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Inverse magnetic susceptibility fabrics in pelagic sediment; Implications for magnetofossil abundance and alignment

Usui, Yoichi*; Yamazaki, Toshitsugu*; Oka, Toshitaka; Kumagai Yuho*

Journal of Geophysical Research; Solid Earth, 124(11), p.10672 - 10686, 2019/11

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:70.24(Geochemistry & Geophysics)

We report the discovery of inverse AMS fabrics from pelagic clay recovered by a $$sim$$12 m long piston core from the western North Pacific. Rock magnetic data and ferromagnetic resonance spectroscopy indicated that magnetofossils account for most of the mean susceptibility regardless of normal or inverse AMS, suggesting that the inverse AMS fabrics due to magnetofossils may be widespread in pelagic clay.

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Uplift and denudation history of the Akaishi Range, a thrust block formed by arc-arc collision in central Japan; Insights from low-temperature thermochronometry and thermokinematic modeling

Sueoka, Shigeru; Ikeda, Yasutaka*; Kano, Kenichi*; Tsutsumi, Hiroyuki*; Tagami, Takahiro*; Kohn, B. P.*; Hasebe, Noriko*; Tamura, Akihiro*; Arai, Shoji*; Shibata, Kenji*

Journal of Geophysical Research; Solid Earth, 122(8), p.6787 - 6810, 2017/08

no abstracts in English

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Fission track dating of faulting events accommodating plastic deformation of biotites

Sueoka, Shigeru; Shimada, Koji; Ishimaru, Tsuneari; Niwa, Masakazu; Yasue, Kenichi; Umeda, Koji*; Danhara, Toru*; Iwano, Hideki*

Journal of Geophysical Research; Solid Earth, 122(3), p.1848 - 1859, 2017/03

no abstracts in English

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Far-field stress dependency of the failure mode of damage-zone fractures in fault zones; Results from laboratory tests and field observations of siliceous mudstone

Ishii, Eiichi

Journal of Geophysical Research; Solid Earth, 121(1), p.70 - 91, 2016/01

 Times Cited Count:14 Percentile:28.26(Geochemistry & Geophysics)

Macroscopic failure modes (extensional failure or shear failure) in fault damage zones influence hydrogeological properties of fault zones. Based on the Griffith-Coulomb criterion and a simple assumption that the failures are predominantly induced by increasing of differential stresses and/or decreasing of effective normal stresses due to stress concentration along faults, it is implied that extension fractures can exclusively propagate from the faults when the effective mean stress is less than twice the rock tensile strength, whereas shear fractures also can develop when the effective mean stress is more than twice the rock tensile strength, which suppresses the formation of extension fractures. In this study, mechanical tests (the undrained triaxial tests and the unconfined compressive strength tests) using siliceous mudstone specimens given artificial fault(s) were performed under multiple effective confining pressures. Comparison between the damage zone fractures formed at the fault tips by the tests and the loaded effective mean stresses provided results consistent with the above simple model. The similar results are also suggested from the occurrence of natural damage zone fractures observed in the same siliceous mudstone by core logging. Laboratory-measured tensile strengths could be used as the lower threshold strengths considering the strain rate and scale effects and it is implied that hard-linked highly permeable fault zones involving many extension fractures are limited to rock domains which have experienced the effective mean stress less than twice the tensile strength.

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Triggering of earthquake swarms following the 2011 Tohoku megathrust earthquake

Umeda, Koji; Asamori, Koichi; Makuuchi, Ayumu; Kobori, Kazuo; Hama, Yuki*

Journal of Geophysical Research; Solid Earth, 120(4), p.2279 - 2291, 2015/04

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:87.34(Geochemistry & Geophysics)

Following the Mw 9.0 Tohoku-Oki earthquake, an unusual, shallow normal-faulting swarm sequence occurred near the Pacific coast in the southeast Tohoku district. The observed $$^{3}$$He/$$^{4}$$He ratios are significantly lower than the atmospheric value, indicating mantle helium contributed less than 10%. The plausible source of fluids can be attributed to waters released owing to sediment porosity collapse, and smectite-illite and opal-quartz reactions in the subducting sediments, rather than dehydration reactions of the subducting altered basalts and/or hydrated mantle. The aqueous fluids driven off the subducting slab migrate into the fore-arc crust, because of the pressure gradient between lithostatic pore pressure along the plate interface and hydrostatic pore pressure in the overriding crust. The swarm earthquake sequence would have been triggered by stress change associated with the Tohoku-Oki earthquake, enhanced by fluid flow along inherited weakened zones in the crust.

