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Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Structural Geology

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and NPTEL via Swayam

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The subject STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY deals with the shape (geometry), displacements (kinematics/strain) and forces (dynamics/stress) in Earth and Planetary bodies. In other words, the subject deals with the deformation of rocks – their architecture and development through geological time scales.Deformed rocks and structures conceal a series of tales, decoding of which is the challenge of a structural geologist in presenting the evolution of our planet earth. The knowledge of structural geology is applied in may practical fields e.g., hydrocarbon, mineral and groundwater explorations, construction industries, natural hazard analysis, landscape evolution etc. This course will primarily focus upon the basics and introductory level understanding of the subject.
INTENDED AUDIENCE: UG PRE-REQUISITES: Basic Math/Physics and some knowledge of Geological/Earth Sciences INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Construction Industry / Hydrocarbon Exploration and Mining Industries



WEEK 1: Introduction, Basic ConceptsWEEK 2: Structural Elements, Measurements, Sterographic ProjectionWEEK 3: Concept of Strain WEEK 4: Concept of StressWEEK 5: Rheology of RocksWEEK 6: Deformation Mechanism of RocksWEEK 7: Foliation and LineationWEEK 8: Folds and mechanisms; Superposition of foldsWEEK 9: Boudinage and related structuresWEEK 10: Fractures, Joints and FaultsWEEK 11: Ductile Shear ZoneWEEK 12: Structural Mapping, Summary and Final Discussion

Taught by

Prof. Santanu Misra


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  • Anonymous
    The best course available for structural geology, it is a collection of lots of resources. The content is built for beginner to medium level and all reference is given.
  • Anonymous
    Structural Geology is a wonderful course and even by the way Mr. Misra teaches it, it makes me want to pursue my bachelor's and master's degrees at this Indian institute.
  • Abdirashid Adam Shire
    I want to study Structural geology, I hope you will consider my application.

    Because this course is very important, and i want to become professional for this course.

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