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Applied Subsurface Geological Mapping by Daniel J.Tearpock, Richard E. Bischke

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Chapter 12. Strike-Slip Faults and Associated Structures

Introduction

Strike-slip displacements occur along near-vertical faults that offset basement (Harding 1990). Displacements along strike-slip faults are predominantly in the strike direction of the fault, and the vertical separations of the horizons along strike-slip faults may alternate between normal and reverse separations. Along active strike-slip faults, dip-slip components of displacement are also common (Clark et al. 1984). As they move, the crustal blocks typically encounter curves or bends in the near-vertical fault surfaces. Material moving into these fault bends may generate structures that can trap hydrocarbons. Commonly, areas may be subject to strike-slip, compressional, and ...

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