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Analysis of geological structures / N. J. Price, J. W. Cosgrove

Main Author Price, Neville James Coauthor Cosgrove, John W. Country Reino Unido. Publication Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, cop. 1990 Description IX, 502 p. : il. ; 30 cm ISBN 0-521-31958-7 CDU 551.24
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Licenciatura em Geologia Geologia Estrutural 1º semestre

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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, this book 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 the book 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.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • 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
  • Index

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Although there is a variety of good books on the principles of structural geology, this work by Price and Cosgrove is probably the most comprehensive and useful volume available at this time. As opposed to the more conventional approach of emphasizing geometrical description of geologic structures, this book stresses mechanical principles and their application to the genetic interpretation of structures. In so doing, the authors have produced a more valuable product. An initial chapter devoted to fundamental principles is followed by in-depth evaluations of minor and regional fractures; igneous intrusions, diapirs and related structures; general and specific aspects of faulting, folding and buckling; and their interrelationships and geneses. Boudinage structures, pinch and swell structures, rock cleavage, and other tectonic fabrics also are evaluated; and previously discussed principles and interpretations are applied in a final chapter on structural analysis. Both descriptive and interpretive discussions throughout the book are well integrated with the results of laboratory experiments. The text is extensively and appropriately illustrated with high-quality photos and line drawings, and up-to-date reference lists are provided for each chapter. A reasonably thorough subject and author index is also provided. This book will be well received by a wide range of professional scientists and engineers, but will be most utilized by undergraduate and graduate students of geology and geologists involved in the mapping and interpretation of geologic structures. M. E. McCallum Colorado State University

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