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Study examines causes of earthquakes originating deep below Earth's surface

from EurekAlert!

The mechanisms which cause earthquake cycles to begin up to 40 kilometres below the Earth's surface in the interiors of continents are to be explored in a new research project led by the University of Plymouth. Such earthquakes account for around 30 per cent of intracontinental seismic activity, but very little is presently known about what causes them and the geological effects they leave behind. Now academics from the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences have been awarded £451,340 by the Natural Environment Research Council to develop greater understanding about the short and long term behaviour of the lower crust. more


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