Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
Solid Earth, 12, 405–420, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-12-405-2021
Solid Earth, 12, 405–420, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-12-405-2021

Short communication 18 Feb 2021

Short communication | 18 Feb 2021

Experimental evidence that viscous shear zones generate periodic pore sheets

James Gilgannon et al.

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AR by James Gilgannon on behalf of the Authors (06 Nov 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (06 Nov 2020) by Federico Rossetti
RR by Alberto Ceccato (04 Dec 2020)
RR by Lars Hansen (18 Dec 2020)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (22 Dec 2020) by Federico Rossetti
AR by James Gilgannon on behalf of the Authors (08 Jan 2021)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (12 Jan 2021) by Federico Rossetti
ED: Publish as is (12 Jan 2021) by Federico Rossetti(Executive Editor)
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Using experiments that simulate deep tectonic interfaces, known as viscous shear zones, we found that these zones spontaneously develop periodic sheets of small pores. The presence of porous layers in deep rocks undergoing tectonic deformation is significant because it requires a change to the current model of how the Earth deforms. Emergent porous layers in viscous rocks will focus mineralising fluids and could lead to the seismic failure of rocks that are never supposed to have this occur.