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A small-scale illustration of the principle of transform faulting

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I am grateful to Christian Dullo, Sascha Flögel, Robert Garrison and Mark Handy for critically reading this capriccio.

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Bernoulli, D. A small-scale illustration of the principle of transform faulting. Int J Earth Sci (Geol Rundsch) 109, 2527–2529 (2020).

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