Publications Structural Geology Tübingen (Bons)

Last updated 12/11/2021

PhD-thesis (1993): Experimental Deformation of polyphase rock analogues. Geologica Ultraiectina 110, 207 pp. ISBN 90-71577-64-3.

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  1. Bons, P.D., de Riese, T., Franke, S., Llorens, M.-G., Sachau, T., Stoll. N., Weikusat, I., Westhoff, J., Zhang, Y. 2021. Comment on Exceptionally high heat flux needed to sustain the Northeast Greenland Ice Stream by S. Smith-Johnsen et al., The Cryosphere 15, 2251–2254, 2021. Doi: 10.5194/tc-15-2251-2021.
  2. Li, Z.-C., Pei, X.-Z., Bons, P.D., Li, R.-B., Pei, L., Chen, G.-C., Chen, Y.-X., Liu, C.-J., Wang, M., Zhao, S.-W., Li, X.-B. & Gao, F. 2021. Petrogenesis and tectonic setting of the early-middle triassic subduction-related granite in the eastern segment of East Kunlun: evidences from petrology, geochemistry, and zircon U-Pb-Hf isotopes. International Geology Review, Doi: 10.1080/00206814.2021.1875268.
  3. Montagnat, M., Bourcier, M., Philip, A., Bons, P. Bauer, C.C., Deconinck, P., Hereil, P. 2021. Texture characterization of some large hailstones with an automated technique. Journal of Glaciology. Doi:10.1017/jog.2021.66.
  4. Su, A., Bons, P.D., Chen, H., Feng, Y.-X., Zhao, J.-X., Song, J. 2021. Age, material source, and formation mechanism of bedding-parallel calcite beef veins: Case from the mature Eocene lacustrine shales in the Biyang Sag, Nanxiang Basin, China. GSA Bulletin 2021; doi: Doi:10.1130/B35866.1.
  5. Westhoff J., Stoll N., Franke S., Weikusat I., Bons P., Kerch J., Jansen D., Kipfstuhl S., Dahl-Jensen D. 2021. A stratigraphy-based method for reconstructing ice core orientation. Annals of Glaciology 62, 191-202. Doi:10.1017/aog.2020.76. OPEN ACCESS


  1. Bons, P.D. Gomez-Rivas, E. 2020. Origin of meteoric fluids in extensional detachments. Geofluids 2020, Article ID 7201545. Doi: 10.1155/2020/7201545. OPEN ACCESS
  2. de Riese, T., Bons, P.D., Gomez-Rivas, E., Sachau, T. 2020. Interaction between Crustal-Scale Darcy and Hydrofracture Fluid Transport: A Numerical Study. Geofluids, Article ID 8891801, Doi:10.1155/2020/8891801. OPEN ACCESS
  3. Dian, L., Wang, G.H., Bons, P.D., Zhao, Z.B., Du, J.X., Wang, S.L., Yuan, G.L., Liang, X., Zhang, L., Li, C., Fang, D.R., Tang, Y., Hu, Y., Fu, Y. 2020. Subduction reversal in a divergent double subduction zone drives the exhumation of southern Qiangtang blueschist‐bearing mélange, central Tibet. Tectonics. Doi: 10.1029/2019TC006051.
  4. Finch, M.A., P.D.Bons, P.D., Steinbacha, F., Griera, A., Llorens, M.-G, Gomez-Rivase, E. Ran, H., de Riese, T. 2020. The ephemeral development of C'  shear bands: A numerical modelling approach. J. Struct. Geol. 139. Doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2020.104091.
  5. Humphrey, E., Gomez-Rivas, E., Neilson, J., Martín-Martín, J.D., Healy, D., Yao, S., Bons, P.D. 2020. Quantitative analysis of stylolite networks in different platform carbonate facies. Marine and Petroleum Geology 114, 104203. Doi: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2019.104203.
  6. Llorens, M.‐G., Griera, A., Bons, P. D., Gomez‐Rivas, E., Weikusat, I., Prior, D. J., et al. 2020. Seismic anisotropy of temperate ice in polar ice sheets. J. Geophys. Res.: Earth Surface, 125, e2020JF005714. Doi:10.1029/2020JF005714. OPEN ACCESS
  7. Zhao, Z.B., Bons, P.D., Li, C., Wang, G.H., Ma, X.X., Li, G.W. 2020. The Cretaceous crustal shortening and thickening of the South Qiangtang Terrane and implications for proto-Tibetan Plateau formation. Gondwana Research 78, 141-155. Doi:10.1016/


