Modes of faulting at mid-ocean ridges

@article{Buck2005ModesOF,
  title={Modes of faulting at mid-ocean ridges},
  author={W. Roger Buck and Luc L. Lavier and Alexei N. B. Poliakov},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2005},
  volume={434},
  pages={719-723}
}
Abyssal-hill-bounding faults that pervade the oceanic crust are the most common tectonic feature on the surface of the Earth. The recognition that these faults form at plate spreading centres came with the plate tectonic revolution. Recent observations reveal a large range of fault sizes and orientations; numerical models of plate separation, dyke intrusion and faulting require at least two distinct mechanisms of fault formation at ridges to explain these observations. Plate unbending with… 
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