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Mark White

Mark White

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 372-6070

Biography

More than twenty-five years of developing world-class multifluid, coupled-process numerical simulation capabilities for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory by acquiring and managing internal and external project funding from national and foreign clients. Application areas for the developed software, coined STOMP, have included environmental restoration, environmental stewardship, carbon sequestration, conventional and unconventional fossil energy production, and geothermal systems. Nominated for the 2015 Energy and Environment Directorate Project Manager of the year.

Research Interests

  • Parallel implementations of subsurface flow and reactive transport simulators
  • Field application and numerical modeling of environmental remediation technologies
  • Thermodynamics of frozen soils
  • Numerical modeling of multiple-phase subsurface flow and transport
  • Theoretical and applied soil physics of fluid entrapment, mobilization and dissolution.

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University, 1986
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University, 1981
  • B.S., Biophysics, Pennsylvania State University, 1977

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Professional Engineer, Colorado State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors
  • American Geophysical Union

PNNL Publications

2019

2018

  • Dobson P.F., T.J. Kneafsey, J. Morris, A. Singh, M.D. Zoback, B. Roggenthen, and T.W. Doe, et al. 2018. "The EGS Collab Hydroshear Experiment at the Sanford Underground Research Facility - Siting Criteria and Evaluation of Candidate Sites." Transactions - Geothermal Resources Council 42. PNNL-SA-137953.
  • Kneafsey T.J., D.A. Blankenship, P.F. Dobson, H. Knox, T.C. Johnson, J. Ajo-Franklin, and P.C. Schwering, et al. 2018. "EGS Collab Project Experiment 1 Overview and Progress." Transactions - Geothermal Resources Council 42. PNNL-SA-137951.
  • Mattson E.D., M.D. White, Y. Zhang, B.G. Johnston, and A.J. Hawkins. 2018. "Collab Fracture Characterization: Preliminary Results from the Modeling and Flow Testing of Experiment 1." Transactions - Geothermal Resources Council 42. PNNL-SA-137950.
  • White M.D., P. Fu, and M.W. McClure. 2018. "Outcomes from a Collaborative Approach to a Code Comparison Study for Enhanced Geothermal Systems." In Proceedings of the 42nd Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, February 13-15, 2017, Stanford, CA, Paper No. SGP-TR-212. Stanford, California:Stanford Geothermal Program. PNNL-SA-123708.
  • White M.D., P. Fu, M.W. McClure, G. Danko, D. Elsworth, E. Sonnenthal, and S.M. Kelkar, et al. 2018. "A suite of benchmark and challenge problems for enhanced geothermal systems." Geomechanics and Geophysics for Geo-Energy and Geo-Resources 4, no. 1:79-117. PNNL-SA-130128. doi:10.1007/s40948-017-0076-0

2017

  • Nguyen B., Z. Hou, D.H. Bacon, G.V. Last, and M.D. White. 2017. "Analysis of a complex faulted CO2 reservoir using a three-dimensional hydro-geochemical-mechanical approach." Energy Procedia 114. PNNL-SA-121259. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2017.03.1479
  • Nguyen B.N., Z. Hou, D.H. Bacon, and M.D. White. 2017. "A Multiscale Hydro-Geochemical-Mechanical Approach to Analyze Faulted CO2 Reservoirs." Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology 7, no. 1:106-127. PNNL-SA-113763. doi:10.1002/ghg.1616
  • White M.D., R.P. Esser, B.J. McPherson, R.S. Balch, N. Liu, P. Rose, and L. Garcia, et al. 2017. "Interpretation of Tracer Experiments on Inverted Five-Spot Well-Patterns within the Western Half of the Farnsworth Unit Oil Field." Energy Procedia 114. PNNL-SA-121318. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2017.03.1849

