29 Best Books on Structural Geology

We have compiled a list of the Best Reference Books on Structural Geology, which are used by students of top universities, and colleges. This will help you choose the right book depending on if you are a beginner or an expert. Here is the complete list of Structural Geology Books with their authors, publishers, and an unbiased review of them as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase them. If permissible, you can also download the free PDF books on Structural Geology below.

1. Structural Geology

1."Plate Tectonics and Crustal Evolution" by Condie and Kent C
“Plate Tectonics and Crustal Evolution” Book Review: The book provides an introduction to plate tectonics. The book contains chapters based on the origin of the earth-moon system, mantle, core, and crust. Topics related to plate tectonics and tectonics settings are discussed. Magma association, mantle sources, Phanerozoic orogenic systems are also discussed. Also, it contains the origin and evolution of crust and mantle, and exogenic earth systems. Most chapters include a list of questions to test the understanding. The book is for graduate and postgraduate students, scientific researchers in geology.

2."Understanding the Earth" by Gass I G
3."Structural Geology: Fundamental and Modern Development" by Ghosh S K
“Structural Geology: Fundamental and Modern Development” Book Review: The book begins with introductory concepts. It contains primary structure, structural elements and their attitudes, stenographically and equal-area projections. It also contains information about the stress, deformation, and behavior of rocks under stress. Finite homogeneous deformation, progressive deformation, measurement of strain are also discussed. Also, rotation of structural elements, the geometry of folds, mechanism of folding are also discussed. The book contains a reference list for further research. The book is written for graduate and postgraduate students, scientific researchers in geology.

4."An Outline of Structural Geology" by Hobbs and Williams
5."Structural Geology of Rocks and Regions" by George H Davis and Stephen J Reynolds
“Structural Geology of Rocks and Regions” Book Review: The book provides a detailed and meaningful introduction to the study of the features and phenomena of rock and regions. It presents the relation between physical and geometric elegance of geologic structures within the Earth’s crust. The applications of structural geology in various aspects like, regional tectonics, exploration geology, active tectonics and geohydrology are mentioned. The book is written from both theoretical as well as practical point-of-view and presents recent discoveries in laboratory and field work. The techniques, experiments, and calculations featured in chapters are explained efficiently. The book covers new insight springs, detailed examination of field relationships, viewed at all scales from rocks to regions. The book will be beneficial for geologists and geophysicists. The book covers the fundamentals of structural geology, nonlinear processes that operate during the deformation and metamorphism of rocks in the Earth’s crust. The book is for geoscientists and graduate-level students. The book contains processes that control or influence the structures and metamorphic fabrics. It also contains hydrocarbon exploration, ore mineral exploration, and architectural engineering. It contains figures, illustrations, working examples for clear understanding.

6."Foundations of Structural Geology" by Professor R G Park
“Foundations of Structural Geology” Book Review: This book is written for first or second-year geology undergraduates. The book has been revised and updated to include many new topics illustrations. The book begins with descriptive aspects of the fault and fold structure in the earlier chapters. Then focuses on stress and strain. Topics like inversion and orogen collapse are added in the new edition. The last part of the book contains a wider context of geological structures and how they relate to plate tectonics.

7."Structural Geology" by Marland Pratt Billings
“Structural Geology” Book Review: The book is an updated and revised piece of work featuring the latest and comprehensive theory along with recent developments in structural geology. The book is written for undergraduate students in geology and related branches of study. This book covers the various geological structures and topics like faults, foldings, joints, impact structures and igneous rocks. The mathematical methods applied in studying the mechanisms that cause these deformations are addressed in this book. The book also covers the methods and principles involved in geology. The book explains the numerical methods applied in the mechanisms of deformations. These include the topics such as folding, plastic deformations, and jointing. It also contains geophysical methods such as seismic methods, gravity techniques, and magnetic techniques. Many exercises and included in this text, thus enabling readers in exploring and analyzing geological phenomena. The book will be useful for undergraduate students in geology, geologists and geophysicists.
8."Elements of Structural Geology" by E S Hills
9."Structural Geology" by Robert J Twiss and Eldridge M Moores
“Structural Geology” Book Review: The book provides a description of deformation in the earth’s crust. In the book, there is a description of geologic structures, as well as their kinematic and mechanical interpretation. The book is organized to be used as course material for geology students. It contains a discussion of orogeny, plate tectonics, and structures. Examples are provided for each mechanism. Thus, this book provides a clear and concise introduction to the field of structural geology.

10."Structural Geology: The Mechanics of Deforming Metamorphic Rocks: 1" by Bruce E Hobbs and Alison Ord
“Structural Geology: The Mechanics of Deforming Metamorphic Rocks: 1” Book Review: The book contains concepts of nonlinear solid mechanics and non-equilibrium thermodynamics in metamorphic geology. It offers a fresh perspective on rock structure and its potential for geological evolution. This book covers unifying deformation and metamorphism. It also covers the development of the mineralogical fabrics and the structures in the field. It also contains various mechanical, thermal, hydrological, and chemical processes coupled with the second law of thermodynamics, invariably leading to nonlinear behavior. In addition, the development of the diverse, complex, even fractal, range of structures in deformed metamorphic rocks is also discussed.


