 103, p. 449-468, http://doi.org/10.1007/s11242-014-0311-x.

Landry, C. J., Karpyn, Z. T., and Oyala, O., 2014, Relative permeability of homogenous-wet and mixed-wet porous media as determined by pore-scale lattice Boltzmann modeling: Water Resources Research, v. 50, p. 3672-3689, http://doi.org/10.1002/2013WR015148.


The Leading Edge

Olson, J.E., and Laubach, S.E., 2014, Special Section editors, Hydrofracturing–modern and novel methods, The Leading Edge, v. 33, no. 10, p. 1088, doi:10.1190/tle33101088.1 October. | view at publisher

Major, J. R., Eichhubl, P., Dewers, T. A., Urquhart, A. S., Olson, J. E., & Holder, J., 2014, The effect of C02 related diagenesis on geomechanical failure parameters: fracture testing of CO2-altered reservoir and seal rocks from a natural analog at Crystal Geyser, Utah. American Rock Mechanics Association.

Wu, K., & Olson, J. E., 2014a, Simultaneous multifracture treatments: fully coupled fluid flow and fracture mechanics for horizontal wells. Society of Petroleum Engineers. doi:10.2118/167626-PA

Wu, K., & Olson, J. E., 2014b, Mechanics analysis of interaction between hydraulic and natural fractures in shale reservoirs. Society of Petroleum Engineers. doi:10.15530/urtec-2014-1922946

Dahi Taleghani, A., & Olson, J. E., 2014, How natural fractures could affect hydraulic-fracture geometry. Society of Petroleum Engineers. doi:10.2118/167608-PA

Dahi Taleghani, A., Ahmadi, M., Wang, W., & Olson, J. E., 2014, Thermal reactivation of microfractures and its potential Impact on hydraulic-fracture efficiency. Society of Petroleum Engineers. doi:10.2118/163872-PA

Landry, C., Eichhubl, P., Prodanovic, M., & Tokan-Lawal, A., 2014, Matrix-fracture connectivity in Eagle Ford Shale. Society of Petroleum Engineers. doi:10.15530/urtec-2014-1922708

Tokan-Lawal, A., Prodanovic, M., Landry, C. J., & Eichhubl, P., 2014, Understanding tortuosity and permeability variations in naturally fractured reservoirs: Niobrara Formation. Society of Petroleum Engineers. doi:10.15530/urtec-2014-1922870

2013 Selected Publications

Wu, K., Olson, J.E., 2013, Investigation of the impact of fracture spacing and fluid properties for interfering simultaneously or sequentially generated hydraulic fractures. SPE Production & Operations, v. 28, no. 4, p. 427-436.

Hooker, J.N., Laubach, S.E., and Marrett, R., 2013, Fracture-aperture size–frequency, spatial distribution, and growth processes in strata-bounded and non-strata-bounded fractures, Cambrian Mesón Group, NW Argentina. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 54, p. 54-71. doi.org/10.1016/j.jsg.2013.06.011

Schultz, R.A., Klimczak, C., Fossen, H., Olson, J.E., Exner, U., Reeves, D.M., Soliva, R., 2013, Statistical tests of scaling relationships for geologic structures. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 48, p. 85-94.

Dahi Taleghani, A., Ahmadi, M., Olson, J.E., 2013, Secondary fractures and their potential impacts on hydraulic fracture efficiency. InTech.

Pommer, L., Gale, J.F.W., Eichhubl, P., Fall, A., Laubach, S.E., 2013, Using structural diagenesis to infer the timing of natural fractures in the Marcellus Shale. This paper was prepared for presentation at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference held in Denver, Colorado, USA, 12-14 August 2013. URTeC Control ID 1580135

Fall, A., Eichhubl, P., Laubach, S.E., 2013, Timing and processes of fracture formation in tight-gas sandstone reservoirs using fluid inclusions. This paper was prepared for presentation at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference held in Denver, Colorado, USA, 12-14 August 2013. URTeC Control ID 1582124

Tokan-Lawal, A., Prodanovic, M., Eichhubl, P., 2013, Image-based modeling of flow in natural partially cemented fractures. This paper was prepared for presentation at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference held in Denver, Colorado, USA, 12-14 August 2013. URTeC Control ID 158163

2012 Selected Publications

Mehmani, Y., Sun, T., Balhoff, M., Eichhubl, P., and Bryant, S., 2012, Multiblock Pore-Scale Modeling and Upscaling of Reactive Transport: Application to Carbon Sequestration: Transport in Porous Media, v. 95, p. 305-326.

