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Earth Structure: An Introduction to Structural Geology and Tectonics
This is the home page for Ben van der Pluijm's and Steve Marshak's structural geology textbook. This page contains a brief synopsis of each of the chapters in their text. The chapter summaries in total provide an overview of the basic principles of structural geology and tectonics. Section A. covers Fundamentals such as force, stress, deformation, strain and rheology; Section B. covers Brittle Structures (faults, veins and joints); Section C covers Ductile Structures (folds, fabrics, shear zones etc); and Section D. covers Tectonics and Regional Deformation. The page also contains structural and tectonic animations and links to numerous related web sites and professional organizations.
Intended for grade levels:
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Tutorial
  • Visual:
    • Visualization - scientific
  • Text:
    • Abstract / Summary
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Structural geology
Technical requirements:
QuickTime plug-in
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright van der Pluijm and Marshak, 1997-2000. This page and its links contain copyrighted material. Reproduction in any form requires permission from the original copyright holders, the authors and/or the publishers.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-000-284
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Dr Ben van der Pluijm
University of Michigan, Department of Geological Sciences