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A Detection Algorithm for the localisation of unknown fault lines of a surface from scattered data is given. The method is based on a local approximation scheme using thin plate splines, and we show that this yields approximation of second order accuracy instead of first order as in the global case. Furthermore, the Detection Algorithm works with triangulation methods, and we show their utility for the approximation of the fault lines. The output of our method provides polygonal curves which can be used for the purpose of constrained surface approximation.