2. Structural Geology and Stratigraphy

1."Geology of India and Burma" by Krishnan M S
“Geology of India and Burma” Book Review: The book is an updated and revised piece of work featuring the latest theory in geology from the perspective of India and Burma. The chapters begin with a fair introduction, and cover physical geology, structure and tectonics of India, Indian stratigraphy, archaean group, mineral riches of the archaeans, cuddapah system, vindhyan system, palaeozoic group, and gondwana group. Moving further, the topics like upper carboniferous, permian systems, triassic system, Jurassic system, cretaceous system, deccan traps, tratiary group, and eocene system. The book delicately focuses students, researchers, and professionals in geology.

2."Fundamentals of Historical Geology and Stratigraphy of India" by Ravindra Kumar
“Fundamentals of Historical Geology and Stratigraphy of India Book Review: This book is an excellent resource for students and professionals seeking knowledge in historical geology and stratigraphy. It provides easy-to-grab knowledge to the readers. The chapters of the book cover various topics like elements of stratigraphy, principles of paleography and paleotectonics, proterozoic formations, precambrians of extra peninsula, paleozoic and mesozoic history, and cenozoic history. The earth’s crustal structure, the tectonic divisions of India, and gondwana sequence of India are discussed in detail.

3."Geology and Evolution of the Indian Plate" by Naqvi S M
4."Stratigraphy: A Modern Synthesis" by Andrew D Miall
“Stratigraphy: A Modern Synthesis” Book Review: The book is an updated and revised piece of work featuring latest stratigraphic methods. The chapters are described in detail and present integrated concepts and methods for several processes like prediction and interpretation of power. The book contains information on the new, integrated, and dynamic science related to Stratigraphy namely, sedimentology, chronostratigraphy, and the broader aspects of basin analysis. It brings together necessary developments to display modern and dynamic science.

5."Geologic Basins I: Classification, Modeling, and Predictive Stratigraphy" by Norman H Foster and Edward A Beaumont
6."Structural Geology of the Colorado Plateau Region of Southern Utah, With Special Emphasis on Deformation Bands" by George H Davis
7."Continental Evolution: The Geology of Morocco: Structure, Stratigraphy, and Tectonics of the Africa-Atlantic-Mediterranean Triple Junction" by André Michard and Omar Saddiqi
“Continental Evolution: The Geology of Morocco: Structure, Stratigraphy, and Tectonics of the Africa-Atlantic-Mediterranean Triple Junction” Book Review: The book begins with an overview of geology of Morocco. The chapters of this book cover various aspects and topics like Pan-African belt, Variscan belt, atlas system, Rif belt, Atlantic basins, Cretaceous-Tertiary plateaus, quaternary deposits of Morocco, and geological discovery. The book concludes with a discussion on continental evolution in Western Maghreb. The recent developments in continental evolution are highlighted in this text. This Book is certified by various international institutions and organizations.

8."Introduction to Small~scale Geological Structures" by Gilbert Wilson
“Introduction to Small~scale Geological Structures” Book Review: The book aims at presenting the common varieties of small-scale tectonic structures along with their ways of formation and limitations. The initial chapters of the book cover stress and strain, structural symmetry, stratigraphic succession, tension fractures and shear zones, rock cleavage and schistosity, and fracture cleavage, and strain-slip cleavage. The remaining chapters feature flow cleavage, lineation, boudinage, drag-folds, parasitic folds, mullion and rodding structures, superposed minor structures, minor structures, large-scale tectonics. This book is an excellent resource for students and professionals interested in small scale geological structures.


3. Advanced Structural Geology

1."Recent Advances in Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering and Microzonation (Geotechnical, Geological and Earthquake Engineering)" by Atilla Ansal
“Recent Advances in Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering and Microzonation (Geotechnical, Geological and Earthquake Engineering)” Book Review: The book presents the broad spectrum of earthquake geotechnical engineering and seismic microzonation including strong ground motion, site characterisation, site effects, liquefaction, seismic microzonation, solid waste landfills and foundation engineering. The subject focuses on multidisciplinary fields like engineering seismology, soil dynamics, geotechnical and structural engineering.

2."North-East India: Land, People and Economy (Advances in Asian Human-Environmental Research)" by Kamal Ramprit Dikshit and Jutta K Dikshit
“North-East India: Land, People and Economy (Advances in Asian Human-Environmental Research)” Book Review: The book starts with an introduction about “Word Order in the Wa Languages”. The book talks about seven states around Assam. It tells about the past, the physical environment, people, resources, and its economy. It considers the spatial distribution, lifestyle and culture of the indigenous people, outlining the unique features of each tribe. This book is recommended for the upper-division UG and above.

3."Advances in Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering (Geotechnical, Geological and Earthquake Engineering)" by Michael N Fardis
“Advances in Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering (Geotechnical, Geological and Earthquake Engineering)” Book Review: This volume would interest scientists and advanced practitioners in structural earthquake engineering, geotechnical earthquake engineering, engineering seismology, and experimental dynamics. The book covers the topics like Ground motions for performance-based earthquake engineering followed by methodologies for performance-based seismic design and retrofitting, and many other related topics.

