Review Article

International Journal of Earth Sciences

, Volume 97, Issue 2, pp 385-399

First online:

Estimation of hydraulic permeability considering the micro morphology of rocks of the borehole YAXCOPOIL-1 (Impact crater Chicxulub, Mexico)

  • S. I. MayrAffiliated withDepartment of Applied Geosciences, Technical University Berlin Email author 
  • , H. BurkhardtAffiliated withDepartment of Applied Geosciences, Technical University Berlin
  • , Yu. PopovAffiliated withTechnical physics and rock physics, Russian State Geological Prospecting University
  • , A. WittmannAffiliated withHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Museum für Naturkunde, Mineralogie

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Internal surface, formation factor, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)-T2 relaxation times and pore radius distributions were measured on representative core samples for the estimation of hydraulic permeability. Permeability is estimated using various versions of the classic Kozeny–Carman-equation (K–C) and a further development of K–C, the fractal PaRiS-model, taking into account the internal surface. In addition to grain and pore size distribution, directly connected to permeability, internal surface reflects the internal structure (“micro morphology”). Lithologies could be grouped with respect to differences in internal surface. Most melt rich impact breccia lithologies exhibit large internal surfaces, while Tertiary post-impact sediments and Cretaceous lithologies in displaced megablocks display smaller internal surfaces. Investigations with scanning electron microscopy confirm the correlation between internal surface and micro morphology. In addition to different versions of K–C, estimations by means of NMR, pore radius distributions and some gas permeability measurements serve for cross-checking and calibration. In general, the different estimations from the independent methods and the measurements are in satisfactory accordance.

For Tertiary limestones and Suevites bulk with very high porosities (up to 35%) permeabilites between 10−14 and 10−16 m2 are found, whereas in lower Suevite, Cretaceous anhydrites and dolomites, bulk permeabilites are between 10−15 and 10−23 m2.


Internal surface Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Permeability Carbonate rocks Suevites