Central America, Two Volume Set: Geology, Resources and Hazards, 1st Edition (Pack) book cover

Central America, Two Volume Set

Geology, Resources and Hazards, 1st Edition

Edited by Jochen Bundschuh, Guillermo E. Alvarado

CRC Press

1,436 pages | 21 Color Illus. | 356 B/W Illus.

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An integrated treatment of the principal fields of classical and applied geosciences of Central America, this authoritative two-volume monograph treats the region as a whole, exploring geology, earth resources and geo-hazards across political boundaries. It reviews the published literature, and supplements it with an abundance of information from ongoing investigations and internal reports.The compendium is a result of four years’ collaborative work by the editors and more than ninety experts from eighteen countries. It is aimed at professionals, academics and students in the fields of geology, geography, biology, and engineering at the local, regional and international level. In a region which is rich in geological resources and where natural disasters are frequent, the monograph is a solid base for local and international institutions concerned with land-use, infrastructure, water and energy resources, and mining, as well as with hazard reduction and disaster prevention.

Table of Contents

VOLUME 1

EDITOR’S FOREWORD

I. REGIONAL OVERVIEW

GENERAL INTRODUCTION

1. Geographical, social, economic, and environmental framework and developments

2. History of geology

Gregorio Escalante and Gerardo J. Soto

II. GENERAL GEOLOGY

GEOMORPHOLOGY

3. Geomorphology and physiographic provinces

4. Volcanism and volcanic landforms

5. Karst landscapes

6. Glacial geology and geomorphology

7. Coastal morphology and coral reefs

TECTONICS AND GEODYNAMICS

8. Overview of plate tectonic history and its unresolved tectonic problems

9. Convergent margin tectonics: A marine perspective

10. Crustal structure

11. Structural geology: From local elements to regional synthesis

12. Seismicity and neotectonic

STRATIGRAPHY AND PALEONTOLOGY

13. Stratigraphy and geologic history

14. Onshore to offshore tephrostratigraphy and marine ash layer diagenesis

15. Late Quaternary lake and swamp sediments: Recorders of climate and environment

16. Vertebrate paleontology

17. Invertebrate paleontology

    1. Micropaleontology

IGNEOUS AND METAMORPHIC PETROLOGY

19. Metamorphism and metamorphic rocks

20. Oceanic igneous complexes

21. Intrusive rocks

22. Petrology and geochemistry of lavas

23. Petrogenesis of ignimbrites

VOLUME 2

III. GEOLOGICAL RESOURCES

HYDROGEOLOGY AND GROUNDWATER RESOURCES

24. Hydrogeology

25. Water availability, use and valuation

GEOTHERMICS AND GEOTHERMAL RESOURCES

26. High and low enthalpy geothermal resources and potentials

27. Hydrogeochemical and isotope composition of geothermal fluids

28. Gas geochemistry of volcanic and hydrothermal fluids

29. Geothermal resources for development – valuation, present use and future opportunities

FOSSIL FUEL AND MINERAL RESOURCES

30. Petroleum geology

31. Coal and peat resources

32. Metallic mineral resources

33. Industrial minerals

GEOLOGICAL HERITAGE RESOURCES

34. Geology-related tourism for sustainable development

IV. GEOLOGICAL HAZARDS

SEISMIC HAZARDS AND MONITORING

35. Seismic hazard and microzonation

36. Seismic monitoring

37. Strong motion monitoring

VOLCANIC HAZARDS AND MONITORING

38. Volcanic activity, hazards, and monitoring

39. Volcano seismology

LANDSLIDES AND TSUNAMIS

40. Earthquake-induced landslides

41. Earthquake triggered tsunamis

Index of formal and non-formal geological units

List of contributors

List of detailed contents

List of reviewers

List of acknowledgements

About the Editors

Jochen Bundschuh (1960, Germany), completed his PhD on numerical modelling of heat transport in aquifers in Tübingen in 1990. His specializations are geothermics, subsurface- and surface hydrology and integrated water resources management and connected disciplines. In 2001 he was appointed within the Integrated Expert Program of CIM (GTZ/BA), Frankfurt, Germany and works within the framework of the German governmental cooperation in mission to Costa Rica at the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), where he focuses on the sustainable use of surface and groundwater resources for power generation. He is also a professor of the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.

Prof. Bundschuh is editor of the books "Geothermal Energy Resources for Developing Countries" (2002) and "Natural Arsenic in Groundwater" (2005) and author of over 60 international scientific publications. In 2006 he was elected Vice-president of the International Society of Groundwater for Sustainable Development (ISGSD).

Guillermo E. Alvarado (1960, Costa Rica), is a geologist working for more than 20 years in different fields of volcanology andQuaternary geology in Costa Rica and other Central American countries. In 1985 he became the chief of the Seismology and Seismic Engineering section of the Institute of Electricity of Costa Rica (ICE), now the Seismic and Volcanic Hazards and Monitoring Unit. Dr. Alvarado is also professor of Volcanology and Geoarcheology at the University of Costa Rica.

Dr. Alvarado is author of eight books including "The Volcanoes of Costa Rica" (in Spanish; 2nd edition 2000), "Costa Rica: Land of Volcanoes", (2nd edition 2005), a book on Igneous Geomorphology (1990), and a book on Natural History (1994). He is co-author of the Geological Map of Costa Rica (Tournon and Alvarado1997), and the Tectonic Atlas of Costa Rica (Denyer et al. 2003).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI019000
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / General
SCI031000
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geology