# PLANE DIP And STRIKE, LINEATION PLUNGE And TREND .

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PLANE DIP and STRIKE, LINEATION PLUNGE and TREND,STRUCTURAL MEASURMENT CONVENTIONS, THE BRUNTONCOMPASS, FIELD BOOK, and NJGS FMSThe word azimuth stems from an Arabic word meaning "direction“, and means anangular measurement in a spherical coordinate system. In structural geology, weprimarily deal with land navigation and directional readings on two-dimensionalmaps of the Earth surface, and azimuth commonly refers to incremental measures ina circular (0- 360 ) and horizontal reference frame relative to land surface.Sources:Lisle, R. J., 2004, Geological Structures and Maps, A Practical Guide, Third editionhttp://www.geo.utexas.edu/courses/420k/PDF files/Brunton Compass n.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brunton compassFLASH DRIVE/Rider/PDFs/Holcombe conv and sdoc/fmsuser.htmBrunton Pocket TransitRider Structural Geology 310 2012 GCHERMAN1

Plane Dip and Linear PlungehorizontaldoDip doBedding and other geological layers and planes that are not horizontal are said to dip. The dip is theslope of a geological surface. There are two aspects to the dip of a plane:(a) the direction of dip, which is the compass direction towards which the plane slopes; and(b) the angle of dip, which is the angle that the plane makes with a horizontal plane (Fig. 2.3).The direction of dip can be visualized as the direction in which water would flow if poured onto theplane. The angle of dip is an angle between 0 (for horizontal planes) and 90 (for vertical planes).To record the dip of a plane all that is needed are two numbers; the angle of dip followed by thedirection (or azimuth) of dip, e.g. 74/138 is a plane which dips 74 in the direction 138 .Rider Structural Geology 310 2012 GCHERMAN2

Linear Plunge and TrendAny dipping plane can be thought of as containing a largenumber of lines of varying plunge (Fig. 2.4). The strike lineis a non-plunging or horizontal line within a dipping plane.The line numbered 5 in is an example of a strike line; it isnot the only one but the other strike lines are all parallel toit. If we think of the sloping roof of a house as a dippingplane, the lines of the ridge and the eaves are equivalentto strike lines.Plunge is used to describe the tilt of lines, theword dip being reserved for planes. The plungefully expresses the three-dimensionalorientation of a line and has two parts:Trend(a) the angle of plunge, and(b) the plunge direction or trend.Consider the plunging line on the dipping planeto the right and an imaginary vertical planecontaining the plunging line.The plunge direction is the direction in which this vertical plane runs, and is the direction towardswhich the line is tilted. The angle of plunge is the amount of tilt; it is the angle, measured in thevertical plane, that the plunging line makes with the horizontal. The angle of plunge of a horizontalRider Structural Geology 310 2012 GCHERMAN 3line is 0 and the angle of plunge of a vertical line is 90 .

Plane Strike and Dip, and Recording ConventionsWithin a dipping plane the line at right angles to the strike line is the line with the steepest plunge.The angle of plunge of the steepest plunging line in a plane is equal to the angle of dip of that plane.A strike line is not a polar line (with a unique azimuth), but can be recorded using supplementaryangles. For example, the plane to the right is striking E and/or W.Strike and dip angles are measured using a fewdifferent techniques. We will focus on two:EW1. Dip and dip azimuth (0-90 /(0-359 ), and2. Strike (0-179 ), Dip, and Dip Direction (N,E,S,W)SThe plane in the example is dipping due south, thatis recorded either as 45/180 (using method 1 or 090/45 S for method 2.The dip azimuth and strike are always complimentary.Two other recording conventions for plane strike and dip that you may encounter include thequadrant, and the right-hand rule. For the planes sketched above, strike and dip using thequadrant method would be recorded as N90E/45 S. The quadrant system is popular in the US andprimarily uses a primary north (N) or south (S) reference, with a secondary direction (E or W).Appended after the bearing. The right-hand rule method requires a unique strike direction (or apolar line), one that has the dip direction lying to the right (clockwise). So for a plane dipping 45 South, the plane recorded using the right-hand rule is 090/45 S. A plane dipping 45 North wouldRider Structural Geology 310 2012 GCHERMAN 4be 270/45 N using the same rule.

Recording Conventions and Notebook/Computer NotationWhen using the Strike, Dip, and Dip Direction convention for recording planes, only measure andrecord strike azimuth in the 0-179 range, writing strike 1rst, dip 2nd, and dip direction 3rd , insequence. This helps keep planar readings separate from lineation readings in your field book, andminimizes confusion over what type of feature was recorded that may arise later upon revisitingyour notes. Here is a example of some structural measurements:TYPE OF FEATURE ABBREVIATION FOLLOWED BY STRUCTURAL READINGB 123/45 SJ 090/23 NSP 123/66 NPlanes: B - bedding, J - joint, SP – shear planeSL 66/033FA 13/002J 040/88 NLineation: SL - slip lineation, FA – fold axis4 planes and 2 lineation are recorded above. Notice how the planes have athree-digit/two-digit format and the lineation have a two-digit/three-digit format.Also, planes have the alphabet modifier whereas a lineation doesn’t.Measuring strike in the field with a pocket compass is easier than measuring dip azimuth. But thedip azimuth convention is needed when manipulating and using your data with computers. Youchoose what system you prefer to record your measurements. Ultimately, the system should beeasiest for you to remember and use. However, it is expected of you to be able to convert alldifferent methods to one another.Rider Structural Geology 310 2012 GCHERMAN5

