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The inner workings of the earthquake cycle: New insight from integrating geophysical observations and microstructures

Dr Laura Gregory (SEE), Prof Sandra Piazolo (SEE), Dr Jessica Hawthorne (Oxford), Prof Ken McCaffrey (Durham)

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Slip behaviour at and around faults has been shown to be highly dynamic with variability in behaviour occurring both spatially and temporally.  This exciting project explores the underlying physical processes that lie at the core of dynamic slip behaviour by probing the rock record of fault slip. In this novel project, you will integrate knowledge obtained from high resolution laser scanning (LiDAR), quantitative microstructural work, and Quaternary fault studies to gain an in-depth understanding of the physical processes acting on a fault and/or fault zone. Results will be far reaching in fundamental science with direct implications for applied science in terms of earthquake hazard evaluation and prediction.

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Related undergraduate subjects:

  • Earth science
  • Geological science
  • Geology
  • Geophysical science
  • Geophysics
  • Geoscience
  • Natural sciences