Fractures and faults are related to many societal and industrial problems including oil and gas exploration and production, CO2 sequestration, and waste isolation. Therefore, an ontology focusing fractures and faults is desirable to facilitate a sound education and communication among this highly diverse community. We developed an ontology for this field. Some high level classes in our ontology include geological structure, deformation mechanism, and property or factor. Throughout our ontology, we emphasis the relationship among the classes, such as structures formed by mechanisms and properties effect the mechanism that will occur. At this stage, there are about 1,000 classes, referencing about 150 articles or textbook and supplemented by about 350 photographs, diagrams, and illustrations. With limited time and resources, we chose a simple application for our ontology - transforming to a knowledgebase made of a series of web pages. Each web page corresponds to one class in the ontology, having discussion, figures, links to subclass and related concepts, as well as references. We believe that our knowledgebase is a valuable resource for finding information about fractures and faults, to both practicing geologists and students who are interested in the related issues either in application or in education and training.
AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts
- Pub Date:
- December 2007
- 8010 Fractures and faults;
- 9810 New fields (not classifiable under other headings)