A mass of the earth's crust that lies between two faults and is higher than the surrounding land.
(geol.) A raised, usually elongated, rock mass between two faults.
A usually elongated block of rock that is bounded by parallel geologic faults along its two longest sides and has a higher elevation than the rock at its sides. Horsts form where rock is being compressed by tectonic forces.
Origin of horst
- German from Middle High German hurst thicket from Old High German
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition