Talk:1874: Geologic Faults

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Faults are not necessarily caused on plate boundaries - they can happen anywhere. 162.158.146.16 04:41, 10 August 2017 (UTC)

Totally missed an opportunity for a Lego Fault.108.162.212.251 13:43, 9 August 2017 (UTC)

Both LEGO and BRIO in the same comic would have been too many toys. 162.158.134.196 14:38, 9 August 2017 (UTC)
I agree, but I think he should have gone with Lego instead, more universally recognized. I know "Brio" as a Spanish Cola. :) NiceGuy1 (talk) 02:41, 11 August 2017 (UTC)
BRIO connections can slide, like most faults, whereas LEGO connections interlock, and don't tend to slip.108.162.238.179 12:51, 11 August 2017 (UTC)
Also one must consider that BRIO is from the very south of Sweden, which I think most people can relate to, while LEGO is from Denmark which I think would alienate most of the readers.

The alt text reminds me of how Earthquakes are depicted in movies, where a massive rift opens up in the Earth. 162.158.75.10 13:48, 9 August 2017 (UTC)

I was totally expecting the Amigara Fault in there 108.162.216.112 14:10, 9 August 2017 (UTC)

Probably only for Germans, but the comedian Otto Waalkes invented that soap bar long ago in the seventies: Keili. --Dgbrt (talk) 16:01, 9 August 2017 (UTC)

No seg fault to the left or right of the image? Unfortunate. 172.68.78.16 16:56, 9 August 2017 (UTC)

A segmentation fault in geology sounds absolutely terrifying! And you thought it was a bad deal when it happened to a computer program!

Your fault: 💔 SilverMagpie (talk) 19:24, 9 August 2017 (UTC)

Well, the "taffy fault" is named as a joke, it is quite similar to "rift faults". These are several normal faults going on at the same time at both sides of a valley. The "soap fault" is not impossible.

Another terrifying thing about living near a bag-of-chips fault is that usually the things near the tears in chip bags get eaten. 108.162.238.95 04:48, 10 August 2017 (UTC)

The "soap fault" is nothing but two reverse faults with a narrow wedge between them. A geologist would refer to the two faults separately, but to the general public, "soap faulting" would be a clear, and accurate, term.

The "splinted fault" is probably related to the plates used to fix broken bones.

The "Apple Power Cable Fault" I took as less a reference to MagSafe connectors and more a reference to iDevice power cords (both the old 30-pin and the current Lightning), whose shielding is so soft and fragile, this kind of tearing always happens, even with the most gentle handling. Actually, it hasn't seemed like the MagSafe connectors have had this fragility problem, at least not to me. NiceGuy1 (talk) 02:38, 11 August 2017 (UTC)

  • If the "soap fault" actually occurred, we would probably have a name for it, like we do for the similar formations called horsts and grabens. But it just doesn't seem to be how the crust behaves. D5xtgr (talk) 03:15, 11 August 2017 (UTC)
I think if the Soap fault were real, it would be incredibly dangerous. Messing with its structural integrity or mass in a significant way would doubtless trigger a quake. Parts calving off the great wall of faultlandia during a quake would potentially exacerbate the issue, and it would likely be prone to weathering in ways that encourage instability. Worse still, it could be thousands of miles long, vertical, near-vertical, or overhanging cliffs miles tall, and rivers or huge waterfalls would flow off both sides. Earthquakes could cause considerable changes in elevation either up or down, or in areas where it generates an exposed cliff face, cause chunks of rock the size of small mountains to calve off. In other words, it would be an utterly-impassable cliff or mountain-like structure that was prone to huge earthquakes and shedding debris onto anything nearby. Any infrastructure you tried to use to go through or over it would need to deal with these quakes and would cost an absolute fortune to build and even more to maintain against continuous Earthquakes.108.162.245.88 08:06, 11 August 2017 (UTC)
we should ask michael bay about this... https://xkcd.com/748/ 198.41.242.65

The description for torn-bag-of-potato-chips reminds me a lot of the geological situation in florida, where much of the state is sitting on top of a giant aquifer instead of bedrock. As the aquifer is depleted for use as agricultural and civic fresh water, the structural integrity of Florida itself is increasingly compromised and lately has threatened to swallow up buildings into sinkholes. 108.162.238.11 18:12, 11 August 2017 (UTC)

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