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So you think Geology is easy? by Kiwi-tan So you think Geology is easy? by Kiwi-tan
Geology isn't easy. Rocks do some pretty ridiculous things.

This comic pokes fun at my Structural Geology class, the most difficult geology class I've ever taken. It was a challenging, time consuming and highly informational class. We had to make countless stereonets, cross sections, geologic histories and seismic reflections. This class made me feel like failure. It made me cry. It gave me nightmares. But I survived(barely) to tell the tale in the form of this comic. Enjoy!

Geology explanations(those silly sciences and their science-y words!):

Stereonet: A method of representing planes on a 2-D surface. Planes can be represented by a curve or by a dot(which is the shorthand version). This is commonly used by geologists to plot bedding plane measurements.

Seismic Reflection: A method of mapping rocks deep beneath us by sending strong vibrations down into the earth and measuring them when they bounce off the rock layers and come up to the surface. This creates an image of the rock layers deep (1-5km) beneath us. These seismic reflections look more like squiggly lines than rock layers and are very difficult to interpret.

Crossection: Using info already available, Geologists draw a 'slice' into the earth showing all the rock layers. It's similar to cutting into a layered cake and seeing the layers inside.

Geologic History: Geologic histories get really complicated really fast. Rocks can be folded, broken, melted, refolded and many more! Interference folds. Google it.
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Koto-wari Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
//snort

This reminds me of my geology classes. Why I usually remained calm, I couldn't say the same about some of my class mates.
Great comic which reflects the true nature of any Geologist in training. :D
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Kiwi-tan Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Student
Oh yeah. I almost failed structural geology because it was so difficult. Plus, that was a tough semester.
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Flyingkittycats Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
But we toughed through! We did it! We survived!
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Kiwi-tan Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student
And that's why they should make "I survived Structural Geology" t-shirts. :D
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haius Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist
Stereonets are enough to make any person cry.
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Kiwi-tan Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student
The seismic reflection made we want to kill people. They really don't make sense!
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haius Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist
Aww, you just gotta kind of squint your eyes and draw stuff. You get used to it eventually.
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Kiwi-tan Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Student
True true, I'm excited about the 3-d seismic reflection stuff, that looks really cool
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haius Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist
3D makes a universe of difference, trust me. XD
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Kiwi-tan Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student
Indeed! You are looking at a 3-D object anyway so it definitely works.
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Bakken-man Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
I'm in Structure now and it's ruining my life. I especially love the part about it making you cry, at least I'm not the only one. What in the hell are apparent dips????
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lashrasch Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Get someone to hold up a sheet of paper at an angle. Note the visual dip when viewed from different angles/position. Thats apparent dip.
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Kiwi-tan Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Student
Apparent dips are what dipping bedding planes appear to look like when you're looking at them at a different angle. For instance, lets say we have a bedding plane with a dip of 70degrees East and an orientation at due North. If we were draw a cross section running E-W, the dip would appear at 70 degrees since the cross section line is perpendicular to the bedding strike. However, if I were to draw a cross section line cutting the beds at 45 degrees East of North, this angle would appear shallower than the bedding plane's true dip. This is called apparent dip.

Long explanation, but I hope this helps. You can also figure out apparent dips by using stereonets.

Hope you survive Structural Geology! :)
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Floating-Away Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
I've got all this to come haven't I? As I'm only just done my first semester of my beloved GEology/Paleobiology course! Yay for structural geology, I don't think even my A level has prepared me for this!
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Kiwi-tan Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student
Muah ha ha ha. I think this should be a required reading for all people taking structural geology. It's a tough class, but you don't forget it.

I wish you best of luck with your classes :)

My favorite geology class was Petrology.
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Floating-Away Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
LOL, I'm a paleo student, I hated structural even when we did it at A level, all those folds and faults, I presume its all about the maps as well? At least we have the sweetest lecturer in the world to get us through it! I couldn't think of having a horrible lecturer!
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Kiwi-tan Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student
I had a really good professor who explained things really well, but he was tough. It was a really hard class, but once I went out into the field again for field camp I thought "Ohhhhhh!! NOW it makes SENSE!"

Yes we had to do maps, stereonets, seismic reflections (I hate seismic reflections) and interpret geologic history.

I'm glad you had a nice professor! I wish you best of luck in your geologic studies! I hope to do more geology comics as there are zilch out there.
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Floating-Away Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Gotta do one about drawing rock practicals. Guh I had to draw so many ROCKS! *cries in corner* oh and fossils, had to draw so many fossils! :(
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Kiwi-tan Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student
Fossils are fun to draw! Especially trilobites, they're so cute! Rocks are easier to draw with a graphite pencil, you can get all artsy and stuff and have fun with it!
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Floating-Away Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
YeS! I've found someone else who thinks triolbites are one of the cutest things ever!
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Kiwi-tan Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student
I want a trilobite for Christmas.:D
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StephLS Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
both beautifully and horrifically accurate :D
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Kiwi-tan Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student
Showed it to my Geo friends, all of them agreed with the comic. :P
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