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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Another long-standing question is how the perpendicular transform faults develop.
Transform faults form only perpendicular to a ridge.
For northwestern South America, plate tectonic stress plays out notably in the ocean-continent, and ocean-ocean and continent-continent plate collision zones, and also along oceanic spreading ridges and transform faults.
Focal mechanism solutions indicate regional tensional events associated with plate accretion and strike-slip events where the ridges are offset by transform faults.
The mid-ocean ridges are offset, in a zigzag pattern, by great transform faults, which resemble faults on land.
0 quake in 1994 on the Romanche Transform Fault in the equatorial Atlantic Ocean, a fault very similar to San Andreas.
Called transform faults, they connect adjacent segments of the spreading center and give Earth's mid-ocean ridges a characteristic staircase-like appearance.
The El Tiliche concessions are located at the intersection of a series of NE-SW high angle structures that pass through the Herradura gold deposit, and NW trending transform faults that makeup part of the Sonora-Mojave Megashear.
The Mid-Atlantic Ridge is composed of discrete spreading segments that are tens of kilometers long, and offset by transform faults and nontransform offsets.
Transform faults allow blocks of ocean crust to slip past one another, and play an important role in seafloor spreading.
In this region, large scale transform faults cross these gold belts in the vicinity of gold deposits.
Pohn's most exciting and speculative extension of his model is to link the lateral ramps with the transform faults that run through the Atlantic ocean floor from America through the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and on to Europe and Africa.