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transform fault

noun, Geology
a strike-slip fault that offsets a mid-ocean ridge in opposing directions on either side of an axis of seafloor spreading.
Compare fracture zone.
Origin of transform fault
1970-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for transform fault
  • Each of these hazards marks a different kind of plate boundary-a transform fault to the south, a subduction zone up north.
  • At a transform fault, two plates slide past each other.
  • transform fault-- one plate slides horizontally past another.
  • When two ridges are connected by a fault, this is called a transform fault, and the fault is the source of strike-slip events.
  • In fact, extending the lateral ramp zones offshore produces an alignment of two ramps with transform fault zones.
transform fault in Science
transform fault
A type of strike-slip fault that accommodates the relative horizontal slip between other tectonic elements, such as tectonic plates, and is common along the edges of plates in mid-ocean ridge regions. The lateral displacement along transform faults often ends or changes form abruptly. See Note at fault.
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