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Structural Geology [Hardcover]

Haakon Fossen
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August 23, 2010 0521516641 978-0521516648 1
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.

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Editorial Reviews


"... 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

Book Description

Lavishly illustrated with color photos and diagrams, 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, including petroleum and groundwater geology, and reinforces student learning through end-of-chapter problems and e-learning modules.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (August 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521516641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521516648
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fresh look at modern Structural Geology September 10, 2010
I have started using this new textbook for my classes and find it concise, clear and very enjoyable to read. The illustrations and photos are also of great teaching value.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Structural Geology February 9, 2011
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This book is interesting, not too hard to read. My copy is just fine but a handful of people in my class have had the binding fall apart on their copies, so that would be something to watch for especially if you were purchasing it used.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great text terrible binding! March 8, 2011
By Matthew
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CONS: Everyone I know who bought this book in hard copy is pissed off! The binding is terrible and the book is falling apart!

PROS: This is the best structural geology text I could have gotten! Its got great colored pictures, easy to follow chapters and concepts, has a nice summary and review questions at the end of almost every chapter, and has magnificent online e-modules to help drive home the main concepts.

I definitly recommend this text, but the e-book version from [...]. This is after all a new book, and Im sure the publishing company knows about their fatal flaw by now, so I would assume they plan on fixing it soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor binding May 17, 2011
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While the content of the book is good, and the online content is great for helping students understand difficult concepts, the manufacturing of the book leaves a lot to be desired. Within weeks of purchasing this book, pages began to fall out and by half way throught the semester, the book was unuseable because nearly all of the pages had fallen from the binding. The publisher needs to rethink their binding methods on this book. 12 of 15 other students in my class experienced this same problem. DO NOT PURCHASE if you wish to resell or keep for reference!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wery usefull book April 11, 2011
By peca
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The book is written for wide consumer. As a geologist I like books like that can be used as a reminder and guide in modern structural geology.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great content but... March 24, 2011
By Sander
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The content is excellent. Concepts are clearly explained and the illustrations are helpful. Sadly, that doesn't matter much if you misplace the pages. Literally 3 chapters of my copy have fallen out due to inferior binding. I suspect the publisher will correct this mistake, but until then I do NOT recommend purchasing this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book March 5, 2014
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The book is really useful for anyone who want to study geology or know something about it. And the condition is really good
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4.0 out of 5 stars New Book with Scratch on Front January 25, 2014
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Overall the book is holding up. I've only had it for a couple of weeks. Out of the box there was a scratch on the front cover which was disappointing because paying money for a new book. Anyways, the contents were fine. I haven't seen a weak binding like some other reviewers have mentioned but I am a little cautious about it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy
Close your eyes and buy this book. Absolutely fantastic. There are pictures for structural geological structures and phenomena that i have not seen in any other book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by ROHIT
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference on Structarl Geology
I had read alot of reviews on this book before purchasing it and they were all right - wonderful writing and great illustrations concerning Structural Geology. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Stacy Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Content is good but binding sucks
I rented this book and received a copy with pages falling out. I used it this semester (carefully) and found it to be very informative. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dragon Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb text single author good Amazon selection,
the line drawings in color are the best of any textbook I have read. Lots of important material is included and the color prints are of museum quality and masterful... Read more
Published 17 months ago by William H. Lawrence
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so impressed
This book arrived on time and in great condition - but the first time i opened it, the binding started to come undone. there are no pages left attached to the cover any more. Read more
Published 19 months ago by skrees
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully written, with a great new binding
This text is the first geology textbook I have read front to back. The concepts are clearly explained for those at the undergraduate level, with figures and diagrams well placed... Read more
Published 20 months ago by vegan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introductory Book. Poor binding.
Fine introduction to structural geology. Book has instructive online supplements as well. Colorful diagrams and thoughtful highlighting make presentation clear and relatively easy... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Timothy Tatar
2.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Binding on the Hardcover
I purchased this book for my structural geology class and within a week the binding fell apart and pages fell out. Read more
Published on December 12, 2011 by Cheryl
4.0 out of 5 stars Structural Geology
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well described structural geology with good graphic illustrations. Book is quite useful for oil industry log analyst and geologist.
Published on May 7, 2011 by georaj
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