Apparent Dip

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Inclined beds of the East Berlin Formation, Cromwell, Connecticut. The beds are generally dipping from the upper left to the lower right. On the roadcut face labeled A, the trend of the cut is more nearly parallel to the true dip direction. Therefore, the apparent dip is closer to the true dip. On the roadcut face labeled B, the trend is more oblique to the true dip direction. Therefore, the apparent dip is less than on face A. Two apparent dips and apparent dip directions are sufficient to determine the strike, true dip, and true dip direction. Photo credit: Roy W. Schlische.
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