Mechanics, Structure and Evolution of Fault Zones

  • Yehuda Ben-Zion
  • Charles Sammis
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The brittle portion of the Earth’s lithosphere contains a distribution of joints, faults and cataclastic zones that exist on a wide range of scale-lengths and usually have complex geometries including bends, jogs, and intersections. The material around these complexities is subjected to large stress concentrations, which lead during continuing deformation to the generation of new fracture and granular damage with an associated evolution of the elasticity, permeability and geometry of the actively deforming regions. The evolving material and geometrical properties within and around the fault zone can lead, in turn, to evolution of various aspects of earthquake and fault mechanics.


Fault Zone Damage Zone Dynamic Rupture Chelungpu Fault Nojima Fault 
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© Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yehuda Ben-Zion
  • Charles Sammis
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  1. 1.Department of Earth SciencesUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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