408 pages, diagrams & figures
Impressive features of this book are its thoughtful and meticulous compilation, the effort to use real rather than artificial examples where possible, the clarity and beauty of the plates, and the generally high standard of production. Ramsay and Huber's book deserves to be widely used. --Geological Magazine "The book should become a basic reference for all structural geologists, especially the specialist in small-scale structures. It could be used by graduate students or, perhaps, by well prepared senior undergraduates." --Tectonophysics "It is clear from volume 2 that this series will be the best ever produced teaching text in geology. The authors and publishers are to be congratulated. Although several references are made to volume 1 on Strain Analysis, volume 2 stands alone and should be in great demand, not only by advanced students, but by any practicing geologist needing an update on structural geology. The problems...give students a feel for the excitement of ongoing research. The sessions conclude with the best review of joints I have ever read. For good measure , appendices give a concise outline of force and stress and an excellent minature on geological mapping. The illustrations and diagrams are superb throughout and in themselves constitute a valuable "atlas" of deformation structures. Those who struggle with mathematics have little to fear, because rigorous treatment of mechanisms have been reserved for volume 3. In conclusion, if you're a structural expert, student, or just want to know what the deformation boys are up to, rush out and buy this book, it is excellent value." --Earth Science Reviews, 1989 "Like the first volume, this one is copiously and beautifully illustrated. The line drawings , as one has come to expect, are excellent and almost all drawn just for this book. Nearly all the photographs are previously unpublished, and they are very good indeed. A strength is the reliance on natural examples to illustrate the principles and techniques described, in contrast to many other practical books of structural geology. Every topic is illustrated with at least one natural example, giving the book a firm basis in "groundtruth". The authors state clearly the assumptions of the methods they use and discuss what the sources of error are, and they stress the need for caution in applying them and interpreting the results. ... There is no question that the series of which this volume is a part will have a significant impact on the teaching and practice of structural geology. One of the great virtues of the book is that it engages the reader in the subject matter, forces him or her to think about it by posing basic questions about the form and origin of structures, and then leads him or her through answers which, in many cases, leader to the reader posing further questions; That is exactly what a good text book should do." --Episodes, 1988 "The book should be ideal for students who want to learn techniques of structural geology by themselves or for teachers who are too busy or too lazy to put together practical exercises. The illustrations are mostly new and are excellent. The first four sessions deal with geometric aspects of folds. The approach is delightfully practical and simple, with the lack of pretentiousness that seems to mark John Ramsay's style. The sessions on faults is novel in some respects dealing with the basics in a very practical way. The session on the mechanical analysis of fractures goes through the usual analyses of stress, simple elasticity, failure criteria and Mohr envelopes, but does so in a refreshingly simple way, uncluttered with excess mathematics. There are also pleasing digressions into such subjects as fault-plane solutions, shatter cones and vein formation. Amongst the appendices, the one on stress is straightforward, but the one on geological mapping contains many useful hints and two examples of John Ramsay's field maps which set remarkably high standards (the originals will probably become collector's items). This book is very good in terms of illustrations, simple mathematical exercises, kinematics of folds and fault patterns, and practical hints for the field geologist." --Journal of Structural Geology, 1988 "Like the first volume, which dealt with analyses of largly homogeneous strains and the resulting rock fabrics, the second is a manual largely to be worked at rather than read. After an appropriate grounding in each topic, the readers are faced with a series of penetrating questions or exercises based on beautiful and original photographs of natural and some experimental structures." --Geol. Foreningens Stockholm Forhandlingar, 1988 "This book could be used by graduate students or by well prepared senior undergraduates. In any case this book should become a basic reference for all structural geologists, especially the specialist in small scale structures." --Tectonophysics, 1989
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