  1. Bons, P.D., Bauer, C.C., Bocherens, H., de Riese, T., Drucker, D.G., Francken, M., Menéndez, L., Uhl, A., van Milligen, B.P., Wißing, C. 2019. Out of Africa by spontaneous migration waves. PLOS ONE 14(4): e0201998. Doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0201998. OPEN ACCESS
  2. de Riese, T., Evans, L., Gomez-Rivas, E., Griera, A., Lebensohn, R.A., Llorens, M.-G., Ran, H., Sachau, T., Weikusat, I., Bons, P.D. 2019. Shear localisation in anisotropic, non-linear viscous materials that develop a CPO: A numerical study. J. Struct. Geol. 124, 81-90. Doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2019.03.006.
  3. Gomez-Rivas, E., Martín-Martín, J.D., Bons, P.D., Griera, A., Yao, S., Llorens, M.-G., Travé, A. 2019. Controls on convective fluid flow systems resulting in the formation of massive diagenetic alterations. In: Doronzo D., Schingaro E., Armstrong-Altrin J., Zoheir B. (eds) Petrogenesis and Exploration of the Earth’s Interior. Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (IEREK Interdisciplinary Series for Sustainable Development). Springer, Cham. pp. 223-224. Doi:10.1007/978-3-030-01575-6_54.
  4. Humphrey, E., Gomez-Rivas, E., Koehn, D., Bons, P.D., Neilson, J., Martín-Martín, J.D., Schoenherr, J. 2019. stylolite-controlled diagenesis of a mudstone carbonate reservoir: A case study from the zechstein_2_Carbonate (Central European Basin, NW Germany). Marine and Petroleum Geology 109, 88-107. doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2019.05.040.
  5. Llorens, M.-G., Gomez-Rivas, E., Ganzhorn, A.-C., Griera, a., Steinbach, F., Roessiger, J., Labrousse, L., Walte, N.P., Weikusat, I., Bons, P.D. 2019. The effect of dynamic recrystallisation on the rheology and microstructures of partially molten rocks. J. Struct. Geol. 118, 224-235. doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2018.10.013.
  6. Piazolo, S, Bons, P.D., Griera, A., Llorens, M.-G., Gomez-Rivas, E., Koehn, D., Wheeler, J., Gardner, R., J.R.A. Godinho, J.R.A., Evans, L., Lebensohn, R.A., Jessell, M.W. 2019. A review of numerical modelling of the dynamics of microstructural development in rocks and ice: Past, present and future. J. Struct. Geol. 125, 111-123.  doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2018.05.025.
  7. Qi, C., Prior, D. J., Craw, L., Fan, S., Llorens, M.-G., Griera, A., Negrini, M., Bons, P. D., Goldsby, D. L. 2019. Crystallographic preferred orientations of ice deformed in direct-shear experiments at low temperatures. The Cryosphere 13, 351-371, Doi:10.5194/tc-13-351-2019. OPEN ACCESS
  8. Ran, H., de Riese, T., Llorens, M.-G., Finch, M.A., Evans, L.A., Gomez-Rivas, E., Griera, A., Jessell, M.W., Lebensohn, R.A., Piazolo, S., Bons, P.D. 2019. Time for anisotropy: The significance of mechanical anisotropy for the development of deformation structures. J. Struct. Geol. 125, 41-47Doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2018.04.019.


  1. Bons, P.D., Kleiner, T., Llorens, M.G., Prior, D.J., Sachau, T., Weikusat, I. Jansen, D. 2018. Greenland Ice Sheet – Higher non‐linearity of ice flow significantly reduces estimated basal motion. Geophysical Research Letters 45, 6542-6548. Doi:10.1029/2018GL078356. OPEN ACCESS
  2. Ran, H., Bons, P.D., Wang, G., Steinbach, F., Finch, M. Griera, A., Gomez-Rivas, E., Llorens, M.-G., Ran, S., Liang, X., Zhou, J. 2018. High-strain deformation of conglomerates: numerical modelling, strain analysis, and an example from the Wutai Mountains, North China Craton. J. Struct. Geol.114, 222-234 doi:
  3. Wang, Y., Liang, X., Wang, G., Yuan, G., Bons, P.D. 2018. Mayer Kangri metamorphic complexes in Central Qiangtang (Tibet, western China): implications for the Triassic–early Jurassic tectonics associated with the Paleo-Tethys Ocean. Int. J. Earth Sci. 107, 757-776. Doi: 10.1007/s00531-017-1526-1.