Fall, A., Eichhubl, P., Cumella, S.P., Bodnar, R.J., Laubach, S.E., and Becker, S.P., 2012, Testing the basin-centered gas accumulation model using fluid inclusion observations: southern Piceance Basin, Colorado. AAPG Bulletin, v. 96, no. 12, p. 2297-2318. doi:10.1306/05171211149

Ellis, M.A., Laubach, S.E. Eichhubl, P., Olson, J.E. & Hargrove, P., 2012, Fracture development and diagenesis of Torridon Group Applecross Formation, near An Teallach, NW Scotland: millennia of brittle deformation resilience? Journal of the Geological Society, London. v. 169, no. 3, p. 297-310. doi: 10.1144/0016-76492011-086

Garland, J., J.E. Neilson, S.E. Laubach, & K. J. Whidden, 2012, Advances in carbonate exploration and reservoir analysis. In Garland, J., J.E. Neilson, S.E. Laubach, & K. J. Whidden (eds.) Advances in Carbonate Exploration and Reservoir Analysis, Geological Society of London Special Publications 370.

Hooker, J.N., Gomez, L.A., Laubach, S.E., Gale, J.F.W. & Marrett, R., 2012, Effects of diagenesis (cement precipitation) during fracture opening on fracture aperture-size scaling in carbonate rocks. In Garland, J., J.E. Neilson, S.E. Laubach, & K. J. Whidden (eds.) Advances in Carbonate Exploration and Reservoir Analysis, Geological Society of London Special Publications 370, doi:10.1144/SP370.9.

Iñigo, J.F., Laubach, S.E., Hooker, J.N., 2012, Fracture abundance and patterns in the Subandean fold and thrust belt, Devonian Huamampampa Formation petroleum reservoirs and outcrops, Argentina and Bolivia. Marine & Petroleum Geology, v. 35, no. 1, p. 201-218. doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2012.01.010

Weisenberger, T.B., Rahn, M., van der Lelij, R., Spikings, R.A., and Bucher, K., 2012, Timing of low-temperature mineral formation during exhumation and cooling in the Central Alps, Switzerland. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 327–328, 1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2012.01.007

Klokov, A. and Fomel, S. 2012, Separation and imaging of seismic diffractions using migrated dip-angle gathers. Geophysics 77 (6), S131–S143.

Mehmani, Y., Sun, T., Balhoff, M., Eichhubl, P., & Bryant, S., 2012, Multiblock pore-scale modeling and upscaling of reactive transport: application to carbon sequestration. Transport in Porous Media, v. 95, p. 305-326.

Bahorich, B., Olson, J.E., Holder, J., 2012. Examining the effect of cemented natural fractures on hydraulic fracture propagation in hydrostone block experiments. SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, 8-10 October 2012, San Antonio, Texas, USA, 160197-MS

2011 Selected Publications

Dahi-Taleghani A. and Olson Jon E., 2011, Numerical modeling of multistranded-hydraulic-fracture propagation: Accounting for the interaction between induced and natural fractures SPE JOURNAL, v. 16, Issue 3, p. 575-581.

Fall, A., Tattitch, B., and Bodnar, R. J., 2011, Combined microthermometric and Raman spectroscopic technique to determine the salinity of H2O–CO2–NaCl fluid inclusions based on clathrate melting, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 75, p. 951-964.

