More on faults: contraction (thrust), extension, and strike-slip faults

  • Alex Maltman


Having outlined in chapter 9 some of the methods for dealing with faults on maps, we can now look at some of the natural situations in which faults are found. It is a rare map which does not show a fault of one kind or another, but this chapter is mainly concerned with those areas of the earth where faults are numerous and dominated by a particular type.


Thrust Fault Extension Fault Thrust Belt Thrust Sheet Detachment Fault 
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Selected further reading

  1. Suppe, J. (1985). Principles of Structural Geology,Englewood, New Jersey, Prentice-Hall. (Pp. 277–89 summarise the morphology of strike-slip, thrust and detachment faults.)Google Scholar
  2. Ramsey, J. G. and Huber, M. I. (1987). The Techniques of Modern Structural Geology, Volume 2: Folds and Fractures,London, Academic Press. (Session 23 is a thorough, modern account of the geometry of faults, much of which is highly relevant to more advanced map work. Session 24 explains the construction of restored sections.)Google Scholar

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