Evidence for spreading-race dependence in the displacement-length ratios of abyssal hill faults at mid-ocean ridges

Publication Type  Journal Article
Year of Publication  2000
Authors  Bohnenstiehl, D. R.; Kleinrock, M. C.
Journal Title  Geology
Volume  28
Issue  5
Pages  395-398
Journal Date  May
ISBN Number  0091-7613
Accession Number  ISI:000086689300003
Key Words  mid-ocean ridges; faults; faulting; fault scarps; abyssal hills; east pacific rise; atlantic ridge; sea-beam; growth; segmentation; explanation; evolution; patterns; geometry; linkage

New data from the eastern flank of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (similar to 25-27 degrees N) show that slow-spreading abyssal hill faults maintain maximum displacement-length ratios that are systematically greater than those reported on the fast-spreading East Pacific Rise. Lower displacement-length ratios in the fast-spreading environment may reflect the importance of fault linkage (rather than lateral propagation) in determining the lengths of abyssal hill faults and the limited ability of fault systems that evolve within an extremely thin lithosphere to acquire additional displacement during or following linkage.


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