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normal fault

noun, Geology
Origin of normal fault
1875-1880
1875-80
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  • A normal fault with a hade of 15°, the original fault scarp remaining.

    The Elements of Geology William Harmon Norton
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normal fault  
A geologic fault in which the hanging wall has moved downward relative to the footwall. Normal faults occur where two blocks of rock are pulled apart, as by tension. Compare reverse fault. See Note and illustration at fault.
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