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Structural Geology

A Quantitative Introduction


David D. Pollard, Stanford University, California, Stephen J. Martel, University of Hawaii, Manoa


Tackling structural geology problems today requires a quantitative understanding of the underlying physical principles, and the ability to apply mathematical models to deformation processes within the Earth. Accessible yet rigorous, this unique textbook demonstrates how to approach structural geology quantitatively using calculus and mechanics, and prepares students to interface with professional geophysicists and engineers who appreciate and utilize the same tools and computational methods to solve multidisciplinary problems. Clearly explained methods are used throughout the book to quantify field data,…

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Key features

  • Presents a rigorous quantitative approach to structural geology balanced with description and geological examples from the field
  • Complemented by a website hosting a wealth of supplementary teaching resources, including a lab manual of practical activities and computational MATLAB exercises that help develop programming skills
  • Illustrated throughout in full color, with electronic figures available to instructors and MATLAB® scripts for solving problems and recreating model plots, and worked problems that offer examples of how to address questions in structural geology
  • Assumes one year each of college-level physics and calculus

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