Geological Faults: Definition, Causes & Types


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Which type of stress causes normal faults?

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1. Which type of fault is caused by shear stress?

2. For a reverse fault, the _____ moves upward relative to the _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you quickly assess your understanding of the Earth's tectonic plates and how they move. You will be quizzed on terms and phrases that describe how and what types of faults are formed due to these movements.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following:

  • Type of stress that causes normal faults
  • Fault type resulting from shear stress
  • Two components of a reverse fault
  • Types of stress that cause faults
  • Fault type resulting from compressional stress

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of stress on rock slabs that results in geological faults
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the types of stress and faults discussed in the lesson
  • Lesson comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related Earth science lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called Geological Faults: Definition, Causes & Types. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Describe tectonic plates
  • Define faults
  • List and explain the three types of stress that cause faults
  • Identify the two sides of faults
  • Provide details about the different types of faults
  • Name parts of the U.S. where each type of fault is found