Internal Alps: a virtual field excursion
The inner parts of many of the world's mountain belts contain outcrops of rocks which display beautifully complex patterns of folding and other distortions.   Making sense of these structures has been a prime challenge for geologists for over a century.  Perhaps the most important deductions to be made from the structures relate to the kinematics of deformation - namely the directions of relative motion between the different crustal blocks and units.  Understanding the kinematics is to describe how the continental crust responds to plate tectonic displacements.

This site examines structures from the inner parts of the Alps.  We wish to identify volumes of rock that have experienced high strain and to establish the directions of relative motion across these shear zones.

Rob Butler
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