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  • Date Published: September 2010
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  • isbn: 9780511771293
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  • Lavishly illustrated in color, this textbook takes an applied approach to introduce undergraduate students to the basic principles of structural geology. The book 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, this book provides the ultimate learning experience for all students of structural geology.

    • Engages students through examples and draws parallels with practical everyday situations to help students connect theory with practice and relevant problems
    • Pedagogical features include highlighted key concepts, boxed information, chapter summaries and review questions to support student learning
    • Online resources include e-learning modules (explaining aspects of the book through text and animations), downloadable illustrations, solutions to student exercises, additional examples and problems, and links to other resources
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    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2011

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    "... 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

    "Evaluate it? ... I've already put a change order into our bookstore to change to it for my Structure class next Fall! It's awesome." Prof. Terry Naumann, University of Alaska

    "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

    "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." - GEO

    "In addition to being a great textbook option for undergraduates, this book will serve as an excellent refresher for professional geologists. Fossen's extensive use of citations throughout the text, in figure captions, and at the end of each chapter provides an excellent window into many of the most important papers in the primary literature of both modern and classical structural geology. Readers will also find Fossen’s references to free and commercial structural geology software and other resources helpful.

    In addition to the modern approach to structural geology and tectonics that the book reflects, it has several other important strengths. First, it deliberately balances painstakingly accurate detail with 'big picture' ideas and broad thinking. Students and instructors who use this book will also benefit from the balance it provides among observational, theoretical, and numerical and analogue modeling perspectives. Second, the book nicely balances the traditional academic approach to structural geology with important industry applications (e.g., chapter 19, Salt Tectonics; chapter 8, Faults; and many additional interpreted seismic sections) that tend to receive only cursory treatment in other structural geology textbooks. A third strength is its clear and rigorous yet accessible physics and math coverage of strain and stress theory (e.g., chapters 2-6 and Appendix A); the strain analysis spreadsheets and other ancillary material such as textbook figures, problem sets, and field photographs available on the textbook Web site (http:// www should also prove to be great learning and problem-solving tools.

    In summary, this is 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." EOS

    "Once in a while, an extraordinarily superior book appears in the midst of other good books on a subject. Without a doubt, this is ht case with this introductory structural geology work by Fossen. Most outstanding, the book provides a balance between soft rock and hard rock, discusses the field's relevance to basic and applied applications, and includes unparalleled illustrations and photos that are critical for instruction and understanding ... It is the most student- and instructor-friendly work this reviewer has seen. Essential." CHOICE

    "The illustrations are plentiful and outstanding in multiple colors. Very seldom can one buy a book of this quality..." Richard Jackson, Environmental and Engineering Geoscience

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    20th Mar 2014 by Randlsix

    If I was to rate purely on content, this book would get 5 stars. It is very well written and the illustrations enhance the explanations perfectly. I bought it as a supplement to the required text for my structural geology book. It is one of my favorite books in my geology library. Unfortunately the binding did not hold and the book is in pieces. Mine is not the only one either, other students have had the same issue. I have written to the publisher several times and have yet to receive a response. Therefore I cannot give it a perfect score.

    12th Nov 2015 by Right

    In terms of content the book is top notch and I would recommend it highly to the academic. However, the quality of the binding is poor and will fail with use.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2010
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511771293
    • contains: 549 colour illus. 2 tables 150 exercises
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    List of symbols
    1. Structural geology and structural analysis
    2. Deformation
    3. Strain in rocks
    4. Stress
    5. Stress in the lithosphere
    6. Rheology
    7. Fracture and brittle deformation
    8. Faults
    9. Kinematics and paleostress in the brittle regime
    10. Deformation at the microscale
    11. Folds and folding
    12. Foliation and cleavage
    13. Lineations
    14. Boudinage
    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, Universitetet i Bergen, Norway
    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). His professional career has involved work as an exploration and production geologist/geophysicist for Statoil and as a Professor at the University of Bergen (1996 to present), in addition to periods of geologic mapping and mineral exploration in Norway. His research ranges from hard to soft rocks and includes studies of folds, shear zones, formation and collapse of the Caledonian Orogen, numerical modeling of deformation (transpression), the evolution of the North Sea rift, and studies of deformed sandstones in the western United States. He has conducted extensive field work in various parts of the world, notably Norway, Utah/Colorado, and Sinai, and his research is based on field mapping, microscopy, physical and numerical modeling, geochronology and seismic interpretation. Professor Fossen has been involved in editing several international geology journals, has authored over 90 scientific publications, and has written two books and several book chapters. He has taught undergraduate structural geology courses for over ten years and has a keen interest in developing electronic teaching resources to aid student visualization and understanding of geological structures.


    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2011

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