Eight distinct fault-joint geometric/genetic relationships in the Beer Sheva syncline, Israel

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Abstract

Extended research over two decades reveals more than 20 distinct fracture episodes in the Beer Sheva syncline. This paper focuses on eight fault-joint systems that differ from each other in their genetic affiliation and/or their geometric relationship and fracture properties. Two systems are linked to burial, whereas six others relate to various syntectonic-uplift associations. Joint sets within these systems are categorized into three, pre-, syn- and post-fault groups. Correspondingly, synfault early uplift and post-fault early uplift events can be distinguished from prefault and synfault late uplift events. Water drainage may be considerably improved along certain fault-joint systems. Accordingly, in formulating fracture-network models the particular distribution of fault-joint systems and their properties need to be taken into consideration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-267
Number of pages11
JournalGeological Society Special Publication
Volume231
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Geology

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