Relation between permeability and effective stress along a plate-boundary fault, Barbados accretionary complex

Andrew T. Fisher, Gretchen Zwart, T. Shipley, Y. Ogawa, J. Ashi, P. Blum, W. Brückmann, F. Filice, D. Goldberg, P. Henry, B. Housen, M. J. Jurado, M. Kastner, P. Labaume, T. Laier, E. Leitch, A. Maltman, A. Meyer, J. C. Moore, G. MooreS. Peacock, A. Rabaute, T. Steiger, H. Tobin, M. Underwood, You Lin Xu, H. Yin, Y. Zheng

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In situ bulk permeability was measured in a borehole that intersected the decollement zone (a low-angle detachment fault) between the North American and Caribbean plates. Permeability measurements were made at a variety of fluid-pressure conditions, defining a quantitative relation between bulk permeability and effective stress for this plate-boundary fault zone. The bulk permeability in this zone changed by several orders of magnitude as a consistent function of fluid pressure. This relation may help to explain the dynamics of fluid-fault interactions and the transient nature of hydrologie processes during deformation at convergent margins.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-310
Number of pages4
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1996

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  • Geology

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