Chapter 13: An Integrated Approach Based on NMR/Acoustic Techniques to Map Permeability in Carbonate Aquifers: From the Pore to Field Scales
Jorge O. Parra, Chris L. Hackert, Michael Bennett, Michael Jervis, Hughbert A. Collier, 2005. "An Integrated Approach Based on NMR/Acoustic Techniques to Map Permeability in Carbonate Aquifers: From the Pore to Field Scales", Near-Surface Geophysics, Dwain K. Butler
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Carbonate formations generally have broad pore size distributions, from microcrystalline pores to large vugs. Understanding these pore spaces and their geometries is crucial to hydrocarbon reservoir characterization, and because carbonates form aquifers in many regions, an understanding of their pore systems is critical to an understanding of hydrological processes, as well.
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Near-surface geophysics uses the investigational methods of geophysics to study the nature of the very outermost part of the earth’s crust. Man interacts with this part of the earth’s crust: he walks on it; he drills and excavates into it; he constructs structures on and in it; he utilizes its water and mineral resources; and his wastes are stored on and in it and seep into it. The very outermost part of the Earth’s crust is extremely dynamic-in both technical (physical properties) and nontechnical (political, social, legal) terms-which leads to both technical and nontechnical challenges that are much different than the challenges faced by “traditional” applications of geophysics for regional geologic mapping and for oil and gas exploration (see Chapter 2).