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Predictions of the highest potential transmissivity of fractures in fault zones from rock rheology; Preliminary results

Ishii, Eiichi

Journal of Geophysical Research; Solid Earth, 120(4), p.2220 - 2241, 2015/04

 Times Cited Count:14 Percentile:75.34(Geochemistry & Geophysics)

The author shows a clear correlation with negative power law between transmissivities along fluid-conductive fault zones detected by fluid loggings in boreholes and the effective mean stress normalized a tensile strength of the rock, using data sets from six sites in different conditions. The obtained empirical relation allows to spatially and temporally predicting transmissivities along possible fluid-conductive fault zones in the upper crust using the normalized stress, providing a very useful benchmark for many geoscientific and geotechnical problems relevant to fault zone permeability.

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Relationship between $$^{3}$$He/$$^{4}$$He ratios and subduction of the Philippine Sea plate beneath southwest Japan

Umeda, Koji; Kusano, Tomohiro; Asamori, Koichi; McCrank, G. F.*

Journal of Geophysical Research; Solid Earth, 117(B10), p.B10204_1 - B10204_13, 2012/10

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:84.8(Geochemistry & Geophysics)

In order to elucidate the geographic distribution of $$^{3}$$He/$$^{4}$$He ratios in Southwest Japan, the data from a total of 924 sites were compiled and synthesized. There appears to be good correlation between variations in mantle helium and the geophysical evidence indicating the configuration of the subducting Philippine Sea plate. The helium isotopes observed on the Earth's surface may be efficient geochemical indicators of the configuration of a relatively younger, warm aseismic slab, especially useful in seismically inactive areas.

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The Relationships among brittleness, deformation behavior, and transport properties in mudstones; An Example from the Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory, Japan

Ishii, Eiichi; Sanada, Hiroyuki; Funaki, Hironori; Sugita, Yutaka; Kurikami, Hiroshi

Journal of Geophysical Research; Solid Earth, 116(B09), p.B09206_1 - B09206_15, 2011/10

 Times Cited Count:23 Percentile:35.78(Geochemistry & Geophysics)

This paper addresses relationship among brittleness, deformation behavior, and transport properties of mudstones at the Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory site, Japan. The mudstones include indurated/cemented rocks by silica diagenesis. The geological, mechanical and hydrogeological data were systematically interpreted using a brittleness index (BRI) concept which is defined using unconfined compressive strength and the unconfined compressive strength of a normally consolidated rock in non-overpressured domains.

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Modeling long-term volcanic hazards through Bayesian inference; An example from the Tohoku volcanic arc, Japan

Martin, A. J.*; ; Conner, C. B.*; Weller, J. N.*; Zhao, D.*; Takahashi, Masaki*

Journal of Geophysical Research; Solid Earth, 109(B10), p.B10208_1 - B10208_20, 2004/10

 Times Cited Count:53 Percentile:26.65(Geochemistry & Geophysics)

We achieve this using Bayesian inference in order to combine one or more sets of information (geophysical data) to a priori assumptions of volcano spatio-temporal distributions yielding modified a posteriori probabilities.

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Earthquake-related water-level changes at 16 closely clustered wells in Tono, central Japan

King, C.-Y.; Azuma, S.; Igarashi, G.; Saito, Hiroshi; Wakita, H.

Journal of Geophysical Research; Solid Earth, 104(B6), p.13073 - 13082, 1999/00

 Times Cited Count:92 Percentile:13.05(Geochemistry & Geophysics)


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