Definition of Footwall

1. Noun. The lower wall of an inclined fault.

Group relationships: Inclined Fault
Generic synonyms: Wall

Definition of Footwall

1. Noun. (geology) The section of rock that extends below a diagonal fault line (the corresponding upper section being the hanging wall). ¹

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Definition of Footwall

1. the layer of rock beneath a vein of ore [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Footwall

footstone
footstones
footstool
footstools
footstrike
footstrikes
footsure
footsweep
footsweeps
footswitch
footswitches
footsy
footvolley
footwalk
footwalks
footwall (current term)
footwalls
footwarmer
footwarmers
footway
footways
footwear
footwears
footwell
footwells
footwork
footworks
footworn
footwrap
footwraps

Literary usage of Footwall

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Report of the Royal Ontario Nickel Commission: With Appendix by Ontario Royal Nickel Commission, George Thomas Holloway (1917)
"Contact Between Ore Body and Granite footwall The contact between the granite ... The contact is more irregular along the granite footwall. than along the ..."

2. The Nature of Ore Deposits by Richard Beck (1905)
"The compression and wrinkling are especially pronounced in the footwall of the orebody, where there are also numerous fractures extending into the ore. ..."

3. Sessional Papers by Ontario Legislative Assembly (1919)
"A footwall drift is then run from the sub-level station. ... The footwall drifts facilitate tramming, as empty cars may be handled in one drift and loaded ..."

4. Miners' Pocket-book: A Reference Book for Miners, Mine Surveyors, Geologists by Charles George Warnford Lock (1897)
"49-50), and most conveniently on the footwall c, d being the hanging-wall. As the ground is undisturbed, it should be feasible to keep open a level the ..."

5. Mining Engineers' Handbook by Robert Peele (1918)
"Fire is prevented by substitution of concrete and «•-l (or timber, (c) footwall location obviates necessity for shaft pillars, • 'jc ¡eft on each side of a ..."

6. Transactions of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and (1879)
"This forms the footwall of the metal-bearing zone. Its general course through Ruby Hill is very nearly east and west, and its dip is variable, ..."

7. The Iron Ores of Lake Superior: Containing Some Facts of Interest Relating by Crowell & Murray (1917)
"This ore also clings closely to the slate .footwall, widening slightly upon ... The ore body works from high horizons into the footwall of this fold similar ..."

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