Facebook Fossiel.net In English Please In het Nederlands


Come to our PaleoTime-NL International Fossil Show in Harderwijk (NL), on March 9th 2019!

Contribute knowledge and information to Fossiel.net!
How can I help?

Most Popular Articles

Folding box 63x63x25 100 pieces
13.00 EUR


A Fault is a planar fracture or discontinuity in rocks, along which, movement has occurred. Due to high pressures caused by tectonics, a fault in the rock can be formed. There are several types of faults. A normal fault is caused by pulling strength  and downward slip. With a reverse fault one block is pushed over the other due to compression. Along a strike-slip fault horizontal movement occurs. Because of the high friction of faultplanes, movement occurs not gradually, but in short events. Hereby earthquakes occur.

Faults are studied in structural geology.

Do you have additional information for this article? Please contact the Fossiel.net Team.