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The School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University has established a new center for the study of fluids in the Earth's crust. It is thought that important outstanding problems related to fluids in the crust and their roles in crustal processes may be solved only through the kind of interdisciplinary approach provided by such a center.

Key problems to be investigated at the center include the nature of wettability of porous rock; mapping subsurface fluids and permeability heterogeneities; pore pressure in the crust and deformation; formation of hydrothermal ore deposits; volcanism in subduction zones; coupled processes of the crust; and diagenesis and hydrocarbon migration.