Structural Geology Techniques

Steven Dutch, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
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Mathematical Notes

Descriptive Geometry

Descriptive Geometry: Planes

  • Plot Structure Contours, Given Strike And Dip      Interactive - Draw Structure Contours
  • Find Strike And Dip, Given Structure Contours      Interactive - Find Strike and Dip Given Structure Contours
  • Plot Structure Contours, Given Three Points         Interactive - Find Structure Contours Given Three Points
  • Find Strike And Dip, Given Three Points                Interactive - Find Strike and Dip Given Three Points
  • Use of Folded And Combined Constructions
  • Find Strike And Dip Given Structure Contour And One Other Point
  • Find Strike And Dip From Topographic Data
  • Structure Contours on Non-planar Surfaces
  • Descriptive Geometry: Lines

  • Plot Map Trace And Elevation, Given Trend And Plunge     Interactive - Plot Map Trace And Elevation
  • Find Trend And Plunge, Given Map Trace And Elevation
  • Find Intersection of Two Planes                                           Interactive - Find Intersection of Two Planes
  • Find Apparent Dip of a Plane
  • Descriptive Geometry: Relations Between Lines And Planes

  • Find a Plane Containing Two Given Lines
  • Find True Attitude Given Two Apparent Dips
  • Find Intersection of Three Planes
  • Find Intersection of a Line And a Plane
  • Find Trend And Plunge, Given Pitch
  • Find Pitch, Given Attitude Data
  • Find Intersection of Two Non-planar Surfaces
  • Descriptive Geometry: Simple Geologic Structures

  • Fault Offset: Subcrop of Offset Beds
  • Fault Offset and Displacement
  • Fold Axis: Limb Intersections
  • Fold Axis: Bedding And Cleavage
  • Vertical Boreholes
  • Inclined Boreholes
  • Find True Thickness from Map Data
  • Interpret Geologic Structures From Map Data
  • Construct Simple Cross-section from Map Data
  • Intersections of Structures With Topography

  • Intersections of Structure and Topography: Overview
  • Contour Topographic Data
  • Find Intersection of a Plane And a Simple Slope
  • Find Intersection of a Plane And a Ridge or Valley
  • Find Outcrop Pattern of Gently-dipping Plane
  • Find Outcrop Pattern in Area of Complex Topography
  • Find Outcrop Patterns Involving Inliers or Outliers
  • Find Outcrop Patterns of Thick Rock Bodies
  • Find Outcrop Patterns Involving Simple Faults
  • Find Outcrop Patterns Involving Simple Folds
  • Find Intersection of a Line With Topography
  • Find Intersection of a Non-planar Surface With Topography
  • Stereonet Techniques

  • About Spherical Projections
  • Constructing The Stereographic Projection
  • How Spherical Projections are Used
  • Plotting Structures on the Opposite Side of the Sphere
  • Interactive Page for Drawing Stereonets
  • Interactive Page for Drawing Equal Area nets
  • Stereonet Techniques: Planes

  • Plot a Plane, Given Strike And Dip             Interactive - Plot a Plane on a Stereonet, Given Strike and Dip
  • Find Strike And Dip of Plotted Plane               Interactive - Find Strike And Dip of Plotted Plane
  • Stereonet Techniques: Lines

  • Plot a Line, Given Trend And Plunge               Interactive - Plot a Line Given its Trend and Plunge
  • Find Trend And Plunge of a Plotted Line         Interactive - Find Trend and Plunge of a Line on a Stereonet
  • Find Intersection of Two Planes              Interactive - Find the Intersection of Two Planes on a Stereonet
  • Find Apparent Dip of a Plane                         Interactive - Find the Apparent Dip of a Plane
  • Plot a Small Circle Given Its Center And Radius
  • Stereonet Techniques: Relations Between Lines And Planes

  • Find Angle Between Two Lines
  • Find a Plane Containing Two Given Lines
  • Find True Attitude Given Two Apparent Dips
  • Find Trend And Plunge, Given Pitch
  • Find Pitch, Given Attitude Data
  • Find the Strike and Dip of a Plane from Borehole Data
  • Stereonet Techniques: Constructions Using Poles to Planes

  • Plot the Pole to a Plane, Given Strike And Dip          Interactive - Plot a Pole to a Plane on a Stereonet
  • Find Strike And Dip of Plane, Given its Pole        
  • Find Intersection of Two Planes   
  • Find Angle Between Two Planes           
  • Find Angle Between a Plane And a Line
  • Find a Plane Containing Two Given Lines
  • Find True Attitude Given Two Apparent Dips

    Rotations on The Stereonet

  • Rotate Around a Vertical Axis
  • Rotate Around Horizontal Axis
  • Rotate Around an Arbitrary Axis (Vertical Method)
  • Rotate Around an Arbitrary Axis (Horizontal Method)
  • Rotations Beyond The Primitive Circle
  • Constructing Stereonets

  • Construct a Polar Stereonet
  • Construct an Equatorial Stereonet
  • Construct an Oblique Stereonet
  • Simple Structural Analysis on the Stereonet

  • Bedding-cleavage Intersection
  • Beta Diagrams
  • Pi Diagrams
  • Linear Structures And Fold Axes
  • Contouring Stereonet Data

  • Overlapping Circle Method
  • Moving Window Method
  • Kalsbeek Net
  • Contouring Methods Compared
  • Construct a Kalsbeek Net
  • Geometrical Analysis of Folds

  • Interlimb Angles And Fold Shape
  • Fold Asymmetry
  • Complete Analysis of Folds
  • Conical Structures
  • Stress And Strain

  • The Mohr Circle
  • Plot Real-World Stress Data on a Mohr Circle
  • Convert Stress from Mohr Circle to Real-World
  • Failure Envelopes
  • Mohr Circles in Three Dimensions
  • Mohr Circles and Conic Sections
  • Mohr Circles and Finite Strain
  • Mohr Circles and Infinitesimal Strain
  • Analysis of Complex Structures

  • Construct a Fold Cross-Section Using the Arc (Busk) Method
  • Construct a Fold Cross-Section Using the Kink Method
  • Construct a Fold Cross-Section Using the Similar-Fold Method
  • Construct a Down-Plunge Profile

  • Access Crustal Movements Notes Index
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    Created 28 December 1998, Last Update 30 March 2012
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