Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Footwall

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_736

The footwall is the rock mass below an inclined fracture plane (or fault). Based on the relative direction of movement of the hanging wall and footwall, faults can be categorised as normal faults, reverse faults (thrust faults) and transform faults (strike-slip faults).

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