  1. Alçiçek, A.M., Alçiçek, H., Altunel, E., Arenas, C., Bons, P.D., Brogi, A., Capezzuoli, E., de Riese, T., Della Porta, G., Gandin, A., Guo, L., Jones, B., Karabacak, V., Kershaw, S., Liotta, D., Mindszenty, A., Pedley, M., Ronchi, P., Swennen, R., Temiz, U. 2017. Comment on “First records of syn-diagenetic non-tectonic folding in Quaternary thermogene travertines caused by hydrothermal incremental veining” by Billi et al. Tectonophysics 700–701, 60–79. Doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2017.09.002.
  2. Gomez-Rivas, E., Griera, A., Llorens, M.-G., Bons, P.D., Lebensohn, R.A., Piazolo, S. 2017. Subgrain rotation recrystallization during shearing: Insights from full-field numerical simulations of halite polycrystals. J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth. Doi: 10.1002/2017JB014508.
  3. Llorens, M.-G., Griera, A., Steinbach, F., Bons, P.D., Gomez-Rivas, E., Jansen, D., Roessiger, J., Lebensohn, R.A., Weikusat, I. 2017. Dynamic recrystallisation during deformation of polycrystalline ice: insights from numerical simulations. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, Special Issue on Microdynamics of Ice 375: 20150346. Doi: 10.1098/rsta.2015.0346.
  4. Martín-Martín, J.D., Gomez-Rivas, E., Gómez-Gras, D., Travé, A., Ameneiro, R., Koehn, D., Bons, P.D. 2017. Activation of stylolites as conduits for overpressured fluid flow in dolomitized platform carbonates. Geol. Soc., London, Spec. Publ., 459, SP459. 3. Doi: 10.1144/SP459.3.
  5. Sammonds, P., Montagnat, M., Bons, P.D., Schneebeli, M. 2017. Ice microstructures and microdynamics. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, Special Issue on Microdynamics of Ice 375: 20160438. Doi: 10.1098/rsta.2016.0438.
  6. Steinbach, F., Kuiper, E.J.N., Eichler, J., Bons, P.D., Drury, M.R., Griera, A., Pennock, G.M., Weikusat, I. 2017. The Relevance of Grain Dissection for Grain Size Reduction in Polar Ice: Insights from Numerical Models and Ice Core Microstructure Analysis. Frontiers in Earth Sci. 5, 66. Doi: 10.3389/feart.2017.00066OPEN ACCESS
  7. Zhao, Z., Bons, P.D., Stübner, K., Wang, G.-H., Ehlers, T.A. 2017. Early Cretaceous exhumation of the Qiangtang Terrane during collision with the Lhasa Terrane, Central Tibet. Terra Nova. Doi: 10.1111/ter.12298.


  1. Bauer, C.C., Bons, P.D., Benazzi, S., Harvati, K. 2016. Technical Note: Using elliptical best fits to characterize dental shapes. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 159, 342-347. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.22866.
  2. Bons, P.D., Jansen, D., Mundel, F., Bauer, C.C., Binder, T., Eisen, O., Jessell, M.W., Llorens, M.-G., Steinbach, F., Steinhage, D., Weikusat, I. 2016. Converging flow and anisotropy cause large-scale folding in Greenland ice sheet. Nature Communications 7, article 11427. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms11427.
  3. Jansen, D., Llorens, M.-G, Westhoff, J., Steinbach, F., Kipfstuhl, S., Bons, P.D., Griera, A., Weikusat, I. 2016. Small-scale disturbances in the stratigraphy of the NEEM ice core: observations and numerical model simulations. The Cryosphere 10, 359-370. doi:10.5194/tc-10-359-2016OPEN ACCESS
  4. Koehn, D., Rood, M.P., Beaudoin, N., Chung, P., Bons, P.D., Gomez-Rivas, E. 2016. A new stylolite classification scheme to estimate compaction and local permeability variations. Sedimentary Geology 346, 60-71.
  5. Llorens, G.-M., Griera, A., Bons, P.D., Lebensohn, R.A., Evans, L.A., Jansen, D., Weikusat, I. 2016. Full-field predictions of ice dynamic recrystallisation under simple shear conditions. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 450, 233-242. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2016.06.045.
  6. Llorens, G.-M., Griera, A., Weikusat, I., Bons, P.D., Roessiger, J., Lebensohn, R.A. 2016. Dynamic recrystallisation of ice aggregates during co-axial viscoplastic deformation: a numerical approach. Journal of Glaciology 62, 359-377. doi:10.1017/jog.2016.28.
  7. Steinbach, F., Bons, P.D., Griera, A., Jansen, D., Llorens, M.-G., Roessiger, J., Weikusat, I. 2016. Strain localisation and dynamic recrystallisation in the ice-air aggregate: A numerical study. Accepted for publication in The Cryosphere, 10, 3071-3089. doi:10.5194/tc-10-3071-2016. View supplementary videos here.


