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Structural Geology

Structural Geology

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) Haakon Fossen

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Hardback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 222mm x 278mm x 28mm | 1,860g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521516641
  • ISBN 13: 9780521516648
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 549 colour illus. 2 tables 150 exercises
  • Sales rank: 43,221

Product description

Lavishly illustrated in color, this textbook takes an applied approach to introduce undergraduate students to the basic principles of structural geology. The book provides unique links to industry applications in the upper crust, including petroleum and groundwater geology, which highlight the importance of structural geology in exploration and exploitation of petroleum and water resources. Topics range from faults and fractures forming near the surface to shear zones and folds of the deep crust. Students are engaged through examples and parallels drawn from practical everyday situations, enabling them to connect theory with practice. Containing numerous end-of-chapter problems, e-learning modules, and with stunning field photos and illustrations, this book provides the ultimate learning experience for all students of structural geology.

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Haakon Fossen is Professor of Structural Geology at the University of Bergen, Norway, where he is affiliated with the Department of Earth Science, the Natural History Collections, and the Centre for Integrated Petroleum Research (CIPR). His professional career has involved work as an exploration and production geologist/geophysicist for Statoil and as a Professor at the University of Bergen (1996 to present), in addition to periods of geologic mapping and mineral exploration in Norway. His research ranges from hard to soft rocks and includes studies of folds, shear zones, formation and collapse of the Caledonian Orogen, numerical modeling of deformation (transpression), the evolution of the North Sea rift, and studies of deformed sandstones in the western United States. He has conducted extensive field work in various parts of the world, notably Norway, Utah/Colorado, and Sinai, and his research is based on field mapping, microscopy, physical and numerical modeling, geochronology and seismic interpretation. Professor Fossen has been involved in editing several international geology journals, has authored over 90 scientific publications, and has written two books and several book chapters. He has taught undergraduate structural geology courses for over ten years and has a keen interest in developing electronic teaching resources to aid student visualization and understanding of geological structures.

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By Konstantinos 13 Aug 2010 5

This is a book which provide in a rigorous manner (Linear algebra) the essential aspects of structural geology exposing the up to date evolution of the discipline. I think that is a good choice for someone who have a little background in linear algebra. The only thing that made me feel infuriate is the terrible binding of the book, meaning that from the first day the book started to fall apart. This is of course fault of cambridge university press

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'... the structural geology text that I have long been waiting for ... this text truly shows the application of structural geology to real life academic and industry problems. It will go straight onto my syllabus as the required text.' Professor Bruce Trudgill, Colorado School of Mines 'If you only buy one structural geology textbook - this is the one to get. It's both theoretical and practical ... with excellent illustrations and thought-provoking examples.' Professor Rob Butler, University of Aberdeen 'Lavishly illustrated in color, this textbook takes an applied approach to introduce undergraduate students to the basic principles of structural geology ... Containing numerous end-of-chapter problems, e-learning modules, and with stunning field photos and illustrations, this book provides the ultimate learning experience for all students of structural geology.' The Eggs EGU Newsletter (the-eggs.org) 'Gorgeous. Nothing less. Everyone in need of structural geology - and that's quite a few of us - will certainly find this book very useful. There is a good balance between text and figures, and the figures are very good, be it the photos, maps, graphics or principle sketches. It is simply a pleasure to read this book. Seldom have we seen such a user-friendly textbook.' GEO '... Fossen is to be applauded for crafting a unique, high-caliber, and accessible undergraduate textbook on structural geology ... beautifully illustrated, with excellent original color diagrams and with impressive color field photographs that are all keyed to locations and placed into geologic context. ... This book will likely get a lot of use; it is well written and priced right. ... an excellent, accessible introductory structural geology text that is admirably well illustrated and well written. It should prove to be a valuable resource for students and instructors alike.' EOS

Table of contents

Preface; List of symbols; 1. Structural geology and structural analysis; 2. Deformation; 3. Strain in rocks; 4. Stress; 5. Stress in the lithosphere; 6. Rheology; 7. Fracture and brittle deformation; 8. Faults; 9. Kinematics and paleostress in the brittle regime; 10. Deformation at the microscale; 11. Folds and folding; 12. Foliation and cleavage; 13. Lineations; 14. Boudinage; 15. Shear zones and mylonites; 16. Contractional regimes; 17. Extensional regimes; 18. Strike-slip, transpression and transtension; 19. Salt tectonics; 20. Balancing and restoration; Appendix A. More about the deformation matrix; Appendix B. Stereographic projection; Glossary; References; Index.