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Faults greased at high speed

The dynamics of the tectonic faults that produce earthquakes remain puzzling. An inference from laboratory experiments could help: at high rates of slip, friction at the interface may fall dramatically.

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Marone, C. Faults greased at high speed. Nature 427, 405–406 (2004). https://doi.org/10.1038/427405a

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