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water saturation

1. n. [Formation Evaluation]

The fraction of water in a given pore space. It is expressed in volume/volume, percent or saturation units. Unless otherwise stated, water saturation is the fraction of formation water in the undisturbed zone. The saturation is known as the total water saturation if the pore space is the total porosity, but is known as effective water saturation if the pore space is the effective porosity. If used without qualification, the term usually refers to the effective water saturation.

Synonyms: effective water saturation

See: flushed-zone water saturationmoveable hydrocarbonsmoved hydrocarbonsresidual oil