Strike - slip

Strike-slip faults include some of the world's most famous - or infamous structures, including the San Andreas Fault system and the North Anatolian Fault system. Both of these are renowned for devastating earthquakes. Strike-slip faults are those where the relative displacement is parallel to the strike of the fault. Strike-slip fault zones are commonly, but by no means exclusively, steep and can be rather difficult to recognise on cross-sections. However, active strike-slip faults are commonly associated with spectacular tectonic landforms, such as the narrow basin and abrupt range-edge seen in the photograph above (the type area for the Yammouneh Fault, part of the Dead Sea fault system in Lebanon).

The basics

The basics

Dead Sea Rift in Lebanon See some strike-slip faults in the field - visit the Dead Sea Rift in Lebanon

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