neotectonics 1. A technique for predicting earthquakes that involves measuring the recent rate of slippage of landmarks along faults. 2. The study of the most recent structures and structural history of the earth's crust, from the end of the Miocene epoch to the present.
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Neotectonics is a subdiscipline of tectonics. It is the study of the motions and deformations of the Earth`s crust (geological and geomorphological processes) which are current or recent in geologic time. The term may also refer to the motions/deformations in question themselves. The corresponding time frame is referred to as the neotectonic peri.
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