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Abstract

The collection of 3D information on geological media is fundamental for field geology, however it can be both time consuming and expensive. This report proposes a new method for the collection of 3D information of outcrops using simple to use and inexpensive technology. GigaPan® systems can be used to take high resolution images of outcrops and these images then be either left in 2D for additional description of the outcrop in the lab, or they can be processed in Autodesk 3ds Max® to create realistic 3D models of the outcrops which can then be 3D printed. The collection of this data can allow for maximization of field time and may allow for additional analysis and descriptions in the lab. The ability to visit or revisit an outcrop without physically going there has implications for facilitating collaborative research projects and improving the learning outcomes of students.

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