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Mantle dynamics, uplift of the Tibetan Plateau, and the Indian Monsoon
Convective removal of lower lithosphere beneath the Tibetan Plateau can account for a rapid increase in the mean elevation of the Tibetan Plateau of 1000 m or more in a few million years. Such uplift…
Cenozoic Tectonics of Asia: Effects of a Continental Collision: Features of recent continental tectonics in Asia can be interpreted as results of the India-Eurasia collision.
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Geological and Geophysical Evidence for Deep Subduction of Continental Crust Beneath the Pamir
Continuous deformation of the Tibetan Plateau from global positioning system data
Global positioning system velocities from 553 control points within the Tibetan Plateau and on its margins show that the present-day tectonics in the plateau is best described as deformation of a…
Closing of the Indonesian seaway as a precursor to east African aridification around 3–4 million years ago
It is suggested that the northward displacement of New Guinea, about 5 Myr ago, may have switched the source of flow through Indonesia—from warm South Pacific to relatively cold North Pacific waters, stimulating global cooling and the eventual growth of ice sheets.
Late Cenozoic uplift of mountain ranges and global climate change: chicken or egg?
The high altitudes of most mountain ranges have commonly been ascribed to late Cenozoic uplift, without reference to when crustal thickening and other tectonic processes occurred. Deep incision and…
Rapid late Miocene rise of the Bolivian Altiplano: Evidence for removal of mantle lithosphere
Increased sedimentation rates and grain sizes 2–4 Myr ago due to the influence of climate change on erosion rates
It is suggested that climate affected erosion mainly by the transition from a period of climate stability, in which landscapes had attained equilibrium configurations, to a time of frequent and abrupt changes in temperature, precipitation and vegetation, which prevented fluvial and glacial systems from establishing equilibrium states.
Orographic controls on climate and paleoclimate of Asia: thermal and mechanical roles for the Tibetan Plateau.
Prevailing opinion assigns the Tibetan Plateau a crucial role in shaping Asian climate, primarily by heating of the atmosphere over Tibet during spring and summer. Accordingly, the growth of the…
Active faulting and cenozoic tectonics of the Tien Shan, Mongolia, and Baykal Regions
We present a study of the active tectonics of central Asia based on an interpretation of Landsat imagery and supplemented with published field observations and seismic data. Reverse faulting…