  1. Bons, P.D., Baur, A., Elburg, M.A., Lindhuber, M.J., Marks, M.A.W., Soesoo, A., van Milligen, B.P., Walte, N.P. 2015. Layered intrusions and traffic jams. Geology 43, 71-74, doi:10.1130/G36276.1.
  2. Lindhuber, M.J., Marks, M.A.W., Bons, P.D., Wenzel, T., Markl, G. 2015. Crystal mat-formation as an igneous-layering forming process: Textural and geochemical evidence from the "lower layered" nepheline syenite sequence of the Ilímaussaq complex, South Greenland. Lithos 224-225, 295-309. doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2015.03.007.
  3. Ratschbacher, B.C., Marks, M.A.W., Bons, P.D., Wenzel, T., Markl. G. 2015. Emplacement and geochemical evolution of highly evolved syenites investigated by a combined structural and geochemical field study: the lujavrites of the Ilímaussaq complex, SW Greenland. Accepted for Lithos 231, 62-76, doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2015.06.004.
  4. Sachau, T., Bons, P.D., Gomez-Rivas, E. 2015. Transport efficiency and dynamics of hydraulic fracture networks. Frontiers in Physics, section Interdisciplinary Physics, special issue on "Flow and Transformations in Porous Media". doi:10.3389/fphy.2015.00063.
  5. Soesoo, A., Bons, P. 2015. From Migmatites to plutons: power law relationships in the evolution of magmatic bodies. Pure and Applied Geophysics 172, 1787-1801. doi: 10.1007/s00024-014-0995-4.
  6. Zhao, Z., Bons, P.D., Wang, G., Soesoo, A., Liu, Y. 2015. Tectonic evolution and high-pressure rock exhumation in the Qiangtang Terrane, Central Tibet. Solid Earth 6, 457-473. doi: 10.5194/se-6-457-2015.


  1. Bons, P.D., Fusswinkel, T., Gomez-Rivas, E., Markl, G., Wagner, T., Walter, B.. 2014. Fluid mixing from below in unconformity-related hydrothermal ore deposits. Geology 42, 1035-1038, doi: 10.1130/G35708.1. download.
  2. Gomez-Rivas, E., Bons, P.D., Koehn, D., Urai, J.L., Arndt, M., Virgo, S., Laurich, B., Zeeb, C., Stark, L., Blum, P. 2014. The Jabal Akhdar dome in the Oman Mountains: evolution of a dynamic fracture system. American Journal of Science 314, 1104-1139. doi:10.2475/07.2014.02.
  3. Gomez-Rivas, E., Corbella, M., Martín-Martín, J.D., Stafford, S.L., Teixell, A., Bons, P.D., Griera, A., Cardellach, E. 2014. Reactivity of dolomitizing fluids and Mg source evaluation of fault-controlled dolomitization at the Benicàssim outcrop analogue (Maestrat Basin, E Spain). Marine Petroleum Geology 55, 26-42, doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2013.12.015.
  4. Koehn, D., Bons, P.D. 2014. Microdynamics of Ice (editorial). Journal of Structural Geology 61, 1. doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2013.12.001.
  5. Llorens, M.-G., Bons, P.D., Griera, A., Gomez-Rivas, E. 2014. Mechanics of fold development in pure- and simple shear. In Pardo-Igúzquiza et al. (Eds) Mathematics of Planet Earth, Lect. Notes Earth Syst. Sci. pp. 763-766. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-32408-6_164.
  6. Montagnat, M., Castelnau, O., Bons, P.D., Faria, S.H., Gagliardini, O., Gillet-Chaulet, F., Grennerat, F., Griera, A., Lebensohn, R.A., Moulinec, H., Roessiger, J., Suquet, P. 2014. Multiscale modeling of ice deformation behavior. Journal of Structural Geology 61, 78-108.
  7. Roessiger, J., Bons, P.D., Faria, S.H. 2014. Influence of bubbles on grain growth in ice. Journal of Structural Geology. Journal of Structural geology 61, 123-132. doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2012.11.00.
  8. van Milligen, B.P., Bons, P.D. 2014. Simplified numerical model for clarifying scaling behavior in the intermediate dispersion regime in homogeneous porous media. Computer Physics Communications 185, 3291-3301. doi: 10.1016/j.cpc.2014.09.006. (accepted 09/09/2014, preprint in arXiv).
  9. Zhao, Z., Bons, P.D., Wang, G., Liu, Y., Zheng, Y. 2014. Origin and pre-Cenozoic evolution of the Qiangtang basement, Central Tibet. Tectonophysics 623, 52-66. doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2014.03.016.


