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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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James Petersen
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James Petersen
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How does motion along a normal fault differ from that along a reverse fault?

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The way in which the motion along a normal fault differs from that along a reverse fault.

Explanation

The displacement or slippage of rocks along a plane (fracture surface or fault plane) is termed as faulting, and the fracture along which the displacement took place is called a fault. A fault has one block each on either sides namely the hanging wall and the foot wall. The block that lies above the fault plane is referred as the hanging wall, while the block below the fault plane is referred as the footwall.

Depending upon the operating forces and the direction of movement of the fault blocks, the fault can be either a normal fault or a reverse fault. A normal fault, in simple words, is the fault where the hanging wall has moved down with respect to the footwall...

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