Visualizing Structural Geology

Gary Girty, San Diego State University, Dept. of Geological Sciences

This site contains visualizations for stress and strain analysis. These visualizations allow the student to create and view detailed illustrations and animations of the mathematics of stress and strain. Topics include lithostatic stress, the stress tensor, the Mohr Circle of stress, pure and simple shear, the principle strain directions, incremental versus finite strains, strain path dependencies, and tools for calculating the various strain parameters. The site also features exam review questions, and several visualizations that may be useful for classroom lectures, such as a three point problem, apparent dip, and projecting circles on stereonets.

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Part of the Cutting Edge collection. The NAGT/DLESE On the Cutting Edge project helps geoscience faculty stay up-to-date with both geoscience research and teaching methods.

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology, Structural Geology:Stress/Strain/Strain Analysis, Structural Visualizations
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Collection, Computer Applications, Audio/Visual:Animations/Video
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
Topics: Solid Earth:Structural Geology:Structural Visualizations (Maps/Air Photos/Images/Cross Sections/Projections), Stress/Strain/Strain Analysis, Solid Earth:Structural Geology
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Structural Geology