2016

  • Ahmmed B., M.S. Appold, T. Fan, B.J. McPherson, R.B. Grigg, and M.D. White. 2016. "Chemical effects of carbon dioxide sequestration in the Upper Morrow Sandstone in the Farnsworth, Texas, hydrocarbon unit." Environmental Geosciences 23, no. 2:81-93. PNNL-SA-120593. doi:10.1306/eg.09031515006
  • Dai Z., H. Viswanathan, R. Middleton, F. Pan, W. Ampomah, C. Yang, and W. Jia, et al. 2016. "CO2 Accounting and Risk Analysis for CO2 Sequestration at Enhanced Oil Recovery Sites." Environmental Science & Technology 50, no. 14:7546-7554. PNNL-SA-120716. doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b01744
  • Fu P., M. Mcclure, S. Shiozawa, and M.D. White. 2016. "Revisiting Fenton Hill Phase I reservoir creation and stimulation mechanisms through the GTO code comparison effort." In 50th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium, June 26-29, 2016, Houston, Texas, Paper No. ARMA 16-0841. Alexandria, Virginia:American Rock Mechanics Association. PNNL-SA-120594.
  • Matos De Souza M., M. Oostrom, M.D. White, G. Cardoso Da Silva, and M.C. Barbosa. 2016. "Simulation of Subsurface Multiphase Contaminant Extraction using a Bioslurping Well Model." Transport in Porous Media 114, no. 3:649-673. PNNL-SA-119320. doi:10.1007/s11242-016-0738-3
  • Nguyen B.N., Z. Hou, D.H. Bacon, C.J. Murray, and M.D. White. 2016. "Three-Dimensional Modeling of the Reactive Transport of CO2 and Its Impact on Geomechanical Properties of Reservoir Rocks and Seals." International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 46. PNNL-SA-109235. doi:10.1016/j.ijggc.2016.01.004
  • Oostrom M., M.D. White, S.L. Porse, s.c. Krevor, and S. Mathias. 2016. "Comparison of Relative Permeability-Saturation-Capillary Pressure Models for Simulation of Reservoir CO2 Injection." International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 45. PNWD-SA-10504. doi:10.1016/j.ijggc.2015.12.013
  • White M.D., R. Podgorney, S.M. Kelkar, M.W. McClure, G. Danko, A. Ghassemi, and P. Fu, et al. 2016. Benchmark Problems of the Geothermal Technologies Office Code Comparison Study. PNNL-26016. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Benchmark Problems of the Geothermal Technologies Office Code Comparison Study
  • Zhang Z.F., M. Oostrom, and M.D. White. 2016. "Relative Permeability for Multiphase Flow for Oven-Dry to Full Saturation Conditions." International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 49. PNWD-SA-10506. doi:10.1016/j.ijggc.2016.02.029

2015

  • Bacon D.H., C. Yonkofski, H.T. Schaef, M.D. White, and B.P. McGrail. 2015. "CO2 Storage by Sorption on Organic Matter and Clay in Gas Shale." Journal of Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources 12. PNNL-SA-107851. doi:10.1016/j.juogr.2015.09.004
  • White M.D., and B.R. Phillips. 2015. "Code Comparison Study Fosters Confidence in the Numerical Simulation of Enhanced Geothermal Systems." In Proceedings of the 40th Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, January 26-28, 2015, Stanford, California, Paper No. SGP-TR-204. Stanford, California:Stanford University. PNNL-SA-107511.
  • Zhang Z.F., S.K. White, and M.D. White. 2015. "Delineating the Horizontal Plume Extent and CO2 Distribution at Geologic Sequestration Sites." International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 43. PNWD-SA-10494. doi:10.1016/j.ijggc.2015.10.018

