This book presents the mathematics behind structural geology and, by implication and example, tectonics—the difference being a matter of scale. The essence of structural geology is to understand the transition of an initial geometry (such as a layered sedimentary sequence) to a different final geometry (such as a fold and thrust belt). A huge part of that task involves characterizing the shape changes and their evolution, a prerequisite for understanding the driving forces behind such changes. That is a geometric and kinematic problem and the mathematical techniques of vector and tensor manipulation are ideally suited to the job. Some textbooks...

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