shear plane

noun
variants: or shearing plane

Definition of shear plane

: a plane or other surface along which rocks are ruptured by compressive stress

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“Shear plane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shear%20plane. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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