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Strike-Slip Faults

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A strike-slip fault is one that shows horizontal slip parallel to the strike of a vertical or subvertical fault plane. Strike-slip faults are often associated with large displacements. The fault plane in most cases extends for great depth, and as such most of them show brittle behaviour on the upper part and ductile behaviour at depth. The trace of the fault may show curvatures where it shows some structural complexities. Due to motion along the strike-slip faults, the ground surface and the associated rock masses get rubbed against each other, thus producing earthquakes. In this chapter, we shall describe the various geometries and types of strike-slip faults and the structures associated with such faults.

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Bhattacharya, A.R. (2022). Strike-Slip Faults. In: Structural Geology. Springer Textbooks in Earth Sciences, Geography and Environment. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-80795-5_12

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