The Mechanics of Earthquakes and Faulting / Edition 2

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This revised and thoroughly updated edition maintains and develops the two major themes of the first edition. First is the connection between fault and earthquake mechanics, including fault scaling laws, the nature of fault populations, and how these result from the processes of fault growth and interaction. Second is the central role of the rate-state friction laws in earthquake mechanics, which provide a unifying framework within which a wide range of faulting phenomena can be interpreted.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This thick paperback is fun to read. It brings the reader a thorough and up-to-date overview of the field of faulting and earthquake mechanisms, with ample examples of the theory it explains." The Leading Edge

"Scholz has done the rock mechanics community a real service with this fine volume." Geophysics

"This text is well-illustrated and contains an exhaustive list of references." MCEER Info Service News

"Scholz provides an excellent, succinct discussion of seismic moment. It has extensive well-written descriptions of examples."
Jeffrey R. Keaton

From The Critics
The two major themes of this text are the connection between fault and earthquake mechanics, and the central role of the rate-state friction laws in earthquake mechanics. Chapters cover mechanics of faulting, mechanics of earthquakes, the seismic cycle, seismotectonics, and earthquake prediction and hazard analysis. The book is useful for graduate students and research scientists in the fields of seismology, physics, geology, geodesy, and rock mechanics. This second edition contains two new chapters which explain brittle fracture and rock friction from first principles. Scholz teaches earth science and applied mathematics at Columbia University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521655408
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Brittle fracture of rock; 2. Rock friction; 3. Mechanics of faulting; 4. Mechanics of earthquakes; 5. The seismic cycle; 6. Seismotectonics; 7. Earthquake prediction and hazard analysis; References; Index.
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