hanging wall


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hanging wall

n. Geology
1. The mass of rock overlying a mineral deposit in a mine.
2. The overlying block of a fault having an inclined fault plane.
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hanging wall

n
(Geological Science) the rocks on the upper side of an inclined fault plane or mineral vein. Compare footwall
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hang·ing wall

(hăng′ĭng)
The block of rock lying above an inclined fault. See more at fault. Compare footwall.
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Noun1.hanging wall - the upper wall of an inclined fault
inclined fault - a geological fault in which one side is above the other
wall - anything that suggests a wall in structure or function or effect; "a wall of water"; "a wall of smoke"; "a wall of prejudice"; "negotiations ran into a brick wall"
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45 Ma, thickened THS metasediments were already in the hanging wall of the main Himalayan decollement.
It is located at Hongkou Township, Dujiangyan City, Sichuan Province, in the hanging wall of the causative Yangxiu-Beichuan fault with relatively large horizontal dextral displacement and vertical displacement.
The ADD is a west dipping, north-south striking shear zone that juxtaposes upper amphibolite facies migmatitic gneiss in the hanging wall with granulite facies migmatitic gneiss in the footwall.
The Leo Pargil shear zone defines the west flank of the dome and separates the footwall rocks of the dome from the Haimanta Group and the overlying metasedimentary rocks in the hanging wall to the west (Thiede et al., 2006; Hintersberger et al.,2010, in press).
Rocks progressively incorporated into the deforming MCT zone were continually juxtaposed against hotter rocks in the hanging wall. As the MCT propagated southward, rocks in the hanging wall were cooled and rapidly exhumed toward the synorogenic topographic surface.