The Alps, with their outstanding outcrop conditions, represent a
superb natural laboratory for many geological processes, and have
played a crucial role in the history of geology. This book gives an
up-to-date and holistic overview of the key aspects of Alpine
After a brief presentation of the plate tectonic framework, the
rock suites are discussed, starting with the pre-Triassic
crystalline basement, followed by Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic
sedimentary sequences. The lithological description of the rock
types is supplemented by a discussion of their paleogeographic and
plate tectonic contexts.
The book goes on to describe the structure of the Alps
(including the Jura Mountains and the Alpine foreland to the north
and south) illustrated by numerous cross-sections. The evolution of
the Alps as a mountain chain incorporates a discussion of the
Alpine metamorphic history and a compilation of orogenic
timetables. The final sections cover the evolution of Alpine
drainage patterns and the region?s glacial history.
Readership: The book is essential reading for students
and lecturers on Alpine courses and excursions, and all
earth-scientists interested in the geology of the region.