We summarize Underground Research Laboratories (URLs) in hard rock with varying degree of fracturing, in soft rock with plastic deformation, in shallow and in deep laboratories for physics and multidisciplinary research. URL studies range from underground injection assessment, search for origins of life, heterogeneity and fracture network characterizations, coupled process testing, quantification of induced deformation and seismicity potential, to coupling of underground signals to atmospheric and ionospheric processes. Common and new approaches can be developed through exchanges to address fundamental challenges and practical aspects of organization, procedure, and incentive needed to formulate and develop URL networks and innovations.
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Underground Research Laboratory Network
Joseph S.Y. Wang;
Peter H. Smeallie;
Paper presented at the 12th ISRM Congress, Beijing, China, October 2011.
Paper Number: ISRM-12CONGRESS-2011-333
Published: October 16 2011
Wang, Joseph S.Y., Smeallie, Peter H. , Feng, Xia-Ting , and John A. Hudson. "Underground Research Laboratory Network." Paper presented at the 12th ISRM Congress, Beijing, China, October 2011.
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