  1. Bons, P.D., Gomez-Rivas, E. 2013. Gravitational fractionation of isotopes and dissolved components as a first-order process in hydrothermal crustal fluids. Economic Geology 108, 1195-120. doi: 10.2113/​econgeo.108.5.1195.
  2. Bons, P.D., van Milligen, B.P., Blum, P. 2013. A general unified expression for solute and heat dispersion in homegeneous porous media. Water Resources Research 49, 1-13, doi:10.1002/wrcr.20488.
  3. Borthwick, V., Piazolo, S., Evans, L., Griera, A., Bons, P.D. 2013. What happens to deformed rocks after deformation? A refined model for recovery based on numerical simulations. In: "Deformation Structures and Processes within the Continental Crust", Special Volume 394, Geol. Soc. London. doi: 10.1144/SP394.11.
  4. Druguet, E., Czeck, D.M., Alsop, G.I., Bons, P.D. 2013. Preface: Deformation localization (editorial). Journal of Structural Geology 50, 1-4.,
  5. Elburg, M.A., Andersen, T., Bons, P.D., Simonsen, S.L., Weisheit, A. 2013. New constraints on Phanerozoic magmatic and hydrothermal events in the Mt Painter Province, South Australia. Gondwana Research 24, 700-712.
  6. Griera, A., Llorens, M.-G., Gomez-Rivas, E., Bons, P.D., Jessell, M.W., Evans, L.A., Lebensohn, R. 2013. Numerical modelling of porphyroclast and porphyroblast rotation in anisotropic rocks. Tectonpophysics 587, 4-29, DOI:10.1016/j.tecto.2012.10.008
  7. Llorens, M.-G., Bons, P.D., Griera, A., Gomez-Rivas, E. 2013. When do folds unfold during progressive shearing? Geology 41, 563-566. doi:10.1130/G33973.1
  8. Llorens, M.-G., Bons, P.D., Griera, A., Gomez-Rivas, E. 2013. Single layer folding in simple shear. Journal of Structural Geology 50, 209-220. doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2012.04.002.
  9. Weisheit, A., Bons, P.D., Elburg, M.A. 2013. Long-lived crustal-scale fluid-flow: The hydrothermal mega-breccia of Hidden Valley, Mt. Painter Inlier, South Australia. International Journal of Earth Sciences 102, 1219-1236. DOI: 10.1007/s00531-013-0875-7
  10. Weisheit, A., Bons, P.D., Danisik, M., Elburg, M.A. 2013. Crustal-scale folding: Palaeozoic deformation of the Mt. Painter Inlier, South Australia. In: "Deformation Structures and Processes within the Continental Crust", Special Volume 394, Geol. Soc., London 394. doi 10.1144/SP394.9.
  11. Zeeb, C., Bons, P.D., Gomez-Rivas, E., Blum, P. 2013. Evaluation of sampling methods for fracture network characterization. AAPG Bulletin 97, 1545-1566, DOI:10.1306/02131312042.
  12. Zeeb, C., Gomez_Rivas, E., Bons, P.D., Virgo, S., Blum, P. 2013. Fracture Network Evaluation Program (FraNEP): A software for analyzing 2D trace-line maps of fracture networks. Computers & Geosciences 60, 11-22.


  1. Bons, P.D., Elburg, M.A., Gomez-Rivas, E. 2012. A review of the formation of tectonic veins and their microstructures. Journal of Structural Geology 43, 33-62. doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2012.07.005. Abstract.
  2. Borthwick, V., Schmidt, S., Piazolo, S., Gundlach, C., Griera, A., Bons, P.D., Jessell, M.W. 2012. The application of in-situ 3D X-ray Diffraction in anealing experiments: First interpretation of substructure development in deformed NaCl. Materials Science Forum 715-716, 461-466
  3. Elburg, M.A., Andersen, T., Bons, P.D., Weisheit, A., Simonsen, S.L., and Smet, I., 2012, Metasomatism and metallogeny of A-type granites of the Mt Painter - Mt Babbage Inliers, South Australia: Lithos 151, 83-104. doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2011.09.009
  4. Gomez-Rivas, E., Warber, K., Kulzer, F., Bons, P.D., Koehn, D. and Martín-Martín, J.D. 2012. Structural evolution of the Benicàssim area (Maestrat basin, NE Spain): insights from fracture and vein analysis. Geogaceta 51, 79-82.
  5. van Milligen, B.Ph., Bons, P.D. 2012. Analytical model for tracer dispersion in porous media. Physical Review E 85. doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.85.011306. ArXiv repository.


  1. Griera, A., Bons, P.D., Jessell, M.W., Lebensohn, R.A., Evans, L., Gomez-Rivas, E. 2011. Strain localization and porphyroclast rotation. Geology 39, 275-278 doi: 10.1130/G31549.1
  2. Roessiger, J., Bons, P.D., Griera, A., Jessell, M.W., Evans, L. Montagnat, M., Kipfstuhl, S., Faria, S.H., Weikusat, I. 2011. Competition between grain growth and grain size reduction in polar ice. Journal of Glaciology 57, 942-948. doi: 10.3189/002214311798043690.
  3. Walte, N.P., Rubie, D.C., Bons, P.D., Frost, D.J. 2011. Deformation of a crystalline aggregate with a small percentage of high dihedral-angle liquid: Implications for core-mantle differentiation during planetary formation. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 305, 124-134


