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Tectonics of Strike-Slip Restraining and Releasing Bends

Product Code: SP290
Series: GSL Special Publications
Author/Editor: Edited by W D Cunningham & P Mann
Publication Date: 05 December 2007
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Restraining and releasing bends are common, but enigmatic features of strike-slip fault systems occurring in all crustal environments and at regional to microscopic scales of observation. Regional-scale restraining bends are sites of mountain building, transpressional deformation and basement exhumation, whereas releasing bends are sites of topographic subsidence, transtensional deformation, basin sedimentation and possible volcanism and economic mineralization. Because restraining and releasing bends often occur as singular self-contained domains of complex deformation, they are appealing natural laboratories for Earth scientists to study fault processes, earthquake seismology, active faulting and sedimentation, fault and fluid-flow relationships, links between tectonics and topography, tectonic and erosional controls on exhumation, and tectonic geomorphology.

This volume addresses the tectonic complexity and diversity of strike-slip restraining and releasing bends with 18 contributions divided into four thematic sections:

(1) a topical review of fault bends and their global distribution;

(2) bends, sedimentary basins and earthquake hazards;

(3) restraining bends, transpressional deformation and basement controls on development;

(4) releasing bends, transtensional deformation and fluid flow.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-86239-238-2
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-238-0
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 488
Weight: 1.30 kg


Tectonics of strike-slip restraining and releasing bends, Cunningham, W. D. Mann, P. • Global catalogue, classification, and tectonic origins of active restraining and releasing bends on active strike-slip fault systems, Mann, P. • Morphology, structure and evolution of California Continental Borderland restraining bends, Legg, M. R. Goldfinger, C. Kamerling, M. J. Chaytor, J. D. Einstein, D. E. • Stepovers that migrate with respect to affected deposits: field characteristics and speculation on some details of their evolution, Wakabayashi, J. • Relatively simple through-going fault planes at large-earthquake depth may be concealed by surface complexity of strike-slip faults, Graymer, R. W. Langenheim, V. E. Simpson, R. W. Jachens, R. C. Ponce, D. A. • Extensional deformation and development of deep basins associated with the sinistral transcurrent fault zone of the Scotia-Antarctic plate boundary, Bohoyo, F. Galindo-Zaldivar, J. Jabaloy, A. Maldonado, A. Rodriguez-fernandez, J. Schreider, A. Surinach, E. • Structural and topographic characteristics of restraining bend mountain ranges of the Altai, Gobi Altai and Easternmost Tien Shan, Cunningham, W. D. • Toward a better understanding of the late Neogene strike-slip restraining bend in Jamaica: geodetic, geologic, and seismic constraints, Mann, P. DeMets, C. Wiggins-Grandison, M. • Kinematics of the Amanos Fault, southern Turkey, from Ar-Ar dating of offset Pleistocene basalt flows: transpression between the African and Arabian plates, Seyrek, A. Demir, T. Pringle, M. S. Yurtmen, S. Westaway, R. W. C. Beck, A. Rowbotham, G. • Strain partitioning of active transpression within the Lebanese restraining bend of the Dead Sea Fault (Lebanon and SW Syria), Gomez, F. Nemer, T. Tabet, C. Khawlie, M. Meghraoui, M. Barazangi, M. • Structural geometry and timing of deformation in the Chainat Duplex, Thailand, Smith, M. Chantraprasert, S. Morley, C. K. Cartwright, I. • Evolution of deformation styles at a major restraining bend, constraints from cooling histories, Mae Ping Fault zone, Western Thailand, Morley, C. K. Smith, M. Carter, A. Charusiri, P. Chantraprasert, S. • Evolution of a poly-deformed relay zone between fault segments in the eastern Southern Alps, Italy, Zampieri, D. Massironi, M. • Transpressional structures on a Late Palaeozoic intracontinental transform fault, Canadian Appalachians, Waldron, J. W. F. Roselli, C. Johnston, S. K. • Terminations of large strike-slip faults: an alternative model from New Zealand, Mouslopoulou, V. Little, T. A. Nicol, A.Walsh, J. J. • Segment linkage and the state of stress in transtensional transfer zones: field examples from the Pannonian Basin, Fodor, L. • The structural evolution of dilational stepovers in regional transtensional zones, de Paola, N. Holdsworth, R. E. Collettini, C. McCaffrey, K. J. W. Barchi, M. R. • The 3-D fault and vein architecture of strike-slip releasing and restraining bends: evidence from volcanic-centre-related mineral deposits, Berger, B. R.



Review by: Robert Anderson, Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission, Sacramento, CA
Featured in Environmental & Engineering Geoscience, Vol. XVIII, No. 2, May 2012

The volume is not meant to be an all-inclusive reader. It is an excellent resource on the subject of strike-slip faulting, their settings, their characterization, and the relationship to restraining ...
The references given at the end of each paper are extremely helpful and add significant value to the volume by allowing the reader to follow courses of inquiry that they have after assimilating the volume. Although the graphics were very good, overall the reader would have greatly benefited from the inclusion of a CD containing higher-resolution copies of the graphics with captions, which could be enlarged for better viewing. In general, I found the volume to be highly prized and instructive.
I found Tectonics of Strike-Slip Restraining and Releasing Bends to be highly informative and an excellent resource for references. I recommend that anyone remotely interested in structural geology, engineering geology, neotectonics, or seismic hazards should purchase the book, read it, and re-read portions of it periodically as your interests warrant.

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