Discontinuous deformation or rock fracturing has been well studied by experiments in the laboratory (in the field of Rock Mechanics) because of its numerous practical applications; in civil engineering, rock bursts in quarrying and in mining, etc… New approaches have come from the study of hydraulic fracturing related to geothermal energy, to the in situ exploitation of combustible matter and the recovery of petroleum. Finally, a better understanding of the fundamental mechanism of rupture is needed in order to understand the processes of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions as well as the genesis of metallic mineral vein deposits.
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