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Major research frontiers, grand challenges, and thorny problems in structural geology & tectonics

At the 2012 Structural Geology and Tectonics Forum held at Williams College in June, 2012, we asked the 100+ participants to establish a list of major research frontiers in structural geology. After assembling the list, we asked participants to vote on the ones they considered to be most important. We also asked for input from the 50+ participants in the summer 2012 Cutting Edge workshop. The composite list appears below, with asterisks indicating the votes of the Williams Forum participants. The Williams Forum Program contains links to research presentations in many of these research frontiers.

Surface-deep crust connections

Strain and strain rates

Geodesy, geodynamics, and structural geology

Faults, earthquakes, and structures


Chemistry and deformation


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