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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: August 2019

5 - Discontinuity Patterns and Their Interpretation

Summary

Why doesn’t one single, solitary structural discontinuity form and cut across a laboratory test specimen or an outcrop, rather than forming a network? Why isn’t the San Andreas Fault just a single, continuous strand? Why are echelon arrays formed by the different structure types, such as joints, faults, or deformation bands?