2014

  • Anderson B., R. Boswell, T.S. Collett, H. Farrell, S. Ohtsuka, and M.D. White. 2014. "REVIEW OF THE FINDINGS OF THE IGNIK SIKUMI CO2-CH4 GAS HYDRATE EXCHANGE FIELD TRIAL." In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Gas Hydrates (ICGH8-2014), July 28-August 1, 2014, Beijing, China. Beijing:China Geological Survey. PNNL-SA-103014.
  • White M.D., and W. Lee. 2014. "Guest Molecule Exchange Kinetics for the 2012 Ignik Sikumi Gas Hydrate Field Trial." In Offshore Technology Conference (OTC2014) , May 5-8, Houston, Texas, Paper No. OTC-25374-MS. Houston, Texas:Offshore Technology Conference. PNNL-SA-100310.
  • White M.D., B.J. McPherson, R.B. Grigg, W. Ampomah, and M.S. Appold. 2014. "Numerical Simulation of Carbon Dioxide Injection in the Western Section of the Farnsworth Unit." Energy Procedia 63. PNNL-SA-105081. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2014.11.825

2013

  • Cheng C.L., M.J. Gragg, E. Perfect, M.D. White, P.J. Lemiszki, and L.D. McKay. 2013. "Sensitivity of injection costs to input petrophysical parameters in numerical geologic carbon sequestration models." International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 18. PNNL-SA-100827. doi:10.1016/j.ijggc.2013.07.018
  • Scheibe T.D., M.D. White, and S.K. White. 2013. Outcomes of the 2013 GTO Workshop on Geothermal Code Comparison. PNNL-22303. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Outcomes of the 2013 GTO Workshop on Geothermal Code Comparison
  • Scheibe T.D., M.D. White, S.K. White, C. Sivaramakrishnan, S. Purohit, G.D. Black, and R. Podgorney, et al. 2013. "Simulation of Enhanced Geothermal Systems: A Benchmarking and Code Intercomparison Study." In MODFLOW and More 2013: Translating Science into Practice, June 2-5, Golden, Colorado. Golden, Colorado:Integrated Ground Water Modeling Center. PNNL-SA-94774.
  • White M.D., D.H. Bacon, S.K. White, and Z.F. Zhang. 2013. "Fully Coupled Well Models for Fluid Injection and Production." Energy Procedia 37. PNNL-SA-91038. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2013.06.295

2012

  • White M.D. 2012. STOMP-HYDT-KE A Numerical Simulator for the Production of Natural Gas Hydrate using Guest Molecule Exchange with CO2 and N2. PNNL-22130. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. STOMP-HYDT-KE A Numerical Simulator for the Production of Natural Gas Hydrate using Guest Molecule Exchange with CO2 and N2
  • White M.D., and Y. Fang. 2012. "STOMP-ECKEChem: An Engineering Perspective on Reactive Transport in Geologic Media." In Groundwater Reactive Transport Models, edited by F Zhang, GT Yeh and JC Parker. 112--140. Oak Park, Illinois:Bentham Science Publishers. PNNL-SA-67230.
  • White M.D., D.H. Bacon, B.P. McGrail, D.J. Watson, S.K. White, and Z.F. Zhang. 2012. STOMP Subsurface Transport Over Multiple Phases: STOMP-CO2 and STOMP-CO2e Guide: Version 1.0. PNNL-21268. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. STOMP Subsurface Transport Over Multiple Phases: STOMP-CO2 and STOMP-CO2e Guide: Version 1.0
  • Zhang Z.F., L. Zhong, M.D. White, and J.E. Szecsody. 2012. "Experimental Investigation of the Effective Foam Viscosity in Unsaturated Porous Media." Vadose Zone Journal 11, no. 4. PNNL-SA-87925. doi:10.2136/vzj2011.0190

