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How Big Were the Siberian Traps ORIGINALLY?

252 million years ago, Siberia was subject to a mass series of flood basalt eruptions, creating a large igneous province called the Siberian Traps. Today, it measures 2.7 million square miles in area ...
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What is meant by Massif?

In India, Panchchuli, Kun Nun and Shilong only these mountain are claimed to be massif. Why other mountain formations are not termed as massif...? What are the characteristics of massif..? Anybody ...
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ALOS Palsar SLC data products for geological mapping

I have some ALOS palsar SLC data products which are downloaded from ESA database and they are processed with ESA ALOS-PALSAR IPF processor which is different from JAXA. Formerly it was not possible to ...
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What did tunnel digging teach us about the formation of chains of mountains?

Since tunnelling is like making a giant horizontal core sample, what did the analysis of the extracted rocks teach us? Is the inside homogeneous or layered, are there "deformations", etc?
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Which type of convergent boundary creates the tallest mountains? [closed]

Which type of convergent boundary creates the tallest mountains? Continental-Continental Ocean-Ocean Ocean-Continental
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Megathrust earthquakes on subduction zones

I am a beginner in geology and earthquake studies, and learning about subduction zones recently. Question is: do large earthquakes (sometimes referred to as megathrust quakes) occur on any point in ...
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Where can I find information about the basic concepts of sedimentary basins?

There are a lot of papers on the web but they don't explain the concepts, they just mention them, taking for granted that the reader knows the concepts. I mean piggyback basin, forearc, back arc, ...
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Why should this be a thrust fault?

Why should this figure represent a thrust fault? I know this might be a stupid question, but I really want to understand. Since thrust faults are reverse faults why in the figure above if we turned ...
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What causes these circular swirls of islands?

I was following the boarder of the US and Canada on Google Maps, because, and found these interesting circular patterns of islands near the Northwest Angle. I have heard of geologic folding but I have ...
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Drawing strike lines when given strike and dip

Map 1 shows a hillside with topographic contours at 50 m intervals. At Locality A a coal seam is exposed at the surface. The strike and dip of the seam is as indicated on the map. Use this information ...
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what is a transverse isotropic rock?

I know isotropic means equal properties in all directions , but the term "transverse" is not making it easy for me to understand.
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measuring fracture length and width using PKN and KGD models for hydraulic fracturing?

I am trying to understand PKN and KGD models for hydraulic fracturing. I am wondering why equations for fracture width and length does not include 'breakdown pressure' (pressure at which fracture ...
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What are the differences in terms of appearance between sandstone and limestone?

On the field, I find it very difficult to differentiate the two types of rocks just by looking at them.I know that you should do some analysis of the sample before any conclusions. But, for example in ...
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Can we determine strike when dip is given? What about the reverse?

In any geological plane, strike gives the direction of a line formed by intersection of horizontal plane and geological plane. And dip shows the orientation of the geological plane. While studying, I ...
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How can oil can escape from a shale source rock into a reservoir rock?

How can oil can escape from a shale source rock into a reservoir rock if the shale itself is impermeable?
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are laccolith, lobolith, dikes and sills formed of porphyritic texture?

Laccolith, lobolith and batholith are shapes of igneous rocks which exist below the surface of the earth, dikes and sills too. And the way they formed by makes me think that they have a porphyritic ...
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Do reverse faults tilt the underlying layers of rocks to form an angular unconformity?

I came across this question while studying in my text book: What does the existence of strata containing a reverse fault and above them parallel strata refer to? I thought that referred to an angular ...
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How to understand Mohr diagram?

Structural geologists use Mohr diagram to evaluate stress on rock's surface, but I find it difficult to understand how this diagram works (Though I am good at math). Where can I find a good ...
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Plotting stereonets in R

Is there a package for R to plot Schmidt nets, like it is done in geology? So far, I only know software like Stereonet. However I think it would make a lot of sense to handle these data in R, to have ...
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Strange circular structures found on a photo from Mars rover Curiosity at Dingo Gap

What are all these gaps / circular structures found on a photo taken by Mars rover Curiosity at Dingo Gap? Have a look at the image I made to see what gaps I mean. (I know the quick paint job looks ...
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Structural geology, regarding cross section of two outcrops with similar characteristic but very distinct dip

I found an outcrop of sandstone interbedded with claystone which strike/dip is N 195 E/42. Then, around 4 km at the south of previous outcrop, i found another outcrop with similar characteristic, but ...
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How does Vertical Electrical Sounding Work?

I recently conducted a brief training exercise with VES equipment, although it had to be called off due to rain. I can't help but wonder about the basic physics of it, why is it that increased ...
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Gravitational Anomaly of a subsurface body

How does the gravitational anomaly measured at the Earth's surface and produced by a subsurface body depend on its depth and on the density contrast of the body relative to its surroundings?
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How to differentiate between normal and reverse fault, given a stress tensor?

I want to generate synthetic fault slip data using a known stress tensor. I am using a rotation matrix to get the orientation of the principal stress axes, and rotating the tensor [1 0 0, 0 phi 0, 0 ...
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Do discordants dykes ever travel concordantly (are transgressive dykes a thing)?

Transgressive sills "jump" between bedding planes, following joints: ...
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Does flow banding only occur in silicic rocks?

I made a video about what I learnt in my A Level Geology course so far, about igneous rocks. One thing I mentioned was that flow banding is mostly only found in silicic rocks (and so mostly rhyolite) ...
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State of Stress in rotated 2D system

I'm working on the rotation of the state of stress using the book Geodynamics of Turcotte page 101. The 2D coordinate system $x'$ and $y'$ is inclined at an angle $\phi$ with respect to the $x$, $y$ ...
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How to determine if this fault is normal, sinistral?

Studying for an exam tomorrow and stumped on this question (parts d and e). The region show in Map 2 consists of a series of sedimentary strata that have been tilted and then eroded, producing an ...
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What is the definition of a continent?

Is there a scientific definition of a continent? Is there an academic reference for such a definition? There's a tendency to correlate with tectonic plates, but of course lots of plates don't have ...
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How much of a mountain is below the surface?

Is there some kind of math rule for how much does a mountain extend (depth) below the surface? I found an article like this http://www.livescience.com/6595-depth-himalayan-mountain-roots-revealed....
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Measuring bed dip angle from contour lines, which lines to pick?

Measuring dip angle of a bed, I choose any 2 contour lines that cross the bed, and then project lines off and measure the angle (I'm assuming this is standard technique that doesn't require ...
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What geologic features could this video game environment be modeled from, and how do they form?

I have been playing this game for a while and I like the city's setting. It seem to be placed on a rock platform, or a mesa maybe, connected to the mainland on the bottom-left. It also has some ...
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What is the reasoning behind the statement “Faulting will occur along the plane where the shear stress is the highest”?

In "An Introduction to Seismology, Earthquakes and Earth Structure", authors Seth Stein and Michael Wysession made the statement: "Faulting will occur along the plane where the shear stress is the ...
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What causes intra-plate faults, such as the New Madrid fault?

There's been news (some recently) about the New Madrid fault and other active intra-plate faults. For those living in the midwest of the United States, it's been a bit of a shock to learn they have ...
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How to measure stretching direction on chocolate-tablet boudins?

This has always bothered me during field mapping: A boudin with two stretching directions has the form of an M&M candy (or almond shape). What do I do to measure the two stretching directions if ...