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Type: Journal article
Title: In situ stress field of eastern Australia.
Author: Hillis, R.
Reynolds, S.
Enever, J.
Citation: Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 1999; 46(5):813-825
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Issue Date: 1999
ISSN: 0812-0099
1440-0952
Abstract: New in situ data based on hydraulic fracturing and overcoring have been compiled for eastern Australia, increasing from 23 to 110 the number of in situ stress analyses available for the area between and including the Bowen and Sydney Basins. The Bowen Basin displays a consistent north-northeast maximum horizontal stress (σH ) orientation over some 500 km. Stress orientations in the Sydney Basin are more variable than in the Bowen Basin, with areas of the Sydney Basin exhibiting north-northeast, northeast, east-west and bimodal σH orientations. Most new data indicate that the overburden stress (σV ) is the minimum principal stress in both the Bowen and Sydney Basins. The Sydney Basin is relatively seismically active, whereas the Bowen Basin is relatively aseismic. Despite the fact that in situ stress measurements sample the stress field at shallower depth than the seismogenic zone, there is a correlation between the stress measurements and seismicity in the two areas. Mohr-Coulomb analysis of the propensity for failure in the Sydney Basin suggests 41% of the new in situ stress data are indicative of failure, as opposed to 13% in the Bowen Basin. The multiple pre-existing structural grains in the Sydney Basin further emphasise the difference between propensity for failure in the two areas. Previous modelling of intraplate stresses due to plate boundary forces has been less successful at predicting stress orientations in eastern than in western and central Australia. Nonetheless, stress orientation in the Bowen Basin is consistent with that predicted by modelling of stresses due to plate boundary forces. Variable stress orientations in the Sydney Basin suggest that more local sources of stress, such as those associated with the continental margin and with local structure, significantly influence stress orientation. The effect of local sources of stress may be relatively pronounced because stresses due to plate boundary forces result in low horizontal stress anisotropy in the Sydney Basin.
Keywords: in situ stress; hydraulic fracturing; seismicity; plate boundary forces
RMID: 0030003653
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-0952.1999.00746.x
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