Plan of a Strike Fault

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An illustration of the plan of a strike fault. The fault surface is usually near vertical and the footwall moves either left or right or laterally with very little vertical motion. Strike-slip faults with left-lateral motion are also known as sinistral faults. Those with right-lateral motion are also known as dextral faults. A special class of strike-slip faults is the transform faults which are a plate tectonics feature related to spreading centers such as mid-ocean ridges.




Encyclopaedia Britannica (11th ed., vol. 10) (New York, NY: The Encyclopaedia Britannica Company, 1910)


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