Crustal electrical conductors, crustal fluids and 1999 Chi-Chi, Taiwan, Earthquake

Chien Chih Chen, Chow Son Chen, Chiou Fen Shieh

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Recent developments and important results of magnetotelluric (MT) work in Taiwan are briefly reviewed. As an important intrinsic property of the Earth, the resistivity structure of the Earth is sensitive to the presence of small amounts of conductive minerals, melt or fluids. The latter materials are volumetrically minor, but tectonically important constituents of the Earth's crust and mantle. This paper first reviews the tectonic background of Taiwan in terms of electrical property, and then proposes the possible mechanism of fluids involved during the Chi-Chi earthquake. Important researches regarding both the MT work itself and other geological work, are also suggested in the paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-374
Number of pages8
JournalTerrestrial, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2002


  • Chi-Chi earthquake
  • Crustal electrical conductor
  • Crustal fluid
  • Magnetotelluric method


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