Understanding Faults

Understanding Faults

Detecting, Dating, and Modeling

1st Edition - October 8, 2019

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  • Editors: David Tanner, Christian Brandes
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128159866
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128159859

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Understanding Faults: Detecting, Dating, and Modeling offers a single resource for analyzing faults for a variety of applications, from hazard detection and earthquake processes, to geophysical exploration. The book presents the latest research, including fault dating using new mineral growth, fault reactivation, and fault modeling, and also helps bridge the gap between geologists and geophysicists working across fault-related disciplines. Using diagrams, formulae, and worldwide case studies to illustrate concepts, the book provides geoscientists and industry experts in oil and gas with a valuable reference for detecting, modeling, analyzing and dating faults.

Key Features

  • Presents cutting-edge information relating to fault analysis, including mechanical, geometrical and numerical models, theory and methodologies
  • Includes calculations of fault sealing capabilities
  • Describes how faults are detected, what fault models predict, and techniques for dating fault movement
  • Utilizes worldwide case studies throughout the book to concretely illustrate key concepts


Researchers and graduate students in geology, geophysics, exploration geology, and seismology; industry experts in oil and gas exploration

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    David C. Tanner, Christian Brandes
    2. Fault Mechanics and Earthquakes
    Christian Brandes, David C. Tanner
    3. Fault Detection
    David C. Tanner, Hermann Buness, Jan Igel, Thomas Günther, Gerald Gabriel, Peter Skiba, Thomas Plenefisch, Nicolai Gestermann, Thomas R. Walter
    4. Numerical Modelling of Faults
    Andreas Henk
    5. Faults in the Laboratory
    André R. Niemeijer, Åke Fagereng, Matt Ikari, Stefan Nielsen, Ernst Willingshofer
    6. The Growth of Faults
    Andrew Nicol, Conrad Childs, John Walsh, Tom Manzocchi
    7. Direct dating of Fault Movement
    Sumiko Tsukamoto, Takahiro Tagami, Horst Zwingmann
    8. Fault Seal
    Michael Kettermann, Luca Smeraglia, Chris Morley, Christoph von Hagke, David C. Tanner
    9. Conclusions
    David C. Tanner, Christian Brandes

Product details

  • No. of pages: 380
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2019
  • Published: October 8, 2019
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128159866
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128159859

About the Editors

David Tanner

David Colin Tanner is a researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics, where his research focuses on structural modeling and seismics. He has also been a lecturer at Jacobs University and University of Gottingen, as well as a researcher at GFZ Potsdam, among others. He has chaired multiple sessions on faults at the EGU conference in Vienna.

Affiliations and Expertise

Researcher, Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics, Hannover, Germany

Christian Brandes

Christian Brandes is a researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Geology at the University of Hannover. His research interests include interaction of tectonics and sedimentation, geodynamics of island-arcs, burial history and temperature evolution of sedimentary basins, paleoseismology, and evolution of fold-and-thrust belts. He lectures on tectonics, modeling, Earth history, mapping, and regional geology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Researcher, Institute of Geology, University of Hannover, Germany

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