fault-line scarp

fault-line scarp
    a) A steep slope or cliff formed by differential erosion along a fault line, as by the more rapid erosion of soft rock on the side of a fault as compared to that of more resistant rock on the other side; e.g., the eastern face of the Sierra Nevada in California.
    b) (not recommended) A fault scarp that has been modified by erosion. This usage is not recommended because the scarp is usually not located on the fault line.

Glossary of landform and geologic terms. 2013.

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