  1. Bons, P.D., Becker, J.K., Elburg, M.A., Urtson, K. 2010. Granite formation: stepwise accumulation or connected networks? Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 100,
  2. Borthwick, V., Schmidt, S., Piazolo, S., Gundlach, C., Griera, A., Bons, P.D., Jessell, M.W. 2010. The application of in-situ 3D X-ray Diffraction in annealing experiments: First interpretation of substructure development in deformed NaCl. ReX & GG IV, 2010. 10.4028/
  3. Ebner, M., Toussaint, R., Schmittbuhl, J., Koehn, D., Bons, P.D. 2010. Anisotropic scaling of tectonic stylolites: a fossilized signature of the stress field? Journal of Geophysical Research 115, B06403, doi:10.1029/2009JB006649.
  4. Landig, F., Fenton, O., Bons, P., Hennesy, D., Richards, K., Blum, P. 2010. Estimation of nitrate discharge in a fractured limestone aquifer below a dairy farm in Ireland. GQ10: Groundwater Quality Management in a Rapidly Changing World (Proc. 7th International Groundwater Quality Conference held in Zurich, Switzerland, 13–18 June 2010).
  5. Piazolo, S., Jessell, M.W., Bons, P.D., Evans, L., Becker, J.K. 2010. Numerical simulations of microstructures using the Elle platform: A modern research and teaching tool. Journal of the Geological Society of India 75, 110-127, 10.1007/s12594-010-0028-6
  6. Zeeb, C., Goeckus, D., Bons, P., Al Ajmi, H., Rausch, R., Blum, P. 2010. Fracture flow modelling based on satellite images of the Wajid Sandstone, Saudi Arabia. Hydrogeology Journal 18, 1699-1712.doi: 10.1007/s10040-010-0609-x.


  1. Bons, P.D. (2009) Photograph of the month. Journal of Structural Geology 31, 627-627.
  2. Bons, P.D., Jessell, M.W., Griera, M.W. (2009) Comment to Fay et al. (2008) Porpyroblast rotation versus nonrotation: Conflict resolution! Geology 37, e182, 10.1130/G25131C.1.
  3. Bons, P.D., Montenari, M., Bakker, R.J., Elburg, M.A. (2009) Potential evidence of Neoproterozoic deep life: SEM observations on calcite veins from Oppaminda Creek, Arkaroola, South Australia. International Journal of Earth Sciences 98, 327-343, 10.1007/s00531-007-0245-4.
  4. Jessell, M.W., Bons, P.D., Griera, A., Evans, L.A., Wilson, C.J.L. (2009) A tale of two viscosities. Journal of Structural Geology 31, 719-736.
  5. Staude, S., Bons, P.D., Markl, G. (2009) Hydrothermal vein formation by extension-driven dewatering of the middle crust: An example from SW Germany. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 286, 387-39,
  6. Wendler, F., Becker, J., Nestler, B., Bons, P.D., Walte, N.P. (2009) Phase-field simulations of partial melts in geological materials. Computers & Geosciences 35, 1907-191,


  1. Bons, P.D., Druguet, E., Castaño, L.M., Elburg, M.A. (2008) Finding what is not there anymore: recognizing missing fluid and magma volumes. Geology 36, 851-854. doi: 10.1130/G24984A.1
  2. Becker, J.K., Bons, P.D., Jessell, M.W. (2008) A new front-tracking method to model anisotropic grain and phase boundary motion in rocks. Computers & Geosciences 34, 201-212,
  3. Bons, P.D., Koehn, D., Jessell, M.W. (Eds) (2008) Microdynamic Simulation. Lecture Notes in Earth Sciences 106, Springer, Berlin. 405 pp. ISBN 978-3-540-44793-1


  1. Bons, P.D., Druguet, E. 2007. Some misleading boudin-like structures. Geogaceta 41, 31-34. ISSN 0213-683X
  2. Gómez-Rivas, E., Bons, P.D., Griera, A., Evans, L., Becker, J.K., Peschler, A. 2007. Modelo analítico para estimar la deformación mediante el uso de shear bands. Geogaceta 41, 99-102. ISSN: 0213683X
  3. Gomez-Rivas, E., Bons, P.D., Griera, A., Carreras, J., Druguet, E. (2007) Strain and vorticity analysis using small-scale faults and associated drag folds. Journal of Structural Geology 29, 1882-189,
  4. Kuhlemann, J., van der Berg, K., Bons, P.D., Danisik, M., Frisch, W. 2007. Erosion rates on subalpine paleosurfaces in the western Mediterranean by in-site 10Be concentrations in granites: implications for surface processes and long-term landscape evolution in Corsica (France). International Journal of Earth Sciences. DOI 10.1007/s00531-007-0169-z
  5. Walte, N.P., Becker, J.K., Bons, P.D., Rubie, D.C., Frost, D.J.. (2007). Liquid distribution and attainment of textural equilibrium in a partially-molten crystalline system with a high-dihedral-angle liquid phase. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 262, 517-53,


  1. Helbing, H., Frisch, W., Bons, P.D. 2006. South Variscan terrane accretion: Sardinian constraints on the intra-Alpine Variscides. Journal of Structural Geology 28, 1277-1291,
  2. Helbing, H., Frisch, W., Bons, P.D. Kuhlemann, J. 2006. Tension gash-like back-arc basin opening and its control on subduction rollback inferred from Tertiary faulting in Sardinia. Tectonics 25. doi:10.1029/2005TC001904


