EPS 200

Problems in Hydrogeology:

Geothermal processes and geysers

In this course we will begin with an introduction to flow in porous media (including basic hydrogeology, solute transport, heat transport), poroelasticity, and the Navier-Stokes equations. We will then read selected papers that address processes in geothermal systems including geysers. No textbook is required, however, as a reference we will cover quite a bit of the material in Ingebritsen et al. (Groundwater in Geological Processes); original papers will be assigned for reading.

Instructors: Michael Manga and Chi Wang

First meeting: January 22 (Wednesday), 11:00 am

Room: McCone 220

A preliminary syllabus (with readings to follow):

When reviewing and presenting papers please begin by stating the question(s) the authors is(are) trying to answer. Is there a controversy? Is there a new observation that the authors are trying to understand? What makes the problem interesting? Next explain what they did (ideally highlighting what is new). No need to explain all the math or methods but it is good to explain when and where critical assumptions and approximations are being made. Then, summarize the results focussing only on what you think is interesting or what matters (lots of papers have lots of extraneous content that is included for completeness). Next, summarize what they learned and whether the question was answered. End with your thoughts on what is needed to make further progress or a critism of the work.


Left) Strokkur geyser -- erupts every 3-4 minutes (at least during my visit during the 2008 IAVCEI meeting). Right) Strokkur (right) and the Great Geysir (left). Geysers get their name from this geyser -- Geysir erupts about twice/day.
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