Earth Structure - Laboratories

A set of 3-hour laboratory activities are used in support of PSG&T lecture material, focusing on spatial skills (maps, sections, projections, etc) and applications of major concepts (stress/failure, strain, tectonics, etc). The activities are derived from multiple sources (old and new) and can be shared with instructors for information only. They are not part of the PSG&T offering and serve as examples only. Sources are identified in each activity. Contact: vdpluijm@umich.edu.

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1 Strike, dip and dip direction. Structure contours or strike lines, cross section, bed thickness, “three-point" problem.
Structural Elements
2 Map patterns; geologic boundaries, faulting. Map Patterns 1
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Fault Analysis. Stress and Failure.

Failure
4 Lower hemisphere equal area projections (Schmidt net): planes, poles, lineations, etc. Projections 1
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Plotting, rotation, contouring, computer routine (Stereonet).

Projections 2
6 Strain, incl computer routine (StrainSim). Strain
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Geometries, map pattern from folding, projections.

Map Patterns 2
8 Stress, Friction and Sliding. Sliding
9 Cross-section Balancing. Section Balancing
10 Computer-based map analysis (GeolMapDataExtractor, Google Earth). Compumap
11 Map Analysis and Synthesis. Map Synthesis
12 Plate Tectonics. Tectonics
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