fault block


fault block
   A displaced crustal unit, formed during block faulting, that is bounded by faults, either completely or in part, and behaves as a coherent unit during tectonic activity.
   SW & GG

Glossary of landform and geologic terms. 2013.

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  • fault block — noun : a body of rock bounded by faults * * * Geol. a mass of rock bounded on at least two opposite sides by faults. Cf. block faulting. [1895 1900] * * * fault block, Geology. a mass of displaced rock between two faults, lifted above or sunk… …   Useful english dictionary

  • fault block — Geol. a mass of rock bounded on at least two opposite sides by faults. Cf. block faulting. [1895 1900] * * * …   Universalium

  • Fault-block — is thinned. ee also*List of mountain types *Mountain *Plate tectonicsReferences* Plummer, Charles, David McGeary, and Diane Carlson. Physical Geology 8th ed. McGraw Hill, Boston, 1999 …   Wikipedia

  • Fault-block mountain — Fault block or fault mountains are produced when normal ( near vertical ) faults fracture a section of continental crust. Vertical motion of the resulting blocks, sometimes accompanied by tilting, can then lead to high escarpments. These… …   Wikipedia

  • fault-block mountains —    Mountains that formed primarily by block faulting, and commonly exhibit asymmetrical rotation and vertical displacement from a horizontal plane by large, coherent fault block units hinged along fault lines; common in , but not limited to, the… …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

  • tilted fault block —    A fault block that has become tilted, perhaps by rotation on a hinge line (fault).    Compare: fault line scarp.    GG …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

  • fault — /fawlt/, n. 1. a defect or imperfection; flaw; failing: a fault in the brakes; a fault in one s character. 2. responsibility for failure or a wrongful act: It is my fault that we have not finished. 3. an error or mistake: a fault in addition. 4.… …   Universalium

  • block — blockable, adj. /blok/, n. 1. a solid mass of wood, stone, etc., usually with one or more flat or approximately flat faces. 2. a hollow masonry building unit of cement, terra cotta, etc.: a wall made of concrete blocks. 3. one of a set of cube… …   Universalium

  • block faulting — Geol. the process by which tensional forces in the earth s crust cause large bodies of rock to founder. Cf. fault block. [1920 25] * * * …   Universalium

  • block faulting — noun : geological faulting that produces blocks * * * Geol. the process by which tensional forces in the earth s crust cause large bodies of rock to founder. Cf. fault block. [1920 25] …   Useful english dictionary