underthrust

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underthrust

(ˈʌndəˌθrʌst)
n
(Geological Science) geology a reverse fault in which the rocks on the lower surface of a fault plane have moved under the relatively static rocks on the upper surface. Compare overthrust
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It was concluded that the convergence was absorbed due to (i) shortening of sedimentary strata in the foreland as India underthrusts its cover rocks, (ii) contraction within the collision zone by uplift in the high Himalaya and reactivation of interior thrust faults, and (iii) crustal shortening via thickening of the crust and escape-block tectonics along strike slip faults to the north of the collision zone [23, 24].