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James Petersen
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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
Textbook Problem

Distinguish among compressional, tensional, and shearing forces.

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The difference among compressional, tensional, and shearing forces.

Explanation

Tectonic forces are the large scale movements in the lithospheric plates which cause bending, warping, folding, and fracturing of the Earth’s crust at continental, regional or local scales. The tectonic forces are divided into three types which differ in the direction of the applied forces. The tectonic forces which push the two crustal rocks toward each other are known as compressional forces.

The degree of force and the brittleness of the rocks change the way they respond to the compressional forces. The rocks are less brittle (ductile) and the compressional forces results in the folding of the rocks...

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