Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms

2015 Edition
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Secondary Fault

  • Henrik Hargitai
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3134-3_590


Secondary faults are subsidiary faults of lesser extent that accompany the major, master/main/primary fault (the longest/widest fault), playing a critical role in fault growth.


A type of  fault


Secondary fracture; Secondary tectonic fault


Damage zones where secondary faults are produced have three types: tip-, wall- (distributed), and linking-damage zones (Kim and Sanderson 2006; Kim et al. 2003, 2004; Fig. 1).
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NASA Ames Research Center/NPPMoffett FieldUSA