18th November 2019


How does a normal fault form?

A fault is a fracture or break in the rock along which the two blocks of rock have moved past each other. For a normal fault, the block of rock above the fault (hanging-wall block) moves down relative to the block of rock above the fault (footwall block). Below: Formation of normal faults.

Just so, where can you find a reverse fault?

Reverse faults are exactly the opposite of normal faults. If the hanging wall rises relative to the footwall, you have a reverse fault. Reverse faults occur in areas undergoing compression (squishing).

What are normal faults created by?

Tensional stress is when rock slabs are pulled apart from each other, causing normal faults. With normal faults, the hanging wall slips downward relative to the footwall. These rocks move like your hands do when you rub them together to warm up. The movement along faults is what causes earthquakes.

What is a normal fault?

normal fault. A geologic fault in which the hanging wall has moved downward relative to the footwall. Normal faults occur where two blocks of rock are pulled apart, as by tension. Compare reverse fault. See Note and illustration at fault.
Write Your Answer


80% people found this answer useful, click to cast your vote.

4 / 5 based on 1 vote.


Press Ctrl + D to add this site to your favorites!