Forces in Earth’s Crust. C5S1. Stress. A force that acts on an area of rock to change its shape or volume. A rock’s volume is the amount of space the rock takes up . Because stress is a force, it adds energy to the rock. The energy is stored in the rock until the rock changes shape or breaks.
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Due to fault movement the Owens Valley was created. The two plates a divergent plates which means they are a normal fault. This has created an opening for a river and lake to form within the mountain system
The San Andreas Fault the best example of a strike –slip fault . It is observable from areal pictures.