As the authors indicate in their introduction, the aim of this text is to show how it is possible to determine the macroscopic properties of individual fractures and fracture networks in rock systems. All rocks are fractured to some degree, at least in the upper 10–15 km of the crust, so this is pretty fundamental stuff! The topic has wide-ranging implications for fluid flow, with applications in hydrology (and the all-important domestic water supply), the petroleum industry, the mining industry and underground nuclear waste storage, to name but a few. Interestingly, neither of the authors is a geologist, so they...

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