transform fault


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transform fault

[′tranz‚fȯrm ‚fȯlt]
(geology)
A strike-slip fault with offset ridges characteristic of a midoceanic ridge.
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This movement produced the left lateral motion between the Arabian plate and Sinai Peninsula and faulting has been the result of an E-W extension since the end of the Miocene, indicating a rotation of the regional stress pattern in the vicinity of the transform fault.
The plate kinematic models based on the theory developed since sixties have described the motion of the earth lithospheric plates on the basis of geophysical observations--sea floor spreading rates, transform fault azimuths, earthquake slip vectors.
0 quake in 1994 on the Romanche Transform Fault in the equatorial Atlantic Ocean, a fault very similar to San Andreas.
Both zones of potential reserves exhibit significant evidence of overprinting by wrench-type faulting of the kind associated with the known Atlantic transform fault systems in this area, such as the Cape Verde Transform Fault.
Large varieties of structures have been produced by oblique subduction in the west along the Chaman transform fault zone (Lawrence et al.
High seismicity is also associated with the Nazca-Cocos diverging plate boundary whereas low seismicity is associated with the Panama-Nazca Transform Fault and the South American Plate.
To study processes that generate earthquakes, buoy-based observatory systems linked to an array of seismic and geodetic sensors could be placed in earthquake-prone geological locales--along an ocean transform fault or above a subducting plate landward of an oceanic trench, for example.
In some areas, a perpendicular transform fault separates adjacent segments, forming an arrangement that looks much like a staircase.
These inclued Chaghi Raskoh Magmatic Arc which is famous for world class copper-gold deposits, Chaman Ornach Nal Transform fault famous for antimoney occurances in Qila Abdullah, Lasbela- Khuzdar- Muslim Bagh- Zhob-Waziristan ophiolites zone which is famous for copper-gold, manganese etc.
For example, if computer processing rotated a transform fault, which slices through an ocean ridge, he might wrongly conclude that the plate motion from the ridge had changed direction.
LTI's property lies near a major structural intersection formed by an E-W- trending fault with a NE-striking transform fault system.