In this special section, we include investigations of different aspects of fault damage zones, including seismic interpretation, field observations, laboratory experiments, theoretical models, numerical simulations, and case studies of exploration and production of reservoirs. Fault damage zones are complex bodies that develop along major faults and include a multitude of faults, fractures, breccia bodies, secondary mineralization, alteration zones, and gouge. The mechanical and hydrologic properties of damage zones play a central role not only in hydrocarbon basin analysis, e.g., migration and trapping of hydrocarbons, but also earthquake activity, ore deposits, and geothermal sites. We are still a long way from...

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