Grant: $148,787 - National Science Foundation - Jul. 19, 2009
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Award Description: The title of the project is 'Investigating the mechanics of conjugate strike-slip faults and its implications for continental deformation'. The work consists of three components: (1) field investigations mapping the geometry and kinematics of active conjugate faults in central Tibet, (2) paleomagnetic analysis of rocks collected from central Tibet to determine whether the faults have rotated about vertical axes, and (3) analog modeling dealing with cause and processes of conjugate fault formation and evolution. The proposed work tests several first order hypotheses with regard to the mechanism of fault formation, nature of continental deformation, and relationship between upper crustal deformation and lower crustal flow in the Himalayan-Tibetan orogen. The final results will provide new guides to decipher how faults were initiated under diverse tectonic settings both on Earth and other terrestrial planets.
Project Description: At this point, the main activity has focused on building the analog modeling experimental apparatus at the UCLA's engineering workshop. This work is about 80% completed and finally tuning is in progress. The apparatus allows the implementation of versatile boundary conditions, which in turn allow us to explore the mechanical causes of the V-shaped conjugate faults in continental collision zone. Due to the late start of the funding and complications of obtaining working permits in Tibet this year, the proposed field mapping and sample collection will be conducted next year.
Jobs Summary: UCLA is a world-class educational institution in the midst of an unprecedented financial crisis that threatens our mission to provide education, research and public service benefiting millions of people. ARRA funding to the University has enabled the creation and retention of jobs to support vital scientific research and training activities that would otherwise be severely constrained or eliminated through budget cuts. The type(s) of jobs created and retained by this ARRA-fund award includes: Scientific/Technical Professionals and Staff positions, such as Researchers, Post-Docs, Graduate Student Researchers, Project Managers and Statisticians. (Total jobs reported: 1)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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