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EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > BATHYMETRY/SEAFLOOR TOPOGRAPHY > FRACTURE ZONES
Definition:
Fracture zones are large, linear zone of irregular bathymetry of the sea floor,
characterized by asymmetric ridges and troughs. Fracture zones are the
topographic expression of transform faults, faults with horizontal displacement
connecting the ends of an offset in a mid-ocean ridge.
Reference:
Alyn C. Duxbury, Alison B. Duxbury, and Keith A. Sverdrup. An Introduction to
the World's Oceans. 6th edition. McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2000.
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