transform-fault

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:
1970–75

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transform fault   (trāns'fôrm')  Pronunciation Key 
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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