Tenthorey, Eric; Cox, Stephen
There is widespread evidence indicating that faults regain a portion of their strength during the interseismic period. Here, we present experiments designed to understand and quantify the interseismic cohesive strengthening resulting from fluid-rock reactions in fault zones. The triaxial experiments consisted of fracturing cores of Fontainebleau sandstone under dry conditions, forming a localized shear failure zone (stage 1). The specimens were then reacted hydrothermally under isostatic...[Show more]
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