This report summarizes the status of research in tectonics, and especially of research which relates to petroleum exploration. It also summarizes the work and the recommendations of the sub-committee on tectonics of the research committee of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists between September, 1945, and April, 1946.

What is tectonics? The word is derived from the same root as “architecture” and may be thought of as “the architecture of the earth.” Webster’s dictionary defines it as “that branch of geology concerned with rock structures, especially folding and faulting, resulting from deformation of the earth’s crust.” As such, the term...

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