Constraints on the strength of the upper crust from stress inversion of fault slip data Academic Article uri icon


  • Abstract The coefficient of friction of small faults in the field are estimated here by stress inversion of fault slip data. The small faults that were measured in Israel and the Grand Canyon, Arizona, are considered as representing natural friction experiments. The stresses associated with the faulting are determined by a stress inversion method which incorporates the Coulomb failure criterion [Reches, 1987]. The coefficients of friction determined for 27 fault clusters in limestone, sandstone, and basalt range from 0.0 to 1.3 with mean value of …

publication date

  • August 10, 1992