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Title: Analysis of Transient Pressure Tests Performed in Fractured Rock.


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Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
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Conference: Proposed for presentation at the Sandia INER-EEL Workshop held March 12-16, 2007 in Longtain, Taiwan.
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United States

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Roberts, Randall Mark. Analysis of Transient Pressure Tests Performed in Fractured Rock.. United States: N. p., 2007. Web.
Roberts, Randall Mark. Analysis of Transient Pressure Tests Performed in Fractured Rock.. United States.
Roberts, Randall Mark. Thu . "Analysis of Transient Pressure Tests Performed in Fractured Rock.". United States. doi:.
title = {Analysis of Transient Pressure Tests Performed in Fractured Rock.},
author = {Roberts, Randall Mark},
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year = {Thu Mar 01 00:00:00 EST 2007},
month = {Thu Mar 01 00:00:00 EST 2007}

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