SCANNING, PANNING, AND PROCESSING: DELINEATION OF IGNEOUS DIKE ORIENTATIONS IN THE SOUTHERN PATAGONIAN BATHOLITH, CHILE
Despite adverse weather conditions and very limited time constraints, we were able to obtain a wealth of data using image-gathering and image-processing techniques. Aerial imagery was obtained through programmed flights using a compact collapsible UAV. The georeferenced imagery was processed with structure-from-motion software to produce a 2D orthophoto which can be imported into ArcMap or Google Earth, as well as a 3D point cloud and textured mesh for visualization of the landscape and cross-cutting features. The aerial imagery was augmented by detailed ground-level overlapping images taken with a smartphone camera, stitched together to create a high-resolution panorama. Finally, strike and dip measurements of individual dikes were obtained with a Brunton compass. The dikes range in thickness from a few centimeters to >3 meters, and dip moderately steeply to nearly vertical. In the study area, a majority of the larger dikes strike parallel to a major set of discontinuities visible in satellite images, oriented approximately 060°, and a less prominent set oriented approximately due north, forming an apparent conjugate system.