For the fall semester 2016 we'll focus our reading and discussions on the rheology of the lithosphere. We'll start with a few papers about models of the rheological structure of the lithosphere, then dive into some literature about the rock mechanics experiments that provide the material property values used in rheology models. Depending on how things evolve, we also plan to start reading papers about tectonic inheritance and how past deformation may condition future deformation. Most likely this will occur later in the fall.

Seminars will take place at 12-14 in room D501 of the Exactum. You may also want to see more information about the general format of the seminar.

 A tentative schedule of readings is below.

DateDiscussion leader(s)Topic and papersPaper rating
8.9.2016n/aOrganizational meeting. 
15.9.2016Lars

An introduction to the rheological models of the lithosphere

Supplemental reading

3.3
22.9.2016Jorina

The "jelly sandwich" versus "crème brûlée" lithosphere

Supplemental reading

3.8
29.9.2016Lorraine

Lithospheric structure and rheology in Italy

Supplemental reading

2.3
6.10.2016Benoît

Strength of the European lithosphere

Supplemental reading

  • None
2.4
13.10.2016Dave

Uncertainty in rheological flow laws

Supplemental reading

  • None
3.8

20.10.2016

Postponed to 3.11.2016

Eemu

Experimental constraints on mantle rheology

Supplemental reading

 

17.11.2016

Postponed to 24.11.2016

Lars

Experimental constraints on mantle rheology II

Supplemental reading

 
1.12.2016Jorina

Experimental constraints on mantle rheology III

Supplemental reading

 

General background

  • Burov, E.B., 2011. Rheology and strength of the lithosphere. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 28(8), pp.1402-1443
  • Kirby, S.H., 1983. Rheology of the lithosphere. Reviews of Geophysics, 21(6), pp.1458-1487

Rock mechanics/experimental stuff


Field/geophysical studies


Tectonic inheritance papers


Intraplate (or local) rheological strength


Seismicity arguments for various rheology models