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Architecture and image characteristics of a normal fault - Inner Moray Firth Interpretation

VSA Author: Rob Butler
Date Created: 2015-01-28

These interpretations display a correlation of units across the fault zone - which has synthetic splays and an offset relay structure at depth. The growth strata are chiefly of upper Jurassic in age - with the deepest identified unit par of the middle Jurassic (locally) pre-rift stratigraphy. The annotations identify some "typical" characteristics of faults imaged in 2D seismic data. In the links you can connect to Iacopini et al. (2015) which uses this diagram to set up fault damage zone mapping in seismic volumes.


  • Interpretation Administrator:
    • Rob Butler
  • VSA Author:
    • Rob Butler

Geological Interpretation

Deformation Structures
Soft-Linked, Relays, Branching, Distributed Shears

Tectonostratigraphic Style
Growth Strata

Age of Strata

Geological Context

Plate Settings and Margins


Basin Setting
Continental Rifts

Geographic Context

Physical Geography
Shallow Seas, Gulfs

Political Geography
United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland


Data Presentation
Vertical Scale - Time

Image Type
Vertical Profile