Near-surface in situ stress. 3. Correlation with microcrack fabric within the New Hampshire granites.

R. Plumb, T. Engelder, D. Yale

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We studied the correlation between near-surface in situ stress and the preferred orientation of microcracks at two quarries in the Milford granite and one quarry in the Conway granite, New Hampshire. The orientation of in situ stress was determined by overcoring doorstoppers and from the strike of induced borehole fractures produced by a pressurized packer. The preferred orientation of vertical microcracks was determined using ultrasonic measurements to determine P wave velocity Vp on core and in situ and from thin section analyses. In situ Vp anisotropy was determined from interborehole travel time data. At all three sites, directions of maximum compressive stress sigma 1 and induced borehole fractures are aligned with the preferred orientation of open microcracks determained from core Vp and thin section data. An analysis of the microcracking sequence within each pluton suggests 1) that the quarry grain resulted from cooling-induced thermal stresses and 2) a method of distinguishing the paleostress axes at the time of cooling from contemporary stress. -Authors Lamont-Doherty Geol. Obs., Columbia Univ, Palisades, New York, USA. English

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9350-9364
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Issue numberB11
StatePublished - 1984

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Forestry
  • Aquatic Science
  • Soil Science
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Geophysics
  • Oceanography
  • Palaeontology
  • Ecology
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Atmospheric Science


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