Structural Geology Algorithms

Vectors and Tensors

by Richard W. Allmendinger, Nestor Cardozo, Donald M. Fisher

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  • 9781107012004
  • 9781139207331
  • 9781139207324
State-of-the-art analysis of geological structures has become increasingly quantitative but traditionally, graphical methods are used in teaching. This innovative lab book provides a unified methodology for problem-solving in structural geology using linear algebra and computation. Assuming only limited mathematical training, the book begins with classic orientation problems and progresses to more fundamental topics of stress, strain and error propagation. It introduces linear algebra methods as the foundation for understanding vectors and tensors, and demonstrates the application of geometry and kinematics in geoscience without requiring students to take a supplementary mathematics course. All algorithms are illustrated with a suite of online MATLAB functions, allowing users to modify the code to solve their own structural problems. Containing 20 worked examples and over 60 exercises, this is the ideal lab book for advanced undergraduates or beginning graduate students. It will also provide professional structural geologists with a valuable reference and refresher for calculations.

  • Cambridge University Press; December 2011
  • ISBN: 9781139207331
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  • Title: Structural Geology Algorithms
  • Author: Richard W. Allmendinger; Nestor Cardozo; Donald M. Fisher
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781107012004
  • 9781139207331
  • 9781139207324

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'I like this book. The material covered, the level of detail and the inclusion of MATLAB scripts make this a timely, relevant and very useful textbook … [it] will help structural geologists - of all levels - make that critical leap from purely geometrical analyses, through kinematics and into the underlying continuum mechanics of rock deformation. A worthy addition to your bookshelf.' Geological Magazine