Definitions

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  • noun geology Rock fracture caused by the pressure of freezing water.

Etymologies

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hydro- +‎ fracture

Examples

  • Tapping it requires using a process called hydrofracture, injecting a pressurized cocktail of water, sand, and chemicals into the rock.

    The American Prospect Articles

  • Tapping it requires using a process called hydrofracture, injecting a pressurized cocktail of water, sand, and chemicals into the rock.

    The American Prospect Articles

  • But as natural gas grows more popular as a bridge fuel, communities and legislators are discovering more dangerous environmental impacts from the hydrofracture drilling process that companies use to extract the gas from shale deposits.

    The Media Consortium: Weekly Mulch: How Reid's Energy Bill Undermines Senate Climate Efforts

  • Thanks for an excellent explanation of the hydrofracture process as a geologist, it made me smile and even more importantly, the potential hurdles the US will face in moving towards energy independence.

    Energy 101: Hydraulic Fracturing - Vladimir’s blog - RedState

  • Neither the pamphlet nor the landman mentioned hydrofracture drilling or the Marcellus Shale, buzzwords that might have raised landowners 'eyebrows.

    The American Prospect Articles

  • Neither the pamphlet nor the landman mentioned hydrofracture drilling or the Marcellus Shale, buzzwords that might have raised landowners 'eyebrows.

    The American Prospect Articles

  • But hydrofracture drilling, or hydrofracking, which involves using water and chemicals to open cracks in gas-rich shale formations, solved natural gas 'supply problem.

    The American Prospect Articles

  • But hydrofracture drilling, or hydrofracking, which involves using water and chemicals to open cracks in gas-rich shale formations, solved natural gas 'supply problem.

    The American Prospect Articles

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