Orogenesis: The Making of Mountains

Orogenesis: The Making of Mountains

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Michael R. W. Johnson, Professor Simon L. Harley
Cambridge University Press, 3/8/2012
EAN 9780521765565, ISBN10: 0521765560

Hardcover, 398 pages, 25.2 x 19.4 x 2.1 cm
Language: English

Orogenesis, the process of mountain building, occurs when two tectonic plates collide – either forcing material upwards to form mountain belts such as the Alps or Himalayas or causing one plate to be subducted below the other, resulting in volcanic mountain chains such as the Andes. Integrating the approaches of structural geology and metamorphism, this book provides an up-to-date overview of orogenic research and an introduction to the physico-chemical properties of mountain belts. Global examples are explored, the interactioning roles of temperature and deformation in the orogenic process are reviewed, and important new concepts such as channel flow are explained. This book provides a valuable introduction to this fast-moving field for advanced undergraduate and graduate students of structural geology, plate tectonics and geodynamics, and will also provide a vital overview of research for academics and researchers working in related fields including petrology geochemistry and sedimentology.

1. Major features of the Earth and plate tectonics
2. Driving mechanisms for plates, slab retreat and advance, a reason for orogenesis
3. Physical and chemical principles
rock deformation and heat production in the lithosphere
4. Large scale features of orogenic belts
thrusts, folds, orogenic wedges
5. Evolution of orogens
6. Lateral spreading of orogens
foreland propagation, channel flow and weak zones in the crust
7. Orogenic metamorphism
8. The erosion, uplift and exhumation of orogens
9. The sedimentary history of foreland basins
10. Deep structure
the support of mountains and the importance of phase changes
11. Mountains and climate
12. Precambrian orogenesis

'Mike Johnson and Simon Harley have produced a book that provides an overview of orogenic research and an introduction to the physico-chemical properties of mountain belts. Both are leading authorities in their fields and their excellent understanding of the issues involved comes through in the clearly-structured text … this book deserves to be widely read.' Geoscientist

'… this book offers plenty of food for thought … would be a useful addition to the library of a geologist desiring an overview of the diverse array of topics associated with modern approaches to mountain building and orogenic tectonics.' Rebecca A. Jamieson, Elements

'Logical arrangement, [an] attractive narrative style that leads [the] reader through [the] complex topic of the formation of mountains without weariness, legible and very well prepared illustrations [make] this volume … important … for geologists, geophysicists, petrologists and geochemists.' Marek Lewandowski, Pure and Applied Geophysics

'… a very fresh look at the problems of orogenesis. It can serve as an ultimate reference for those who are specialized in studies of this phenomenon … very important for the professionals as an exceptional (and updated!) synthesis. … an excellent gift for all university lecturers in tectonics, petrology, and general geology.' Zentralblatt für Geologie und Paläontologie