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My Fault Experiment

  1. Jul 12, 2009 #1
    Ok, so today i made a new very simple model and i'd like just to discuss it with you all.

    Ive put a broken brick (x, y, z: 10, 2.5, 4 Splited up to 5, 2.5 and 5 (cm)) together in a marked with walls (20cm x 20cm x 5cm) area. The bricks were representing the earth's crust. Ive then brought a small can with Very hot water painted in red to represent the magma. Ive then splited it inside the area. The sample of hot water (magma) was a pretty big amout to fill up the whole area. As i was watching the progress of it i've noticed that the fault inside the 2 bricks was slightly filling up the water and the water splited apart the 2 bricks at a very small distance.

    What i belive is that the heat of the water forced the 2 bricks apart because of the pressure the hot water had.

    Sorry if this was a bad experiment but i'm not that old to know all this stuff! Also im sorry if my english are not readable, i'm Greek!

    I accept suggestions to make again the experiment better!
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  3. Jul 13, 2009 #2
    Have you tried doing the same experiment but with cold water? Do the blocks still move as you previously observed?
  4. Jul 15, 2009 #3
    Well yeah, once again the fault becomes wet, but the bricks are not forced away
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