How do the plates accommodate motion near spreading ridges?
A transform fault is a type of strike-slip fault wherein the relative horizontal slip is accommodating the movement between two ocean ridges or other tectonic boundaries. They are connected on both ends to other faults. A transform fault or transform boundary, also known as conservative plate boundary since these faults neither create nor destroy lithosphere, is a type of fault whose relative motion is predominantly horizontal. Additional animations on seafloor spreading and transform faults are available from Tanya Atwater (http://emvc.geol.ucsb.edu/2_infopgs/IP1GTect/eSoAtlantic_CutGlobe.html).
- A transform fault accommodates relative horizontal slip between other tectonic elements, such as oceanic plates
- A transform fault has strike-slip motion