Christopher H. Scholz

Professor
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Seismology Geology and Tectonophysics
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228 Seismology
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
NY
10964-8000
US
Phone: 
(845) 365-8360
Fax: 
(845) 365-8150
Fields of interest: 
Tectonophysics

TThe upper 10-40 km of Earth is cold and brittle. Most deformation in that region is therefore brittle, which in the long timescale occurs by the slip and growth of faults and on the short timescale occurs by earthquakes. Brittle tectonics thus is a single dynamical system that involves both the mechanics of faulting and of earthquakes. My research involves the study of this system in its entirety, employing laboratory experimentation on rock fracture and friction, observational and field study of earthquakes and faults, and theory. The work is physics based and is not regional. Earthquakes and faults selected for special study are global in extent and are selected based on criteria relevant to their likelihood of revealing new aspects of their mechanics. Recent fault studies have been in Ethiopia, Malawi, Iceland, California and New York.

  • Head, Center for Nonlinear Earth Systems
Education
List of degrees from highest to lowest:
Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1967
Bachelor of Science
Nevada
1964
Lamont Projects: 
Selected Publications: 
Transition regimes for growing crack populations, Spyropoulos, C.; Scholz, C. H.; Shaw, B. E. , Physical Review E, May, Volume 65, Issue 5, p.-, (2002), Doi 10.1103/Physreve.65.056105