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One of the remarkable tectonic features of the Earths crust is the widespread presence of long, approximately straight and geomorphically prominent strike-slip faults which are a kinematic consequence of large-scale motion of plates on a sphere(Wilson 1965). Strike-slip faults form in continental and oceanic transform plate boundaries; in intraplate settings as a continental interior response to a plate collision; and can occur as transfer zones connecting normal faults in rift systems and thrust faults in fold thrust belts (Woodcock 1986; Sylvester 1988;Yeats et al. 1997; Marshak et al. 2003). Strike-slip faults also are common in obliquely convergent subduction settings...

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