Non-universal scaling of fracture length and opening displacement

Abstract

THE deformation of the Earth's brittle crust is dominated by the formation and growth of faults in response to tectonic loading. The scaling properties of such systems provide clues to the underlying mechanisms of fault propagation. For example, if fault growth were a self-similar process, described by a scaling law that applies in all locations1, this… (More)
DOI: 10.1038/367160a0

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