What is a Reverse Fault? - Definition, Locations & Example Video

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What kind of motion occurs at a reverse fault?

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1. Whom can we thank for the terms reverse, normal, hanging wall, and foot wall in describing faults?

2. Which side of the fault moves up at a reverse fault?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Reverse faults are important to be familiar with when studying physical geology, and this quiz/worksheet will help you test your understanding of their characteristics as well as related terms.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the details of:

  • The kind of motion that occurs at a reverse fault
  • The origins of the terms reverse, normal, hanging wall, and foot wall
  • The side of the fault that moves up at a reverse fault
  • Where reverse faults are found
  • What a fault with a hanging wall that moves up at an angle of less that 45 degrees is called

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define a fault with a hanging wall that moves up at an angle of less than 45 degrees
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the motion of reverse faults
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding reverse fault terms as well as where reverse faults are normally found

Additional Learning

To learn more about reverse faults and related concepts, review the accompanying lesson, What is a Reverse Fault? - Definition, Locations, and Example. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define fault
  • Know what constitutes a strike-slip fault
  • Familiarize yourself with dip-slip faults
  • Differentiate between hanging walls and foot walls
  • Define thrust fault
  • Describe subduction zones
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