We describe two models of flow in porous media including nonlocal (long-range) diffusion effects. The first model is based on Darcy’s law and the pressure is related to the density by an inverse fractional Laplacian operator. We prove existence of solutions that propagate with finite speed. The model has the very interesting property that mass preserving self-similar solutions can be found by solving an elliptic obstacle problem with fractional Laplacian for the pair pressure-density. We use entropy methods to show that these special solutions describe the asymptotic behavior of a wide class of solutions.
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