Bulletin of the National Speleological Society - ISSN 0146-9517
Volume 34 Number 4: 143-147 - October 1972

A publication of the National Speleological Society

Effect of Small Thrust Faults on Cave Passage Cross-Section
Eberhard Werner


Thrust faults whose displacement may be measured in centimeters and whose lateral extent may be a few hundred meters are very common in caves along the eastern edge of the Allegheny Plateau of West Virginia. These faults exert control over cave passage cross-section. Usually, the cave passage becomes slightly less in height and very much greater in width where the faults interesect the passage. Sometimes, there is an accompanying increase in breakdown.

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