Geology of Earthquakes / Edition 1

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Overview


The first modern treatment of purposes, methods, and principles of the geological investigation of earthquakes draws upon examples from many seismically active regions of the globe, including China, Japan, the Mediterranean countries, the U.S., and New Zealand. The Geology of Earthquakes will be useful to engineers, geophysicists, and planners, in addition to geologists, and will be an aid to the geotechnical community as well as to graduate and advanced undergraduate students. The first several chapters of the book include introductions to plate tectonics, structural geology, seismic waves, geodesy, Quaternary geochronological methods, and tectonic geomorphology. These serve as a common interdisciplinary background for the second half of the text, which divides the discussion of earthquakes according to tectonic environment: strike-slip, divergent, and convergent. Earthquake environments from the globe are amply illustrated with photographs, maps, and cross- sections. Case histories of recent, well-studied earthquakes demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of earthquake science. Personal vignettes of early pioneers such as Charles Darwin, G.K. Gilbert, Bunjiro Koto, and Alexander McKay illustrate early historical milestones in earthquake geology. The final chapters of the book are devoted to secondary effects such as liquefaction, seismically induced landslides and tsunamis, and to the use of earthquake geology in earthquake hazard assessment. A glossary of terms, an extensive bibliography, and a comprehensive reference table of more than 300 historical earthquakes accompanied by surface faulting appear at the end of the text.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195078275
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/2/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 11.31 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 1.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Oregon State University

California Institute of Technology

California Institute of Technology (Emeritus)

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
I. Introduction
II. Background
1. Earthquake Geography and Plate Tectonics
2. Rock Deformation and Structure
3. Geology of the Earthquake Source Region
4. Seismic Waves
5. Tectonic Geodesy
6. Quaternary Timescales and Dating Techniques
7. Tectonic Geomorphology
III. The Earthquake Environment
8. Strike-Slip Faults
9. Normal Faults
10. Reverse Faults and Folds
11. Subduction-zone Megathrusts
12. Secondary Effects
V. Seismic Hazard Assessment
Appendix 1: Table of Historic Earthquakes with Surface Repture
Appendix 2: Glossary
References
Index

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