Evidence for mechanical coupling and strong Indian lower crust beneath southern Tibet

Copley, Alex and Avouac, Jean-Philippe and Wernicke, Brian P. (2011) Evidence for mechanical coupling and strong Indian lower crust beneath southern Tibet. Nature, 472 (7341). pp. 79-81. DOI 10.1038/nature09926

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Abstract

This study shows that the contrast in tectonic regime between primarily strike-slip faulting in northern Tibet and dominantly normal faulting in southern Tibet requires mechanical coupling between the upper crust of southern Tibet and the underthrusting Indian crust. Such coupling is inconsistent with the presence of active /`channel flow/' beneath southern Tibet, and indicates that the Indian crust retains its strength as it underthrusts the plateau.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: 02 - Geodynamics, Geophysics and Tectonics
Divisions: 02 - Geodynamics, Geophysics and Tectonics
Journal or Publication Title: Nature
Volume: 472
Page Range: pp. 79-81
Identification Number: 10.1038/nature09926
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2012 00:09
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 10:03
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/2421

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