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The displacement profile of the surface of the earth under crustal loads (i.e. mountain chains), can be well reproduced by an "elastic" or "flexural" model. In this model, the uppermost layer of the earth (i.e. the elastic lithosphere) responds to crustal loads as an "elastic" beam, floating in a weaker, fluid-like foundation (i.e. the astenospheric mantle, Turcotte and Schubert, 1982).OSXFlex2D is a program that implements the "elastic", "flexural" model. Crustal loads can be entered and plotted, the profile of deformation produced by these loads can be computed and visualized in plots and tables. Plots can be edited, sent to drawing programs, or saved for publications. Multiple load profiles can be computed and compared.OSXFlex2D is freeware for non-profit, academic purposes. To use the program for consulting, please contact me.
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