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Structural Models II

The goal of a kinematic model is a cross-section that is:

  1. Balanced: no holes or overlaps when fault slip and folding is restored.

  2. Internally consistent: Fault motions are consistent with folding and cross-cutting relationships.

Both geometric and kinematic models predict displacement - the relative motion of rocks via formation of structures. Kinematic models do a better job at testing this.