Trough (geology)

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Satellite image of the Cayman Trough Cayman Trough.jpg
Satellite image of the Cayman Trough
Bathymetric features of the Rockall Trough northwest of Scotland and Ireland Rockall Trough.jpg
Bathymetric features of the Rockall Trough northwest of Scotland and Ireland
Topographic map of Zealandia with New Caledonia Trough Zealandia, topographic map.jpg
Topographic map of Zealandia with New Caledonia Trough

In geology, a trough is a linear structural depression that extends laterally over a distance. Although it is less steep than a trench, a trough can be a narrow basin or a geologic rift. These features often form at the rim of tectonic plates. There are various oceanic troughs, troughs found under oceans.



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