Abstract

New data from the eastern flank of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (∼25–27°N) show that slow-spreading abyssal hill faults maintain maximum displacement-length ratios that are systematically greater than those reported on the fast-spreading East Pacific Rise. Lower displacement-length ratios in the fast-spreading environment may reflect the importance of fault linkage (rather than lateral propagation) in determining the lengths of abyssal hill faults and the limited ability of fault systems that evolve within an extremely thin lithosphere to acquire additional displacement during or following linkage.

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