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Clay, Water, and Salt: Controls on the Permeability of Fine-Grained Sedimentary Rocks

Clay, Water, and Salt: Controls on the Permeability of Fine-Grained Sedimentary Rocks
Jonathan B. Ajo-Franklin, Ian C. Bourg
The ability to predict the permeability of fine-grained soils, sediments, and sedimentary rocks is a fundamental challenge in the geosciences with potentially transformative implications in subsurface hydrology. In particular, fine-grained sedimentary rocks (shale, mudstone) constitute about two-thirds of the sedimentary rock mass and play important roles in three energy technologies: petroleum geology, geologic carbon sequestration, and radioactive waste management. The problem is a challenging one that requires understanding the properties of complex natural porous media on several length scales.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.accounts.7b00261

DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.7b00261

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