Lets collaborate! AGU MR007 CZ & rock physics & hazards & rocky lands etc...

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 20:00

MR007 From Crack Tips to Mountain Tops: Interactions Between Environment, Fracture Growth, and Surface Processes in Bedrock Landscapes.

Interested in helping to create a transdisciplinary community? Our aim is to bring the Rock Physics, Geomorphology, Natural Hazards, Cryosphere, Critical Zone, Tectonics and Rocky Planet communities together in one setting to share and brainstorm ideas, approaches and future collaborative opportunities. 

With the mostly virtual AGU2020 we have a fantastic opportunity to meet and learn from diverse researchers from around the world, many whom traditionally would not be at a face to face meeting. We invite you to join us in making the most of this opportunity.We welcome a bit of arm waving from any of the various communities about how their work could help or be helped by the other. Such is the necessity of incipient multidisciplinary collaborations. And while the session is focused on understanding bedrock landscapes, insight into bedrock processes in lightly-mantled settings are welcome.

Invited Speaker: Dr. Seulgi Moon, UCLA

Please consider submitting an abstract to our session  and reach out if you have any questions.


Jill A. Marshall (University of Arkansas)

Thomas A. Dewers (Sandia National Laboratories) 

Missy C. Eppes (University of North Carolina-Charlotte)

Phillip G. Meredith (University College-London)

Session Description

Bedrock landscapes span diverse climatic and tectonic settings, but they are understudied relative to their soil-mantled brethren.  Bedrock landscape processes are predicated on rock material properties, fracture networks on all scales, and climatic conditions. All such factors influence weathering and the subsequent development of potentially predictable, diagnostic landscape forms. Yet fracture mechanics concepts such as subcritical cracking and the role of environment in time-dependent crack propagation are not fully integrated into surface process paradigms, despite the fact that much existing rock physics research is relevant to fracturing at Earth's surface. This session provides a venue for workers from diverse disciplines including Rock Physics, Surface Processes, Hazards and Critical Zone Science to explore and share emerging ideas at the interface between these communities. We seek presentations of field observations, experimental data, and numerical and physical modeling that may provide insights from the crack-tip to landscape scale regarding how bedrock landscapes evolve.

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