When: August 19 - Dec 3, 2019; Tues., Thurs., 12:00 - 1:15 pm
Where: ES&T L1116
Office Hours: After class, from 1:15 - 3:00 pm, or by appointment.
This course consists of a series of in-depth lectures, discussion and presentations of the current status of geophysical
and mechanical understanding of processes that control earthquakes. We will explore the structural, thermal,
and compositional make-up of faults and how geophysical and geological observation, laboratory experiments, and
theoretical models have shaped our ideas about these perplexing processes. While earthquakes remain a significant
societal issue that can destabilize populations, and cause massive long-term, and sometimes unforeseen economic and
environmental effects (e.g. the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster following the 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami), there
remains numerous fundamental scientific questions about how, when, and where earthquakes happen.
- Scholz, C.H., The Mechanics of Earthquakes and Faulting, 3rd Ed., Cambridge Univ. Press, 493 pp., 2019.
Additional material will be either handed out in class or made available on the course website.
Geophysics Home | Updated:
Wed Aug 14 14:47:18 EDT 2019