Hooker, J.N., Laubach, S.E., Gomez, L., Marrett, R., Eichhubl, P., Diaz-Tushman, K., and Pinzon, E., 2011, Fracture size, frequency, and strain in the Cambrian Eriboll Formation sandstones, NW Scotland. Scottish Journal of Geology, v. 47, no. 1, 45-56.

Ozkan, A. Cumella, S. P., Milliken, K. L. and Laubach, S. E., 2011, Prediction of lithofacies and reservoir quality using well logs, Williams Fork Formation, Mamm Creek Field, Piceance Basin, AAPG Bulletin, v. 95, no. 10 (October 2011), p. 1699-1723

Sun, W., Andrade, J. E., Rudnicki,J. W., and Eichhubl, P., 2011, Connecting microstructural attributes and permeability from 3D tomographic images of in situ shear-enhanced compaction bands using multiscale computations, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L10302, doi:10.1029/2011GL047683.

Weisenberger T. and Bucher K., 2011, Mass transfer and porosity evolution during low temperature water-rock interaction in gneisses of the Simano nappe: Arvigo, Val Calanca, Swiss Alps. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, v. 162 no. 1, 61-81, doi: 10.1007/s00410-010-0583-2.

Olson, J.E. and Schultz, R.A., 2011, Comment on “A note on the scaling relations for opening mode fractures in rock” by C.H. Scholz. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 33, no. 10, October 2011, p. 1523-1524.

2010 Selected Publications

Becker, S.P., Eichhubl, P. Laubach, S.E., Reed, R.M., Lander, R.H., and Bodnar, R.J., 2010, A 48 m.y. history of fracture opening, temperature, and fluid pressure: Cretaceous Travis Peak Formation, East Texas basin. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 122, no. 7/8, p. 1081-1093.

Eichhubl, P., Hooker, J.N., Laubach, S.E., 2010, Pure and shear-enhanced compaction bands in Aztec Sandstone, Journal of Structural Geology, v. 32, no. 12, p. 1943-1959. doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2010.02.004. (Published online in 2010)

Gale, J.F., Lander, R.H., Reed, R.M., and Laubach, S.E., 2010, Modeling fracture porosity evolution in dolostone. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 32, no. 9, p. 1201-1211. doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2009.04.018.(Published online 2009)

Gale, J.F.W. and J. Holder, 2010, Natural fractures in some US shales and their importance for gas production. Petroleum Geology Conference Series 2010, Geological Society of London, v. 7, p. 1131-1140. doi: 10.1144/0071131

Hooker. J.N., and Laubach, S.E., 2010, Using empirical trends in fracture size-frequency data to constrain subsurface fracture abundance. ARMA 10-325, 44th US Rock Mechanics Symposium and 5th US-Canada Rock Mechanics Symposium, Salt Lake City, UT., American Rock Mechanics Association, 11 p. 

Laubach, S., Hargrove, P., Ellis, M., and Eichhubl, P., 2010, Fracturing, cementation and feedback in a small-offset oblique slip fault in sandstone: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, vol. 74, no. 11, Supplement 1, p. A565.

Laubach, S.E, P. Eichhubl, C. Hilgers, and W. Dunne edited Structural diagenesis, a theme issue of Journal of Structural Geology, v. 32, no. 12, December 2010.

Laubach, S.E, P. Eichhubl, C. Hilgers, R.H. Lander, 2010, Structural diagenesis. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 32, no. 12, p. 1866-1872. doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2010.10.001 (Published online in 2010)

Laubach, S.E., Olson, J.E., Eichhubl, P., Fomel, S., Marrett, R.A., 2010, Natural fractures from the perspective of diagenesis. CSEG Recorder, v. 35, no. 7, p. 27-31.

