New taxonomy of clastic sedimentary structures and a procedure for its use in the simulation of groundwater flow
AuthorMock, Peter Allen.
Committee ChairMaddock, Thomas
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis work describes a new taxonomy for elastic, sedimentary porous media. The taxonomy is synthesized for the investigation and characterization of ground-water flow from accumulating developments in the genetic analysis of elastic, sedimentary depositional structures. Genetic analysis recognizes spatial associations of elastic, sedimentary structures imposed during genesis. The taxonomy is a nested hierarchy of discrete elastic, sedimentary structures distinguished by the bounding surfaces created during their emplacement and rearrangement. The investigation and characterization of a specific ground-water flow system in elastic, sedimentary porous media can be improved by imposing a structural context on lithologie observations, geophysical measurements, head measurements, and hydraulic conductivity estimates. Globally-valid and transferable descriptions of structures in the taxonomy from modern exposures, outcrops, and densely sampled subsurface systems are modified to fit site-specific geologic observations and measurements. A specific procedure is developed for applying the taxonomy in the investigation and analysis of ground-water flow. The procedure quantitatively measures the hydraulic validity of alternative geologic interpretations of site-specific data under the taxonomy. The application of the taxonomy and procedure to a typical set of data types, densities, and quality is illustrated with data from a site of ground-water contamination investigation.
Degree NamePh. D.
Degree ProgramHydrology and Water Resources