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break-back thrust


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A thrust fault sequence in which the first fault increases in length until the amount of stress needed to move the volume of rock exceeds the breaking strength of the rock. The hanging wall then fractures and the thrust produces a newly active fault behind the first one (rather than ahead of the first one as in a piggyback thrust sequence). This sequence may be repeated several times.

Break-back thrust

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