12.525 Mechanisms of Faulting and Earthquakes


Class Info

Explores the fundamental mechanics of faulting and earthquakes from four related perspectives: seismology, geodesy, geodynamics, and rheology. Topics to be covered include (1) the physical processes that control the rheology of faults, including friction and fracture, (2) how these rheological processes are manifest in faulting and earthquakes in the earth from a geodynamics perspective, and (3) how the mechanics of faulting and earthquakes are constrained by seismological and geodetic observations. Both continental and oceanic examples of faulting and earthquakes will be featured.

This class has no prerequisites.

12.525 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by G. Prieto and J. McGuire.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This is a graduate-level class.

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