tear fault

tear fault

[′tar ‚fȯlt]
(geology)
A very steep to vertical fault associated with and perpendicular to the strike of an overthrust fault.
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This observation suggests the existence of a tear fault in the subduction zone preceding a slab break-off.
South of the latitude of the Caldas tear fault, the volcanic chain of the Andean range is active and starts the transition to inactive volcano occurrences with Quaternary ages (Ruiz volcanic complex) (Figure 1, inset map).
Morpho-tectonic evidences of Zagros tear faults, applicable for determination and segmentation of Sabz pushan fault zone (Iran)", Abst., 3lth Int.