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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 13 (1929)

Issue: 11. (November)

First Page: 1449

Last Page: 1466

Title: Some Applications of the Strain Ellipsoid

Author(s): Theodore A. Link (2)


The strain ellipsoid is a solid or a three-dimensional conception, and its application should be made with that fact in mind. The angle-relationship between the axis of compression and the planes of no distortion is dependent upon the relative lengths of the three principal axes. Shear planes manifested as intersecting lines in the horizontal indicate that the greatest elongation was not upward but lateral. Parallel lines of shear in the horizontal suggest that the greatest elongation was upward. An application of the imaginary strain ellipsoid is made to an experimentally deformed mass as well as to regional structure.

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