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Rheology and tectonic significance of serpentinite

Greg Hirth and Stephane Guillot
Rheology and tectonic significance of serpentinite (in Serpentinites, Stephane Guillot (editor) and Keiko Hattori (editor))
Elements (April 2013) 9 (2): 107-113


Serpentinites occur in many active geologic settings and control the rheology of the lithosphere where aqueous fluids interact with ultramafic rocks. The crystal structure of serpentine-group minerals results in diagnostic physical properties that are important for interpreting a wide range of geophysical data and impart unique rheological behaviors. Serpentinites play an important role during continental rifting and oceanic spreading, in strain localization along lithospheric strike-slip faults, and in subduction zone processes. The rheology of serpentine is key for understanding the nucleation and propagation of earthquakes, and the relative weakness of serpentinite can significantly affect geodynamic processes at tectonic plate boundaries.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 9
Serial Issue: 2
Title: Rheology and tectonic significance of serpentinite
Title: Serpentinites
Author(s): Hirth, GregGuillot, Stephane
Author(s): Guillot, Stephaneeditor
Author(s): Hattori, Keikoeditor
Affiliation: Brown University, Department of Geological Sciences, Providence, RI, United States
Affiliation: Universite de Grenoble, Institut des Sciences de la Terre, Grenoble, France
Pages: 107-113
Published: 201304
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 31
Accession Number: 2013-044444
Categories: Igneous and metamorphic petrologyStructural geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. geol. sketch map
N34°00'00" - N38°00'00", W123°00'00" - W120°00'00"
Secondary Affiliation: University of Ottawa, CAN, CanadaUniversite de Grenoble, FRA, France
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201328
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