Visualizing structural geology: from Excel to Google Earth

Blenkinsop, T.G. (2012) Visualizing structural geology: from Excel to Google Earth. Computers & Geosciences, 45. pp. 52-56.

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[Extract] Virtual globes are outstandingly useful for visualizing structural geology (e.g. McCaffrey et al., 2008, Simpson and De Paor, 2009, Whitmeyer et al., 2009, Whitmeyer et al., 2010 and De Paor and Whitmeyer, 2011). Virtual globes can combine displays of geology and topography, allow rapid changes of scale and view point, and can easily integrate other digital data such as outcrop photographs (Whitmeyer et al., 2010). Virtual globes are also very effective for teaching structural geology (Tewksbury and Tewksbury, 2009), partly because they give more intuitive views of geology than traditional maps. Keyhole Markup Language (KML) allows users of virtual globes to visualize and manipulate spatial data without having to learn or purchase more sophisticated GIS packages (Bailey and Chen, 2011).

Item ID: 26630
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-7803
Keywords: virtual globe, Excel, Kmz, structural geology, Google Earth, visualization
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2013 05:20
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0403 Geology > 040312 Structural Geology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970104 Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences @ 100%
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