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Juliet G Crider
ESS 490
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Class description

Fractures, fluids, and heat: the basic science behind geothermal energy and other problems involving fluid flow in fractured rock. Topics covered include: crustal heat flow, crustal stress fields, hydraulic fracturing of rocks ("fracking"), fluid flow through fractures, and induced seismicity. Seminar style (reading, discussions) with problem sets and a final project.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This class is hybrid seminar/lecture and will require active participation of all students in reading, discussion, and critically evaluation of course materials.

Recommended preparation

Suggested prerequisites:

ESS 211 or ESS 210 and one of ESS 311, ESS 411, ESS 463, or CEE 220

ESS 326 (geomorphology) or ESS 456 (depositional environments) recommended but not required.

Class assignments and grading

Grades will be based on class participation, in class exercises, problem sets/written assignments and two exams.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Juliet G Crider
Date: 02/04/2014