Dip... Our Arch Enemy

This week, we have run into quite a humorous problem. We have spent so much of our time finalizing and recreating our map that we forgot to account for the fact that the dip of each fault could cause just as many issues. If each of these fault lines were straight lines, we would have no problem just rotating the dip angle of each of the faults that are currently vertical. Instead, the faults all curve, and are nowhere near perfectly straight, so when we rotate them in the program, the bend and twist in ways that we cannot allow. We need accurate information with an accurate plot if we hope to achieve a successful outcome. Now with that said, guess what we will have to do? That is right; we will have to replot each fault at its accurate dipping angle from the get-go just so we can have an accurate plot. Now while I know that the reader of this would love to hear me talk about how I’m slowly mastering these specific actions in the Trellis program, perhaps it is time I enlighten the crowd on what Dip is. To put it simply, dip is the angle at which the fault is tilting. For instance, most faults in the Caribbean are dipping north or south, and we have to accurately represent that in our geographical mapping of the faults. While life would be easier if every fault was perfectly straight and completely vertical, it is not so. Off  I go to plot this map one more time. While my tone sounds sarcastic, I truly do enjoy learning this program, and I can honestly say I’ve never had so much fun troubleshooting a project before. Here is to hoping that this will be the last time until we can finally run the next program.