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Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal

Earth and Environmental Sciences

EES 409: Structural Geology Laboratory (1)

Prerequisites (Desirable): Credited or registered in EES 403

Learning Objectives:

Preparation of geological maps is of primary importance to understand the spatial patterns of rocks in the Earth’s crust. In this course, students will be exposed to the different measurement techniques of geological features that are used to prepare geological maps.

Course Contents:

Measurement of Structural Data:
Measurement of structural data of foliation and lineations.

Stereographic Exercises: 
Strike and dip of planar structures, pitch and plunge of linear structure, pictorial representation of structures, borehole plotting on stereonet.

Preparation of Geological Maps: 
Representations of planar and linear structures on map, drawing cross sections of maps, balanced cross section of orogenic belts.

Mohr’s Circle:
Construction of stress and strain, strain analysis of deformed pebbles, minerals, fossils.

Computational Techniques:
Introduction of different software for drawing maps, stereographic projections and grain size analyses.

Suggested Readings :

  1. Marshak, S., and Mitra, G., 2006, Basic Methods of Structural Geology (2nd Edition), Prentice Hall.
  2. Lisle, R. J., 2014, Geological Structures and Maps, A Practical Guide (3rd Edition), Butterworth-Heinemann.
  3. Ramsay, J. G., and Huber, M. I., 1983, The Techniques of Modern Structural Geology (Volume 1): Strain Analysis, Academic Press, London.

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