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Rock Deformation
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

The Rock Deformation conference series highlights the latest research and future trends in brittle and ductile rock mechanics, with experimental, field and theoretical contributions. The conference assesses our understanding of the nature and controls on rock strength, fracture (earthquake) and flow (rates and mechanisms) during natural tectonic loading. In particular, we consider the agreements and differences between estimates of rock strength and failure mode obtained from field structural observations, geophysical data, and laboratory measurements. The goal of this conference is to promote a multi-disciplinary and multi-scale assessment of the coupling between chemical and mechanical forces in minerals, rocks and the fluids they contain, as well as the structures that result from and control their interactions.

What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Related Conference

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Rock Deformation" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series. Although a related GRS will typically be scheduled in conjunction with its parent GRC each time it meets, that may not always be the case. Refer to the individual meetings in the Meeting History section below for more details. For more information about the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series, click here.

What is a GRS? Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are 2-day meetings that bring graduate students and post-docs together to discuss their cutting edge research among peers and mentors. Each GRS immediately precedes an associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and topics addressed at the GRS relate closely to the GRC.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2018 Rock Deformation Aug 19-24 Proctor Academy Julia Morgan
2016 Rock Deformation
From Slow to Fast Rock Deformation and Back
Aug 21-26 Proctor Academy Francois Renard
2014 Rock Deformation
Evolving Rock Structure: From Grain-Scale to Planet-Scale
Aug 17-22 Proctor Academy Wenlu Zhu
2012 Rock Deformation
Feedback Processes in Rock Deformation
Aug 19-24 Proctor Academy Peter Kelemen
2010 Rock Deformation
Transient and Transitional Behaviour in Rock Deformation: Moving Away from Steady-State
Aug 8-13 Tilton School David J. Prior
2008 Rock Deformation
Real-Time Rheology
Aug 3-8 Tilton School Greg Hirth
2006 Rock Deformation Sep 3-8 Big Sky Resort Mark W. Jessell
2004 Rock Deformation Aug 8-13 Mount Holyoke College Andreas Kronenberg
2002 Rock Deformation May 19-24 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Ernest H. Rutter
1999 Rock Deformation Aug 8-13 Colby-Sawyer College Brian Evans
1997 Rock Deformation Aug 10-15 Colby-Sawyer College Harry W. Green
1995 Rock Deformation Aug 13-18 Tilton School Terry Tullis
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