Paleostress Inversion Techniques: Methods and Applications for Tectonics is an ideal reference for both academic and industry researchers in the Earth Sciences. The book introduces the methodologies developed to reconstruct (paleo) stress tensors from geological data. The interest and potential outcomes of the methods are illustrated by practical examples and supplementary electronic material and an overview on future research directions. As paleostress inversion methods are particularly useful in tectonic analyses at regional and local scales and their outcomes are relevant when trying to predict the orientations of fracture sets and potential fluid flow paths and associated mineralizations, this book provides an ideal resource.
- Includes detailed explanations of methods, along with concrete applications of paleostress inversion techniques
- Clearly illustrates the outcomes, advantages and limitations of the techniques
- Serves as a practical guide for both academics and industry researchers interested in structural geology, geodynamics and tectonics
1. Introduction 2. Brittle structures in the field 3. Theoretical aspects 4. Fault slip inversion methods 5. Inversion of tensile fractures 6. Inversion of calcite twins 7. Application of stress inversion methods in tectonic analyses 8. One step beyond: full determination of paleostress tensors
Christophe Pascal is professor for structural geology at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. He received an initial education in theoretical physics before studying geosciences. In 1998, he defended a PhD thesis in quantitative tectonics supervised by Prof Jacques Angelier, one of the most renowned specialists in paleostress inversion techniques. He has successively worked at the Free University, Amsterdam, as post-doc fellow, and at the Geological Survey of Norway as senior researcher. All along his scientific career, he has focused on the use and development of quantitative approaches to investigate tectonic problems.