The Earth’s deformation behaviour is governed by the physical response of rocks to stress (rheology). This controls the way the continental crust responds to plate collision, earthquakes and aseismic slip in subduction zones, and mantle convection. Rheology can be investigated directly in laboratory experiments, by observation of large-scale Earth behaviour, by exploration of rock microstructures resulting from deformation and by numerical modelling. This volume is derived from the thirteenth meeting on Deformation Mechanisms, Rheology and Tectonics which was held in St Malo, France, in 2003. These meetings are biennial and indicate the sustained interest in the title topics; the first...

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