Articles | Volume 12, issue 1
Solid Earth, 12, 35–58, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-12-35-2021

Special issue: Faults, fractures, and fluid flow in the shallow crust

Solid Earth, 12, 35–58, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-12-35-2021

Research article 13 Jan 2021

Research article | 13 Jan 2021

Characterization of discontinuities in potential reservoir rocks for geothermal applications in the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan area (Germany)

Martin Balcewicz et al.

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AR by Martin Balcewicz on behalf of the Authors (11 Aug 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (01 Sep 2020) by Randolph Williams
AR by Svenja Lange on behalf of the Authors (03 Nov 2020)  Author's response
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (13 Nov 2020) by Randolph Williams
AR by Martin Balcewicz on behalf of the Authors (20 Nov 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (20 Nov 2020) by Randolph Williams
ED: Publish as is (20 Nov 2020) by CharLotte Krawczyk(Executive Editor)
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The geothermal potential of a carbonate reservoir in the Rhine-Ruhr area, Germany, was investigated by field and laboratory investigations. The carbonate layer of interest is approx. 150 m thick; located at 4 to 6 km depth; and might extend below Essen, Bochum, and Dortmund. We proposed focusing on discontinuities striking NNW–SSE for geothermal applications, as these are the most common, strike in the direction of the main horizontal stress, and dominate reservoir fluid flow.