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sir clearly tell me the method how to differntiate between fractures and joints

A fracture is any local separation or discontinuity plane in a geologic formation, such as a joint or a fault that divides the rock into two or more pieces. A fracture will sometimes form a deep fissure or crevice in the rock. Fractures are commonly caused by stress exceeding the rock strength, causing the rock to lose cohesion along its weakest plane.[1] Fractures can provide permeability for fluid movement, such as water or hydrocarbons. Highly fractured rocks can make good aquifers or hydrocarbon reservoirs, since they may possess both significant permeability and fracture porosity.Fractures in rocks can be formed either due to compression or tension. Fractures due to compression include thrust faults. Fractures may also be a result from shear or tensile stress. Some of the primary mechanisms are discussed below.(wikipedaia_)

n geology the term joint refers to a fracture in rock where the displacement associated with the opening of the fracture is greater than the displacement due to lateral movement in the plane of the fracture (up, down or sideways) of one side relative to the other. Typically, there is little to no lateral movement across joints. This makes joints different from a fault which is defined as a fracture in rock in which one side slides laterally past the other with a displacement that is greater than the separation between the blocks on either side of the fracture. Joints normally have a regular spacing related to either the mechanical properties of the individual rock or the thickness of the layer involved. Joints generally occur as sets, with each set consisting of joints sub-parallel to each other.
Joints form in solid, hard rock that is stretched such that its brittle strength is exceeded (the point at which it breaks). When this happens the rock fractures in a plane parallel to the maximum principal stress and perpendicular to the minimum principal stress (the direction in which the rock is being stretched). This leads to the development of a single sub-parallel joint set. Continued deformation may lead to development of one or more additional joint sets. The presence of the first set strongly affects the stress orientation in the rock layer, often causing subsequent sets to form at a high angle to the first set.

Joint sets are commonly observed to have relatively constant spacing, which is roughly proportional to the thickness of the layer(wikipedia)

Joint and fractures in rocks due to the differential movements of rock mass-You can read the wikipedia source clearly indicated formation differences of joint and fractures
You can also see major joints-vertical joints-columnar joints -etc
You can aslso refer journals geotechnical engineering -rock mass classification-engineering classification of rocks-U can aslso refer Structural geology by B.P Billings standard book given all details
You can also refer field geolpogy books clearly illustrate further information
Generally joints-fractures-faults and unconformites are listed under structural discontinuities
Yu can read my book-ENGINEERING GEOLOGY-By D.VENKAT REDDY-Vikaspublications-India given -separate chapter on structural geology its importance in civil engineering application
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Engineering Geology by D.Venkat Reddy, Vikas Publishing House Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, (2010), 658 pages.

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  The author has discussed specific problem encountered in civil and mining engineering such as building sites, slope stability of natural rockmass as well as dump material, geo-hazards, pillar design, rock mechanics, bridge design, dam and reservoirs, tunnel and large size tunnel excavation. Application and utility of remote sensing and GIS have been briefly explained. Chapter of Stratigraphy of India and environmental geology is very useful for earth scientist and engineers for day to day working on the project site.
  The book provide an excellent understanding of engineering geology and has enormous use to earth scientist, practising engineer and civil engineers who can exchange ideas during execution of projects. This book provides support and practical guidance to those seeking help to guard the Mother earth while understanding it appropriately and accurately. In addition, the book is suitable for student of geology, geophysics, civil and mining engineers. The book provides an excellent understanding of rock engineering which will immensely benefit student, teachers, professionals and designer.
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Engineering Geology,Mining geology,commercial petrology,Decorative and dimensional stones,Hydrogeology


20years texhing and reserch expireience in geology,enginnering geology for graduate and undergraduate students-reserch guidance,10years field exoireience conducting field camps for geology students=Presently Assistant professor in geolog

NITK-National Institute of Technology,Surathkal,Mangalore-DK,India Geology section Dept of Civil Engineering

published 70 research papers.( 4 books)- Editor in Chief-International Journal of Earth Sciences and Engineering -1.Engineering Geology for civil Engineers-oxford &IBH pub-1996] 2.Decorative and dimensional stones of India-CBS Pub-1997 3.Engineering Geology-Vikaspublishers2010 4.Applied Geology-Vikaspub-2010

MSC(GEOLOGY),Osmania university,India, MSC(Tech )Hydrogeology,OU,India PhD(GEOLOGY)OU,India

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Distinguishing Indian Award Editor in chief-International Journal of Earth Sciences and Engineering (

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