will host the symposium

Localization Phenomena and
Dynamics of Brittle and Granular Systems


at Columbia University, New York

Aug. 6-9, 1997

Speakers, Titles and Abstracts

Directions to Morningside Campus of Columbia University

Many solid-earth systems exhibit strong localization of deformation or transport properties that lead to the development of multi-scale dynamic systems. Examples include the development of brittle crack and fault networks, earthquakes, shear bands, and geomorphic features and patterns such as river drainage networks. The questions we seek to address in this symposium are, "How deep is such behavior, and how much do we need to know to understand natural systems?"

The symposium will be held on the New York City campus of Columbia University . The meeting schedule includes sessions on earthquakes, fault and fracture networks, localization in brittle/granular media, characterization and dynamics of granular media, and the evolution of geomorphic features and patterns. There will also be time and space alloted for posters contributed by all participants.

Registration Deadline: August 1, 1997

Meeting Registration: by e-mail. Include a preliminary title of a contributed poster, if desired.

Registration Fee: There will be a registration fee of $75, payable at the meeting by cash or check made out to the Trustees of Columbia University (Sorry, we cannot accept credit cards). The fee is waivable for those holding valid Columbia University ID's. This covers daily breakfast and refreshments (morning coffee, and afternoon wine and beer hour), the icebreaker on Aug 5, a picnic and abstract volume.

Columbia Housing Registration: mail or fax back the housing form .

On campus housing will be available at $45 per night.
We can provide room and board for a limited number of students who otherwise cannot cover these expenses from other sources -- inquire through e-mail.