  1. Bons, P.D. Montenari, M. 2005. The formation of antitaxial calcite veins with well developed fibres, Oppaminda Creek, South Australia. Journal of Structural Geology 27, 231-248,
  2. Dipple, G., Bons, P.D., Oliver, N.H.S. 2005. A vector of high-temperature paleo-fluid flow deduced from mass transfer across permeability barriers (quartz veins). Geofluids 5, 67-82, DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-8123.2005.00099.x
  3. Jessell, M.W., Siebert, E., Bons, P.D., Evans, L., Piazolo, S. 2005. A new type of numerical experiment on the spatial and temporal patterns of localization of deformation in a material with a coupling of grain size and rheology. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 239, 309-326,
  4. van Milligen, V.Ph., Bons, P.D., Carreras, B.A., Sánchez, R. 2005. On the applicability of Fick's law to diffusion in inhomegenous systems. European Journal of Physics 26, 913-92, doi:10.1088/0143-0807/26/5/023
  5. Nollet, S., Urai, J.L., Bons, P.D., Hilgers, C. 2005. Numerical simulations of polycrystal growth in veins. Journal of Structural Geology 27, 217-230,
  6. Walte, N.P., Bons, P.D., Passchier, C.W. 2005. Deformation of melt-bearing systems - insight from in situ grain-scale analogue experiments. Journal of Structural Geology 27, 1666-1679,


  1. Bons, P.D., Arnold, J., Elburg, M.A., Kalda, J., Soesoo, A., van Milligen, B.P. 2004. Melt extraction and accumulation from partially molten rocks. Lithos 78, 25-42,
  2. Bons, P.D., Druguet, E., Hamann, I., Carreras, J., Passchier, C.W. 2004. Apparent boudinage in dykes. Journal of Structural Geology, 26, 625-636,
  3. Jessell, M.W., Bons, P.D., Evans, L., Piazolo, S. 2004. Numerical experiments into the localization of deformation during recrystallization flow. Materials Science Forum 467-470, 647-652, 10.4028/
  4. Piazolo, S., Jessell, M. J., Prior, D. J., Bons, P. D. 2004 The integration of experimental in-situ EBSD observations and numerical simulations: a novel technique of microstructural process analysis. Journal of Microscopy, 213, 273-284, DOI: 10.1111/j.0022-2720.2004.01304.x
  5. Soesoo, A., Kalda, J., Bons, P.D., Urtson, K. Kalm 2004. Fractality in geology: a possible use of fractals in the studies of partial melting processes. Proceedings of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, Geology, 53, 13-27,


  1. Becker, J.K., Koehn, D., Walte, N., Jessell, M., Bons, P.D., Passchier, C.W., Evans, L. 2003. Numerical simulation of disequilibrium structures in solid-melt systems during grain growth. (on-line) Journal of the Virtual Explorer 11.
  2. Bons, P.D., Arnold, J. 2003. Accumulation and self-organization in hydrofracture transport of fluids. Journal of Geochemical Exploration 78-79, 667-670,
  3. Bons, A.J., Bons, P.D. 2003. The development of oblique preferred orientations in zeolite films and membranes. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 62, 9-16,
  4. Bons, P.D., Soesoo, A. 2003. Could magma transport and accumulation be a useful analogue to understand hydrocarbon extraction? Oil Shale 20, 412-420,
  5. Elburg, M.A., Bons, P.D., Foden, J. Brugger, J. 2003. A newly defined Late Ordovician magmatic-thermal event in the Arkaroola area, northern Flinders Ranges, South Australia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 50, 611-631, DOI:10.1046/j.1440-0952.2003.01016.x
  6. Koehn, D., Bons, P.D.,Passchier, C.W. 2003. Development of antitaxial strain fringes during non-coaxial deformation: an experimental study. Journal of Structural Geology 25, 263-275,
  7. Walte, N.P., Bons, P.D., Passchier, C.W. & Koehn, D. 2003. Disequilibrium melt distribution during static recrystallization. Geology 31, 1009-1012, doi: 10.1130/G19815.1


  1. Elburg, M.A., Bons, P.D., Foden, J. & Passchier, C.W. 2002. The origin of fibrous veins: constrains from geochemistry. Geol. Soc, London, Spec. Publ. 200, 103-118, doi: 10.1144/GSL.SP.2001.200.01.07
  2. ten Grotenhuis, S.M., Passchier, C.W. & Bons, P.D. 2002. The influence of strain localisation on the rotation behaviour of rigid objects in experimental shear zones. Journal of Structural Geology 24, 485-499,
  3. ten Grotenhuis, S.M., Piazolo, S., Pakula, T, Passchier, C.W; Bons, P.D. 2002. Are polymers suitable rock analogs? Tectonophysics 350, 35-47,
  4. Jessell, M.W., Bons, P.D. 2002. The numerical simulation of microstructure. Geol. Soc, London, Spec. Publ. 200, 1137-147, doi: 10.1144/GSL.SP.2001.200.01.09
  5. van Milligen, B.P., Bons, P.D. 2002. Comment on "Hillslope evolution by nonlinear creep and landsliding. An experimental study, by Roering, J.J., Kirchner, J.W., Sklar, L.S. & Dietrich, W.E. Geology 30, 481-482.
  6. Piazolo, S., Bons, P.D., Jessell, M.W., Evans, L., Passchier, C.W. 2002. Dominance of microstructural processes and their effect on microstructural development: insights from numerical modelling of dynamic recrystallization. Geol. Soc, London, Spec. Publ. 200, 149-170, doi: 10.1144/GSL.SP.2001.200.01.10
  7. Piazolo, S., Bons, P.D. & Passchier, C.W. 2002. The influence of matrix rheology and vorticity on fabric development of populations of rigid objects during plane strain deformation. Tectonophysics 351, 315-329,


