Avviso seminario Prof. Luca Menegon - Brittle-viscous deformation cycles in the continental crust


Società Geologica Italiana

Carissimi Soci SGI,
Carissimi Soci Società Associate,

su indicazione del Prof. Rodolfo Carosi (Università di Torino e Presidente SGI), vi segnaliamo che mercoledi 27 marzo, dalle ore 16 alle 18, presso l'Aula Pognante del Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra dell'Università di Torino (Via V. Caluso 35, Torino), il Prof. Luca Menegon (University of Oslo, Norway) terrà un seminario dal titolo "Brittle-viscous deformation cycles in the continental crust".

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Cordiali saluti,

La Segreteria

Seismic and geodetic observational networks at active faults and plate boundaries illuminate an increasingly complete spectrum of fault slip behaviors that include aseismic continuous creep and episodic earthquake slip, but intermediate between these end-members are transient episodic slow slip events and tectonic tremor. This complex range of fault slip behaviors is rooted in the mixed frictional-viscous rheology of many heterogeneous faults and shear zones, where episodic frictional slip in strong volumes of rocks is coupled with viscous creep within weaker, ductile shear zones.
This seminar will explore the coupling between frictional and viscous deformation in two faults representative of (1) the fluid-assisted faulting at the base of the seismogenic crust, and (2) the fluid-absent faulting in the lower continental crust. The target structures are synkinematic vein systems in case (1) and the association of pseudotachylytes (frictional melt produced during coseismic slip) and mylonites (formed during aseismic viscous creep in ductile shear zones) for case (2) (shown in figure). I will present field and microstructural observations from two outstanding natural laboratories in northern Norway and reconcile the results with the geophysical observations of current seismicity along major faults and plate boundaries.

Luca Menegon is Full Professor of Geology at the Njord Centre, Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo. His research investigates the brittle deformation and the viscous flow of solid rocks in the Earth's lithosphere. He combines field observations with high-resolution microstructural analysis with electron- and X-ray imaging techniques.


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