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Geosciences (GEOSC)

GEOSC 508 Mechanics of Earthquakes and Faulting (3) An in-depth treatment of fundamental concepts in brittle faulting and earthquake mechanics with emphasis on physical processes.

GEOSC 508

GEOSC 508 Mechanics of Earthquakes and Faulting (3)

This is a core course in the geophysics sub discipline. The course will cover material that is fundamental to all students who will carry out thesis research in seismology, tectonics, and other areas of solid Earth geosciences. The course will cover brittle fracture, macroscopic failure criteria, effective stress laws, rheology, and friction constitutive laws. Continuum mechanics and elasticity will be introduced and developed in the context of crustal faulting. The state of stress in Earth's crust will be discussed. Detailed development of the theory and observations of fault nucleation and growth. Discussion of fault rocks and structures, the strength and rheology of faults, and seismotectioncs. Processes of earthquake rupture and instability conditions will be developed in the context of an energy balance for faulting. The course is designed to provide an introduction to the quantification of earthquakes, including earthquake source parameters and scaling laws. The seismic cycle will be explored in terms of its relation to faulting, earthquake prediction, and earthquake physics.


General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2005
Prerequisite: GEOSC 465, GEOSC 489, MATH 251

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

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