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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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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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