Research may explain earthquakes in subduction zones

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01/10/2018 12:01 PM EST

Cracks in lawsonite from high temperature and pressure

The mineral lawsonite undergoes brittle failure at high temperature and pressure, as evidenced by the cracks seen in the sample above. That brittleness could trigger earthquakes in subduction zones where lawsonite is present. More about this image A study by Brown University shows …

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