Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
Solid Earth, 12, 375–387, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-12-375-2021

Special issue: Thermo-hydro-mechanical–chemical (THMC) processes in natural...

Solid Earth, 12, 375–387, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-12-375-2021
Research article
16 Feb 2021
Research article | 16 Feb 2021

The competition between fracture nucleation, propagation, and coalescence in dry and water-saturated crystalline rock

Jessica A. McBeck et al.

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The competing modes of fault network development, including nucleation, propagation, and coalescence, influence the localization and connectivity of fracture networks and are thus critical influences on permeability. We distinguish between these modes of fracture development using in situ X-ray tomography triaxial compression experiments on crystalline rocks. The results underscore the importance of confining stress (burial depth) and fluids on fault network development.