Geometry of transform zones

Hans Schouten, Jeff Karson, Henry Dick

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Asymmetric sea-floor formation at oceanic spreading centre/transform fault intersections is predicted by the steady-state (average) geometry of finite-width transform fault zones. In the central North Atlantic, geological and geophysical data near both small-offset (FAMOUS Fracture Zone B) and large-offset (Kane Fracture Zone) transforms support this geometry. We report here observations made on both regional and local scales which suggest predictable systematic development of asymmetric features in these areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)470-473
Number of pages4
Issue number5790
StatePublished - Dec 1 1980


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Schouten, H., Karson, J., & Dick, H. (1980). Geometry of transform zones. Nature, 288(5790), 470-473.