Toadstool research project goals:
- document in detail and at a variety of scales
the fault, vein, fracture and paleodrainage orientations and
geometries in the Toadstool area.
- understand the mechanics of vein and fault
formation, especially of how they grow (propagation patterns
- relate the observed structural patterns in
the Toadstool area to the regional structural pattern, including
the Black Hills and the Colorado Lineament.
- understand the nature of intraplate strain
better, and specifically explore thin-skinned models as opposed
to thick skinned mechanisms for this strain.
- constrain the timing of the fault and vein
development, and place it in the context of regional deformation
- to explore the utility of GIS software for
learning more about intraplate strain.
- give students a novel research experience.
- specific planned project outcomes include:
- a GIS database of the structures in the area.
- senior theses by geology majors.
- student reports by those involved in independent
- a web site for disseminating results.
- presentations at professional meetings.
- papers in professional journals.