Articles | Volume 382
Pre-conference publication
22 Apr 2020
Pre-conference publication |  | 22 Apr 2020

Analogue model of ground ruptures due to groundwater pumping in an aquifer above a bedrock ridge

Mariano Cerca, Dora Carreón-Freyre, and Pietro Teatini

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This work reports results of experiments made in analogue materials reproducing the occurrence and propagation of fractures associated with land subsidence driven by groundwater pumping. We compare the physical experimental model results with a numerical model that tests the development of stresses above a bedrock ridge that forms the base of an aquifer.