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horst

[hawrst] /hɔrst/
noun
1.
a portion of the earth's crust, bounded on at least two sides by faults, that has risen in relation to adjacent portions.
Compare graben.
Origin of horst
1890-1895
1890-95; < German: thicket; cognate with hurst
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horst

/hɔːst/
noun
1.
a ridge of land that has been forced upwards between two parallel faults
Word Origin
C20: from German: thicket
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horst
  (hôrst)   

A usually elongated block of rock that is bounded by parallel geologic faults along its two longest sides and has a higher elevation than the rock at its sides. Horsts form where rock is being compressed by tectonic forces.
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