Mark Zoback, Stanford University Dept. of Geophysics

Force-Limited Lithospheric Deformation: Constraints Imposed by Crustal Strength and Lithospheric Rheology

  • DINNER MEETING - Tuesday, January 8, 2002
  • Location: Stanford University

  • 5:30 PM-Wine Tasting: Mitchell Bldg., first floor
  • 6:15 PM-Dinner: . . . Mitchell Bldg., first floor
  • 7:30 PM-Meeting: . . . Skilling Auditorium

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    Anyone wishing to attend the lecture only is welcome at no cost.

    This will be the 342nd meeting since 1954.


    A wide range of tectonic problems can be viewed in the context of a relatively simple conceptual model governed by plate-driving forces and lithospheric strength. In this presentation, observational evidence for strong, critically-stressed, hydraulically-conductive intraplate crust will be briefly reviewed and several examples of force-limited lithospheric deformation will be briefly considered - the transmission of intraplate stress through an upper crustal stress guide, the physical limitations on the rates of intraplate deformation, the triggering of intraplate seismicity in the New Madrid seismic zone by Pleistocene deglaciation and regional stress directions and deformation fields in the vicinity of the San Andreas fault - a weak fault in an otherwise strong crust.

    About the Speaker

    Mark Zoback

    Mark D. Zoback has been a Professor of Geophysics at Stanford University since 1984. He received his Ph.D. in Geophysics from Stanford in 1975. Before joining the Stanford faculty, Mark spent 9 years at the USGS. His principal research interests are related to the state of stress in the earth's crust and the mechanics of crustal faulting.

    Mark's Faculty Web page

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