Dip

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Dip can have many meanings:

  • In the context of geology:
    • Stratigraphic dip is defined as the maximum angle from the horizontal in the plane of a stratigraphic unit. The direction in which the dip should be measured is known as the dip-direction. If the surface of the unit is not accessible (for instance, only a cross-section of the unit is visible, as in a cliff-face), only the apparent dip can be measured.
    • In the field, the dip-direction is commonly identified using either a clinometer, or by pouring water on the surface of the rock(if it is accessible) and observing the direction of flow. For any inclined surface, there will also be two directions of zero-dip. The direction that is anti-clockwise of the dip-direction is known as the strike.
    • The less steep side of an escarpment is known as the dip slope.
  • In the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Dip is a mixture of paint thinners and other noxious chemicals, used by the villain to kill or "erase" cartoon characters.
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