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Analysis of Geological Structures


By: Neville J Price (Author), John W Cosgrove (Author)

511 pages, b/w illustrations, tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Aug 1990 | #13240 | ISBN: 0521319587
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Hardback | Aug 1990 | #13236 | ISBN: 0521265819
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A knowledge of structural geology is fundamental to understanding the processes by which the earth's crust has evolved. It is a subject of fundamental importance to students of geology, experienced field geologists and academic researchers as well as to petroleum and mining engineers. In contrast to many structural textbooks which dwell upon geometrical descriptions of geological structures, Analysis of Geological Structures emphasises mechanical principles and the way in which they can be used to understand how and why a wide range of geological structures develop. Structures on all scales are considered but the emphasis of Analysis of Geological Structures is on those that can be seen on the scale of hand specimen or outcrop. Drawing on their considerable teaching experience the authors present a coherent and lucid analysis of geological structures which will be welcomed by a wide variety of earth scientists.



1. Fundamental Principles
2. Minor fractures - their nomenclature and age relationships
3. Concordant and discordant intrusions
4. Diapirs, related structures and circular features
5. Faults - nomenclature, classification and basic concepts
6. Strike-slip faults
7. Overthrusts and thrust nappes
8. Normal faults and associated structures
9. Development of systematic fractures in slightly deformed sedimentary rocks
10. Introduction to folding
11. Surface and single layer buckling
12. Multilayer folds and associated structures
13. The buckling of anisotropic rocks
14. Initiation of large buckle folds and fracture-fold relationships
15. The life and times of a buckle fold
16. Boudinage and pinch-and-swell structures
17. Rock cleavage and other tectonic fabrics
18. Structural analysis


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