## What type of stress creates a normal fault?

Normal faults are produced by extensional stresses in which the maximum principal stress (rock overburden) is vertical. The faulting takes place at a point at depth when lithostatic pressure exceeds the rock strength and horizontal stress is reduced along an axis.

### Is tensional stress a normal fault?

Tensional stress, meaning rocks pulling apart from each other, creates a normal fault. With normal faults, the hanging wall and footwall are pulled apart from each other, and the hanging wall drops down relative to the footwall.

#### What type of stresses are dominant at convergent boundaries?

Compression is the most common stress at convergent plate boundaries. Rocks that are pulled apart are under tension.

What type of stress is tensional stress?

Tensional stress is the stress that tends to pull something apart. It is the stress component perpendicular to a given surface, such as a fault plane, that results from forces applied perpendicular to the surface or from remote forces transmitted through the surrounding rock.

What type of fault is normal fault?

normal fault – a dip-slip fault in which the block above the fault has moved downward relative to the block below. This type of faulting occurs in response to extension and is often observed in the Western United States Basin and Range Province and along oceanic ridge systems.

## How is a normal fault formed?

Normal Faults: This is the most common type of fault. It forms when rock above an inclined fracture plane moves downward, sliding along the rock on the other side of the fracture. Normal faults are often found along divergent plate boundaries, such as under the ocean where new crust is forming.

### What type of fault is the San Andreas Fault?

strike-slip fault – a fault on which the two blocks slide past one another. The San Andreas Fault is an example of a right lateral fault.

#### What do we call a Downdropped block of the crust bounded by normal faults on each side?

graben
Grabens and Horsts A graben is a down-dropped block of rock between two normal faults. Because the normal faults on either side of a graben dip towards each other, the graben is the hanging wall for each of them. The rocks exposed in grabens tend to be from the shallow crust, either sedimentary or volcanic.

What boundary experiences tensional stress?

divergent plate boundaries
Tensional stress happens at divergent plate boundaries where two plates are moving away from each other. Shear stress is experienced at transform boundaries where two plates are sliding past each other.

What are tensional tectonic forces?

Tensional stress occurs when a rock is subjected to forces that tend to elongate it or pull it apart; a rock that has experienced tensional stress tends to be narrower and longer than its original shape, like a piece of gum or taffy that has been pulled.

## What is a tensional fault?

a fracture in the earth’s crust caused by tension; the rocks that are separated simply move apart and experience no other relative displacement.

### What type of force does a normal fault have?

Normal faults form when the hanging wall drops down in relation to the footwall. Extensional forces, those that pull the plates apart, and gravity are the forces that create normal faults.

#### What type of stress is involved in the formation of faults?

In terms of faulting, compressive stress produces reverse faults, tensional stress produces normal faults, and shear stress produces transform faults. *Terminology alert: Geoscientists refer to faults that are formed by shearing as transform faults in the ocean, and as strike-slip faults on continents.

What causes a normal fault to extend?

In a normal fault, the block above the fault moves down relative to the block below the fault. This fault motion is caused by extensional forces and results in extension. Other names: normal-slip fault, tensional fault or gravity fault.

How does stress in the outer layer lead to tectonic plate boundaries?

This animation describes stress in Earth’s outer layer and how it leads to both faults and tectonic plate boundaries. In a normal fault, the block above the fault moves down relative to the block below the fault. This fault motion is caused by extensional forces and results in extension.

## How do normal faults differ from reverse faults?

How do normal faults differ from reverse faults? At a normal fault, tensional stress causes the hanging wall block to move downward with respect to the footwall block. Conversely, at a reverse fault, compressional stress causes the hanging wall block to move upward with respect to the footwall block.