Skip to main content
×
Home
    • Aa
    • Aa

The Mechanics of Oblique Slip Faulting

  • M. H. P. Bott (a1)
Abstract
Summary

The various mechanisms which could cause oblique slip faulting are briefly reviewed. It is thought that such faulting may frequently arise from the existence of preferred planes of fracture within the rocks. The dynamics of this mechanism is studied in some detail and an expression is obtained for the first direction of slip within the plane under the influence of a general stress system of given orientation it is found that the initial slip may occur in any possible direction within the plane, the direction depending on the relative values of the three principle pressures. The theory suggests that when a pre-existing fault is subjected to a reorientated stress system (typical or rotated) the movement after fracture will usually be oblique. In conclusion, the general implications of the theory are discussed.

Copyright
Linked references
Hide All

This list contains references from the content that can be linked to their source. For a full set of references and notes please see the PDF or HTML where available.

W. Hafner , 1951. Stress distributions and faulting. Geol. Soc. America Bull., lxii, 373398.

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Geological Magazine
  • ISSN: 0016-7568
  • EISSN: 1469-5081
  • URL: /core/journals/geological-magazine
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×

Metrics

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 64 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 706 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between September 2016 - 24th June 2017. This data will be updated every 24 hours.