The Brunton CompassWe will be using a Brunton compass to collect field measurements. A Brunton compass, properly known as the BruntonPocket Transit, is a precision compass made by Brunton, Inc. of Riverton, Wyoming. It was patented in 1894 by David W.Brunton, a Canadian-born Colorado geologist. The Brunton (for short) utilizes magnetic induction damping rather thanfluid to damp needle oscillation. The Brunton Pocket Transit is a specialized instrument used widely by geologists,archaeologists, environmental engineers, and surveyors to make accurate degree and angle measurements in the field.The United States Army has adopted the Pocket Transit as the M2 Compass for use by crew-served artillery.Rider Structural Geology 310 2012 GCHERMAN6

The Brunton CompassThe Earth is completely surrounded by amagnetic field, and an unobstructedmagnetized object will orient itself withthe planets magnetic north and southpoles. Magnetic declination (variation) isthe difference between true geographicnorth (north pole) and magnetic north (innorthern Canada), with respect to yourposition. It is important to note magneticdeclination at your position, becausemagnetic declination varies and fluctuateslowly at different rates, around theworld.An example of a maplegend showing thedeclination of MagneticNorth from True North,and the manualprocedure for adjustingthe compass formagnetic declinationRider Structural Geology 310 2012 GCHERMAN7

Line Rake (or Pitch) on a PlaneRider Structural Geology 310 2012 GCHERMANSometimes, it is more convenient to use a different method when measuring the orientation of a line on aplane rather than the trend and plunge. Occasions arise on the outcrop where accessibility factors make itdifficult to position oneself properly in order to take a trend reading, or the dip of the plane is to steep andmakes trend measurement impractical.The orientation of the line on a dipping plane can also be defined by the pitch of the line. Pitch is synonymouswith the US term rake. The pitch(rake) of a line is the angle measured in the plane between the strike line andthe line of interest. A strike sense direction must also be given to indicate which of the two possible strikesenses was used. The orientation of the plane also must be given in order to uniquely orient the line. Pitchangles are in the range 0-90o, with a pitch of 0o being a line parallel to the strike, and a pitch of 90o being a lineparallel to the dip line.Lineation rakes 45o Eon fault plane125/60NDiagrams illustratingstrike, dip, trend, plunge,and the angle of rakethat a line makes on adipping plane. Figuremodified from Principlesof Structural Geology byJohn Suppe, 1985.SlipdirectionThe Colorado School of Mine provides a free Excel application for converting pitch on a plane to linear plunge/trend.See FLASH DRIVE/EXCEL/rake plunge calculator.xls. FMS automatically converts values upon data entry in the program.8

Using a Field Book and Topographic Map for Geological MappingIf you use a GPS receiver to locate yourself in the field, recording the location coordinates in the book at astation is also helpful, especially because batteries die, and digital data can be easily lost, overwritten, orinadvertently deleted. It’s also a good idea to mark your position on a hard copy map in the field. USGS1:24,000 scale topographic quadrangles provide a standard base that can be used for this task. Custom basemaps are also popular, such as Google Earth printouts, or local surveys.Rider Structural Geology 310 2012 GCHERMANScanned field book page and correlative field map (Lambertville, NJ-Pa 7-1/2’quadrangle).Red-pencil lines are faults mapped at the 1:100K scale. The names of local roads 10were written on the map. Station numbers reflect two different excursions.

The NJ Geological Survey Field data Management System (FMS.exe)Herman, G. C., 1993, French, M. A., Monteverde, D. H., 1993, Automated mesostructural analyses using GIS, Beta test:Paleozoic structures from the New Jersey Great Valley region:Rider Structural Geology 310 2012 GCHERMAN 11Geological Society America Abstracts with Programs, v. 25, no. 2, p. 23.

The NJ Geological Survey Field data Management System (FMS.exe)Herman, G. C., Monteverde, D. H., Volkert, R. A., Drake, A. A., Jr., and Dalton, R. F., 1994: Environmental map of WarrenCounty, N. J. ; Bedrock fracture map: N.J. Geological Survey Open-File Map 15B, scale 1:48,000, 2 sheets.Rider Structural Geology 310 2012 GCHERMAN12

Recording Conventions and Notebook/Computer Notation When using the Strike, Dip, and Dip Direction convention for recording planes, only measure and record strike azimuth in the 0-179 range, writing strike 1rst, dip 2nd, and dip direction 3 rd, in sequence. This helps keep planar readings separate from li

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