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Geologie der Alpen [Geology of the Alps]

Out of Print
By: Othmar Adrian Pfiffner(Author)
400 pages, ~220 colour illustrations
Geologie der Alpen [Geology of the Alps]
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  • Geologie der Alpen [Geology of the Alps] ISBN: 9783825286101 Edition: 3 Hardback Mar 2015 Out of Print #220019
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Language: German

Geologie der Alpen has been translated as Geology of the Alps.

The Alps, with their outstanding outcrop conditions, represent a superb natural laboratory for many geological processes, and have played a crucial role in the history of geology. Geologie der Alpen gives an up-to-date and holistic overview of the key aspects of Alpine geology. After a brief presentation of the plate tectonic framework, the rock suites are discussed, starting with the pre-Triassic crystalline basement, followed by Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic sedimentary sequences. The lithological description of the rock types is supplemented by a discussion of their paleogeographic and plate tectonic contexts.

Geologie der Alpen goes on to describe the structure of the Alps (including the Jura Mountains and the Alpine foreland to the north and south) illustrated by numerous cross-sections. The evolution of the Alps as a mountain chain incorporates a discussion of the Alpine metamorphic history and a compilation of orogenic timetables. The final sections cover the evolution of Alpine drainage patterns and the region's glacial history.

Summary in German:
Die Alpen spielen in der Geschichte der Geologie eine zentrale Rolle. In diesem Gebirge können die unterschiedlichsten geologischen Phänomene besonders gut beobachtet werden. O. Adrian Pfiffner schildert zuerst den modernen plattentektonischen Rahmen. Anschließend werden die Gesteinsverbände des kristallinen Grundgebirges sowie der paläozoischen, mesozoischen und känozoischen Sedimentabfolgen diskutiert. Der tektonische Bau von Jura bis Po-Becken wird samt Tiefenstruktur, Metamorphose und orogener Entwicklung beleuchtet. Die jüngste geologische Geschichte schließlich geht auf die pliozänen Flusssysteme, die großen pleistozänen Vereisungen, die Landschaftsgestaltung und die rezenten Bewegungen ein. Die reiche Bebilderung mit Karten, Profilen, stratigrafischen Kolonnenprofilen und Entwicklungsschemata kann als Grundlage für Exkursionen dienen.

Seit der 1. Auflage 2009 hat sich dieses Buch zu einem Standardwerk der Geologie entwickelt, das mittlerweile auch in Englisch erschienen ist. Die 3. Auflage wurde nun nochmals überarbeitet und erweitert.

 

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Out of Print
By: Othmar Adrian Pfiffner(Author)
400 pages, ~220 colour illustrations
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