fracture zone

noun Oceanography.
a long, narrow rift on the ocean floor, separating areas of differing depth: where such a zone crosses a mid-ocean ridge, it displaces the ridge by faulting.
Compare transform fault.


Origin:
1960–65

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Resistivity profiling in the gradient array delineated what was either a near-surface mine working or a fracture zone.
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