Atlas of Natural and Induced Fractures in Core

Wiley-Blackwell (Verlag)
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An invaluable reference that helps geologists recognize and differentiate the many types of natural fractures, induced fractures and artefacts found in cores
Atlas of Natural and Induced Fractures in Core offers a reference for the interpretation of natural and induced fractures in cores. The natural and induced fracture data contained in cores provides a wealth of information once they are recognized and properly interpreted. Written by two experts in the field, this resource provides a much-needed tool to help with the accurate interpretation of these cores.
The authorsinclude the information needed to identify different fracture types as well as the criteria for distinguishing between the types of fractures. The atlas shows how to recognize non-fracture artefacts in a core since many of them provide other types of useful information. In addition, the text's illustrated structures combined with their basic interpretations are designed to be primary building blocks of a complete fracture assessment and analysis. The authors show how to recognize and correctly interpret these building blocks to ensure that subsequent analyses, interpretations, and modeling efforts regarding fracture-controlled reservoir permeability are valid.
Presented in full color throughout, this comprehensive reference is written for geologists charged with interpreting fracture-controlled permeability systems in reservoirs as well as for students or other scientists who need to develop the skills to accurately interpret the natural and induced fractures in cores.
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  • Englisch
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  • Großbritannien
John Wiley & Sons
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978-1-119-16002-1 (9781119160021)
1119160022 (1119160022)
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John C. Lorenz and Scott P. Cooper are Senior Geologists with FractureStudies LLC in Edgewood, New Mexico.
  • Intro
  • Title Page
  • Copyright Page
  • Contents
  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Purpose of the Atlas
  • Scale of Interest
  • Fracture Classification
  • Organization of the Atlas
  • Provenance of the Photographs
  • Limitations of Using Photographs to Illustrate Fractures
  • Core Marking Conventions and Terminology
  • Definitions
  • References
  • Part 1 Natural Fractures
  • Section A Extension Fractures
  • Chapter A1 High-Angle Extension Fractures
  • A1a Introduction
  • A1b Fractography of High-Angle Extension Fractures
  • A1c Extension Fracture Dimensions
  • A1d Extension Fracture Variations and Lithologic Influences
  • A1e High-Angle Extension Fracture Intersections
  • A1f High-Angle Extension Fractures in Deviated Core
  • References
  • Chapter A2 Inclined Extension Fractures
  • A2a Inclined Extension Fractures in Horizontally Bedded Strata
  • A2b Inclined Extension Fractures in Inclined Strata
  • A2c Vertical Extension Fractures in Inclined Strata
  • Chapter A3 Horizontal Extension Fractures
  • A3a Beef-Filled Fractures
  • A3b Other Calcite-Mineralized Horizontal Extension Fractures
  • A3c NOT Horizontal Extension Fractures
  • References
  • Section B Shear Fractures
  • Chapter B1 Introduction
  • B1a Nomenclature
  • B1b Anderson's Shear Fracture/Fault Classification
  • References
  • Chapter B2 Shear Fracture Dimensions
  • References
  • Chapter B3 Shear Fracture Fractography
  • B3a Slickensides, Slickenlines, and Accretionary Steps
  • B3b En Echelon Segments
  • B3c Steps
  • B3d Pinch and Swell
  • B3e Sheared and Glassy Surfaces
  • B3f Slickencrysts
  • B3g Other Evidence for Shear
  • References
  • Chapter B4 High-Angle Shear Fractures
  • B4a Introduction
  • B4b High-Angle Strike-Slip Shear Fractures
  • B4c Non-Ideal High-Angle Shear Fractures
  • References
  • Chapter B5 Intermediate-Angle Shear Fractures
  • Chapter B6 Low-Angle Shear Fractures
  • Chapter B7 Bed-Parallel Shear Fractures
  • Chapter B8 Deformation Bands
  • References
  • Chapter B9 Faults
  • Section C Other Types of Natural Fractures
  • Chapter C1 Introduction
  • Chapter C2 Microfractures
  • References
  • Chapter C3 Ptygmatically Folded Fractures
  • Reference
  • Chapter C4 Fissures
  • Chapter C5 Veins
  • Chapter C6 Expulsion Structures
  • Reference
  • Chapter C7 Syn-Sedimentary Fractures
  • Reference
  • Chapter C8 Compound/Reactivated Fractures
  • Reference
  • Chapter C9 Shattered Rock
  • Chapter C10 Karst Breccias
  • Reference
  • Chapter C11 Pocket-Size Geomechanical Systems
  • Chapter C12 Stylolites
  • References
  • Section D Mineralization
  • Chapter D1 Mineralization
  • D1a Introduction
  • D1b Calcite Mineralization
  • D1c Other Types of Mineralization
  • D1d Oil and Bitumen
  • D1e False Mineralization
  • References
  • Part 2 Induced Fractures
  • Chapter 2A Introduction
  • Criteria for Distinguishing Natural from Induced Fractures in Core
  • Reference
  • Chapter 2B Petal and Saddle Fractures
  • References
  • Chapter 2C Centerline Fractures
  • References
  • Chapter 2D Disc Fractures
  • References
  • Chapter 2E Scribe-Knife Fractures
  • Reference
  • Chapter 2F Torque and Helical Twist Fractures
  • Chapter 2G Core-Compression Fractures
  • Chapter 2H Percussion-Induced Fractures
  • Chapter 2I Bending Fractures with Barbs
  • Reference
  • Chapter 2J Irregular Crack Networks
  • Chapter 2K Induced Fractures with Curved Strikes
  • Chapter 2L Waterflood-Related Fractures
  • References
  • Chapter 2M Cored Hydraulic Fractures
  • References
  • Part 3 Artifacts
  • Chapter 3A Introduction
  • Chapter 3B Core Tops and Core Bases
  • Chapter 3C1 Core-Catcher Drag
  • Chapter 3C2 Core Orientation Scribe Grooves
  • Chapter 3C3 Irregular Core Diameters
  • Chapter 3C4 Pinion Holes
  • Chapter 3D1 Spinoffs
  • Chapter 3D2 Twice-Turned Core
  • Chapter 3E Saw Scars
  • Chapter 3F1 Core Plucking
  • Chapter 3F2 Scratches
  • Chapter 3F3 Drill-Mud Erosion
  • Chapter 3F4 Core-Parting Enigmas
  • Chapter 3F5 Polished Fracture Surfaces in Horizontal Cores
  • Chapter 3F6 Tip Polish
  • Chapter 3F7 Slab-Plane Consistency
  • Chapter 3F8 Illusions
  • Chapter 3F9 Coring-Related Rock Alteration on Core Surfaces
  • Index
  • EULA


