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Transient and Rapid Glacial Motions, including Glacial Earthquakes
Entry ID: rice_0739444

Abstract: (1) This award originally supported a project to study the mode of formation and causes of glacial earthquakes -- which we argued [Tsai et al., J. Geophys. Res., 2008] to be affiliated with iceberg calving, a now generally accepted conclusion.

(2) We then turned to catastrophic drainage of supraglacial lakes (based on observations of Das et al. [Science, 2008] on the Greenland ice sheet), which ... View entire text

Purpose: The intellectual merit of the work is that large-amplitude, short-timescale variability of glaciers is an important mode of glacier dynamics that has not yet been understood from a first-principles physics perspective. The proposed research addresses this gap in understanding, tying together knowledge from numerous disciplines including glaciology, seismology and fault rupture dynamics, laboratory rock physics, granular flow, fracture mechanics, and hydrogeology.
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Description: School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Harvard University
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Phone: 617-495-3445
Email: rice at
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Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Harvard University, 224 Pierce Hall
29 Oxford Street
City: Cambridge
Province or State: MA
Postal Code: 02138
Country: USA
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Victor C. Tsai, James R. Rice, and Mark Fahnestock. "Possible mechanisms for glacial earthquakes," JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-EARTH SURFACE, v.113, 2008. View record at Web of Science

Paul Segall, Allan M. Rubin, Adam M. Bradley and James R. Rice. "Dilatant strengthening as a mechanism for slow slip events"," Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth, v.115, 2010, p. B12305.

Robert C. ... View entire text
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DIF Creation Date: 2013-01-16
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-24