Geological Structures and Maps

A Practical Guide


  • Richard J Lisle, BSc MSc DIC PhD, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Wales, Cardiff, U.K.

This highly illustrated student guide introduces the skills of interpreting a geological map and relating it to the morphology of the most important types of geological structure. Thoroughly revised, and with more international examples, it is ideal for use by students with a minimum of tutorial supervision.Photographs of structures are set alongside their representations on maps. The maps used in exercises have been chosen to provide all of the realism of a survey map without the huge amount of data often present, so that students can develop skills without becoming overwhelmed or confused. In particular, emphasis is placed throughout on developing the skill of three-dimensional visualization so important to the geologist.
View full description


A-level and first and second year undergraduate Geology students. Geology tutors and lecturers


Book information

  • Published: November 2003
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-5780-8


'This third edition of a well known introductory guide discusses from first principles the most important types of geological structures and their manifestation on geological maps. An ideal text for first year undergraduates and others wishing to acquire these skills.' Aslib Book Guide 'Geological Structures and Maps is exactly what the title says - an introduction to the geometry of simple structures and what they look like on geologic maps... this book is refreshingly clear and to-the-point.' Journal of Geological Education

Table of Contents

Geological maps, Uniformly dipping beds, Folding, Faulting, Unconformity, Igneous rocks, Folding with cleavage, Further reading, Index