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World Stress Map Project
The World Stress Map (WSM) is one of the fundamental geo-databases. It is maintained and extended at the Geophysical Institute of Karlsruhe University as the research project "Weltkarte der tektonischen Spannungen" of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. The WSM database contains information on the contemporary tectonic stress state (e.g. orientation and magnitude) in the Earth's crust. The WSM was originally compiled by a group headed by Mary Lou Zoback as part of the International Lithosphere Program (ILP). Stress data can be downloaded, viewed using WSM maps, or used to generate custom maps with the WSM CASMO map-making software.
Intended for grade levels:
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Map
  • Dataset:
    • In-situ
  • Tools:
    • Software
Subject:
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
The World Stress Map database is freely available to any interested parties for academic and/or industrial applications. Please cite the reference if maps or data are used in publication.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-000-168
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Dr Birgit Muller
University of Karlsruhe, Geophysical Institute, World Stress Map Office

Contact: Dr Oliver Heidbach
University of Karlsruhe, Geophysical Institute, World Stress Map Office

Contact: Dr John Reinecker
University of Karlsruhe, Geophysical Institute, World Stress Map Office