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Penn and Brown Researchers Demonstrate Earthquake Friction Effect at the Nanoscale


November 30, 2011

microscope probing the San Andreas fault Earthquakes are some of the most daunting natural disasters that scientists try to analyze. Though the Earth's major fault lines are well known, there is little scientists can do to predict when an earthquake will occur or how strong it will be. And, though earthquakes involve millions of tons of rock, a team of University of Pennsylvania and Brown University researchers has helped discover an aspect of friction on the nanoscale that may lead to a better understanding of the disasters. Full Story

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