World Stress Map of the Earth: a key to tectonic processes and technological applications

Abstract

Modern civilisation explores and penetrates the interior of the Earth's crust, recovers from it and stores into it solids, fluids and gases to a hitherto unprecedented degree. Management of underground structures such as boreholes or reservoirs take into account the existing stress either to take advantage of it or at least to minimise the effects of man-made stress. This paper presents the World Map of Tectonic Stresses (in short: World Stress Map or WSM) as a fundamental geophysical data-base. The impact of the WSM is pointed out: in the context of global tectonics, in seismic hazard quantification and in a wide range of technological problems in industrial applications such as oil reservoir management and stability of underground openings (tunnels, boreholes and waste disposal sites).

DOI: 10.1007/s001140100253

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@article{Fuchs2001WorldSM, title={World Stress Map of the Earth: a key to tectonic processes and technological applications}, author={Karl Fuchs and Birgit Mueller}, journal={Naturwissenschaften}, year={2001}, volume={88}, pages={357-371} }