2011

  • Anderson B., M. Kurihara, M.D. White, G.J. Moridis, S.J. Wilson, M. Pooladi-Darvish, and M. Gaddipati, et al. 2011. "Regional long-term production modeling from a single well test, Mount Elbert Gas Hydrate Stratigraphic Test Well, Alaska North Slope." Marine and Petroleum Geology 28, no. 2:493-501. PNNL-SA-79674. doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2010.01.015
  • Bonneville A., G.D. Black, I. Gorton, P.S. Hui, E.M. Murphy, C.J. Murray, and M.L. Rockhold, et al. 2011. "Geologic Sequestration Software Suite (GS3): a collaborative approach to the management of geological GHG storage projects." In Proceedings of the 10th Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Conference (GHGT10), September 19-23, 2010, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Energy Procedia, edited by J Gale, C Hendriks W Turkenberg, 4, 3825-3832. Amsterdam:Elsevier. PNNL-SA-74783. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2011.02.318
  • White M.D. 2011. "Impact of Kinetics on the Injectivity of Liquid CO2 into Arctic Hydrates." In Arctic Technology Conference, February 7-9, 2011, Houston, Texas. Richardson, Texas:Society of Petroleum Engineers. PNWD-SA-9217. doi:10.4043/22151-MS
  • White M.D., B.P. McGrail, H.T. Schaef, J.Z. Hu, D.W. Hoyt, A.R. Felmy, and K.M. Rosso, et al. 2011. "Multiphase Sequestration Geochemistry: Model for Mineral Carbonation." Energy Procedia 4. PNNL-SA-74658. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2011.02.472
  • White M.D., S.K. Wurstner, and B.P. McGrail. 2011. "Numerical studies of methane production from Class 1 gas hydrate accumulations enhanced with carbon dioxide injection." Marine and Petroleum Geology 28, no. 2:546-560. PNWD-SA-8567. doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2009.06.008

2009

  • Bacon D.H., M.D. White, N. Gupta, N. Gupta, J.R. Sminchak, and M.E. Kelley. 2009. "CO2 Sequestration Potential in the Rose Run Formation at the Mountaineer Power Plant, New Haven, West Virginia." In Carbon dioxide sequestration in geological media- State of the science: AAPG Studies in Geology 59. 553-570. Tulsa, Oklahoma:American Association of Petroleum Geologists. PNWD-SA-7605.

2008

  • White M.D., and B.P. McGrail. 2008. "Numerical Simulation of Methane Hydrate Production From Geologic Formations via Carbon Dioxide Injection." In Waves of Change: Proceedings of the Offshore Technology Conference, May 5-8, 2008, Houston, TX, Paper No. OCT 19458. Richardson, Texas:Offshore Technology Conference. PNWD-SA-8114.
  • White M.D., M. Oostrom, M.L. Rockhold, and M. Rosing. 2008. "Scalable Modeling of Carbon Tetrachloride Migration at the Hanford Site Using the STOMP Simulator." Vadose Zone Journal 7, no. 2:654-666. PNNL-SA-57102. doi:10.2136/vzj2007.0070

2007

  • Khaleel R., M.D. White, M. Oostrom, M.I. Wood, F.M. Mann, and J.G. Kristofzski. 2007. "Impact Assessment of Existing Vadose Zone Contamination at the Hanford Site SX Tank Farm." Vadose Zone Journal 6, no. 4:935-945. PNNL-SA-59784.
  • McGrail B.P., H.T. Schaef, M.D. White, T. Zhu, A.S. Kulkarni, R.B. Hunter, and S.L. Patil, et al. 2007. Using Carbon Dioxide to Enhance Recovery of Methane from Gas Hydrate Reservoirs: Final Summary Report. PNNL-17035. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Using Carbon Dioxide to Enhance Recovery of Methane from Gas Hydrate Reservoirs: Final Summary Report

