Arizona Geophysics 3D

Welcome to the Arizona Geophysics 3D website.  This site allows you to see how the geophysics relates to topography, geology, and other geophysics.  The site consists of QuickTime Virtual Reality (QTVR) movies of geophysical maps of Arizona draped over digital topography for each 1 X 1 quadrangle.  Most movies consist of a 3D perspective of the quadrangle that the user can rotate using the mouse to view the area from any direction.  Some movies let you compare the different types of data, but from a fixed perspective (can't spin terrain). 

To use this site you will need QuickTime installed on your computer, either as a plug-in for your browser or as a stand-alone application to run downloaded files.  To access a movie, click on the link below to jump to a page with a shaded relief index map of Arizona for each type of data (depth, gravity, or magnetics).  Once this map is displayed, clicking on any of the  1 X 1 squares will bring up the QTVR movie for that area.  Alternatively, you can access the movies via a list arranged by name of quadrangle.  From either the list or shaded relief maps,  you can right click on a link to download the file to your computer and run QuickTime as an application separate from your browser.  To rotate the movie, click and drag your mouse to either the left or the right.

Access movies via shaded relief map for each type of geophysical data

Depth to Bedrock


Access fixed-perspective movies that combine each of the type of data, including a geologic map


Access geologic maps on the AZGeo3D website (no link to return here, use your back button)


Access movies via a list arranged by name of quadrangle

Quadrangle List



AZ Geophysics 3D Info:  Sources of data and how Arizona Geology 3D was developed.

AZ Geology 3D:  The Geologic Map of Arizona draped over digital map for each 1 X 1 squares in Arizona.  Site contains QTVR movies similar to this site.

Arizona Geologic Map Interactive:  A zoomable version of the 1988 Geologic Map of  Arizona, with photos of map units for the geologic map used in Arizona Geology 3D.

Arizona Geology Virtual Tourist:  Click your way through Arizona scenery.  See what the actual landscapes look like for the same areas as in Arizona Geology 3D.

To obtain a free copy of QuickTime, click here.

Copyright 2002 by Stephen J Reynolds, Josh A Coyan, and Julia K Johnson.  These images can be freely used for educational, noncommercial purposes as long as the source is cited.