Tectonics and Structural Geology

Must-read papers in tectonics and structural geology – Introduction

Must-read papers in tectonics and structural geology – Introduction

Have you ever read a paper and wished you had found it years ago?

Did you stumble upon TS early-career scientists or colleagues who are unaware of seminal or fundamental (old and new) articles?

Or are you simply willing to give some good reading advice about tectonics and structural geology?


The Early Career Scientists of the EGU Tectonics and Structural Geology Division (TS) are launching a new activity. We call it “TS Must-read papers”, and it can be roughly described as a virtual paper-discussion forum.

A vote was held in the beginning of June to collate papers in Tectonics and Structural Geology which are “Must read”.

A group of 12 early-career scientists with diverse backgrounds, the “TS Must-read papers” team, will promote the papers that have received the majority of votes, and moderate their discussion within the TS community on an open forum. We hope for exciting discussions on those game-changing TS articles.

We plan to discuss 48 papers over a time span of 2 years (see links below), ordered by publication year, from oldest to youngest. Each paper will be handled by a 3-persons sub-team during a 1-month cycle of (a) announcement and promotion for reading (week 1), (b) time for reading and reflection (week 2), (c) discussion (week 3), and (d) wrap-up and summary blog post (week 4).  A new paper will be put out for discussion every 2 weeks. In this way, announcement (a) and reading (b) of a paper will overlap with discussion (c) and summary (d) of the previous one.

The discussion will serve as a base to write a blog post about each paper on the TS Blog page. The blog post will be limited to <500 words and organised in 5 main points: a short synopsis, key points, controversies, opening venues/fields, and mention of contributors to the discussion. Hyperlinks to other potential papers/sources mentioned during the discussion may also be included. The final output of the action will consist of a compilation of all EGU “TS Must-read papers” blog posts that will be permanently archived on a preprint server (EarthArXiv).

We think this activity is an exciting opportunity for members of the community to continue to engage, and to make the first commonly discussed and published bibliographic compilation for our research community. We hope you would like to join us in discussing the science we love through some of the foundational, seminal, and ground-breaking papers in our discipline. By doing this, we also hope to cheer up the TS community in these complicated times.


Results of the vote and paper list

In total 103 people voted for 381 papers!

46 papers were nominated at least twice.

18 authors were nominated at least twice without paper coincidence.

6 authors were nominated at least three times without paper coincidence.

46 papers were selected because they recieved two or more votes, with the final two being decided by authors who were nominated at least three times. Preference was also given to authors based on gender and ethnicity.

  1. (22/Jun/2020) – Hubbert and Rubey (1959) Role of fluid pressure in mechanics of overthrust faulting: I. Mechanics of Fluid-Filled porous Solids and its application to overthrust faulting – accompanying blog post here
  2. (6/Jul/2020) – Dietz (1961) Continent and ocean basin evolution by spreading of the Sea Floor. – accompanying blog post here
  3. (20/Jul/2020) – Wilson (1965) A new class of faults and their bearing on continental drift. – accompanying blog post here
  4. (3/Aug/2020) – Wilson (1966) Did the Atlantic close and then re-open? – accompanying blog post here
  5. (17/Aug/2020) – Mckenzie and Parker (1967) The North Pacific: an example of plate tectonics on a sphere.– accompanying blog post here


This list will be updated regularly as each post is published!


The “TS Must-read papers” team (in alphabetical order): Adriana Guatame-García, Armin Dielforder, Benoît Petri, David Fernández-Blanco, Folarin Kolawole, Gianluca Frasca, Gino de Gelder, Marta Marchegiano, Pan Luo, Patricia Cadenas, Silvia Crosetto, Utsav Mannu.

David Fernández-Blanco
David Fernández-Blanco's research explores how the Earth's vertical motions evolve over time. David's research agenda covers post-rift events in Morocco, big transform faults in Sumatra, orogenic plateau growth in Turkey and interaction of plate boundaries in Greece. Using fieldwork and taking a holistic stand, he combines geomorphology, tectono-stratigraphy and structural geology approaches at regional scales. His passion for research is reflected in active community involvement and geo-communication efforts. David is now the Representative of the TS Early Career Scientists, so get in contact via e-mail, reach him at @_GeoDa_ or visit his webpage.

The ECS “TS Must-read” working group (Adriana Guatame-García, Armin Dielforder, Benoît Petri, David Fernández-Blanco, Folarin Kolawole, Gianluca Frasca, Gino de Gelder, Marta Marchegiano, Pan Luo, Patricia Cadenas, Silvia Crosetto, and Utsav Mannu)

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