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The Making of Mountains


  • Date Published: March 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521765565

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  • Orogenesis, the process of mountain building, occurs when two tectonic plates collide – either forcing material upwards to form mountain belts such as the Alps or Himalayas or causing one plate to be subducted below the other, resulting in volcanic mountain chains such as the Andes. Integrating the approaches of structural geology and metamorphism, this book provides an up-to-date overview of orogenic research and an introduction to the physico-chemical properties of mountain belts. Global examples are explored, the interactioning roles of temperature and deformation in the orogenic process are reviewed, and important new concepts such as channel flow are explained. This book provides a valuable introduction to this fast-moving field for advanced undergraduate and graduate students of structural geology, plate tectonics and geodynamics, and will also provide a vital overview of research for academics and researchers working in related fields including petrology geochemistry and sedimentology.

    • Assesses the key concepts that have arisen from improved modelling of processes over recent years
    • Includes links to the underlying principles and approaches on which the most recent concepts have been built, enabling readers to understand the progression of the subject
    • Combines the approaches of structural geology and metamorphism with a strongly evidence-based overview of modelling
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Mike Johnson and Simon Harley have produced a book that provides an overview of orogenic research and an introduction to the physico-chemical properties of mountain belts. Both are leading authorities in their fields and their excellent understanding of the issues involved comes through in the clearly-structured text … this book deserves to be widely read.' Geoscientist

    '… this book offers plenty of food for thought … would be a useful addition to the library of a geologist desiring an overview of the diverse array of topics associated with modern approaches to mountain building and orogenic tectonics.' Rebecca A. Jamieson, Elements

    'Logical arrangement, [an] attractive narrative style that leads [the] reader through [the] complex topic of the formation of mountains without weariness, legible and very well prepared illustrations [make] this volume … important … for geologists, geophysicists, petrologists and geochemists.' Marek Lewandowski, Pure and Applied Geophysics

    '… a very fresh look at the problems of orogenesis. It can serve as an ultimate reference for those who are specialized in studies of this phenomenon … very important for the professionals as an exceptional (and updated!) synthesis. … an excellent gift for all university lecturers in tectonics, petrology, and general geology.' Zentralblatt für Geologie und Paläontologie

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521765565
    • length: 398 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 194 x 21 mm
    • weight: 1.05kg
    • contains: 130 b/w illus. 12 colour illus. 5 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Major features of the Earth and plate tectonics
    2. Driving mechanisms for plates, slab retreat and advance, a reason for orogenesis
    3. Physical and chemical principles: rock deformation and heat production in the lithosphere
    4. Large scale features of orogenic belts: thrusts, folds, orogenic wedges
    5. Evolution of orogens
    6. Lateral spreading of orogens: foreland propagation, channel flow and weak zones in the crust
    7. Orogenic metamorphism
    8. The erosion, uplift and exhumation of orogens
    9. The sedimentary history of foreland basins
    10. Deep structure: the support of mountains and the importance of phase changes
    11. Mountains and climate
    12. Precambrian orogenesis

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Geological Problems & Origins of Mountains
    • Geology of Natural Disasters
    • Graduate seminar in Tectonics
    • Mountain Building
  • Authors

    Michael R. W. Johnson, University of Edinburgh
    Michael Johnson is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and taught structural geology and tectonics in the University of Edinburgh for forty years. He has undertaken research on orogenic belts in many parts of the world – Scotland, North America, the Alps and the Himalayas – and has continued his researches since his retirement in 1997. Dr Johnson has written over 80 papers, co-edited and contributed to several books, and organised and given keynote lectures at many international conferences. For many years he was on the editorial board of Tectonophysics and has served on international committees such as IGCP.

    Simon L. Harley, University of Edinburgh
    Simon Harley is Professor of Lower Crustal Processes at the School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh. For 25 years, he has taught metamorphism and tectonics, Earth evolution and aspects of isotope geology at the University of Edinburgh and Oxford University and is recognised internationally as a world authority on metamorphism at extreme temperature conditions in the crust. He has undertaken field and laboratory-based research on mountain belts from around the globe, and has a particular interest in Antarctica, its evolution and environment. Professor Harley has written 110 papers, co-edited several conference proceedings and special volumes, and acted on the editorial boards of several key journals in geosciences, including Geology and the Journal of Petrology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a recipient of the Imperial Polar Medal for contributions to Antarctic science.

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