Volume 6, Number 4 (1979)
Nuclear Waste Disposal

Fracture Patterns and Stresses in Granites

Neville J. Price
Department of Geology, Imperial College South Kensington, London, England.

Published 1979-11-11

How to Cite

Price, N. J. (1979). Fracture Patterns and Stresses in Granites. Geoscience Canada, 6(4). Retrieved from https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/GC/article/view/3186


If granite bodies are to be used as receptacles for toxic waste materials, the presence or absence of barren fractures and the virgin stresses in the granite are of fundamental importance. Unfortunately, very little is known regarding the incidence of fractures, or stresses, which exist at depths (of about 1 km) in granite bodies. A simple analysis is presented of a hypothetical intrusion which indicates the magnitudes of stresses and the possible fracture development which may be expected in such bodies.