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Title: Earthquake Hydrogeology

Abstract

Hydrologic responses to earthquakes such as streamflow increases, water-level changes, and changes in geyser eruption frequency often reflect changes in permeability caused by seismic waves. The dynamic nature of permeability, as revealed by coseismic hydrologic phenomena, offers implications for groundwater systems, geothermal resources, mineral resources, and geologic hazards. Assessment of water-level responses to solid Earth tides and changes in atmospheric pressure provides a passive way to continuously monitor changes in permeability and storage properties in tectonically active regions.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [2]
  1. USGS Western Region, Menlo Park, CA (United States)
  2. Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1572826
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-05CH11231
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Water Resources Research
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 55; Journal Issue: 7; Journal ID: ISSN 0043-1397
Publisher:
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
58 GEOSCIENCES; earthquakes; permeability; streamflow; water levels; stress

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Ingebritsen, S. E., and Manga, Michael. Earthquake Hydrogeology. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1029/2019wr025341.
Ingebritsen, S. E., & Manga, Michael. Earthquake Hydrogeology. United States. doi:10.1029/2019wr025341.
Ingebritsen, S. E., and Manga, Michael. Tue . "Earthquake Hydrogeology". United States. doi:10.1029/2019wr025341.
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abstractNote = {Hydrologic responses to earthquakes such as streamflow increases, water-level changes, and changes in geyser eruption frequency often reflect changes in permeability caused by seismic waves. The dynamic nature of permeability, as revealed by coseismic hydrologic phenomena, offers implications for groundwater systems, geothermal resources, mineral resources, and geologic hazards. Assessment of water-level responses to solid Earth tides and changes in atmospheric pressure provides a passive way to continuously monitor changes in permeability and storage properties in tectonically active regions.},
doi = {10.1029/2019wr025341},
journal = {Water Resources Research},
number = 7,
volume = 55,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {6}
}

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