Southern Uplands Fault

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The Southern Uplands Fault (or occasionally Southern Upland Fault)[1] is a fault in Scotland that runs from Girvan (or more specifically from the Rhins of Galloway) to Dunbar on the East coast. It marks the southern boundary of the Scottish Midland Valley[2] and the northern margin of the Southern Uplands; indeed it is recognised as a boundary between these two terranes. Both sinistral and dextral strike-slip movement is recorded from parts of the fault as are down-north and down-south normal movements suggestive of a complex history.

The Stinchar, Dove Cove and Glen App faults form a part of the Southern Upland Fault Zone in the southwest whilst in the northeast, the Lammermuir, Dunbar-Gifford, Crossgatehall, Pentland and Firth of Forth faults are all associated with the Southern Uplands Fault.[3]

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  1. ^ British Geological Survey, Bedrock Geology UK North, 1:625K map 5th edn 2007
  2. ^ "Overview of Southern Uplands Fault". Gazetteer for Scotland. The Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 27 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Oliver, G.J.H, Stone, P. & Bluck, B.J. 2002 The Ballantrae Complex and Southern Uplands terrane. In Trewin, N.H. (ed) The Geology of Scotland, The Geological Society, London p191-2