Fracture mechanics applied to the earth's crust.

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The increasing sophistication of seismic studies of the transient motion near earthquake sources and the direct observation of medium scale faulting in mines suggest that these studies can be used with experimental and theoretical work to obtain a better understanding of failure processes in the earth's crust. Indeed, even an elementary understanding of the vast variety of earthquake-related phenomena, foreshocks, swarms, fault creep, aftershocks, etc. seems impossible without better knowledge of failure criterion.-from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)489-525
Number of pages37
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - Jan 1 1980

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science

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