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Step 1: Find or make a neotectonic map
Step 2: Add Cartesian coordinates
Step 3: Digitise
Step 4: Convert to (longitude, latitude)
Step 5: Check your work
Step 6: Create a uniform finite element grid
Step 7: Tidy up the grid boundaries
Step 8: Adjust element boundaries along faults
Step 9: Cut fault traces
Step 10: Set fault dips
Step 11: Renumber the nodes to reduce bandwidth
Step 12: Create digital maps of elevation and heat-flow
Step 13: Compute the structure of the lithosphere
Step 14: Plot every aspect of model structure
Step 15: Correct any problems
Step 16: Get a list of boundary nodes
Step 17: Choose a velocity reference frame
Step 18: Choose boundary conditions
Step 19: Adjust rheology and basal drag
Step 20: Run an experiment with Shells
Step 21: Plot the dynamic results
Step 22: Score the model against data
Step 23: Loop!
Step 24: Plot model scores vs. input parameters
Step 25: Publish!

Investigate details:

Digitised-lines (.dig) file format

Gridded data (.grd) file format

Geodetic data (.gps) file format

Introduction to graphics programs: OrbMapAI and FiniteMap