fault line

noun Geology.
the intersection of a fault with the surface of the earth or other plane of reference.


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fault line
1.  geology Also called: fault plane the surface of a fault fracture along which the rocks have been displaced
2.  a potentially disruptive division or area of contention: Europe remains the main fault line in the Tory Party

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The article says that aftershocks usually occur further along down the same
  fault line.
Seismologists had warned that the dam should not be built because of its
  proximity to a major fault line.
Each party has to learn a lesson here, and their mistakes balance each other
  out, so the fault line stabilizes in the middle.
The drifts follow a major fault line which runs east and west through the
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