elastic rebound


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elastic rebound

n
(Geological Science) geology a theory of earthquakes that envisages gradual deformation of the fault zone without fault slippage until friction is overcome, when the fault suddenly slips to produce the earthquake
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The authors borrow a geologic term, elastic rebound, as their theme for how people and societies bounce back after major quakes.
That fundamental theory is the elastic rebound hypothesis," he explains.
After the earth quakes; elastic rebound on an urban planet.
The conventional view among geologists has been that deep beneath the seafloor, where rocks are strong, movements of the plates can generate a lot of elastic rebound.