Dynamical Instability Produces Transform Faults at Mid-Ocean Ridges

  title={Dynamical Instability Produces Transform Faults at Mid-Ocean Ridges},
  author={Taras V. Gerya},
  pages={1047 - 1050}
  • T. Gerya
  • Published 27 August 2010
  • Geology
  • Science
Cracking Up Transform faults perpendicular to mid-ocean ridges are some of the most prominently visual features on the sea floor. Because they form slowly over thousands of years, the lack of observational data means their mechanism of formation has remained controversial. Taking a numerical modeling approach, Gerya (p. 1047) suggests that due to asymmetric growth of the plate boundary, sections of the mid-ocean ridge become unstable and eventually rotate 90°. As the ridge continues to grow… 
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