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growth fault

1. n. [Geology]

A type of normal fault that develops and continues to move during sedimentation and typically has thicker strata on the downthrown, hanging wall side of the fault than in the footwall. Growth faults are common in the Gulf of Mexico and in other areas where the crust is subsiding rapidly or being pulled apart.

See: differential compactionnormal faultlistric faultsubsidence

Schematic diagram of growth fault.

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