Geology of Earthquakes

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byRobert S. Yeats, Kerry E. Sieh, Clarence R. Allen

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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 willbe 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, seismicwaves, 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. Earthquakeenvironments 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 ofterms, 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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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 willbe useful to engineers, geophysicists, and ...

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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 United States, and New Zealand. The Geology of Earthquakes will be useful to engineers, geophysici...

Robert S. Yeats is at Oregon State University. Clarence R. Allen is at California Institute of Technology.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:576 pages, 8.9 × 11.3 × 1.38 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195078276

ISBN - 13:9780195078275

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Table of Contents

Preface and AcknowledgementsI. IntroductionII. Background1. Earthquake Geography and Plate Tectonics2. Rock Deformation and Structure3. Geology of the Earthquake Source Region4. Seismic Waves5. Tectonic Geodesy6. Quaternary Timescales and Dating Techniques7. Tectonic GeomorphologyIII. The Earthquake Environment8. Strike-Slip Faults9. Normal Faults10. Reverse Faults and Folds11. Subduction-zone Megathrusts12. Secondary EffectsV. Seismic Hazard AssessmentAppendix 1: Table of Historic Earthquakes with Surface ReptureAppendix 2: GlossaryReferencesIndex

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"A super treatment for either upper-division undergraduates or graduate students involved in tectonics or solid earth geophysics courses."--John D. Pigott, University of Oklahoma