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AIPG MN - November Luncheon - Grappling with fractured rock hydrogeology!

November 07, 2017
11:45 AM to 1:00 PM
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Radisson Hotel Roseville
2540 North Cleveland Avenue
Roseville, MN 55113

Registration for the AIPG MN Section November Luncheon is now open online! The cost is $21 for non-members and $16 for members when registering before Monday, November 6, 2017 at 11:00 AM. Students may attend free of charge by registering in advance. Same-day luncheon registration cost is $25.


Grappling with Fractured Rock Hydrogeology: An Overview of 20 Years of Successes and Failures in the Sedimentary Bedrock of the Central Midcontinent

by Tony Runkel, Minnesota Geological Survey


Presentation Abstract

This presentation will summarize our efforts over the past 20 years to better understand fracture flow (and thus contaminant transport) through the Paleozoic sedimentary bedrock in the central midcontinent of North America. Our research targets characterization of vertical fractures and bed-parallel partings in boreholes and outcrops, and attempts to link those characteristics to hydrologic data. The latter includes collection of data using novel methods of borehole instrumentation deliberately designed for monitoring fractured rock. This presentation will convey a story of fits and starts, and plenty of frustration, but ends with an optimistic outlook based on a number of active investigations that are providing some substantive advances.




Speaker Biography


Tony Runkel is Chief Geologist of the Minnesota Geological Survey, and adjunct professor in the Department of Earth Sciences; both are units of the University of Minnesota. His research targets the properties of Paleozoic bedrock in southeastern Minnesota (including the Twin Cities Metropolitan region) that control groundwater flow, especially the transport of contaminants. Recent emphasis has been on fractured rock hydrogeology. Tony grew up in southeastern Minnesota, and holds a B.A. in Geology from the University of Minnesota, an M.S. from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.



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