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Evolution of fracture networks in shear zones: Insights from see-through experiments on biphenyl aggregates

Streit, J; Cox, Stephen

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Evolution of fracture porosity in mid-crustal shear zones can be simulated in in-situ experiments. Evolution of fracture networks was monitored during simple shearing of 2-mm-wide zones in wet and dry aggregates of polycrystalline biphenyl (C6H5C6H5) in a Urai-Means see-through deformation apparatus. At low effective confining pressure in wet samples, mixed brittle-viscous deformation occurred at all strain rates (5.6 x 10-4-5.8 x 10-6 s-1) at 94-97% of the absolute melting temperature. At the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2002
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/71645
Source: Journal of Structural Geology
DOI: 10.1016/S0191-8141(01)00052-9

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