Mechanical Properties of Rocks

Sheared quartzite thin section.

A thin section of sheared quartzite under crossed polarized light. (Image Courtesy of Brian Evans.)


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Fall 2005



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12.524 is a survey of the mechanical behavior of rocks in natural geologic situations. Topics will include a brief survey of field evidence of rock deformation, physics of plastic deformation in minerals, brittle fracture and sliding, and pressure-solution processes. We will compare results of field petrologic and structural studies to data from experimental structural geology.

J. Evans. 12.524 Mechanical Properties of Rocks, Fall 2005. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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