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Geologic maps and cross-sections effectively summarize the structural geology of a region, but they can be difficult for non-geologists to interpret. Textbooks and interpretive guides commonly integrate maps and cross-sections into static perspective block diagrams to help novices visualize basic concepts in geology. The inherent power of block diagrams, however, is dramatically increased by software such as Google SketchUp, a free downloadable program, which can create interactive 3-D models of a region. The stand-alone models can be Rotated, Panned, and Zoomed by the user and exported for animations. An efficient way to create block diagrams is to combine the individual...

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