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A neotectonic joint is a crack which p ropagated in a tectonic stress field th a t has persisted w ith little or no change of orientation until the present day. Investigating neotectonic joints is of value because th e approxim ate orientation of the contem porary stress field can be inferred from them . A lthough exposed neotectonic joints in the flat-lying sedim entary rocks of some cratons are related to regional stress fields, th eir in itiation and propagation occurred close to the E a rthdoi:10.1098/rsta.1991.0104 fatcat:5cglznaxprdtfie6fpi2kjciw4