Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms

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Clastic Dike

  • Henrik Hargitai
  • Tsafrir Levi
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3134-3_99


Tabular body, crosscut subvertical sheets of sediments within a contrasting sedimentary or the crystalline rock type.


A type of  dike.

A proposed origin of some of the intracrater  linear ridge types (various origins) on Mars.


Dike (US), dyke (UK)


Discordant subvertical sheets, tabular bodies of clastic sediments, which accumulate either “passively” by deposition into preexisting fissures or “dynamically” by fracturing the country rock and injection of clastic material during overpressure buildup (Levi et al. 2006). The clastic dikes are generally opening mode (mode I) fractures. At map view, the geometry of clastic dike swarms can be chaotic, linear, en echelon, subparallel, or radial (Marco et al. 2002). Dike width may range from several mm up to several m (Figs. 1 and 2).
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NASA Ames Research Center/NPPMoffett FieldUSA
  2. 2.Division of Engineering Geology and Geological HazardsThe Geological Survey of Israel (GSI)JerusalemIsrael