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 relative motions between adjacent plates give rise to earthquakes along the plate boundaries that include spreading oceanic ridges, converging subduction zones, collisional continental plate boundaries, and transform faults along which they shear past each other (Bird, 2003; Turcotte and Schubert, 2002; Cediel et al.
In 2004, funded by NSF and the WHOI Deep Ocean Exploration Institute, we analyzed seismic data collected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) since 1995 along the Siqueiros Transform Fault, an 80-mile fault sandwiched between two volcanic mid-ocean ridges in the Pacific Ocean.
Sempre thinks a diffuse area may take the place of a distinct transform fault in absorbing motion between the plates.
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.
In 1986, we surveyed the seafloor south of the island of Mauritius at a great oceanic transform fault named Atlantis II Fracture Zone, looking for a place to drill.
With these services, companies can transform fault and performance management into a strategic asset rather than a staff function.
Vengold's property is located on the transform fault that passes through the Kelian mine.
To the north in western Canada, a transform fault connects the Aleutian and Cascadia trenches, and is the site where the Pacific plate slides past the North American plate.
This region of the Gulf has active sinistral transform faults with associated pull-apart basins (the deeps in the Gulf of Aqaba), and hence is an area where earthquakes of great magnitude occur quite regularly, it noted.
The system, divided by fault lines called transform faults that lie perpendicular to the ridge, circles the planet like a seam on a baseball.