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hydraulic fracturing

The creation of fractures within a reservoir that contains oil or natural gas to increase flow and maximize production. A hydraulic fracture is formed when a fluid is pumped down the well at pressures that exceed the rock strength, causing open fractures to form in the rock.
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  • hydro-fracturing
  • hydro-fracking
  • hydrofracturing
  • fracking
  • hydrofracking
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