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Visualizing Structural Geology
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.
Intended for grade levels:
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Presentation / Demo
  • Visual:
    • Visualization - scientific
  • Tools:
    • Calculation / Conversion
    • Software
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Structural geology
Technical requirements:
Flash player
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyrighted by G. H. Girty, all rights are reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-NAGT-000-000-000-499
Related resources:
This resource contains 'Dynamics of the Earth'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Prof Gary H. Girty
San Diego State University, Dept. of Geological Sciences