2006

  • Bacon D.H., M.D. White, N. Gupta, N. Gupta, J.R. Sminchak, and M.E. Kelley. 2006. "Assessment of CO2 Injection Potential and Monitoring Well Location at the Mountaineer Power Plant Site." In 8th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies: GHGT-8, 19-22 June, 2006, Trondheim, Norway, 6 pages. Amsterdam:Elsevier Amsterdam. PNWD-SA-7380.
  • Ward A.L., M.E. Conrad, W.D. Daily, J.B. Fink, V.L. Freedman, G.W. Gee, and G.M. Hoversten, et al. 2006. Vadose Zone Transport Field Study: Summary Report. PNNL-15443. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Vadose Zone Transport Field Study: Summary Report
  • White M.D., and A.L. Ward. 2006. "Numerical simulation of surface barriers for shrub-steppe ecoregions." In 25th Annual American Geophysical Union Hydrology Days, March 7-9, 2005, edited by JA Ramirez, 224-236. Fort Collins, Colorado:Colorado State University. PNNL-SA-44205.
  • White M.D., and B.P. McGrail. 2006. "STOMP-HYD: A New Numerical Simulator for Analysis of Methane Hydrate Production from Geologic Formations." In Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Gas Hydrate Technology at the 43rd Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia (CCOP) Annual Session, October 29 - November 3, 2006, Daejeon, Republic of Korea, edited by A Reedman, YS Park, JJ Bahk and N Chaimanee, 77-86. Bangkok:The Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia (CCOP). PNWD-SA-7579.
  • White M.D., and M. Oostrom. 2006. STOMP Subsurface Transport Over Multiple Phases, Version 4.0, User's Guide. PNNL-15782. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. STOMP Subsurface Transport Over Multiple Phases, Version 4.0, User's Guide
  • White M.D., B.P. McGrail, H.T. Schaef, and D.H. Bacon. 2006. "Numerically Simulating Carbonate Mineralization of Basalt with Injection of Carbon Dioxide into Deep Saline Formations." In Proceedings of the XVI International Conference on Computational Methods in Water Resources (CMWR XVI), June 19-22 2006, Copenhagen, Denmark. Kgs. Lyngby:Technical University of Denmark. PNNL-SA-48948. doi:10.4122/1.1000000368

2005

2004

2003

  • Oostrom M., D.H. Meck, and M.D. White. 2003. STOMP. Subsurface Transport Over Multiple Phases. An Introductory Short Course. PNNL-14440. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. STOMP. Subsurface Transport Over Multiple Phases. An Introductory Short Course
  • Oostrom M., P.D. Thorne, M.D. White, M.J. Truex, and T.W. Wietsma. 2003. "Numerical Modeling to Assess DNAPL Movement and Removal at the Scenic Site Operable Unit Near Baton Rouge, Louisiana: A Case Study." Soil & Sediment Contamination 12, no. 6:901 - 926. PNNL-SA-38784.
  • White M.D., and B.P. McGrail. 2003. "Numerical Investigations of Multifluid Hydrodynamics During Injection of Supercritical CO2 into Porous Media." In 6th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT-6), 30th September-4th October, 2002, edited by J. Gale and Y. Kaya, I, 449-456. Oxford:Pergamon. PNNL-SA-36914.
  • White M.D., and M. Oostrom. 2003. STOMP Subsurface Transport Over Multiple Phases Version 3.0 User's Guide. PNNL-14286. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. STOMP Subsurface Transport Over Multiple Phases Version 3.0 User's Guide
  • Zhang Z.F., V.L. Freedman, and M.D. White. 2003. 2003 Initial Assessments of Closure for the C Tank Farm Field Investigation Report (FIR):Numerical Simulations. PNNL-14334. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. 2003 Initial Assessments of Closure for the C Tank Farm Field Investigation Report (FIR):Numerical Simulations

