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n. [Reservoir Characterization]
Patterns in multiple fractures that intersect with each other. Fractures are formed when
rock is stressed or strained, as by the forces associated with plate-tectonic activity. When multiple fractures are propagated, they often form patterns that are referred to as
fracture networks. These networks are studied using a number of mathematical and statistical techniques and may even be represented using fractals. Fracture networks may make an important contribution to both the storage (
porosity) and the fluid flow rates (
permeability or transmissability) of formations.