4."Structural Geology" by Marland P Billings
“Structural Geology” Book Review: Some of the contents of the book are Structural Geology, Mechanical Principles, Description of Folds, Field Study of Folds, Office Techniques Used in Studying Folds, Mechanics and Causes of Folding, Thermal, Laboratory Exercises, Equal-Area Net, Index. The book focuses mainly on mathematical methods of dealing with several principles. The book contains references at the end of each chapter. The book can be attractive and helpful for Geologists.

5."Structural Geology: Fundamentals and Modern Developments" by Ghosh
“Structural Geology: Fundamentals and Modern Developments” Book Review: The book emphasises on both classical as well as modern developments. Fundamental aspects of structural geology, techniques of geometrical analysis, principles of geological deformation and in-depth analysis of mechanisms of formation of geological structures, are some main concepts on which the book has given more of its focus. The book can be of use for the Geologists and professional environmentalists too. Students pursuing courses related to Geology can also read it.

6."A Manual of Problems in Structural Geology" by N W Gokhale
“A Manual of Problems in Structural Geology” Book Review: The concept of True Dip Amount, Direction if the Geological body is bedded one, estimation of ore reserve, depth & thickness of the geological body, are described in the book and explanation of the method by which we can perform and achieve the above concepts are done very efficiently. The arrangement of topics and content in the book is very well such that the reader starts from the beginning and reaches the high-level and not just directly jumps to high-level content.

7."Structural Geology" by Haakon Fossen
“Structural Geology” Book Review: The book contains concepts and theories in such a way that even an Undergraduate student is able to know about Structural Geology. Geology of groundwater and petroleum is also explained. The book contains numerous photos, study-problems, illustrations and learning modules in each chapter. The book starts with giving basic knowledge about the subject and some basic terms related to it. Then it moves towards the latest concepts. The book can prove out to be useful for Agriculture or Geology related students, Geologists, and environmentalists too.

8."Engineering and General Geology" by Parbin Singh
“Engineering and General Geology” Book Review: In the start of the book, readers can find introduction on the topics like the Earth, Geological Work of Natural Agencies, Geological Work of Water, Geological Work of Glaciers, Structural Features of Rocks following which they will be able to find high-level topics like Geological Investigations, Dams and Reservoirs, Tunnels and Road Cuts, Improvement of Sites. It focuses on almost all the topics and latest theories that have something to describe the geographical condition and reason behind the happening of that condition in our planet Earth. The book focuses on Geologists and students related to Geography and Environment.

9."Fundamentals of Structural Geology" by David D Pollard and Raymond C Fletcher
“Fundamentals of Structural Geology” Book Review: The book provides a different outline for Geological Structures, Mapping, Mechanical Analysis. The book is recommended to those who have a basic knowledge of physical geology, introductory calculus and physics. It explains about observational data, modern mapping technology, principles of continuum mechanics, and the mathematical and computational skills. The book contains several problems to solve after each chapter that would help the reader recall and understand the concepts that he/she has studied in each chapter. It also contains many questions related to maths from a low-level to higher ones.

10."Continental Flood Basalts (Petrology and Structural Geology)" by J D Macdougall
“Continental Flood Basalts (Petrology and Structural Geology)” Book Review: The book explains about the important aspects of terrestrial volcanism like isotopic composition, age structure, chemical, and tectonics. It provides the readers with a mixture of writings on continental flood basalts. The book is all about Structural Geology, Rocks & Minerals, and Geochemistry. The book is useful for readers like Geologists, scientists, and can also be studied by undergraduate & graduate students. The information conveyed by the book is so easy to understand and is in a stepwise manner so that even a beginner could know what the book is all about.

11."Granite: From Segregation of Melt to Emplacement Fabrics (Petrology and Structural Geology)" by J L Bouchez and D Hutton
“Granite: From Segregation of Melt to Emplacement Fabrics (Petrology and Structural Geology (8))” Book Review: The book tries to uncover the question of debate on how large-scale or local, crustal extension required for granite emplacement can be obtained.

We have put a lot of effort into researching the best books on Structural Geology and came out with a recommended list and their reviews. If any more book needs to be added to this list, please email us. We are working on free pdf downloads for books on Structural Geology and will publish the download link here. Fill out this Structural Geology books pdf download" request form for download notification.

Subscribe to our Newsletters (Subject-wise). Participate in the Sanfoundry Certification contest to get free Certificate of Merit. Join our social networks below and stay updated with latest contests, videos, internships and jobs!

Youtube | Telegram | LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
Manish Bhojasia - Founder & CTO at Sanfoundry
Manish Bhojasia, a technology veteran with 20+ years @ Cisco & Wipro, is Founder and CTO at Sanfoundry. He lives in Bangalore, and focuses on development of Linux Kernel, SAN Technologies, Advanced C, Data Structures & Alogrithms. Stay connected with him at LinkedIn.

Subscribe to his free Masterclasses at Youtube & technical discussions at Telegram SanfoundryClasses.