The Rock Deformation lab at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev study the dynamics of Earth, from the shallow crust to the deep mantle. Experiments and microstructural analysis of natural samples are used to explore the micro-scale underlining physics of deformation of Earth and planetary materials with implications to the large-scale Earth's dynamics.


Research may be focussed on the study of faults and slip along faults during earthquakes (unstable, seismic event) or during fault creep (stable, aseismic slip) in order to ask questions like What makes the fault stable or unstable, and what conditions will generate the fault structure we observe in the field? In addition, investigating the microstructural, chemical, and rheological ('the study of flow') properties of mantle flow and the continental evolution of the mantle. Both play an important role in Earth's plate tectonics. Here the research questions can be: What makes parts of the mantle prone for intense flow while others rigid and stable? What conditions and composition produce the seismic observations from the deep mantle? Below are further descriptions of research projects. 

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Mantle xenolith from the Wyoming craton

Ejected wear from a rotary sliding apparatus

Deformed sample between two pistons ('Griggs' apparatus) 

Deformed dunite sample enclosed in a metal capsule 

High P-T Rock Deformation lab

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Yuval Boneh



Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Contact information:




​Phone: +972-8-6461367


Office # 333

Grosman Building for Geology (# 58)

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