Original paper

The use of stylolites to determine stress tensors in the Earth's crust

Kahn, Daniel; Renard, Francois; Toussaine, Renaud; Schmittbuhl, Jean; Ebner, Marcus


Stylolites are spectacular rough dissolution surfaces that are found in many rock types. Despite many studies, their genesis is still debated, particularly the time scales of their formation and the relationship between this time and their morphology. We developed a discrete simulation technique to explore the dynamic growth of the stylolite roughness, starting from an initially flat dissolution surface.