A numerical model of compaction-driven groundwater flow and heat transfer and its application to the paleohydrology of intracratonic sedimentary basins.

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Abstract

A new numerical method allows calculations of compaction-driven groundwater flow and associated heat transfer in evolving sedimentary basins. The model is formulated in Lagrangian coordinates and considers 2-D flow in the heterogeneous, anisotropic, and accreting domains. Both the continuity of the deforming medium nnd aquathermal pressuring are explicitly taken into account. The results cast doubt on roles of compaction-driven flow within intracratonic basins in processes of secondary petroleum migration, osmotic concentration of sedimentary brines, and formation of Mississippi Valley-type ore deposits. Results might also be combined with chemical models to investigate the relationship of compaction flow to cementation in sediments.-after Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6817-6828
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Volume90
Issue numberB8
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology

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