Understanding rock deformation processes and fluid flow in earthquakes
The strength of the lithosphere determines the formation of tectonic plates and the generation and propagation of devastating earthquakes. Rock deformation may transition from brittle fracture to plastic flow, and this process controls the tectonic plate interface strength, the coupling between mantle flow and surface tectonics, and complex fault slip patterns such as tremors and slow slip. However, this transitional behaviour is poorly understood. The EU-funded RockDEaF project will focus on quantifying the unexplored effects of time and fluids to understand the prevailing conditions and the dynamics of fault slip at the rock deformation transition process as well as its geophysical signature.
Fields of science
Funding SchemeERC-STG - Starting Grant
WC1E 6BT London
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