Striation (geology)

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Striations at a fault in the Peloponnese, Greece
Glacial striations in Canada
Slickenside striations on a Pyrite-coated fault surface

In structural geology, striations are linear furrows generated from fault movement. The striation's direction reveal the movement directions in the fault plane.

Similar striations called glacial striations can occur in areas subjected to glaciation. Striations can also be caused by underwater landslides.

Striations can also be a growth pattern or mineral habit shown on faces of certain minerals. Examples of minerals that can show growth striations include pyrite, feldspar, quartz, tourmaline, chalcocite and sphalerite. These may also called hairline grooves.