A strike-slip fault occurring at the boundary between two plates of the earth’s crust.
- In plate tectonics, a transform fault is a strike-slip fault extending throughout the lithosphere and joining any two other plate margins.
- At transform fault boundaries (such as the San Andreas Fault in California which divides the Pacific and North American plates), the plates move or slide horizontally past each other.
- Most of these plutonic rocks come from the inside corners of transforms, the strips of crust generated in the angle between the spreading centre and the active transform fault.
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