a long, narrow rift on the ocean floor, separating areas of differing depth: where such a zone crosses a mid-ocean ridge, it displaces the ridge by faulting.
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- fracture by contrecoup,
Compare transform fault.
Origin of fracture zone
First recorded in 1960–65
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