- Microstructural observations were conducted on NaCl single crystals after creep. The microstructure after a stress increase followed by a stress decrease consisted primarily of cells; no significant number of subgrains were observed although they were present in the microstructures produced during uninterrupted tests. Prestraining in the exponential creep regime produced an uniform distribution of dislocations and a few subboundaries which transformed to equiaxed subgrains when tested in the power law creep region. This substructure was similar to that observed in an as-received specimen deformed to an equivalent strain. Prior creep in the power law creep region produced equiaxed subgrains whose boundaries were found to be mechanically stable when the specimen was retested in the exponential creep region. The role of subboundary migration in the formation of new subgrains is discussed. 1989.