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A shutter ridge is a ridge which has moved along a fault line, blocking or diverting drainage. Typically, a shutter ridge creates a valley corresponding to the alignment of the fault that produces it.[1] Shutter ridges occur exclusively at strike-slip faults.

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  1. ^ Glossary, Earthquake Hazards Program, USGS Archived 2014-09-29 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Easterbrook, Don J. (1999). Surface processes and landforms (2. ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. ISBN 0-13-860958-6.