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Stereographic Projection Techniques for Geologists and Civil Engineers

Stereographic Projection Techniques for Geologists and Civil Engineers

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: April 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521535823

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  • The stereographic projection is an essential tool in the fields of structural geology and geotechnics, which allows three-dimensional orientation data to be represented and manipulated. This book has been designed to make the subject as accessible as possible. It gives a straightforward and simple introduction to the subject and, by means of examples, illustrations and exercises, encourages the student to visualise the problems in three dimensions. Students of all levels will be able to work through the book and come away with a clear understanding of how to apply these vital techniques. This revised edition contains additional material on geotechnical applications, improved illustrations and links to useful web resources and software programs. It will provide students of geology, rock mechanics, geotechnical and civil engineering with an indispensable guide to the analysis and interpretation of field orientation data.

    • Contains many carefully drafted diagrams designed to aid the visualisation of three-dimensional problems
    • Divided into short sections making it easy to locate and study a particular technique
    • Contains links to useful Web resources and software
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    From the reviews of the previous edition: 'This is the book that all teachers of stereographic projections have been waiting for! It contains 115 pages of well-presented, clearly explained, generally well-illustrated text - in short it is user-friendly.' Episodes

    'I have been happy to recommend [this book] to undergraduates as a virtually essential purchase, and in the two years of experience of using it since it first appeared it is clear that students concur with this view. [It is] compact, inexpensive, and well structured to meet the needs of students in an area that many find difficult.' Journal of Structural Geology

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: April 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521535823
    • length: 124 pages
    • dimensions: 280 x 210 x 7 mm
    • weight: 0.29kg
    • contains: 257 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Geological structures of planar type
    2. Measuring and recording the orientation of planar structures
    3. Geological structures of linear type
    4. Measuring and recording the orientation of lines
    5. Why do we need projections?
    6. Idea of stereographic projection
    7. Approximate method of plotting lines and planes
    8. Exercises 1
    9. The stereographic net
    10. Precise method of plotting planes. Great circles and poles
    11. Precise methods for plotting lines 1. Where the plunge of the line is known
    12. Precise methods for plotting lines 2. Where the line is known from its pitch
    13. The intersection of two planes
    14. Plane containing two lines
    15. Apparent dip
    16. The angle between two lines
    17. The angle between two planes
    18. The plane that bisects the angle between two planes
    19. Projecting a line onto a plane
    20. Stereographic and equal-area projections
    21. The polar net
    22. Analysing folds 1. Cylindricity and plunge of axis
    23. Analysing folds 2. Inter-limb angle and axial surface
    24. Analysing folds 3. Style of folding
    25. Analysing folds 4. The orientation of folds
    26. Folds and cleavage
    27. Analysing folds with cleavage
    28. Faults 1. Calculating net slip
    29. Faults 2. Estimating stress directions
    30. Cones/small circles
    31. Plotting a cone
    32. Rotations about a horizontal axis
    33. Example of rotation about a horizontal axis. Restoration of tilt of beds
    34. Example of rotation. Restoring palaeocurrents
    35. Rotation about an inclined axis
    36. Example of rotation about an inclined axis. Borehole data
    37. Density contouring on stereograms
    38. Superposed folding 1
    39. Superposed folding 2. Sub-area concept
    40. Example of analysis of folds. Bristol area
    41. Geometrical analysis of folds. Examples from SW England
    42. Example of analysis of jointing. Glamorgan coast
    43. Geotechnical applications. Rock slope stability
    44. Assessing plane failure. Frictional resistance
    45. Assessing plane failure. Daylighting
    46. Assessing wedge failure
    47. Exercises 2
    48. Solutions to exercises
    Availability of computer programs for plotting stereograms
    Further reading

  • Authors

    Richard J. Lisle, Cardiff University

    Peter R. Leyshon, University of Glamorgan

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