The goal of rock physics analysis is to explore relationships between geophysical observations and physical properties in earth materials. Historically, rock physics theory and empirical relationships have been used to constrain porosity estimates, leading to improved reservoir, environmental, and geotechnical characterizations. In this paper, we discuss three total porosity domains, each with differing physical, hydraulic, elastic, and electrical properties. These porosity domains are separated by the system's porous percolation threshold and critical porosity, both of which can be estimated using percolation theory.

Picture a simple system of, let's say, saturated grains that have been sufficiently cemented so that the pores...

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