Byerlee's law

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Byerlee's law, also known as Byerlee's friction law is an experimental rheology law[1] that states that the shear stress required to slide rock surfaces over one another decreases with normal stress, and becomes nearly independent of rock type.[2]

It describes an important property of crustal rock, and can be used to determine when fracturing along a geological fault takes places.

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  1. ^ E. B. Burov (2010). "Plate Rheology and Mechanics". In Watts, Anthony B. Crust and Lithosphere Dynamics: Treatise on Geophysics. Elsevier. p. 100. ISBN 9780444535726. 
  2. ^ Byerlee, James D. (July 1978). "Friction of Rocks". Pure and Applied Geophysics 116 (4-5): 615–626. doi:10.1007/BF00876528. ISSN 0033-4553.