This lively introduction to geologic fracture mechanics provides a
consistent treatment of all common geologic structural
discontinuities. It explores the formation, growth and
interpretation of fractures and deformation bands, from
theoretical, field and lab-based perspectives, bridging the gap
between a general textbook treatment and the more advanced research
literature. It allows the reader to acquire basic tools to
interpret discontinuity origins, geometries, patterns and
implications using many of the leading and contemporary concepts
known to specialists in the field. Problem sets are provided at the
end of each chapter, and worked examples are included within each
chapter to illustrate topics and enable self-study. With all common
geologic structures including joints, hydrofractures, faults,
stylolites and deformation bands being discussed from a fresh
perspective, it will be a useful reference for advanced students,
researchers and industry practitioners interested in structural
geology, neotectonics, rock mechanics, planetary geology, and
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