Purpose of the Atlas

We were once emailed a long list of questions, arranged with paragraph-sized spaces below each question for our detailed answers and including photos of specific cored fractures, from a student starting to work on fractured cores. The questions were both basic and important, and included queries such as: Are both the slabs and butt of the cores used in fracture studies? How do you distinguish extension from shear fractures? Should I record the induced fractures? The list illustrated some of the problems and uncertainties in understanding natural fractures in core; it also indicated that people charged with assessing fractures in core do not always know enough about fractures, or cores, to make valid assessments.

This atlas is a tool, intended to help geologists recognize, differentiate, and interpret different types of natural fractures, induced fractures, and artifacts found in cores. We hope that this atlas will provide a reference for cored fractures for the industry, one that enables geologists to recognize the differences in fracture types as well as the significantly different effects that the different types have on a reservoir. Moreover, we hope that it fills what we perceive to be a gap in the literature, in that many fractured-reservoir textbooks start fracture analyses with the assumption that a geologist can already recognize and differentiate the various fracture types in a data set. We sincerely hope that this volume complements the seminal works of Nelson (1985, 2001) and Kulander et al. (1990).

The default concept of fractures is that they are planar, open cracks in a formation, when in fact there are many types of fractures and the different types can have significant differences in planarity, roughness, aperture, length, spacing, interconnectedness, and height, all affecting permeability. Knowledge of whether a fracture system formed in extension or shear, whether the fractures are open or mineralized, whether they are dissolution-enhanced slots or slickensided shear planes, all play into understanding the effects of fractures on a reservoir.

Significant information on a fracture network and the associated in situ stress system can often be found in a core even though core is a relatively miniscule and one-dimensional sampling of a reservoir. Since core is expensive and the sample is small, it is incumbent on the geologist to maximize the amount of fracture information recovered from a core, through knowledgeable examination of the core and informed analysis of the data collected from it.

We hope that this book provides a means for identification of many of the different fracture types found in cores as well as criteria for distinguishing between them. Some fracture types are widespread and control the basic plumbing of a reservoir, others are local and have minimal effect on formation permeability. A few fracture types provide orientation references or useful information on the in situ stress system. We have also illustrated some of the non-fracture artifacts found in cores since many of them provide context as well as important information that can be used for natural fracture analyses.

