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Paper by bureau hydrogeologist investigates how oceanic crustal aquifers influence the thermal structure of subduction zones

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Angela Lucero

— March 20, 2019

This research, recently published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, uses 2D thermal models to explore how aquifer thickening and fluid circulation in highly-permeable oceanic aquifers redistributes heat in subduction zones. Hot and cold subduction zones off the coast of Japan were modeled to provide end-member comparisons. This work has global implications understanding thermally-controlled subduction zone processes.

Angela Lucero completed this work as part of her Master's of Hydrology degree at NMT under the advisement of Dr. Glenn Spinelli. She is now a hydrogeologist working with the Aquifer Mapping Program at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources.

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