What is a Normal Fault? - Definition & Example


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Which is true about a normal fault?

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1. What causes a normal fault?

2. Which is not an example of a normal fault?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet to test your knowledge about normal faults, including causes and examples. Your will also be asked to distinguish between horsts and grabens.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test your ability to:

  • Explain normal faults
  • Identify the cause of a normal fault
  • Identify examples of normal faults
  • Define the term for when earth between two normal faults is lifted
  • Define the origin of the term 'normal fault'

Skills Practiced

This assessment will help you practice the following skills:

  • Making connections - use your understanding of the concept of faults
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about earthquakes in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define horst, graben, and hanging wall
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast normal faults and strike-slip faults
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding normal faults

Additional Learning

Review this lesson titled 'What is a Normal Fault? Definition & Example' to learn more about this natural phenomenon. This lesson covers:

  • Defining normal faults
  • Comparing normal and reverse faults
  • Identifying the hanging wall and footwall
  • Defining horst and graben