An Atlas of Pressure Dissolution Features
L. Bruce Railsback
Department of Geology, University of Georgia
In those early days people laughed at me. They quoted Saussure, who had said that it was not a proper thing
to examine mountains with microscopes, and ridiculed my action in every way. Most luckily I took no notice of them."
Henry Clifton Sorby
This Atlas of Pressure Dissolution Features is intended for earth scientists interested in intergranular compaction, dissolution seams, and stylolites. It is meant both to disseminate knoweldge about pressure dissolution features and to provide a body of conveniently accessed images that can be cited and referenced in other online and print documents. Pressure dissolution features are significant in a variety of disciplines ranging from structural geology to economic geology to hydrology to stratigraphy to sedimentary petrology, so the atlas will hopefully be of use to many scholars.
The Atlas consists principally of large-format photomicrographs and photographs of hand specimens. Each is accompanied by an explanatory caption. The Atlas also has an Introduction providing an overview regarding pressure dissolution and pressure dissolution features, and it has a Bibliography.
The presence of the Atlas online rather than in print means that it can grow through time. Contributions of images and captions by other researchers will be welcomed, so long as such contributions are similar in format and scope to those already included. Contributors will of course be acknoweldged in the appropriate captions. Comments and questions from readers are also welcomed.
As noted above, the online nature of the Atlas makes it adaptable to addition and amendation. The online format also allows images in a variety of sizes and shapes to be used, and it makes the Atlas available around the world at no cost to anyone with access to the World-Wide Web. The author has been told that on-line documents like this atlas are of no scholarly merit. Persons sharing the opinion that only documents published on paper have scholarly merit are encouraged to print this atlas on the heaviest paper that will pass through their printers, so as to acquire a piece of scholarship in which they can place more trust.