Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)
Marine Geology and Geophysics (Marine)
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Earl E. Davis
Pressure data recorded by long-term subseafloor observatories (CORKs) are a useful tool for understanding the state of the crustal hydrologic system. In Middle Valley, a sedimented rift at the northern end of the Juan de Fuca Ridge, thickly sedimented basaltic crust hosts an array of hydrologic regimes that have been monitored continuously by two CORKs since 1996. This dissertation analyzes both recent trends in borehole and seafloor pressures, as well as several older datasets, in concert with local seismicity, physical properties of the crust, and hydrothermal circulation in an effort to understand the region’s ongoing dynamic eruptive cycle and hydrogeologic connectivity.
ocean drilling; hydrothermal systems; borehole observatories; marine geophysics; crustal hydrogeology
Inderbitzen, Katherine E., "Analysis of Long-term Borehole and Seafloor Pressure Data Recorded by the Subseafloor Observatories in Middle Valley, Northern Juan de Fuca Ridge" (2013). Open Access Dissertations. 1017.