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Johri, M. and M.D. Zoback, The Evolution of Stimulated Reservoir Volume during Hydraulic Stimulation of Shale Gas Formations, URTeC 1575434, Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) held in Denver, Colorado, USA, 12-14 August 2013.

Kohli, A.H. and M.D. Zoback, Frictional properties of shale reservoir rocks, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, v. 118, 1–17, 17 August, 2013. doi:10.1002/jgrb.50346, 2013 

Skurtveit. E, A. Torabi, R. H. Gabrielsen, M.D. Zoback (2013). Experimental investigation of deformation mechanisms during shear-enhanced compaction in poorly lithified sandstone and sand. Journal of Geophysical Research:Solid Earth, Vol. 118,1-18, doi: 10.1002/jrgb.50342, August 2013.

Sone, H and M.D. Zoback, Mechanical properties of shale-gas reservoir rocks — Part 2: Ductile creep, brittle strength, and their relation to the elastic modulus, Geophysics, v. 78, no. 5 (September-October 2013), D393–D402. 

Yang, Y., M.D. Zoback, M. Simon and T. Dohmen, URTec 1575434, An Integrated Geomechanical and Microseismic Study of Multi-Well Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation in the Bakken Formation, URTeC 1580301, paper presented in Unconventional Resources Technology Conference in Denver, CO, U.S.A., 12-14 August 2013.


Hurd, O. and M.D. Zoback, Regional stress orientations and slip compatibility of earthquake focal planes in the New Madrid seismic zone, Seismological Res. Letters, v. 83, no. 4, July/August 2012. doi: 10.1785/0220 110122. 

Popov, A.A., S.V. Sobolev and M.D. Zoback, Modeling evolution of the San Andreas Fault system in northern and central California, G3, 13, (8) doi:10.1029,2012GC004086

Zoback, M.D., Managing the seismic risk of wastewater disposal, EARTH, April, 2012, 38-43.

Zoback, M.D., A. Kohli, I. Das and M. McClure, The importance of slow slip on faults during hydraulic fracturing of a shale gas reservoirs, SPE 155476, SPE Americas Unconventional Resources Conference held in Pittsburgh, PA, USA 5-7 June, 2012. 

Zoback, M.D. and S.M. Gorelick, Earthquake triggering and large-scale geologic storage of carbon dioxide, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., v. 109, no. 26, 10164-10168. 


Sone, H., Zoback, M.D, Visco-plastic Properties of Shale Gas Reservoir Rocks, ARMA, 11-433, in 5th U.S. Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium,  San Francisco, California, June 26 - 29,

Yang, Y. and Zoback, M.D., The Effects of Gas Adsorption on Swelling, Visco-plastic Creep and Permeability of Sub-bituminous Coal, ARMA 11-433, in 45th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium held in San Francisco, CA, June 26-29, 2011.

Paul, P., M.D. Zoback and P. Hennings, A method to implement permeability anisotropy associated with fault damage zones in reservoir simulation, SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering, Feb. 2011, 138-152.

Vermylen, J. and M.D. Zoback, Hydraulic fracturing, microseismic magnitudes and stress evolution in the Barnett Shale, Texas, USA, SPE 140507, SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference and Exhibition, held in The Woodlands, Texas, USA 24-26, January 2011.


Zoback, M.D., S. Hickman and W. Ellsworth, Scientific Drilling into the San Andreas Fault - An Overview of SAFOD's First Five Years, Scientific Drilling, no. 11, 14-28.

Goodarzi, S., A. Settari, M. Zoback and D.W. Keith, Thermal aspects of geomechanics and induced fracturing in CO2 injection with application to CO2 sequestration in the Ohio River Valley, SPE 139706, paper presented at SPE International Conf. on CO2 capture, Storage and Utilization, New Orleans, LA, 10-12 November 2010.

Day-Lewis, A., M.D. Zoback and S.H. Hickman, Scale-invariant stress orientation and seismicity rates near the San Andreas Fault, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1029/2010GL045025.

*Chang, C. and M.D. Zoback, Viscous creep in room-dried unconsolidated Gulf of Mexico shale (II): Development of a viscoplasticity model, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, v.72, 50-55.

Natural gas can lead the way, Earth, February issue, p. 86-87. February Issue.

*Bohnhoff, M., M.D. Zoback, L. Chiaramonte, J.L Gerst and N. Gupta, Seismic Detection of CO2 Leakage along Monitoring Wellbores, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Controls, v.4, pp.687-697.

Zoback, M.D., S. Hickman and W. Ellsworth, Scientific Drilling into the San Andreas Fault, EOS, v. 91, no. 22, June 1, 2010, 197-198.

Zoback, M.D., S. Kitasei and B. Copithorne, Addressing the environmental risks from shale gas development, Worldwatch Institute, 19 pp, 

Zoback, M.D., Climate and intraplate shocks, Nature, v. 466, 568-569.

Sone, H. and M.D. Zoback, Strength, creep and frictional properties of gas shale reservoir rocks, paper presented at 44th US Rock Mechanics Symposium and 5th US-Canada Rock Mechanics Symposium, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 27-30, 2010, paper ARMA 10-463.

Hagin, P.N. and M.D. Zoback, Laboratory studies of the compressibility and permeability of low-rank coal samples from the Powder River Basin, Wyoming, USA, paper presented at 44th US Rock Mechanics Symposium and 5th US-Canada Rock Mechanics Symposium, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 27-30, 2010, paper ARMA 10-170.