The influence of middle and lower crustal flow on the landscape evolution of orogenic plateaus: insights from the Himalaya and Tibet

Kip V. Hodges, Byron A. Adams

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Abstract

The Tibetan Plateau serves as a model for understanding the possible influence of middle and lower crustal flow on the geomorphic and tectonic evolution of a continental plateau. Arguments are presented in favor of a weak middle (and, in some areas, lower) crust beneath the plateau, and the development of tectonic models of the Himalayan-Tibetan orogenic system that incorporate lateral flow of this weak crust under the influence of gravity are explored. Many long- and short-wavelength features of Tibetan and Himalayan landscapes are reasonably explained as a consequence of such flow.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIn: Shroder, J. (Editor in Chief), Owen, L.A. (Ed.), Treatise on Geomorphology
PublisherAcademic Press
Pages350-369
Number of pages20
Volume5
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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