Articles | Volume 23, issue 4
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 1995–2014, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-1995-2019
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 1995–2014, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-1995-2019

Research article 15 Apr 2019

Research article | 15 Apr 2019

Dynamics of wormhole formation in fractured limestones

Wolfgang Dreybrodt and Franci Gabrovšek

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (12 Sep 2018) by Bill X. Hu
AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (19 Sep 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (28 Sep 2018) by Bill X. Hu
RR by Arthur Palmer (03 Jan 2019)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (25 Mar 2019) by Alberto Guadagnini
AR by Franci Gabrovsek on behalf of the Authors (25 Mar 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (26 Mar 2019) by Alberto Guadagnini
AR by Franci Gabrovsek on behalf of the Authors (29 Mar 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Numerical models of wormhole formation in fractured porous media provide basic insights on the evolution of complex conduit systems in karst aquifers. In this work we use a time-propagating reactive flow model to explore the evolution of wormholes in a 2-D grid of fractures. We demonstrate physically meaningful mechanisms leading to the formation of individual wormholes and the competition between a set of evolving wormholes.