Laubach, S.E.,R.M. Reed, R.H. Lander, 2010, Fracture with crack-seal texture and porosity, depth 6,274 m, Wyoming (Photograph of the month), Journal of Structural Geology, v. 32, no. 12, p. 1865. (Published online in 2010)

Makowitz, A., Lander, R.H., Milliken, K.L., 2010, Chemical diagenetic constraints on the timing of gouge development, Pine Mountain overthrust, Eastern Kentucky. Journal of Structural Geology 32, no. 12, p. 1923-1932. doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2010.04.014. (Published online in 2010)

Olson, J.E., Laubach, S.E., and Eichhubl, P., 2010, Estimating natural fracture producibility in tight gas sandstones: coupling diagenesis with geomechanical modeling. The Leading Edge. (December 2010) v. 29, p. 1494-1499.

Ortega, O.J., Gale, J.F.W., Marrett, R., 2010, Quantifying diagenetic and stratigraphic controls on fracture intensity in platform carbonates: An example from the Sierra Madre Oriental, northeast Mexico, Journal of Structural Geology, v. 32, no. 12, p. 1943-1959. doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2010.07.004. (Published online in 2010)

Twiss, R. and R. Marrett, 2010, Determining brittle extension and shear strain using fault length and displacement systematics: Part I: Theory, Journal of Structural Geology, v. 32, no. 12, p. 1960-1977. doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2010.04.007 (Published online in 2010)

Twiss, R. and R. Marrett, 2010, Determining brittle extension and shear strain using fault length and displacement systematics: Part II: Data evaluation and test of the theory, Journal of Structural Geology, v. 32, no. 12, p. 1978-1995. doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2010.04.006

2009 Selected Publications

Laubach, S.E. Olson, J.E. and Eichhubl, P., 2009, Fracture diagenesis and producibility in tight gas sandstones, in Carr, T., D’Agostino, T. Ambrose, W., Pashin, J, and Rosen, N.C., eds., Unconventional Energy Resources: Making the Unconventional Conventional, 29th Annual GCSSEPM Foundation Bob F. Perkins Research Conference, on CD, p. 483-499.

Laubach, S. E., Olson, J. E, and Gross, M. R., 2009, Mechanical and fracture stratigraphy. AAPG Bulletin, v. 93, no. 11, p. 1413-1426.

Olson, J. E, Laubach, S. E., and Lander, R. H., 2009, Natural fracture characterization in tight gas sandstones: Integrating mechanics and diagenesis. AAPG Bulletin, v. 93, no. 11, p. 1535-1549.

Laubach, S.E. and Diaz-Tushman, K., 2009, Laurentian paleostress trajectories and ephemeral fracture permeability, Cambrian Eriboll Formation sandstones west of the Moine thrust zone, northwest Scotland. Journal of the Geological Society (London), v. 166, part 2, p. 349-362.

Eichhubl, P., Davatzes, N.C., Becker, S.P., 2009, Structural and diagenetic control of fluid migration and cementation along the Moab Fault, Utah. AAPG Bulletin, v. 93, no. 5, p. 653-681.

Hooker, J.N., Gale, J.F.W., Gomez, L.A., Laubach, S.E., Marrett, R., Reed, R.M., 2009, Aperture-size scaling variations in a low-strain opening-mode fracture set, Cozzette Sandstone, Colorado, Journal of Structural Geology (2009), v. 31, p. 707-718. doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2009.04.001

Gale, J.F., and Laubach, S.E., 2009, Natural fractures in the New Albany Shale and their importance for shale-gas production: 2009 International Coalbed & Shale Gas Symposium.

Sayers, C.M., Dahi Taleghani, A. and Adachi, J., 2009, The effect of mineralization on the ratio of normal to tangential compliance of fractures. Geophysical Prospecting, v 57, no. 3, p. 439-446.

Fall, A., Rimstidt, J.D., Bodnar, R.J., 2009, The effect of fluid inclusion size on determination of homogenization temperature and density of liquid-rich aqueous inclusions. Am. Mineralogist, v. 94, 1569-1579.

Wang, F. P., and Gale, J. F. W., 2009, Screening criteria for shale-gas systems: Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Transactions, v. 59, p. 779-794.

