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Authors: Montone, P.* 
Mariucci, M. T.* 
Pierdominici, S.* 
Amicucci, L.* 
Title: Stress regime in Italy: state of the art
Issue Date: 5-Dec-2005
Keywords: borehole breakout
leak-off test
stress magnitude
Subject Classification04. Solid Earth::04.07. Tectonophysics::04.07.05. Stress 
Abstract: Stress data collection and analysis in Italy increased a lot in the last decade but there is still a lot of work to be done. First of all concerning stress magnitudes: deep data are very few and an organized collection of shallow depth data is not yet available for scientific purposes, despite the large amount of shallow rock stress measurements. Stress magnitude data could contribute to deal with a wide spectrum of engineering problems but also to get reliable stress profiles from surface to earthquake depths useful for seismotectonic models. Here we present our latest work on stress magnitude determination inferred from more than two hundreds new leak-off test data from oil wells, kindly provided by ENI S.p.A (Italian Oil Company). We analyzed them notwithstanding the problems of the datum itself and did our best to obtain as much as possible reliable information on the state of stress of Italian peninsula. We calculated the values of the principal stress axis and stress regime at different depths, ranging from about 200m to 5000m, also considering the possible scattering of data and their uncertainties. We compared the results with horizontal stress orientations from borehole breakout analysis and other stress indicators. We analyzed the pictures of stress regime at different depths and along different transects through the Apennines, speculating about the reasons of regime changes that are observed in some areas. The state of stress depicted by the new data confirms the results of previous studies making them and the new ones more confident.
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