transform fault

trans·​form fault | \ ˈtran(t)s-ˌfȯrm- How to pronounce transform fault (audio) \

Definition of transform fault

: a strike-slip fault that occurs typically between segments of a mid-ocean ridge or other tectonic-plate boundary and that is characterized by shallow high-magnitude earthquakes

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Recent Examples on the Web Unlike the Cascadia Subduction Zone, where plates are sliding under one another, the San Andreas Fault is known as a transform fault, the tectonic plates are moving laterally, sliding past each other. oregonlive, "Cascadia Subduction Zone could trigger San Andreas quakes, OSU expert says," 6 Dec. 2019 Much of California, including Los Angeles and the Bay Area, on the other hand, are positioned right on top of the San Andreas fault, a transform fault, where two plates slide past each other. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "California Announces New Earthquake Early Warning System," 18 Oct. 2019

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1965, in the meaning defined above

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“Transform fault.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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