2008 Selected Publications

Lander, R.H., Larese, R.E. and Bonnell, L.M., 2008, Toward more accurate quartz cement models—The importance of euhedral vs. non-euhedral growth rates. AAPG Bulletin, v 92, no. 11, p. 1537-1564.

Day-Stirrat, R. J., Loucks, R. G., Milliken, K. L., Hillier, S., and van der Pluijm, B. A., 2008, Phyllosilicate orientation demonstrates early timing of compactional stabilization in calcite-cemented concretions in the Barnett Shale (Late Mississippian), Fort Worth Basin, Texas (U.S.A.). Sedimentary Geology, v. 28, no. 1–2, p. 27–35.

Gale, J.F.W., and J. Holder, 2008, Natural fractures in the Barnett Shale: constraints on spatial organization and tensile strength with implications for hydraulic fracture treatment in shale-gas reservoirs, ARMA 08–96, 42nd US Rock Mechanics Symposium and 2nd U.S.–Canada Rock Mechanics Symposium.

Laubach, S. E., 2008, Applications of cathodoluminescence imaging to the study of sedimentary rocks by S. Boggs Jr. and D. Kinsley, 2006, ix + 165 p.: Cambridge, NY, Cambridge University Press: a review: Geological Magazine, v. 145, no. 4, p. 605–606. Invited review.

Gale, J.F.W., 2008, Getting Started #13: Fractured Reservoirs: AAPG/Datapages–Getting Started Series.

2007 Selected Publications

Marrett, R., Laubach, S.E. Olson, J.E., 2007, Anisotropy and beyond: geologic perspectives on geophysical prospecting for natural fractures. The Leading Edge, 26/9, 1106-1111. Reprinted in Fractured reservoirs: A compendium of influential papers (2008), AAPG.

Olson, J. E., 2007, Fracture aperture, length and pattern geometry development under biaxial loading: a numerical study with applications to natural, cross-jointed systems. In Couples, G & Lewis, H., eds., Fracture-Like Damage and Localization, Geological Society of London, Special Publication. 289, 123-142.

Olson, J. E., Laubach, S. E., and Lander, R. L., 2007, Combining diagenesis and mechanics to quantify fracture aperture distributions and fracture pattern permeability: In Lonergan, L., Jolley, R.J., Sanderson, D.J. , Rawnsley, K., eds., Fractured Reservoirs, Geological Society of London Special Publication 270, 97-112.

Gale, J. F. W., Reed, R. M., and Holder, Jon, 2007, Natural fractures in the Barnett Shale and their importance for hydraulic fracture treatments: AAPG Bulletin, 91: 603-622.

Gale, J. F. W. and Gomez, L. A., 2007, Late opening-mode fractures in karst-brecciated dolostones of the Lower Ordovician Ellenburger Group, west Texas: Recognition, characterization, and implications for fluid flow. AAPG Bulletin 91: 1005-1023.

Appold, M., Garven, G., Boles, J., Eichhubl, P., 2007, Numerical modeling of the origin of calcite mineralization in the Refugio-Carneros fault, Santa Barbara Basin, CA. Geofluids, 7: 79-95.

Naehr, T.H., Eichhubl, P., and others, 2007, Authigenic carbonate formation at hydrocarbon seeps in continental margin sediments: A comparative study. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography.

Hooker, J.N., and Laubach, S.E., 2007, The geologic history of quartz grains, as revealed by color SEM-CL. Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Transactions 57, 375-386.

2006 Selected Publications

Gomez, L. A., and Laubach, S. E, 2006, Rapid digital quantification of microfracture populations. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 28, 408-420. [pdf full text]

Ortega, O. J., Marrett, R., and Laubach, S. E., 2006, A scale-independent approach to fracture intensity and average fracture spacing: AAPG Bulletin, v. 90, no. 2 (Feb. 2006), 193-208. [pdf full text]

Laubach, S.E., and Gale, J.F.W., 2006, Obtaining fracture information for low-permeability (tight) gas sandstones from sidewall cores: Journal of Petroleum Geology, v. 29 (2) (April 2006), 147-158.

