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Citation: Evidence supporting New Geophysics.

2018, 2(3): 173-188. doi: 10.26464/epp2018018


Evidence supporting New Geophysics


British Geological Survey, The Lyell Centre, Edinburgh EH14 4AP, Scotland UK


School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh EH9 3FW, Scotland UK


Institute of Earthquake Forecasting, China Earthquake Administration, 100036 Beijing, China

Corresponding author: Yuan Gao,

Received Date: 2018-03-12
Web Publishing Date: 2018-05-12

In the last decade a New Geophysics has been proposed, whereby the crust and uppermost ~400 km of the mantle of the Earth are so pervaded by closely-spaced stress-aligned microcracks (intergranular films of hydrated melt in the mantle) that in situ rocks verge on failure by fracturing, and hence are critical-systems that impose a range of fundamentally-new properties on conventional sub-critical geophysics. Enough of these new properties have been observed to confirm that New Geophysics is a new understanding of fluid/rock deformation with important implications and applications. Evidence supporting New Geophysics has been published in a wide variety of publications. Here, for clarification, we summarise in one document the evidence supporting New Geophysics.

Key words: earthquakes, eruptions, microcracks, New Geophysics, shear-wave splitting, stress-forecasting

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