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Faulting, Fracturing and Igneous Intrusion in the Earth's Crust

Product Code: SP367
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by D Healy, R W H Butler, Z K Shipton and R H Sibson
Publication Date: 09 August 2012
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Geologists have long-grappled with understanding the mechanical origins of rock deformation. Stress regimes control the nucleation, growth and reactivation of faults and fractures; induce seismic activity; affect the transport of magma; and modulate structural permeability, thereby influencing the redistribution of hydrothermal and hydrocarbon fluids. Experimentalists endeavour to recreate deformation structures observed in nature under controlled stress conditions. Earth scientists studying earthquakes will attempt to monitor or deduce stress changes in the Earth as it actively deforms. All are building upon the pioneering research and concepts of Ernest Masson Anderson, dating back to the start of the twentieth century. This volume celebrates Anderson’s legacy, with 14 original research papers that examine faulting and seismic hazard; structural inheritance; the role of local and regional stress fields; low angle faults and the role of pore fluids; supplemented by reviews of Andersonian approaches and a reprint of his classic paper of 1905.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-347-9
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 264
Weight: 0.83 kg



Bernard Elgey Leake in Geoscientist Vol 22 September 2013

…this is an excellent and recommended 2012 account of how Andersonian and other factors control faulting and its orientation, with a good spread of geographical and geological situations and modelling.

Review by Robert Anderson

Review Featured in Environmental & Engineering Geoscience, Vol. XIX, No. 4, November 2013

The reader is likely to get more out of Faulting, Fracturing and Igneous Intrusion of the Earth’s Crust if they have a working background in rock mechanics, as well as structural geology, geodesy, and fault mechanics. Overall, the volume is an easily understood and well-edited collection of the application of basic stress concepts. It is a beginner’s reference and only briefly covers more advanced concepts such as non-homogeneous stratigraphy or strength of materials or overprinting of faulting by newer faults and intrusions and physical changes of rock in areas affected by fluid injection and/or mineralization.

I found Faulting, Fracturing and Igneous Intrusion of the Earth’s Crust to be interesting and easy to follow but limited in the breadth of example papers. I recommend that one purchase the book as a general professional reference and read it as your interests warrant.

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