Applied Structural Geology course background information


  • Analogue model experiments will be used to demonstrate structural geometries associated with the three main tectonic regimes. The experimental fault models will be used to deduce rock mechanical properties of the sand and geomechanical properties of the faults.
  • Real case data will be used in an exercise to construct a Mohr diagram from which rock mechanical properties will be deduced.
  • Fault sealing will be treated in the context of local geology, regional tectonics and local geological history. Case history examples will be used to illustrate the theoretical aspects with real case results.
  • Fault sealing by clay smear will be explained and illustrated with a case history.
  • Inversion tectonics is being described frequently, but few quantitative geomechanical explanations have been published. In this course the first quantitative geomechanical analysis of preferential inversion will be presented and discussed.
  • Fault sealing on the basis of cataclasis will be presented as a quantitative geomechanical method. This is the most advanced and most reliable fault seal prediction method that is currently available.
  • Excersises will be based on real cases.

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