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Volume 22 Issue 1
Feb 2011
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Yalin LI, Chengshan WANG, Chao MA, Ganqing XU, Xixi ZHAO. Balanced cross-section and crustal shortening analysis in the Tanggula-Tuotuohe Area, Northern Tibet. Journal of Earth Science, 2011, 22(1): 1-10. doi: 10.1007/s12583-011-0152-2
Citation: Yalin LI, Chengshan WANG, Chao MA, Ganqing XU, Xixi ZHAO. Balanced cross-section and crustal shortening analysis in the Tanggula-Tuotuohe Area, Northern Tibet. Journal of Earth Science, 2011, 22(1): 1-10. doi: 10.1007/s12583-011-0152-2

Balanced cross-section and crustal shortening analysis in the Tanggula-Tuotuohe Area, Northern Tibet

doi: 10.1007/s12583-011-0152-2

the National Natural Science Foundation of China 40672086

the Ministry of Science and Technology of China 2006CB701400

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  • Corresponding author: Yalin LI,
  • Received Date: 30 Jun 2010
  • Accepted Date: 25 Oct 2010
  • Publish Date: 01 Feb 2011
  • The Tanggula (唐古拉) thrust system and the Tuotuohe (沱沱河) foreland basin,which represent major Cenozoic tectonic units of the central Tibetan plateau,have been recently studied. Field investigation,analyses of deformation and construction of two restored balanced structural sections suggest 75–100 km (51%–64%) of N-S shortening in the Tanggula thrust system and 55–114 km (42%–47%) of N-S shortening in the Tuotuohe basin. The shortening ratios indicate that the Tanggula-Tuotuohe area has undergone intensive deformation and crustal shortening during the Early Tertiary,resulting not only in crustal thickening,but also in large scale volcanism and in rapid uplift of the Tanggula Mountains.


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