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Earth Structure
An Introduction to Structural Geology and Tectonics


Ben van der Pluijm and Stephen Marshak


WW Norton & Company

Second Edition, 2004

ISBN 0-393-92467-X


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About the Authors

Ben A. van der Pluijm is Bruce R. Clark Collegiate Professor of Geology and Professor of the Environment at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is (co-)author of more than 140 research articles and editor/board member of several international journals. His research focuses on fault rocks and processes, crustal architecture of collisional belts, intraplate deformation, microstructures and textures, and geochronology, with main field areas in North America, South America and Europe. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Geological Sciences and Program in the Environment, he directs U-M's interdisciplinary Global Change Program and is involved in various technology-supported educational initiatives.

Stephen Marshak is Professor of Geology and Director of the School of Earth Society and Environment at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, an M.S. from the University of Arizona, and a B.A. from Cornell University. He has served as Chair of the Division of Structural Geology and Tectonics of the Geological Society of America. He has written numerous research articles on topics in structural geology and tectonics, and has authored or co-authored three other books: Basic Methods of Structural GeologyEarth: Potrait of a Planet; and Essentials of Geology.



Chapter 1 Overview
Chapter 2 Primary and Nontectonic Structures
Chapter 3 Force and Stress
Chapter 4 Deformation and Strain
Chapter 5 Rheology

Chapter 6 Brittle Deformation
Chapter 7 Joints and Veins
Chapter 8 Faults and Faulting

Chapter 9 Ductile Deformation Processes
Chapter 10 Folds and Folding
Chapter 11 Fabrics: Foliations and Lineations
Chapter 12 Ductile Shear Zones, Textures, and Transposition
Chapter 13 Deformation, Metamorphism, and Time

Chapter 14 Whole-Earth Structure and Plate Tectonics
Chapter 15 Geophysical Imaging of the Continental Lithosphere—An Essay by Frederick A. Cook
Chapter 16 Rifting, Seafloor Spreading, and Extensional Tectonics
Chapter 17 Convergence and Collision
Chapter 18 Fold-Thrust Belts—An Essay by Stephen Marshak and M. Scott Wilkerson
Chapter 19 Strike-Slip Tectonics

Chapter 20 A Global View
Chapter 21 Eastern Hemisphere
Chapter 22 Western Hemisphere

Appendix 1 Spherical Projections
Appendix 2 Geologic Timescale



Minor corrections were made after the first print run of the second edition.  The corrections page only addresses subsequent print runs:

Changes and Corrections.



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PDFs of powerpoint slides for Chapters (and subchapters) are linked below. PowerPoint originals (incl notes/figure captions) are available on request to instructors who use the textbook, based on WW Norton's adopter records; contact Ben van der Pluijm.

Chapter Powerpoint Other/Comments
1. Overview 1_Introduction_general.pdf  
2. Primary Structures 2_PrimaryStructures.pdf  
3. Force and Stress 3_ForceStress.pdf  
4. Deformation and Strain 4_DeformationStrain.pdf  
5. Rheology 5_Rheology.pdf  
6. Brittle Deformation 6_BrittleDeformation.pdf see also Faults and Faulting
7. Joints and Veins 7_JointsVeins.pdf  
8. Faults and Faulting


see also Brittle Deformation
9. Ductile Deformation and Microstructures 9_DuctileDeformation.pdf see also Folds and Folding
10. Folds and Folding 10_FoldsFolding.pdf
see also Ductile Deformation
11. Foliations and Lineations 11_FoliationsLineations.pdf  
12. Ductile Shear Zones 12_DuctileShearZones.pdf  
13. Deformation, Metamorphism and Time    
14. Earth Structure and Plate Tectonics 14_EarthStructurePlateTectonics.pdf  
15. Geophysical Imaging of the Continental Lithosphere    
16. Extension Tectonics 16_ExtensionTectonics.pdf  
17. Contraction Tectonics 17_ContractionTectonics.pdf  
18. Fold-Thrust Belts 18_FoldThrustBelts.pdf  
19. Strike-Slip Tectonics 19_StrikeSlipTectonics.pdf  
20. Global View, and a North American Perspective 20_GlobalViewI.pdf
21. Eastern Hemisphere    
22. Western Hemisphere    


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