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The hydrodynamics of the Big Horn Basin: a study of the role of faults

January 1, 1992

A three-dimensional mathematical model simulates groundwater flow in the Big Horn basin, Wyoming. The hydraulic head at depth over much of the Big Horn basin is near the land surface elevation, a condition usually defined as hydrostatic. This condition indicates a high, regional-scale, vertical conductivity for the sediments in the basin. Our hypothesis to explain the high conductivity is that the faults act as vertical conduits for fluid flow. These same faults can act as either horizontal barriers to flow or nonbarriers, depending upon whether the fault zones are more permeable or less permeable than the adjoining aquifers. -from Authors

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Publication Year 1992
Title The hydrodynamics of the Big Horn Basin: a study of the role of faults
DOI
Authors J.D. Bredehoeft, K. Belitz, S. Sharp-Hansen
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin
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Index ID 70017289
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization

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