Scale of Interest

This book illustrates fractures at the scale of four-inch diameter cores. The illustrations are clarified where necessary with close-up photos, but for the most part we have not illustrated fractures at either the millimeter scale that is important to fracture mechanics, or at the meter/outcrop scale that is important to the construction of fracture-controlled permeability networks. This atlas is restricted to illustrating individual fractures as viewed when logging core, and describes their potential as individual permeability pathways. These structures and their basic interpretations are the primary building blocks for a complete fracture assessment and analysis, so they must be properly identified and correctly interpreted if subsequent analyses, interpretations, and modeling efforts are to be valid. For example, shear fractures commonly form intersecting conjugate pairs whereas extension fractures commonly form as single, parallel sets, and the difference greatly influences drainage and well-to-well interference patterns in a reservoir.

Industry geologists have recently had fewer opportunities to participate in the on-site coring process due to changing techniques, liability issues, and the increasing use of service companies to retrieve and process cores. Fewer company geologists have the opportunity to be familiar with drilling operations or with coring and core processing procedures; thus they are often unfamiliar with the important ways in which such operations affect a core. Geologists rarely get to look at a core any more until it has been cut, cleaned, marked, plugged, slabbed, boxed, sampled, and laid out in the lab, by which time significant natural fracture information has been lost and additional fractures have been created in the core.

Once the geologist gains access to a core, a big gap looms between counting and understanding fractures. It is easy to count fractures and measure their dips and strikes, which provides a data base that can be readily analyzed statistically. But such analyses are meaningless if fractures are not fully understood and fully characterized before they are analyzed, since fractures are so much more than planar breaks in the rock.

Core samples typically consist of fresh exposures of the rock and therefore provide unweathered detail compared to outcrops. However, the ability to extrapolate beyond the core into the other two dimensions in a reservoir is limited; for example, it is difficult to derive the lateral spacing of vertical fractures from the data provided by a vertical core unless the restrictive assumptions of Narr's (1996) analysis are met. Likewise, fracture heights are difficult to assess in horizontal core. Nevertheless, with experience and carefully acquired data, one can construct conceptual and often even semi-quantitative models of the three-dimensional fracture distributions, dimensions, spacings, and interconnectivities from cores.

Fracture Classification

Several systems have been used in classifying natural fractures. Some systems are based on fracture geometry, some on fracture origin, some on their electrical properties, and some on the potential effects of a fracture on a reservoir. For example, Nelson (2001) offers several classification schemes based on origin (extension, tension, or shear), on a fracture's potential permeability (open fractures vs. filled fractures), or the structural associations of the fracture system (fault related, fold related, regional, etc.). In contrast, petrophysicists commonly classify fractures in image logs by their electric or acoustic properties (i.e., "conductive" or "resistive").

For this atlas, natural fractures are divided into two main categories based on origin, i.e., extension fractures vs. shear fractures, with subcategories and modifiers for postfracture alterations.

It is human nature to categorize and classify, but as often as not, we are artificially compartmentalizing samples that form parts of a spectrum rather than discovering and documenting natural divisions. Fracture categorization serves a purpose but in fact, fractures may grade from one category into another. For example, "hybrid shears" (Hancock, 1986; Hancock and Bevan, 1987) offer a bridge between extension and conjugate-shear fracture categories, and induced petal fractures morph into and blend with centerline fractures. Natural fractures can also be reactivated over geologic time intervals, leading to ambiguities in classification, i.e., fractures that formed in extension are sometimes reactivated in shear. Similarly, the distinction between faults and shear fractures would seem to be self-explanatory, but if the distinction is based on offset magnitude it is arbitrary since shear offsets occur within a continuous range.

Organization of the Atlas

This atlas is organized into three parts.

Part 1: Natural Fractures

This section describes the characteristics of extension and shear fractures in core, which is not without complications. Most extension fractures are vertical, but intermediate-angle and horizontal fractures are also found in some cores. Shear fractures for the most part can be subdivided into Anderson's (1951) three dip-angle categories, corresponding to high-angle strike-slip shears, intermediate-angle dip-slip shears, and low-angle reverse dip-slip shears, but shear fractures with oblique slip and bedding-parallel slip are common in cores cut from some structural settings. We have also included short descriptions of other, less common types of cored natural fractures such as ptygmatically folded fractures and deformation bands.

Part 2: Induced Fractures

The two most important units in this second section on fractures created by coring and handling processes describe petal fractures, which can take many different forms, and centerline fractures. These two induced fracture types are important because they can be used to orient both a core and the natural fractures it contains relative to the in situ stress field, and sometimes even relative to north. Other induced fracture sections include descriptions of fractures created by twisting the core, by bending the core, and...

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