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A Method for Creating a Three Dimensional Model from Published Geologic Maps and Cross Sections

Open-File Report 2009-1229

Prepared in cooperation with the Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and the Environment (Ministere de l'Energie, des Mines, de l'Eau et de l'Environnement - MEM)
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Abstract

This brief report presents a relatively inexpensive and rapid method for creating a 3D model of geology from published quadrangle-scale maps and cross sections using Google Earth and Google SketchUp software. An example from the Green Mountains of Vermont, USA, is used to illustrate the step by step methods used to create such a model. A second example is provided from the Jebel Saghro region of the Anti-Atlas Mountains of Morocco. The report was published to help enhance the public?s ability to use and visualize geologic map data.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
A Method for Creating a Three Dimensional Model from Published Geologic Maps and Cross Sections
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
2009-1229
Edition:
-
Year Published:
2009
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s):
National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program
Description:
Report: iv, 16 p.; KMZ Files
Online Only (Y/N):
Y
Additional Online Files(Y/N):
Y