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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

2nd Edition
James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536

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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
Textbook Problem

Is the San Andreas a left or right lateral fault?

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Whether San Andreas Fault is a left or right lateral fault.

Explanation

The accompanying figure shows the false-color image of a region west of San Mateo in California, across which San Andreas Fault can be seen stretching from top left to bottom right. The landscape to the west of the fault (left side) is advancing  northwest with respect to the land on the eastern side of the fault (right side).

The category of fault that shows horizontal displacement of rock layers inspite of vertical displacement, which has a slippage direction parallel to the fault strike or surface trace is defined as a strike-slip fault. Such faults, due to their the horizontal motion, can be also referred as lateral faults.

The displacement direction along a strike-slip fault may be defined as left lateral or right lateral...

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