Originally posted by RoyalBlue
Originally posted by Skewed
I was watching a documentary about the Mariana Trench and it said that the reason we never feel any movement from those two plates is because of the sediment that is at the bottom. Over the years, it has ground up the sand and whatever else is there into very fine material that acts as a lubricant(like graphite) and the plates can just slide on top of each other with very little friction. I am not sure how water getting into the fault would affect it but I suppose it could either dampen it or intensify it.
Interesting bit of information.....are they trying to cause an earthquake, or prevent it by filling the New Madrid with water? Did the hole punch ( and loss of earth's lubricant) by BP become something they are trying to counter-balance with all the flooding??? Hmmm...