fracture zone

noun

Definition of fracture zone

: an area of suboceanic crust characterized by fractures

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Recent Examples on the Web The episode, in an area known as the Romanche fracture zone, is visualized in this graphic animation from Imperial College London. Virginia Langmaid And Judson Jones, CNN, "'Boomerang earthquakes' may mean one earthquake can strike twice," 12 Aug. 2020 Oaxaca, however, sits near what’s known as the Tehuantepec fracture zone, where choppy crust forms a ridge that pokes up into the sediments along the seafloor. National Geographic, "Why the Oaxaca earthquake made buildings sway hundreds of miles away," 23 June 2020 Beneath this fracture zone, both older and newer data reveal a sizable reservoir of magma extending from about five to 11 miles under the crater. Steve Olson, Scientific American, "Inside Mount Saint Helens, Scientists Find Clues to Eruption Prediction," 1 Nov. 2017 Transform: Where plates slide past each other horizontally; also called fracture zones because the stress typically causes splintering into numerous faults, or fractures. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "Plate Tectonics: The Slow Dance of Our Planet's Crust," 12 June 2019 Duarte teamed up with geologist Nicolas Riel, of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany, to craft a numerical model that included both the serpentinized layer and fracture zones nearby. National Geographic, "A tectonic plate may have peeled apart—and that could shrink the Atlantic Ocean," 6 May 2019 Transform: Where plates slide past each other horizontally; also called fracture zones because the stress typically causes splintering into numerous faults, or fractures. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "Plate Tectonics: The Slow Dance of Our Planet's Crust," 12 June 2019 Duarte teamed up with geologist Nicolas Riel, of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany, to craft a numerical model that included both the serpentinized layer and fracture zones nearby. National Geographic, "A tectonic plate may have peeled apart—and that could shrink the Atlantic Ocean," 6 May 2019

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1946, in the meaning defined above

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“Fracture zone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fracture%20zone. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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fracture zone

noun

Medical Definition of fracture zone

: the area of bone, soft tissue, and blood vessels affected by or surrounding a bone fracture This cytokine cascade recruits the cells of repair such as fibroblasts, endothelial cells, and osteoblasts, into the fracture zone to form the soft callus.— Eric T. Becken et al., Head, Face, and Neck Trauma: Comprehensive Managment, 2005

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