Title

Fluid Flow in Thrust Faults and Crystalline thrust sheets: Results of Combined Field and Modeling Studies

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Geophysical Research Letters

Volume

18

Publication Date

1-1-1991

First Page

979

Last Page

982

Abstract

Field, laboratory, and modeling studies of faulted rock yield insight into the hydraulic character of thrust faults. Late-stage faults comprise foliated and subparallel faults, with clay-rich gouge and fracture zones, that yield interpenetrating layers of low-permeability gouge and higher-permeability damage zones. Laboratory testing suggests a permeability contrast of two orders of magnitude between gouge and damage zones. Layers of differing permeability lead to overall permeability anisotropy with maximum permeability within the plane of the fault and minimum permeability perpendicular to the fault plane. Numerical modeling of regional-scale fluid flow and heat transport illustrates the impact of fault zone hydrogeology on fluid flux, fluid pore pressure, and temperature in the vicinity of a crystalline thrust sheet.

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