2002

2001

  • Ataie-Ashtiani B., S.m. Hassanizadeh, M. Oostrom, M.a. Celia, and M.D. White. 2001. "Effective parameters for two-phase flow in a porous medium with periodic heterogeneities." Journal of Contaminant Hydrology 49, no. 1-2:87-109. PNNL-SA-36267.
  • Ataie-Ashtiani B., S.m. Hassanizadeh, M. Oostrom, M.a. Celia, and M.D. White. 2001. "Numerical simulation and homogenization of two-phase flow in heterogeneous porous media." Journal of Contaminant Hydrology 49. PNNL-SA-31755.
  • Oostrom M., M.D. White, and M.L. Brusseau. 2001. "Theoretical Estimation of Free and Entrapped Nonwetting-Wetting Fluid Interfacial Areas in Porous Media." Advances in Water Resources 24, no. 8:887-898. PNNL-SA-36268.
  • White M.D., and M. Oostrom. 2001. "NAPL migration in response to hydraulic controls at the Brooklawn Site near Baton Rouge, Louisiana." In Proceedings of the 21st American Geophysical Union Hydrology Days, 241-254. Fort Collins, Colorado:Colorado State Univ. PNWD-SA-4673.

2000

  • Ataie-Ashtiani B., S.m. Hassanizadeh, M. Oostrom, and M.D. White. 2000. "Numerical simulation and homogenization of two-phase flow in heterogeneous porous media." In Groundwater Updates, Proceedings of the IAHR International Symposium on Groundwater, Tokyo, Japan, edited by K. Sato, Y. Iwasa, 333-338. New York, New York:Springer. PNNL-SA-31758.
  • Ataie-Ashtiani B., S.m. Hassanizadeh, M.a. Celia, M. Oostrom, and M.D. White. 2000. "Effective two-phase flow parameters for heterogeneous porous media." In Computational methods in water resources XIII : Proceedings of the XIII International Conference on Computational Methods in Water Resources, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 25-29, June 2000, edited by Laurence R. Bentley, 755-762. Rotterdam:A.A. Balkema. PNNL-SA-31757.
  • Bacon D.H., M.D. White, and B.P. McGrail. 2000. Subsurface Transport Over Reactive Multiphases (STORM): A General, Coupled, Nonisothermal Multiphase Flow, Reactive Transport, and Porous Medium Alteration Simulator, Version 2, User's Guide. PNNL-13108. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Subsurface Transport Over Reactive Multiphases (STORM): A General, Coupled, Nonisothermal Multiphase Flow, Reactive Transport, and Porous Medium Alteration Simulator, Version 2, User's Guide
  • White M.D., and B.P. McGrail. 2000. "Designing a Pilot-Scale Experiment for the Production of Natural Gas Hydrates and Sequestration of CO2 in Class 1 Hydrate Accumulations." In Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies 9, Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT-9), November 16-20 2008, Washington DC. Energy Procedia, 1, 3099-3106. Oxford:Elsevier. PNWD-SA-8374. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2009.02.090

1999

  • White M.D., M.D. Williams, and M. Oostrom. 1999. "Simulating air entrapment, mobilization, and dissolution for fluctuating water table conditions." In Proceedings of the American Geophysical Union Nineteenth Annual Hydrology Days, August 16-20, 1999, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado., edited by H.J. Morel-Seytoux, 467-482. Atherton, California:Hydrology Days Pub. PNNL-SA-31786.
  • Williams M.D., V.R. Vermeul, M. Oostrom, J.C. Evans, J.S. Fruchter, J.D. Istok, and M.D. Humphrey, et al. 1999. Anoxic Plume Attenuation in a Fluctuating Water Table System: Impact of 100-D Area In Situ Redox Manipulation on Downgradient Dissolved Oxygen Concentrations. PNNL-12192. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Anoxic Plume Attenuation in a Fluctuating Water Table System: Impact of 100-D Area In Situ Redox Manipulation on Downgradient Dissolved Oxygen Concentrations

1998

  • Schroth M.H., J.D. Istok, J.S. Selker, M. Oostrom, and M.D. White. 1998. "Multifluid flow in bedded porous media: laboratory experiments and numerical simulations." Advances in Water Resources 22, no. 2:169-183. PNNL-SA-31675.
  • White M.D., and M. Oostrom. 1998. "Modeling surfactant-enhanced nonaqueous-phase liquid remediation of porous media." Soil Science 163, no. 12:931-940. PNNL-SA-31671.

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