Physico-chemical processes in seismic faults

Giovedì, 18 Novembre, 2010 - 08:00 - Sabato, 20 Novembre, 2010 - 18:00

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Understanding the physico-chemical processes controlling faulting and earthquake generation is essential in seismic hazard assessment. Since destructive earthquakes nucleate at depth (7-15 km), direct access to seismic sources is impossible and monitoring active faults from the Earth surface, or interpreting radiated seismic waves, yield limited information on earthquake physics. A complementary approach to the study of earthquakes might come from field, experimental and theoretical investigations of faults and fault-related rocks.

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