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Yu Nakamura, Jun Muto, Hiroyuki Nagahama, Ichiko Shimizu, Takashi Miura and Ichiro Arakawa Amorphization of quartz by friction: Implication to silica-gel lubrication of fault surfaces Geophysical Research Letters 39

Version of Record online: 6 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1029/2012GL053228

Key Points

  • Frictional strength of quartz was reduced by amorphization and hydration
  • Velocity-weakening occurred at aseismic slip rates under low normal stresses
  • Detailed amorphization process was clarified by Raman spectroscopic imaging

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