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Mystery Behind Weak Earthquake Faults Solved

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Photo of Cristiano Collettini looking at the Zuccale Fault on the Isle of Elba, Italy.

Geoscientists Chris Marone and Cristiano Collettini traveled to the Isle of Elba to sample a tectonic fault that breaks most of the rules of fault mechanics. Their work reveals why these faults slip. Here, Cristiano Collettini looks at the Zuccale Fault, Isle of Elba, Italy.

Credit: Chris Marone


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Photo of Tino Marone and Claudio Collettini helping to collect samples.

Tino Marone and Claudio Collettini help to collect samples!

Credit: Chris Marone


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Photo of Cristiano and Claudio Collettini at the Zuccale Fault, Isle of Elba, Italy.

Cristiano and Claudio Collettini at the Zuccale Fault, Isle of Elba, Italy.

Credit: Chris Marone


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