the JSG Structural Diagenesis Initiative
flow in fractured rock is an increasingly central issue in
recovering water and hydrocarbon supplies and geothermal energy,
in predicting flow of pollutants underground, in engineering
structures, and in understanding large-scale crustal behaviour.
The goal of the structural diagenesis initiative is to develop
an understanding of how fracture and fault growth and chemical
diagenetic processes interact to govern the attributes of
structures in the Earth.
initial focus is on processes that systematically create and
destroy fracture porosity and that influence fracture size
and spatial distribution. Our cross-disciplinary research
is providing fundamental advances in our understanding of
how the diversity of natural structural patterns evolves.
From a practical standpoint this research is leading to better
predictions of fracture pattern attributes in the subsurface
where sparse sampling is the rule. More...
Jackson School is supporting an already strong cross disciplinary
and cross departmental program in fundamental and applied
fracture and rock-property evolution research that has been
funded since 1998 by industry and the Department of Energy.
research on structural diagenesis is supported by Chemical
Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences Division, Office of
Energy Sciences, Office of Science, U.S. Department
of Energy and by the JSG Structural Diagenesis Initiative
of the Geology
John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences. Research
on all aspect of subsurface fractures is supported by Industrial
Associates of the Fracture
Research and Application Consortium and by Jackson
Basic Energy Sciences Phase II [PDF]
JSG Initiative Phase I [ PDF]
JSG Newsletter November 2006 | JSG Team Site