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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 69 (1985)

Issue: 2. (February)

First Page: 273

Last Page: 273

Title: Sketching Cross Sections with a Portable Microcomputer: ABSTRACT

Author(s): Michael M. Kimberley

Article Type: Meeting abstract


Computer applications have been carried to the field long ago by geophysicists and their "dog houses." The advent of inexpensive battery-powered microcomputers promises to allow the field geologist to participate in this application. The field geologist may record data directly onto a computer-readable medium and calculate statistics or plot a cross section. A program for routine plotting of cross sections in the field has been developed and field-tested. The program proved to be useful to 30 computer-illiterate geologists on a 6-week mapping project in New Mexico. The program allows the user to control vertical exaggeration and displays the correct apparent dip along the chosen line of section. Cubic-spline interpolation is used to plot both topography and folded bedding planes. The program executes in Pascal on an Apple IIc in a few seconds.

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