Lavishly illustrated in color, Structural Geology takes an applied approach to introduce undergraduate students to the basic principles of structural geology. Structural Geology 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, Structural Geology provides the ultimate learning experience for all students of structural geology.
"[...] 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."
"[...] 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."
List of symbols
1. Structural geology and structural analysis
3. Strain in rocks
5. Stress in the lithosphere
7. Fracture and brittle deformation
9. Kinematics and paleostress in the brittle regime
10. Deformation at the microscale
11. Folds and folding
12. Foliation and cleavage
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
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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).