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A block of the earth's crust uplifted along faults relative to the rocks on either side.
A mass of the earth's crust limited by faults and standing in relief.
One of the older mountain masses limiting the Alps on the west and north.
A knobby ledge of limestone beneath a thin soil mantle.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



an area of the earth’s crust that is elevated above adjacent areas and is usually elongated. It is bordered by steeply dipping fractures—faults or upthrow faults. Horsts vary in size; they may be dozens of kilometers across and hundreds of kilometers long.

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Alle Hoekema, writing on behalf of the Dutch Mennonite Church (Algemene Doopsgezinde Societeit Nederland), reflected on Horst's contribution in the Netherlands: Almost twenty years he served our church in the Netherlands and our seminary in Amsterdam with many skills, a great scholarly knowledge of Mennonite history ...