The surface trace tool comprises a Python script written for ArcGIS that will determine the line of intersection between a planar feature and a surface. Specifically, this tool was designed for geologic applications where geologic planar-feature orientations are reported as strike and dip, and the intersecting surface is the ground. The tool output will show how planar geologic layers intersect with topography.
Determining where geologic features crop out on the surface can be used to guide new geologic mapping as well as reviewing existing geologic mapping. This tool was developed to aid in more efficient mapping of an unknown area. These unknown areas may be missing data, either owing to a lack of suitable outcrops or being difficult to traverse, and data about the areas may be extrapolated using this tool and surrounding data to determine where planar features might appear on the ground.
Adams, D.B., and Parks, H.L., 2020, The surface trace tool—Modeling complex planar interactions using ArcGIS: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1136, 14 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191136.
ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)
Table of Contents
- Tool Usage
- Installation Instructions
- Details of the Process
- Notes on Using the Tool
- Data Outputs
- References Cited
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Title||The surface trace tool—Modeling complex planar interactions using ArcGIS|
|Series title||Open-File Report|
|Publisher||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Publisher location||Reston, VA|
|Contributing office(s)||Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center|
|Description||Report: iii, 14 p.; Toolbox|
|County||Sweet Grass County|
|Online Only (Y/N)||Y|
|Additional Online Files (Y/N)||Y|