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Three-Dimensional Geologic Modeling and Groundwater Flow Modeling above a CO2 Sequestration Test Site
Open Journal of Modern Hydrology (2016)
  • Eric Wade Peterson
  • David H. Malone, Illinois State University
As temperatures rise and climate change becomes an increasingly important issue, geologic carbondioxide (CO2) sequestration is a viable solution for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Subsurface3-D modeling and groundwater flow modeling were completed as a component of a CO2sequestration feasibility study in the city of Decatur, Illinois. The Decatur Archer Daniels MidlandCompany Ethanol Plant (ADM) serves as the injection site for a CO2 sequestration project within adeep saline reservoir. Petrel was successfully used to model the glacial deposits in the area. The3-D geologic model shows the Peoria Silt, Wedron Formation, and Cahokia Formation at the surface with the Wedron Formation holding up the steep slopes along the east and west banks of LakeDecatur. The groundwater flow model outlined the location of a local groundwater divide andshowed flow from the injection site would flow towards Lake Decatur, reaching the lake in 80 days.
  • Carbon Sequestration,
  • Petrel,
  • Hydrogeology,
  • Glacial Sediments
Publication Date
July, 2016
Citation Information
Carlock, E., Peterson, E. W., and Malone, D. H., 2016, Three-dimensional geologic modeling and groundwater flow modeling above a CO2 sequestration test site: Open Journal of Modern Hydrology, v. 6, no. 3, p. 182-193, doi:10.4236/ojmh.2016.63015.