Faults: Definition & Types


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A geologic fault is best defined as a _____.

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1. When the hanging wall of a fault slides straight down, the fault plane, the fault is called a _____.

2. Movement on a strike-slip fault is primarily _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet can help you check your knowledge of the earth's faults. You will need to know different types of faults and their characteristics.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet can help you review:

  • Fault planes
  • A geologic fault
  • Movement on a strike-slip fault
  • Where faults are located

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as strike-slip fault and fault plane
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about movements on a strike-slip fault
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding where faults are located

Additional Learning

To learn more about faults, review the corresponding lesson on Faults: Definition & Types. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Determine what a geologic fault is
  • Learn where faults take place
  • Identify the different types of faults
  • Understand why faults occur