Introduction to the geology of Thailand
With an area of over half a million square kilometres, or roughly that of France, Thailand is second only to Myanmar in size among the countries which make up mainland SE Asia. It lies entirely within the tropics and the distance between its northern point (latitude c. 20°30′N) and its southern point (latitude c. 5°30′N) is a distance of over 1600 km. About four-fifths of the country forms a compact northern land area bordered by Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. The southern part of the country partly surrounds the Gulf of Thailand (an inlet of the South China Sea), the western arm of this embrace forming the Thai Peninsula which extends south to the border with Malaysia. The western side of the peninsula is partly bordered by southernmost Myanmar and partly by the Andaman Sea.
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The Geology of Thailand
This is the first volume in the English language to cover the entire range of the geology of Thailand since the joint Thai—US account by Brown et al. exactly 60 years ago. Over this period there has been a phenomenal growth in interest in this core area of SE Asia. This has been led by geologists in Thailand, but with important and highly significant input from geologists based elsewhere in Asia and in Europe, Australasia and North America. Some of that research was prompted by commercial considerations, since Thailand has important energy and mineral resources, while other research has sought to understand better the stratigraphic and structural history, including the plate-tectonic story which Thailand's rocks reveal. This new volume seeks to bring together all of this knowledge into a single accessible book; it is the work of an international team drawn from Thailand, Japan, Australia, USA, Canada, Germany and the UK.