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Paleostress Inversion Techniques - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128119105

Paleostress Inversion Techniques

1st Edition

Methods and Applications for Tectonics

Author: Christophe Pascal
Paperback ISBN: 9780128119105
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st November 2021
Page Count: 400
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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.

Key Features

  • 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


Geologists, geophysicists, exploration geologists, seismologists. Professionals in the mining, oil and gas, and geothermal industries

Table of Contents

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. Determining Paleostresses with 'Incomplete' Data
8. One step beyond: full determination of paleostress tensors
9. Examples of applications of stress inversion methods in tectonic analyses
10. A guide to Paleostress Analysis
11. References


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About the Author

Christophe Pascal

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of structural geology, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

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