  1. Bons, P.D. 2001. Development of crystal morphology during unitaxial growth in a progressively widening vein: I. The numerical model. Journal of Structural Geology 23, 865-872,
  2. Bons, P.D. 2001. The formation of large quartz veins by rapid ascent of fluids in mobile hydrofractures. Tectonophysics 336, 1-17,
  3. Bons, P.D., Jessell, M.W., Evans, L., Barr, T.D. & Stüwe, K. 2001. Modelling of anisotropic grain growth in minerals. Geological Society of America Memoir 193, 39-49, doi: 10.1130/0-8137-1193-2.39
  4. Bons, P.D., Dougherty-Page, J. & Elburg, M.A. 2001. Analogue modelling of segregation and ascent of magma. (on-line) Journal of the Virtual Explorer 3: Animations in Geology - visualising the Earth,
  5. Bons, P.D., Dougherty-Page, J. & Elburg, M.A. 2001. Stepwise accumulation and ascent of magmas. Journal of Metamorphic Geology 19, 627-633, DOI: 10.1046/j.0263-4929.2001.00334.x
  6. Bons, P.D. & van Milligen, B.P. 2001. A new experiment to model self-organized critical transport and accumulation of melt and hydrocarbons from their source rocks. Geology 29, 919-922, doi: 10.1130/0091-7613(2001)​
  7. Elburg, M.A., Bons, P.D., Dougherty-Page, J., Janka, C.E., Newman, N. & Schaefer, B. 2001. Age and metasomatic alteration of the Mt. Neill Granite at Nooldoonooldoona Waterhole, Mt Painter Inlier, South Australia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 48, 721-730, DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-0952.2001.485890.x
  8. Hilgers, C., Köhn, D., Bons, P.D., Urai, J.L. 2001. Development of crystal morphology during unitaxial growth in a progressively widening vein: II. Numerical simulations of the evolution of antitaxial fibrous veins. Journal of Structural Geology 23, 873-885,
  9. Jessell, M., Bons, P.D., Evans, L., Barr, T., Stüwe, K. 2001. Elle: the numerical simulation of metamorphic and deformation microstructures. Computers And Geosciences 27, 17-30,
  10. Koehn, D., Aerden, D.G.A.M., Bons, P.D., Passchier, C.W. 2001. Computer experiments to investigate complex fibre patterns in natural antitaxial strain fringes. Journal of Metamorphic Geology 19, 217-232,
  11. Koehn, D., Bons, P.D., Hilgers, C., Passchier, C.W. 2001. Animations of progressive fibrous vein and fringe formation. (on-line) Journal of the Virtual Explorer 3: Animations in Geology - visualising the Earth,
  12. Oliver, N.H.S., Bons, P.D. 2001. Mechanisms of fluid flow and fluid-rock interaction in fossil metamorphic-hydrothermal systems inferred from vein-wallrock patterns, geometry, and microstructure. Geofluids 1, 137-163, DOI: 10.1046/j.1468-8123.2001.00013.x
  13. Piazolo, S., Jessell, M.W., Bons, P.D., Evans, L. 2001. Animations of dynamic recrystallization with the numerical modelling system Elle. (on-line) Journal of the Virtual Explorer 3: Animations in Geology - visualising the Earth, doi:10.3809/jvirtex.2001.00035


  1. Bons, P.D. 2000. The formation of veins and their microstructures. In: M.W. Jessell and J.L.Urai (eds.) Stress, Strain and Structure, A volume in honour of W D Means. (on-line) Journal of the Virtual Explorer 2,
  2. Bons, P.D., den Brok, S.W.J. 2000. Crystallographic preferred orientation development by dissolution-precipitation creep. Journal of Structural Geology 22, 1713-1722,
  3. Jessell, M.W., Bons, P.D. 2000. VIEPS/Mainz Microstructure Course. In: M.W. Jessell and J.L.Urai (eds.) Stress, Strain and Structure, A volume in honour of W D Means. (on-line) Journal of the Virtual Explorer 2,
  4. Koehn, D., Hilgers, C., Bons, P.D., Passchier, C.W. 2000. Numerical simulation of fibre growth in antitaxial strain fringes. Journal of Structural Geology 22, 1311-1324,