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Edited by Damien Closson

Royal Military Academy, Belgium

The term tectonics refers to the study dealing with the forces and displacements that have operated to create structures within the lithosphere. The deformations affecting the Earth's crust are result of the release and the redistribution of energy from Earth's core. The concept of plate tectonics is the chief working principle. Tectonics has application to lunar and planetary studies, whether or not those bodies have active tectonic plate systems. Petroleum and mineral prospecting uses this branch of knowledge as guide. The present book is restricted to the structure and evolution of the terrestrial lithosphere with dominant emphasis on the continents. Thirteen original scientific contributions highlight most recent developments in seven relevant domains: Gondwana history, the tectonics of Europe and the Near East; the tectonics of Siberia; the tectonics of China and its neighbourhood; advanced concepts on plate tectonics are discussed in two articles; in the frame of neotectonics, two investigation techniques are examined; finally, the relation between tectonics and petroleum researches is illustrated in one chapter.

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TectonicsEdited by Damien Closson

Published: February 28th 2011

DOI: 10.5772/567

ISBN: 978-953-307-545-7

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-953-51-4518-9

Copyright year: 2011

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56311 Total Chapter Downloads

22 Crossref Citations

82 Web of Science Citations

55 Dimensions Citations


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1. Plates Amalgamation and Plate Destruction, the Western Gondwana History

By Ngako Vincent and Njonfang Emmanuel


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2. Lithospheric Structure and Tectonics of the Eastern Alps – Evidence from New Seismic Data

By Ewald Brückl


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3. Structure and Plate Tectonic Evolution of the Northern Outer Carpathians

By Jan Golonka, Kaja Pietsch and Paweł Marzec


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4. Tectonic Model of the Sinai Peninsula Based on Geophysical Investigations

By Taha Rabeh


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5. Siberia - From Rodinia to Eurasia

By Dmitry V. Metelkin, Valery A. Vernikovsky and Alexey Yu. Kazansky


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6. Proto-Basin Types of North China Craton (NCC) in Late Triassic and Its Implication for Regional Tectonics of Initial Craton Destruction

By Yang Minghui, Liu Chiyang, Zeng Peng, Bai Hua and Zhou Jin


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7. Tectonic Implications of Stratigraphy Architecture in Distal Part of Foreland Basin, Southwestern Taiwan

By Jong-Chang Wu, Kenn-Ming Yang, Yi-Ru Chen and Wen-Rong Chi


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8. Seismic Hazard in Tien Shan: Basement Structure Control Over the Deformation Induced by Indo-Eurasia Collision

By Buslov, Mikhail M. and De Grave, Johan


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9. Lithosphere as a Nonlinear System: Geodynamic Consequences

By E. G. Mirlin


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10. Layer-Block Tectonics, a New Concept of Plate Tectonics - An Example from Nansha Micro-Plate, Southern South China Sea

By Hai-ling Liu, Hong-bo Zheng, Yan-Lin Wang, Chao-Hua Wu, Mei-Song Zhao and Yun-Kong Du


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11. The Role of Geoelectrical DC Methods in Determining the Subsurface Tectonics Features. Case Studies from Syria

By Jamal Asfahani


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12. Salt Tectonics of the Lisan Diapir Revealed by Synthetic Aperture Radar Images

By Damien Closson, Najib Abou Karaki, Nada Milisavljević, Frédéric Hallot, and Marc Acheroy


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13. Mantle-like Trace Element Composition of Petroleum – Contributions from Serpentinizing Peridotites

By Peter Szatmari, Teresa Cristina O. da Fonseca and Norbert F. Miekeley


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