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A course on the geology of faults and seismogenic faulting

This course is taught by Professor Vince Cronin

This web page was last revised on 5 April 2016.


This course will consider the geology of faults and seismogenic faulting, including a little bit of basic mechanics. This will be a hybrid course involving some lecturing and a lot of reading. My immediate goal is for all of the participants to understand some of the basics of faulting through reading papers and selected chapters from key books, and related lectures, presentations and discussions. It is assumed that students have access to a computer with a USB port, and can find and download required reading from the Baylor electronic libraries.

The burden for learning the material in this class falls squarely on the students' shoulders. Dr. Cronin will be the facilitator, but each student is responsible for her/his progress in this course.

Grading will be based on occasional quizzes about the key points covered in assigned reading, class participation in discussions and whether a given student seems to be prepared when called upon in class, and a final exam.

Dr. Cronin will be out of town chasing wild geese February 9-11 (Secret World Government, Geology Division) and March 28-April 1 (UNAVCO Science Workshop). Regrettably, there will be no class meetings during those times.

Working Bibliography: A Seminar Course on Faults and Faulting

A word on notations.
READ & STUDY means that you should spend time to learn what this paper has to offer. This notation is your hint that material from this paper is very likely to be included on a quiz.
READ -- reference is a notation that is often used for a review paper that is important, should be read in its entirety, and should be used as a reference. At least some of the material from this paper is likely to be included on a quiz.
Skim -- reference indicates that you need to skim this paper so that you know the topics that it covers, and you should slow-down and read sections that seem interesting or relevant to you. This is a paper that you will want to refer to in the future for your general knowledge. It is less likely that material from this paper will be included in a quiz, unless the material is also covered in lecture or in one of the other papers that you were specifically asked to study at a more intense level.
reference indicates that you should know of the existence and availability of this work, and perhaps scan through it so that you have a feel for what it contains.

Some Basics

Ideas of Stress, Strain and Faulting

Reviews of Major Fault Families

Interpreting Shear-Sense Indicators Along Brittle Faults

Observations of a Significant Fault's Structure

SAFOD data

LiDAR, InSAR, GPS data used to understand faults


Fault Seals and Fault/Fracture-Enhanced Permeability

Introduction to Pore-Fluid Pressure Effects

Inducing Earthquakes by Increasing Pore-Fluid Pressure

"Faulting" and Related Fracture-Enhanced Permeability of Landslides

Earthquake focal mechanisms and the Seismo-Lineament Analysis Method

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