Makowitz, A., Lander, R. H., Milliken, K. L., 2006, Diagenetic modeling to assess the relative timing of quartz cementation and brittle grain processes during compaction: AAPG Bulletin 90: 873-885.

Aydin, A., Borja, R. I., and Eichhubl, Peter, 2006, Geological and mathematical framework for failure modes in granular rock. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 28, no. 1, 83-98.

Laubach, S. E. and Ward, M. W., 2006, Diagenesis in porosity evolution of opening-mode fractures, Middle Triassic to Lower Jurassic la Boca Formation, NE Mexico. Tectonophysics 419, 75-97. [pdf full text]

Laubach, S.E. , Olson, J.E., Eichhubl, P., Lander R.H., 2006, Accurate and verifiable interwellbore fracture attribute predictions by linking diagenesis and fracture observations and models, Proceedings, European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers, 68th EAGE Conference & Exhibition, Vienna, Austria (short papers & extended abstracts).

JSG Structural Diagenesis at 2006 AAPG Convention

2005 Selected Publications

Philip, Z. G., Jennings, J. W. Jr., Olson, J. E., Laubach, S. E., and Holder, J., 2005, Modeling coupled fracture-matrix fluid flow in geomechanically simulated fracture networks : SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, v. 8, no. 4 (August 2005), 300-309. [pdf full text]

Milliken, K. L., Reed, R. M., and Laubach, S. E., 2005, Quantifying compaction and cementation within deformation bands in porous sandstones : in Sorkhabi, R. and Y. Tsuji, eds., Faults, Fluid Flow and Petroleum Traps, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Memoir 85, 237-249.

Boles, J. R. , Eichhubl, Peter, Garven, G., and Chen, J., 2005, Evolution of hydrocarbon migration pathway along a basin-bounding fault: evidence from fault cements: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 88, 947-970.

Davatzes, N. C., Eichhubl, Peter, and Aydin, A., 2005, Structural evolution of fault zones in sandstone by multiple deformation mechanisms: Moab fault, SE Utah: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 117, no. 1/2, 135-148.

Eichhubl, Peter, and Flodin, E., 2005, Brittle deformation, fluid flow, and diagenesis in sandstone at Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada, in Pederson, J., and Dehler, C. M., eds., Interior Western United States: Geological Society of America Field Guides, v. 6, 151-167, doi: 10.1130/2005.fld006(07).

Eichhubl, Peter, D'Onfro, P., Aydin, A., Waters, J., and McCarty, D. K., 2005, Structure, petrophysics, and diagenesis of shale entrained along a normal fault, Black Diamond Mines, California-implications for fault seal: AAPG Bulletin, v. 89, no. 9, 1113-1137.

2004 Selected Publications

Laubach, S.E., Olson, J.E., and Gale, J.F.W., 2004, Are open fractures necessarily aligned with maximum horizontal stress? Earth & Planetary Science Letters, v. 222, no. 1, 191-195.

Laubach, S. E., Reed, R. M., Olson, J. E., Lander, R. H., and Bonnell, L. M., 2004, Coevolution of crack-seal texture and fracture porosity in sedimentary rocks: cathodoluminescence observations of regional fractures : Journal of Structural Geology, v. 26, no. 5, 967-982.

Laubach, S., Lander, R., Bonnell, L., Olson, J., and Reed, R., 2004, Opening histories of fractures in sandstone : in Cosgrove, J.W., and Engelder, T., editors, The initiation, propagation, and arrest of joints and other fractures, Geological Society of London Special Publication 231, 1-9.

Olson, Jon, 2004, Predicting fracture swarms - the influence of subcritical crack growth and the crack-tip process zone on joint spacing in rock , in Cosgrove, J.W., and Engelder, T., editors, The initiation, propagation, and arrest of joints and other fractures, Geological Society of London Special Publication 231, 73-87. 

