Syncline at Split Rock, Cheverie, Nova Scotia

What are geologic structures?

Geologic structures in the most general sense include all parts of the Earth's crust where the properties of the rocks either:

That includes a lot! Structures can be conveniently classified as either:

'Structural geology' is generally understood to be the study of structures in this second category, though structural geologists need a good understanding of primary structures too.

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