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Science  12 Oct 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5541, pp. 271
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5541.271b

Structural geologists are the kind of experts you'd want with you on your next vacation through the Southwest. They can explain how rock formations fold, warp, tilt, and break to produce that striking roadside scenery. The Structural Geology Page, run by geologist Kevin Smart of the University of Oklahoma, Norman, rounds up a variety of useful software, images, and databases along with the usual links to societies, research groups, and job listings.

A good starting point is the section on plate tectonics, where you can check out links such as the Paleomap Project, which has animations depicting the wanderings of the continents over the last billion years. In the software section you'll find plenty of free programs for strain analysis, animating fault movements, and teaching. If you're interested in how stable the ground is beneath your feet, check out the World Stress Map, a project in Germany that offers data and maps of tectonic stress measurements from around the globe. The site also links to a number of rich image galleries. For instance, check out computer-generated landscapes by Stephen Reynolds of Arizona State University in Tempe, such as this aerial view of Canyonlands National Park in southern Utah.∼ksmart/structure_webpage

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