Gale, J. F. W., Laubach, S. E., Marrett, R. A., Olson, J. E., Holder, J. & Reed, R. M., 2004, Predicting and characterizing fractures in dolostone reservoirs: using the link between diagenesis and fracturing. In: Braithwaite, C. J. R., Rizzi, G. & Darke, G., eds., The Geometry and Petrogenesis of Dolomite Hydrocarbon Reservoirs. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 235, 177-192.

Eichhubl, P., Taylor, W. L., Pollard, D. D. and Aydin, A., 2004, Paleo-fluid flow and deformation in the Aztec Sandstone at the Valley of Fire, Nevada-Evidence for the coupling of hydrogeologic, diagenetic, and tectonic processes. Geological Society of America Bulletin, vol. 116, no. 9/10, p 1120-1136.

Eichhubl, Peter, 2004, Growth of ductile opening-mode fractures in geomaterials. In Cosgrove, J.W., and Engelder, T., editors, The initiation, propagation, and arrest of joints and other fractures, Geological Society of London Special Publication 231, 11-24.

Eichhubl P, Taylor WL, Pollard DD, et al., 2004, Paleo-fluid flow and deformation in the Aztec Sandstone at the Valley of Fire, Nevada - Evidence for the coupling of hydrogeologic, diagenetic, and tectonic processes. Geological Society of America Bulletin 116, 1120-1136.

2003 Selected Publications

Laubach, S. E., 2003, Practical approaches to identifying sealed and open fractures , AAPG Bulletin, v. 87, No. 4, (April 2003) 561-579. Reprinted in Fractured reservoirs: A compendium of influential papers (2008), AAPG; and reprinted in Understanding diagenetic controls on sandstone reservoir quality: A compendium of influential papers (2006), AAPG. [pdf full text]

Olson, J. E., 2003, Sublinear scaling of fracture aperture versus length: An exception or the rule? Journal of Geophysical Research (American Geophysical Union), v. 108, no. B9, 2413, doi:10.1029/2001JB000419.

Makowitz A, Milliken KL, 2003, Quantification of brittle deformation in burial compaction, Frio and Mount Simon Formation sandstones : Journal of Sedimentary Research, 73 (6), 1007-1021.

Reed, R. M., and Milliken, K. L., 2003. How to overcome imaging problems associated with carbonate minerals on SEM-based cathodoluminescence systems : Journal of Sedimentary Research, 73 (2), 328-332.

Eichhubl P, Aydin A, 2003, Ductile opening-mode fracture by pore growth and coalescence during combustion alteration of siliceous mudstone Journal of Structural Geology, 25 (1): 121-134.

2002 Selected Publications

Gale, J. F. W., 2002, Specifying lengths of horizontal wells in fractured reservoirs: Society of Petroleum Engineers Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering, v. 5, no. 3, p. 266-272.

Montoya, P., Fisher, W., Marrett, R., and Tatham, R., 2002, Estimation of fracture orientation and relative intensity using azimuthal variation of P-wave AVO responses and oriented core data in the Tacata Field, Venezuela , SEG Expanded Abstracts, 2002, AVO2 Case History Section, Salt Lake City, 261-264.

Liu, X., Srinivasan, S. and Wong, D.W., 2002, Geological characterization of naturally fractured reservoirs using multiple point geostatistics , SPE 75246, SPE/DOE Symposium on Improved Oil Recovery, April 2002.

Hooker, John N., Marrett, Randall, and Laubach, S. E., 2002, Timing of faults and extension fractures in the Sierra Madre Oriental, northeastern Mexico: Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Transactions, 52, 421-428.

2001 Selected Publications

Marrett, R., ed., 2001, Genesis and controls of reservoir-scale carbonate deformation, Monterrey salient, Mexico : The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, Guidebook 28.

Olson, J.E., Qiu, Y., Holder, J., and Rijken, P., 2001, Constraining the spatial distribution of fracture networks in naturally fractured reservoirs using fracture mechanics and core measurements : SPE 71342.

