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Earthquake Modeling at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Geoscientist Michele Cooke and colleagues at UMass Amherst take an uncommon, “Earth is lazy” approach to modeling fault development in the Earth's crust that is providing new insights into how faults grow. In particular, they study irregularities along strike-slip faults, the active zones where plates slip past each other such as at the San Andreas Fault of southern California. See how they make their models in this video. Read the Science Daily article about how Cooke and her colleagues offer the first systematic exploration of fault evolution around fault bends based on modeling in a clay box.