What are the Types of Faults?

Faults result in the formation of block mountains. There are three main types of faults. They are

Types of Faults

Normal faults: Normal fault is a simple fault where the blocks of the rocks move up or down. In a normal fault, a piece of land may slide down along the fault plane.

Reverse faults: Because of compressional forces acting from opposite directions, a block of rock is forced up and over other rock against the slope of the fault plane.

Tear faults: When the blocks on either side of the fault are displaced horizontally or sideways, tear faults take place. Tear faults generally occur during earthquakes.


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