Holder, J., Olson, J.E., and Philip, Z., 2001, Experimental determination of subcritical crack growth parameters in sedimentary rock : Geophysical Research Letters, v. 28, no. 4, 599-602.

Laubach, S. E., Reed, R. M., Olson, J., Ortega, Orlando, and Gale, J. F. W., 2001, Fracture-surrogate analysis methods applied to Spraberry, Bone Spring, and Canyon cores: preliminary results, in The Permian Basin: microns to satellites, looking for oil and gas at all scales: West Texas Geological Society Fall Symposium, West Texas Geological Society Publication 01-110, 75-79.

2000 Selected Publications

Milliken, K.L., and Laubach, S.E., 2000, Brittle deformation in sandstone diagenesis as revealed by scanned cathodoluminescence imaging with application to characterization of fractured reservoirs : Chapter 9, Cathodoluminescence in Geosciences, New York, Springer Verlag, 225-243.

Ortega, O.O. and Marrett, R., 2000, Prediction of macrofracture properties using microfracture information, Mesaverde Group sandstones, San Juan Basin, New Mexico : Journal of Structural Geology, 22, 571-588.

Laubach, S. E., Marrett, R., and Olson, J. O., 2000, New directions in fracture characterization, The Leading Edge , July, 704-711. [pdf full text]

Other Selected Publications

Lander, R.H., and Walderhaug, O., 1999, Porosity prediction through simulation of sandstone compaction and quartz cementation : AAPG Bulletin, v. 83, 433-449. More about Geocosm

Marrett, R., Ortega, O.O., and Kelsey, C., 1999, Power-law scaling of natural fractures in rock : Geology, v. 27, 799-802.

Laubach, S. E., Marrett, R., Olson, J., and Scott, A. R., 1998, Characteristics and origins of coal cleat: a review: International Journal of Coal Geology, v. 35, 175-207.

Laubach, S. E., 1997, A method to detect natural fracture strike in sandstones : AAPG Bulletin, v. 81, no. 4, 604-623.

Eichhubl, Peter, ed., 1998, Diagenesis, deformation, and fluid flow in the Miocene Monterey Formation of coastal California: SEPM Pacific Section Special Publication, v. 83, 98 p.

Marrett, Randall, 1996, Aggregate properties of fracture populations : Journal of Structural Geology, v. 18, No. 2/3, 169-178.

Laubach, S. E., 1989, Paleostress directions from the preferred orientation of closed microfractures (fluid-inclusion planes) in sandstone, East Texas basin, U.S.A.: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 11, no. 5, p. 603-611.

Laubach, S. E., 1988, Subsurface fractures and their relationship to stress history in East Texas Basin sandstone: Tectonophysics, v. 156, p. 37-49

Laubach, S. E., 1988, Fractures generated during folding of the Palmerton Sandstone, eastern Pennsylvania: The Journal of Geology, v. 96, no. 4, p. 495-503.

 

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Structural diagenesis. Laubach, S.E, P. Eichhubl, C. Hilgers, R.H. Lander, 2010, Journal of Structural Geology, 32 (12), 1866-1872. doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2010.10.001

Estimating natural fracture producibility in tight gas sandstones: coupling diagenesis with geomechanical modeling. Olson, J.E., Laubach, S.E., and Eichhubl, P., 2010,. The Leading Edge, 29, 1494-1499.

Anisotropy and beyond: geologic perspectives on geophysical prospecting for natural fractures, Marrett, R., Laubach, S.E. Olson, J.E., 2007, The Leading Edge, 26/9, 1106-1111. Reprinted in Fractured reservoirs: A compendium of influential papers (2008), AAPG.

New Directions in Fracture Characterization, Laubach, S. E., Marrett, R., and Olson, J. O., 2000,The Leading Edge, July, p. 704-711.

Natural fractures from the perspective of diagenesis. Laubach, S.E., Olson, J.E., Eichhubl, P., Fomel, S., Marrett, R.A., 2010, CSEG Recorder, 35/7, 27-31.

 
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