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geological fault

Definitions of geological fault
  1. noun
    (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
    synonyms: break, fault, faulting, fracture, shift
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    examples:
    Denali Fault
    a major open geological fault in Alaska
    San Andreas Fault
    a major geological fault in California; runs from San Diego to San Francisco; the source of serious earthquakes
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    inclined fault
    a geological fault in which one side is above the other
    strike-slip fault
    a geological fault in which one of the adjacent surfaces appears to have moved horizontally
    common fault, gravity fault, normal fault
    an inclined fault in which the hanging wall appears to have slipped downward relative to the footwall
    overthrust fault, reverse fault, thrust fault
    a geological fault in which the upper side appears to have been pushed upward by compression
    type of:
    cleft, crack, crevice, fissure, scissure
    a long narrow opening
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