Left: experimentally produced array of new "recrystallised" grains in single crystal of sodium chlorate.
Centre and right: natural examples in quartz.

The aim of this DFG project is to study shear zone development in an elastic-brittle rock analogue material (sodium chlorate) in situ under the microscope. Experiments are carried out at room temperature in the presence of water. Under these conditions sodium chlorate deforms by a combination of water-assisted stress corrosion cracking (cataclasis) and solution mass transfer.

[abstract] [abstract-2].

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19 June 2000