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Prerequisites
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Practical Necessities
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Acknowledgements
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Preface

         
Practical Necessities    
         
         
    "After many years of observing geology departments, our experience indicates that they have adjusted to the scientific revolution of recent decades, but have largely ignored the technical, economic, and social changes that influence the practice of geology and thereby have ignored the professional lives of their students." (Farvolden and Cherry, 1991).    
         

Structural geologists can make important contributions to society in natural resource recovery (including water, oil, gas, and minerals), in the assessment of natural hazards (including earthquakes, landslides, and volcanic eruptions), and in the management of the environment (the long term storage of radioactive materials and the contamination of fractured aquifers by hazardous chemicals).

We integrate aspects of active tectonics, engineering geology, petroleum geology, and environmental geology into this book to show how structural geology can contribute to solving problems in these areas. We believe that this will help break down the disciplinary barriers between geologists and engineers who will need to interact to solve these complex problems.

 

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